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The best hotels in Dubai 2022

From iconic landmarks to designer-led resorts, here’s our pick of the best hotels in Dubai, all tried and tested by the team…

Oct 27, 2022 | By

Even in the city as buzzing as Dubai, we appreciate our shut-eye – all the better if that rest can be cushioned by great restaurants, fabulous beaches, and gorgeous spaces. Thankfully, Dubai has a plethora of options, situated all across town and ranging from over-the-top lush to low-key luxury. From iconic landmarks to designer-led resorts, here are Dubai’s best hotels to check out – and into – now.

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The five-star hotel, located approximately one-hour from DXB airport, is a modern take on a Bedouin village where 42 lavish tented villas with private infinity pools are interspersed between rolling sand dunes. Guests can enjoy activities such as sunset champagne camel rides, falconry shows or comfortable desert safaris, before enjoying a private barbecue on your terrace.


Bulgari Resort Dubai

Just when you thought the vita in this part of town couldn’t get any more dolce, along came this gem from the great Roman jewellery house – a popular choice for visiting millionaires. Located in the wealthy Jumeira neighbourhood, Bulgari Resort & Spa has a private marina lined with superyachts, a hotel gift shop that doubles as a Bulgari jewellery boutique, a spa pool tiled with gold, and rooms stocked with Bulgari toiletries. Restaurants are equally luxurious. Take breakfast by the marina at Il Café, indulge in an exceptional omakase experience at One-Michelin-starred Hoseki, or hotfoot it to Italian fine-dining haunt Il Ristorante – Niki Romito, one of only two Two-Michelin-starred restaurants in Dubai.


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Since opening on its own manmade island in 1999, Burj Al Arab has acquired an almost mythical aura, making it something more than the sum of its parts. Not that there’s anything wrong with its parts – an irresistible hybrid of gold-leafed ostentation, rainbow-painted atrium, and dancing jets – all housed inside its iconic sail-shaped superstructure. One of the city’s most popular afternoon teas is served in the Sky View bar, while the recently-awarded One-Michelin-starred restaurant Al Muntaha serves French and Italian cuisine by acclaimed chef Saverio Sbaragli. As for the rooms, well, prepare for richly coloured duplexes, unobstructed Arabian Gulf views, bathrooms stocked with Hermes toiletries, and your very own butler.


Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Trust Four Seasons to keep things elegant. There are no expressive upheavals or synapse-battering splashes of colour here, save for the blooming freshly cut flowers arranged in crystal vases that fill the lobby. Instead the eyes are led straight out, through the floor-to-ceiling windows to the calming waters of the Arabian sea. Otherwise, the most conspicuous decorative features are the use of discreet gold-leaf ceilings, shimmering mosaics and marble floors. The rooms are some of the largest on offer in Dubai, with grand balconies overlooking the stunning beach or Downtown Dubai. Luxury restaurants abound, with a handful of Michelin selected establishments located either within the hotel or the adjoining ‘restaurant village,’ including chic beachfront eatery Sea Fu, Latin American restaurant Coya, Japanese hotspot Mimi Kakushi, and not forgetting Salt Bae’s famous Turkish steakhouse, Nusret.


Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

With a pristine oceanfront setting, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is a stylish urban resort overlooking the clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline. The hotel’s beachfront location and alfresco facilities have been designed to bring a new level of relaxed luxury to the city. There are 251 spacious, sleek and contemporary rooms with private balconies offering uninterrupted sea or skyline views, and a handful of stunning restaurants, including Japanese favourite Netsu by Ross Shoshan and the one-Michelin-starred Portuguese restaurant Tasca by Jose Avillez.


One&Only Royal Mirage

 Resting on a kilometre of private coast overlooking The Palm and nestled within 65 acres of lush landscaped gardens, One&Only Royal Mirage is the city’s most legendary beachfront oasis, celebrating the splendour and opulence of Arabia. Amidst its lush gardens, One&Only Royal Mirage offers a range of luxury accommodation, eight restaurants, including two overseen by famed chef Mauro Colagreco, the One&Only Spa, home to one of the city’s best traditional Oriental Hammams, plus four swimming pools, three floodlit tennis courts and a kilometre of private beach.


Park Hyatt Dubai

 If it feels as though the Park Hyatt Dubai has been there forever, that’s because, in Dubai hotel terms, it pretty much has. But almost twenty years on, the resort, located close to Dubai Creek, looks as sophisticated and elegant as it did when it opened in 2005. A favourite staycation retreat for UAE residents hoping for a little respite, the low-rise sprawling resort has a calm, residential feel with plenty of space and privacy and a less-is-more approach to luxury. There’s an award-winning spa, a stunning new infinity lagoon pool, and several excellent restaurants, including the city’s undisputed king of luxury Saturday brunches, Traiteur. Each of the 223 rooms and suites faces the Dubai Creek and marina and has either a balcony or terrace from you where you can watch the yachts bobbing on the water.


Raffles The Palm Dubai

Opened in 2021, Raffles the Palm Dubai is the latest luxury property to open in Dubai. Perched on a gorgeous, powdery stretch of private beach in the exclusive West Crescent part of The Palm Island, the resort is a heavenly hideaway, though low-key it is not.

From its grand palatial exterior to its regal interiors – all glittering chandeliers, elaborate carved ceilings and splashes of gold and red velvet – this beach palace oozes opulence. Rooms are enormous with lavish fabrics, antique furnishings and balconies overlooking the Arabian Gulf or the Palm Jumeirah. Prepare to get lost as you explore the sprawling hotel, home to seven restaurants and bars, private cinema and the chic Cinq Mondes Spa.

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