Get ready to check-in to some of Dubai's finest beach resorts. From romantic stays to family-focused options, we’ve looked at 12 of the best in the city.
Indulge in Dubai's best luxury beach resorts
The city certainly has no shortage of luxury beach resorts and while many can claim a rightful place in this category, these three near the top of every list.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach: The Four Seasons name is legendary around the world, and its Dubai location only enhances its reputation. Set back from its own private beachfront, the resort offers two outdoor pools, an indoor lap pool, one of the best spas in the city, and 11 lounges and restaurants. All rooms feature balconies and marble-laid bathrooms, complemented by exemplary service.
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf: Part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex, Dar Al Masyaf is unique for offering 29 chic 'summer houses', each self-contained and luxuriously appointed, boasting 24-hour private butler service. Choose from the Gulf summer houses that are close to the beach, or the Arabian ones that sit beside picturesque canals. Perfect for those looking for space, privacy and luxury.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira: With a stunning lobby, signature fragrance, and thoughtfully-decorated rooms, the Mandarin Oriental provides a blend of contemporary luxury and world-class facilities. Stroll on the private beach and work out in its Outrace-equipped fitness centre, before cooling down in the spa and dining at one of the hotel's incredible restaurants – try Tasca that's overseen by Michelin-starred chef Jose Avillez.
Book a rendezvous for two at these romantic resorts
For couples looking to get away from it all, Dubai’s beach resorts present the perfect getaway. Here are three of the best that are particularly suited to a holiday for two.
Bvlgari Resort Dubai: Cool Italian luxury is the running theme, from the European-style yacht club to the chic dining options. Couples will particularly appreciate the sea-view villas, complete with private pools, right beside the exclusive beach. Breakfast is included and, in a nice touch, is available all day – either in the restaurant or the privacy of one’s room.
One&Only The Palm: This boutique resort on the western tip of Palm Jumeirah is an ideal escape for couples. With just 90 rooms – including suites and private villas – you can expect the service to be impeccable. Relax on the private beach, stroll through lush gardens set amid North African-style architecture, and indulge in an inspired spa treatment. Guests can dine in the resort or take a boat ride to its sister hotel, One&Only Royal Mirage.
Jumeirah Al Naseem: Located within Madinat Jumeirah (with access to all its facilities), and almost at the foot of the Burj Al Arab, Al Naseem is built around striking pools and canals, with the private beachfront just moments away. Get around via golf buggy or by abra on the canals, and enjoy some of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai, from Pierchic to Pai Thai. Or spend your time by the pool and relax – there's no wrong way to holiday here.
Never miss a beat at Dubai's top party hotels
There’s a time to chill, and there’s a time to party – and these resorts are definitely focused on the lighter side of life, served with a side of relaxation.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah: A resort designed for good times and a favourite haunt of visiting celebrities and influencers, FIVE offers beachfront, pools and effortlessly chic service. Resident DJs create an Ibiza-style vibe by the pools, leading into high-energy beach parties – and up on the 16th-floor Penthouse lounge, guests can enjoy upbeat sounds and great food, set against the backdrop of Dubai Marina’s stunning skyline.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa: Right next door to Nikki Beach Club, the resort offers the perfect combination of beachside leisure and world-class festivities. Nikki Beach’s legendary Miami origins, combined with the white sands of Pearl Jumeira, make it one of the best places for a beach party in the world. Soothe your soul at the spa’s thermal suite, feed your body at the tropical-themed restaurants, and then get ready to party the night away.
Caesars Palace Bluewaters: At this offshoot of the famed Las Vegas hotel, guests can enjoy access to the beach club Cove Beach, home to some of Dubai’s best parties on Bluewaters Island. Inside the hotel, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen has also made the leap from Vegas to Dubai so you can watch inspired culinary theatrics as you tuck in to gourmet food. And Caesars Palace's Qua Spa is one of the most advanced in the city, with signature spa rituals aplenty.
Treat the family to action-packed stays
Dubai is a great destination for a family holiday, and these beach resorts provide plenty of child-friendly facilities as well as chances for parents to relax.
Atlantis, The Palm: One of the most recognisable Dubai resorts, Atlantis sits at the central tip of the Palm Jumeirah. It features one of the city's most popular attractions, Aquaventure Waterpark, to which hotel guests enjoy free access. Guests can even explore The Lost Chambers Aquarium, while kids can enjoy arcade-style activities at Wavehouse. For adults, Atlantis’ world-class restaurants and spa are ready to spoil them.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel: In a prime location next to the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel also boasts access to a waterpark, this time Wild Wadi. All rooms promise sea views, and children can enjoy not only the waterpark, but also the popular kids' club, and plenty of fun and games on the beach. A terrific spa and 13 restaurants and lounges, all the way from the beach to the 24th floor, are enough to make everyone’s trip.
JA Beach Hotel: Situated southwest from the centre of Dubai, this expansive beach hotel is part of JA The Resort – Dubai’s largest experience resort. Ideal for sporty families, it boasts a world-class golf course, equestrian centre and shooting range, and guests can also take advantage of a huge range of watersports such as windsurfing and sea-karting. There are also dedicated facilities for toddlers, young children and teens.
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