The Grazia Guide To The Best Hotels In Dubai

The extravagant royal suite of the Burj al Arab has hosted celebrities from Justin Bieber to Kendall Jenner...

Burj Al Arab

by Georgia Aspinall |

You've seen it in magazines, you've seen it all over your social media feeds, but I can guarantee you this: holidaying in Dubai is like nothing you could ever imagine. The 'millionaires playground' as it is known, has a reputation for luxury that is absolutely true. But there's a lot more to the desert landscape than jet skis and skyscrapers. The culture for excellent food alone is enough to make me want to go back.

With that in mind, we've rounded up the absolute best hotels in Dubai for your reading pleasure. All tried and tested, these Dubai hotels represent the cream of the crop - no matter what type of holiday you want. From romantic getaways to easy business trips, family fun to a solo oasis - we have the hotel for you.

Grazia's guide to the best hotels in Dubai...

First things first, the world's most luxurious hotel: the Burj al Arab

You heard about it being built on the news, you saw its grand opening in magazines, you’ve since seen it in every holiday backdrop on Instagram. It’s the iconic hotel that everyone poses in front of, where celebrities spend weeks lounging and influencers sip 24 karat gold cappuccino’s in. But, have you ever seen inside it? Unlikely.

The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the world’s most luxurious hotel. Standing on an artificial island, the 1,053 ft architectural masterpiece is often dubbed the only existing seven-star hotel. Its royal suites are the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, at £13800 per night, and are frequented by the likes of Justin Bieber – with various other celebrities from Kendall Jenner to Selena Gomez known to stay at the incredulous establishment.

It's places like this that, for us laymans, typically only exist in pictures online. The #luxuryapartments that we stalk, which a quick search that will bring up over 250,000 results, and the YouTube accounts we follow dedicated purely to luxury housing tours. In a world where our social media feeds are filled with perfection, taking a peek inside the luxurious lives of others has become an addiction for many.

It's how YouTuber Erik Conover has amassed near 1million followers on the platform with the bulk of his content being tours around multi-million dollar apartments. His most popular video? A $28,500,000 apartment tour in New York City, which has near 7million views. And in fact, one video of a $1,700 apartment versus $40,000 apartment by BuzzFeed Multiplayer has over 12million views on YouTube.

Essentially, it seems that despite aspirational living online being one of the biggest bones of contention on Instagram - for the lack of authenticity, of course - we're still seeking out these insights into how the other half live. Why? Perhaps it gives us motivation, perhaps it just provides an escape from our largely mundane lives, or perhaps were just nosy. Either way, millions of us around the world are obsessed with deep-diving into the exclusive lives of others.

It's why, when we got the chance to check out the world's most luxurious hotel first hand, we jumped. And from our experience - plus these pictures - there’s no surprise it’s the most coveted hotel in the world...

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The Royal Suite

Entering the Burj Al Arab's royal suite, you are immediately greeted with a huge, gold staircase that ascends to your second floor.

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To stay at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, rates start at AED 6,800++ (£1,345). Click here to find out more.

For family friendly fun, it has to be Jumeirah Beach Hotel

One of my absolute favourites in Dubai, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is perfect for the entire family. On arrival into my room, I was greeted by the most incredible view of the Burj al Arab, with floor to ceiling windows ensuring the room was bathed in sunlight. It's all you can do not to run down to the beach, just a stones throw from the hotel, and take in the sight for yourself. Alas, the meltingly comfortable bed and jacuzzi bath got the best of me.

While you're staying at Jumeirah Beach, you have access to an incredible range of activities. As well as watersports at the beach, there's tennis courts and football pitches for you and the kinds. There's the luxurious Talise Spa, offering a wide range of treatments for those days you just need someone to rub all your stress away. There's even the Wild Wadi Waterpark™, free to enjoy throughout your entire stay.

The atmosphere at Jumeirah Beach is one of relaxed luxury with five swimming pools and an array of dining options. Their gym is pretty impressive too, although i'll admit I could hardly stay 30 minutes before the view of the beach called my name.

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Rates for the Jumeirah Beach Hotel start at AED 1,050++ (£207) for a room, and AED 3260++ (£643) for a suite. Click here to find out more.

Prefer city life? Try Jumeirah Emirates Towers

A short drive into the city will take you to Jumeirah Emirates Tower, nestled among Dubai's financial district. Located conveniently just minutes from Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai World Trade Centre, The Dubai Mall, and Expo 2020, Jumeirah Emirates Towers is Dubai’s premier city lifestyle destination and a place where guests can effortlessly switch between business and leisure.

Soaring incredibly high with 56 storeys, the views from your room here are like none other. Head downstairs to dine in La Cantine du Faubourg and consume the most delectable wagyu beef you can imagine, with the burrata pizza with fresh black truffle my personal favourite. Once you've had after work drinks here, you wont want to go back to your London office.

And on your time away from the desk? Take a dip in their luxurious pool or sunbathe under the bright Dubai sun. With unmatched service, this hotel really is the only option for business travellers.

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To stay at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, rooms start at AED 600++ (£118) while the rate for suites is AED 1600++ (£316). Click here to find out more.

Dubai's version of affordable luxury? Take a look at Jumeirah Al Qasr

A short buggy ride through Jumeirah's extensive complex sits Jumeirah Al Qasr. Extravagance is the only word that comes to mind entering this hotel. Lush gardens outside and Swarovski crystal chandelier inside, taking a peek inside the suites you will understand the meaning of royal luxury. Beds mass over 6ft in width and the bathrooms are filled with Amouage products. With an ocean-view room, you’re treated not just to the Persian Gulf waters, but the man-made canal that connects the many different facets of this complex. Essentially, it’s like a luxurious mini-Venice, where hopping on a canal boat is just as exciting as exploring the nearby Souk Madinat.

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Inside Jumeirah Al Qasr

Arrive at Jumeirah Al Qasr like royalty, taking in the unbelievable surroundings.

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If you fancy staying in the beautiful hotel, ask for a desert experience – a must-see in Dubai – and you’ll be recommended the Al Marmoom Bedouin Evening Experience, from £106 pp, which includes camel riding, a falcon show, a guide into the cultural history of Dubai an astronomy show with dinner and dancing.

And the more minimalist and modern take on luxury? Look inside Jumeirah Al Naseem

The décor a mix between old and new Dubai, Jumeirah Al Naseem hosts a fresh interpretation of the Arabian style. The open plan rooms are easily made private by shuttered sliding doors, with suites consisting of pastel tones, warm woods and state-of-the-art bathrooms filled with a plush chairs and hanging circular mirrors.

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Jumeirah Al Naseem

The hotel has three pools, one central family pool, an adult-only pool and a third concealed within a beach club that emanates cool and sophisticated party vibes.

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