One and Only The Palm
At this ultra-luxurious boutique hotel you’ll find fine-dining restaurant Stay by Yannick Alléno. The acclaimed French chef, who oversees food and drink across the resort, is at the helm of Paris’s Pavillon Ledoyen, proud recipient of three Michelin stars. Here, you can enjoy Andalusian-style architecture, peaceful pools and a Guerlain spa. There are also villas with private pools on the beach, and each room has either a terrace or balcony. Inside, plush carpets, dreamy beds and velour sofas offer every comfort, while deep freestanding tubs are the focus of the bathrooms, which are stocked with Acqua di Parma toiletries.
Burj Al Arab
You can arrive at Dubai’s “seven-star” hotel in style, either by Phantom Rolls-Royce or helicopter transfer, landing on the helipad where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi once played tennis. The hotel offers duplex suites decorated with a nod to Neoclassicism, while ornate winding staircases connect the floors. The en suites feature whirlpool baths, walk-in showers and full-size Hermès toiletries, including perfume and cologne. Wellness lovers should head to the spa for a 24-karat gold facial. Other luxuries include air-conditioned cabanas equipped with TVs and fridges on the pool deck, and tasting menus served against a wall of exotic fish at Al Mahara.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira
Mandarin Oriental’s inaugural hotel in the Middle East is home to Dubai’s first-ever dedicated caviar restaurant. Located in the hotel’s lobby, Beluga offers roe-loving gastronomes indulgent caviar-themed tasting menus. The signature dish is golden almas caviar, the most expensive caviar in the world, which costs 1,550 United Arab Emirates dirhams (£339) and is topped with real gold flakes. Vying for your appetite is Michelin-star José Avillez’s Portuguese rooftop restaurant, Tasca. The guest rooms are also the height of luxury and feature Natura Bissé beauty products throughout. Balconies perfectly frame the hotel’s infinity pool as it spills into the horizon of the Arabian Sea.
Bulgari Resort Dubai
Behind its distinctive white coral-like framework, this low-rise, Mediterranean-style beach retreat houses a spa with a gold-tiled pool. Each of the hotel’s 101 modern rooms and suites has Bulgari cashmere throws and leather trunk minibars. There’s also a stylish street of 20 villas, each with private pools and serviced by a legion of personal butlers. The gift shop here sells diamonds and the resort’s must-visit restaurant, Hōseki, is a 12-seater gem in both name and nature; Hōseki means ‘gem’ in Japanese, and its superlative sashimi is flown in daily from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market.
Jumeirah Al Naseem
Al Naseem’s royal suite is vast in size, spanning 500 square metres. Even its standard rooms are loaded with luxury touches, from caramel leather chairs to mosaic-tiled bathrooms with twin designer sinks. The hotel is also home to some of Dubai’s best restaurants, including Flamingo Room by Tashas. Plastic straws are completely outlawed at this eco-conscious resort. The hotel’s biggest draw is its turtle sanctuary, where hawksbill sea turtles are rehabilitated before being released back into the sea.
Palazzo Versace Dubai
This creekside palace, themed around the Italian fashion brand Versace, is right on the doorstep of the world-class Jameel Arts Centre. Framed sketches by the fashion house adorn the corridors, while the walls of the hotel’s restaurant, Giardino, are decorated in the green-leaf print of the low-cut Versace gown that was worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammy Awards. The label’s Medusa logo is cut into the base of thick crystal glasses, woven into the plush upholstery and tiled in a mosaic on the floor of the hotel pool.