Top Five Dubai Hotels 2022: A Tale of Arabic Luxury

One&Only Royal Mirage
Nestled on a 1-kilometer private coast overlooking The Palm and within 65 acres of lush landscaped gardens, One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai is a legendary beachfront oasis celebrating the opulence of Arabia. But if it’s a shopping you are after, worry less, the retreat rests just minutes from the buzzing city and offers a perfect base to discover Dubai.  

Upon entering the hotel, you immediately see how the resort conjures its promised legends of old Arabia drawing on the rich traditions of the region. The resort’s architecture and design boasts the vast curved arches and lofty corridors contributing to the overall grandeur and mystique of Old Arabia juxtaposed with the modern backdrop of the spectacular Dubai Marina skyline – a seemingly effortless fusion of the traditional with the contemporary. Split into three distinct environments – The Palace, Arabian Court and Residence & Spa – each complementing the other in a celebration of Arabic design, heritage and warm hospitality. Not without a reason, the hotel, owned by one of the wealthiest UAE sheikhs, managed to keep its prestigious status and impeccable reputation for many years.

One of the areas, The Palace, offers chic 231 rooms and suites, boasting with contemporary elegance and an Arabian twist, as well as calming neutral tones interspersed with rich, vibrant shades. The 33 executive suites offer expansive living space with separate lounge and dining areas, with access to The Gold Club, an exclusive lounge with a dedicated private reception. For most sophisticated and refined readers, we definitely recommend settling on one of the two Royal Suites that both offer a sumptuous living space with access to The Gold Club. Another section of the hotel, Arabian Court, features 172 rooms and suites facing the ocean and set in an enchanting landscape of courtyards and fountains. The 8 executive suites here encompass an elegant entrance foyer, discreet dining area and separate guest bathrooms. Located on the top floor, the two magnificent Prince Suites boast impressive outdoor terraces with Majlis-style seating, large dining tables and sun-loungers. The most intimate of the three One&Only Royal Mirage experiences is Residence & Spa, which boasts just 48 guest rooms and suites and two-bedroom Beach Garden Villa. The four Executive Suites deliver resplendent luxury designed with the finest detailing. What’s even better is that every suite has a separate exit directly to the beach and pool, as well as located in a stone’s throw from all restaurants.

Speaking of which, the hotel offers an array of diverse and delectable culinary experiences to suit all moods and palates.We definitely recommend checking out Beach Bar & Grill, Tagines, and Olives. Once the sunset comes, head to Drift or Jetty Lounge, where you will find not only great plates, but also unique picturesque views.

One&Only Spa is a haven of serenity offering private treatment suites, a tranquil relaxation area and a dedicated spa boutique. A range of holistic therapies, including a renowned Nature Resonance, tailored to each individual guests’ needs. One&Only Spa’s philosophy pivots around three essential pillars – unwind, restore and elevate. These three pillars focus on soothing the mind and relieving tension, purifying and balancing the body and mind, and reviving and elevating energy levels, resulting in renewed wellbeing and vitality. One & Only Spa boasts a unique hammam experience, which ultimately makes it arguably the best spa in Dubai.

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Caesar Palace Dubai
Nestled on the man-made Bluewaters island, off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence, and is accessible by bridge, the first Caesars Palace outside of Las Vegas brings a touch of ancient Rome to Dubai. Overlooking Ain Dubai, the soon-to-be world's tallest observation wheel, the resort is less flashy than its Vegas sister, but compensates it with a luxurious, slick, contemporary style in neutral tones with references to the Roman Empire. Staff here is extremely attentive, yet not intrusive, stopping by to wish you a good day, ask how your stay is and offer recommendations.

Speaking of facilities, Qua Spa will become a highlight of your stay. Featuring unique treatments like Japanese Iyashi Dome infrared capsule, the city's only warm quartz bed, indulgent gold dust and touch of silk massage, the spa is a must-visit. If you are up for a party, head to an entertaining Cove Beach or a swanky Laurel Bar. Besides, you can check for any upcoming shows at Rotunda, the resort’s 500-seat domed theater, which hosts live shows, adding a bit of Vegas glamour to the mix. Whenever you want to disconnect from the crowd, get to one of the 178 sleek rooms and suites finished in chic cream and slate gray tones, featuring Romanesque details decor items.

With six restaurants, bars, and lounges, dining at the non-gaming resort is superb as well. Neptune will suffice for cocktails and casual bites, while Beijing duck at Zhen Wei is great for authentic pan-Asian fare, and Roman Lounge for afternoon tea. Hell’s Kitchen by Michelin-star chef Gordon Ramsay deserves a special attention. The restaurant serves British favorites, and a unique breakfast spread with an Arabic twist.

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Armani Hotel
Designed by legendary fashion icon, Giorgio Armani, in collaboration with leading property developer Emaar Properties PJSC, Armani Hotel Dubai is situated in the hospitality heart of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Every aspect of the hotel’s design and service has been planned by the designer. The cornerstones of Armani’s signature style combined with precious materials and sophisticated finishes create a highly personalized space of this luxury hotel.

Since its opening in 2010, the hotel has welcomed thousands of international guests seeking an exclusive lifestyle experience in the vibrant center of Dubai. Sophisticated interiors of 160 luxurious guest rooms and suites are surrounded by seven award-winning restaurants, exclusive Giorgio Armani shops and the famous spa. A convenient entrance to the Dubai Mall via the cool corridor is provided for guests directly from the hotel building.

We definitely recommend you to stay at level 39, from where you can get an unforgettable and breathtaking views of the whole Downtown and the “singing” fountains, allowing you to watch and hear the show right from your room.

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The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai
Delivering an elegance of Italian design to the Middle East, The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai has been styled by renowned Milan-based architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. The resort is situated on Jumeirah Bay, a man-made island shaped like a seahorse, and provides a serene atmosphere in contrast to the buzzing skyscraper hotels.

Reportedly inspired by an upscale Mediterranean village, the resort features an outdoor pool, a beach club with breezy cabanas, a kids’ club and shaded kids’ pool. For those who want to stay fit or burn a few calories, a 24-hour fitness center features an innovative Workshop program by Bulgari personal trainer Lee Mullins. After hitting the gym, we recommend checking out a sumptuous spa with seven treatment rooms and one for-couples-suite, or dipping into a sea-facing indoor pool lined with real gold.

The resort boasts 101 hotel rooms and suites, each of which feature a spacious private balcony to cherish the sea vasts, marina or Dubai skyline views. Accommodations feature marble bathrooms with both rain shower and deep-soaking tub, handcrafted Italian furniture and much more cool stuff. We definitely recommend booking one of 20 stand-alone villas with their own private pools, outdoor terraces and butler service. 

For great dining, check out the sleek Il Ristorante by three-Michelin-starred chef Niko Romito, serving modern Italian plates and featuring a splendid terrace with picturesque views of the dazzling marina. For a more relaxed and laid-back ambience, Il Café serves set-menu breakfasts like the Milano and the Dubai.

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Burj Al Arab
Set on a private island connected to the mainland by a fiercely guarded causeway, the ultra-premium hotel houses a rainbow-painted atrium that climbs as high as the Eiffel Tower with aquariums, a waterfall, and a mezzanine loaded with gold leaf and jewelry boutiques.

Wealthy enough? The hotel offers its guests an opportunity to arrive by helicopter on the 28th-storey helipad, where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi once played a round of tennis. Another great thing about this hotel is spa and gym duo. Assawan Spa & Health Club attracts wellness enthusiasts and professional sportsmen from all over the world with its cutting-edge training kit and treatments with ingredients like caviar and pure gold. Honestly, here you will find everything and anything from a hair salon and steam rooms to infinity pools and saunas. We recommend you to check out a man-made beach with spacious cabanas on the terrace outside.

Each and every room here is a masterpiece. Finished in blue, purple, yellow and gold hues, richly colored duplexes boast two-story windows and enormous electric blinds. Grand staircases lead to first-floor bedrooms, featuring the views of the Arabian Gulf or the reflections in mirrors above beds. Premium suites have additional perks for those who might require a private cinema or games room with professional snooker table.

Speaking of dining, the resort offers plenty of superb Michelin choices. Led by Kasper Kurdhal, Al Mahara (The Oyster Shell) is built around an aquarium and serves premium seafood plates. On the 27th floor, Francky Semblat shows off French flare at Al Muntaha (The Ultimate), while Kim Joinié-Maurin deliver upscales tapas at Skyview. The next door establishment, Gold on 27 delivers the signature handcrafted cocktails with their own dry ice clouds. Other dining spots include Bab Al Yam with exquisite breakfasts, Scape with Cote d’Azur cuisine, Arabian staples at Al Iwan, afternoon tea at Sahn Edder, and Asian buffets at Swarovski-encrusted Junsui.

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