WHEN it comes to smashing records, Dubai is unparalleled in build, capacity and stature. Whether it’s the world’s largest mall, the world’s tallest building, or the world’s biggest indoor theme park, Dubai is one of Asia’s strongest bearers of flash and pomp.
As a playground for the affluent, it’s no surprise that some of the region’s most impressive hotels are parked in Dubai. Luxury is often taken to levels unrivaled, capitalizing on the many business travelers and tourists that come through the city for a taste of the high life.
Here are three of our favorite five-star hotels in the city:
Standing at a whopping 355 meters and carrying the title of the world’s tallest hotel is JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, a stunning property spread across two iconic towers. The tower’s exterior features a jagged design that resembles the trunk of a date palm, an important symbol of Arabian culture.
Across the two towers, the property hosts an impressive 1,608 guest rooms, all of which sparkle with the luxury touch you’ve come to expect with a brand like Marriott. All rooms are outfitted with spa-like marble bathrooms that include rain showers, separate oversized tubs, lighted makeup mirrors, robes, slippers and hair dryers.
At the top of the chain are the Executive Suites featuring a king-sized bed, two bathrooms, a separate living room, a walk-in closet, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the city skyline. Guests in these rooms can enjoy the privilege of access to the Executive Lounge, an exclusive 24-hour space with complimentary food, cocktails, and business services.
To break away from the fast pace of Dubai, book a session at Saray Spa, the in-house luxury wellness center featuring an authentic Hammam spa. Push past the ornate doors to an array of relaxing massages, facials and baths, some which combine ancient and modern treatments. Read more…
This beachfront property overlooking The Palm Island Bay is the very definition of regal. Set on 65 acres of land across a kilometre-long private beach, this urban oasis is only 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport, and only minutes away from the iconic entertainment district of Dubai Marina.
Rooms are in no way subtle; there are plenty of gold accents, marbled bathrooms and views of landscaped gardens. The Palace Superior Gold Club rooms have private entrances and sea views complemented by private balconies and patios.
The Residence Prestige Rooms take indulgence up a notch with ornate gazebos surrounding private pool decks, intricately designed fabrics, arches and artwork. They also come equipped with 40-inch HD TVs, satellite channels and complimentary WiFi.
It only seems fair to visit the Hammam spa during your stay, and book in a traditional bathing ritual that begins with vigorous exfoliation and finishes with your skin feeling as good as new. You can also opt for The Royal Hammam or The Ritual packages, both which throw in options like honey facials and rose-scented body wraps.
Step into the shoes of the well-heeled at Shangri-La’s, a “desert sanctuary” just minutes away from luxury and designer goods at some of Dubai’s most popular malls – The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, and Festival City.
After a full day of shopping, return to the hotel for sunset views against the shimmering Arabian Sea, or simply bask by the pool with a drink. As dinner time rumbles by, pop by Hoi An for a fresh, colorful Vietnamese feast, or Shang Palace for refined Cantonese cuisine.
If you’re booking a night here, it’s worth considering the Deluxe Burj Khalifa View Room, an inviting earth-toned space from where you can cop a naked view of the world’s tallest building. Bathrooms are equipped with Crispy Mint premium toiletries, deep-soaking tubs, and walk-in showers with rainforest showerheads.
If you’re a member of Shangri-La’s Horizon Club, staff will go the extra mile to offer personalized service to meet your leisure or business needs. Whether it’s airport transfer, the option of beverages sent up to your room, private check-in services, or basic translating services, you’ll be in good hands to say the least.