Best Luxury Hotels In Dubai

Welcome to the dazzling emirate of Dubai, a destination that seamlessly blends the ancient mystique of the Arabian Desert with the cutting-edge modernity of a global metropolis. Located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is a city that defies expectations, where soaring skyscrapers pierce the desert sky and pristine beaches meet the shimmering waters of the Persian Gulf. With its opulent luxury, diverse cultural experiences, and relentless pursuit of innovation, Dubai has earned its reputation as one of the world’s most iconic and sought-after travel destinations. 

Before you choose your favourite five-star hotel in Dubai, read on to learn a little more about this jewel of an emirate destination. 

Why Visit: Dubai is a city where luxury living is taken to a whole different level, and it’s the perfect destination for a pamper-filled, glamourous, indulgent and fun holiday. The magnificent hotel facilities mean that guests never have to leave them but beyond the grandeur of these extravagant resorts, is a world where tradition and modernity seamlessly combine. Wander through the historic districts of Al Fahidi and Bastakiya, where ancient wind-tower architecture transports you back in time. Discover the vibrant souks, where you can haggle for exotic spices, textiles, and gold, and witness the enduring Emirati culture that thrives amidst the city’s glittering skyscrapers, shopping malls and luxury boutiques. But Dubai’s allure extends far beyond and offers an array of outdoor adventures, from desert safaris to world-class golf courses, as well as unrivalled gastronomic experiences. Everyone should ‘do’ Dubai at least once in their lives!

Who Goes: Dubai is more than just a playground for the rich and famous, it appeals to families, friends, and couples – there really is something for everyone – its diverse offering attracts thrill-seekers, culture enthusiasts, fashion connoisseurs, and gourmands alike. Dubai promises to exceed your expectations in every way.

When to Visit: Dubai is an ideal choice for winter-sun seekers. The weather is at its best (warm, sunny and not too humid) from November to February with lots of exciting events (including the Rugby 7’s, Dubai Shopping and Food Festival, Dubai World Cup). The warm and sunny weather does tend to extend to April but beyond this expect high temperatures and humidity. 

How to Get There: Dubai International Airport is said to be the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. And with designer shopping, celebrity chef dining and many attractions it is an experience in itself. It connects more than 240 destinations across six continents on more than 100 airlines. Dubai International primarily caters to commercial flights, while Al Maktoum International Airport is renowned for its swifter turnaround times and caters more towards private jet passengers.

In the Know: No matter how wonderful your hotel is be sure to venture beyond – one of our favourites is dinner under the stars at a Bedouin camp. This, along with a private guide can be enjoyed at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, approx. an hour’s drive from the city centre or if you have more time stay here for a few days. 

Hotel Selection: The hotels we showcase in this collection have been selected by our editors, contributors, or trusted locals based on personal experience or credible recommendations. From the renowned international resorts to the lesser-known boutiques, each hotel must excel in service, design and facilities.

One&Only One Za’abeel (5 Star)

Dubai and luxury are two words that go together like caviar and diamonds and with One Za’Abeel – part of the One&Only group – opening its opulent doors earlier this month, you can now stay at the group’s first urban resort set within the heart of Dubai, in the exclusive Za’abeel neighbourhood. Flanked by the royal palaces, a mere ten minutes from Downtown and Dubai International Airport and within walking distance of the Dubai World Trade Centre, One Za’abeel is the perfect base for both culture and business alike.  One&Only are industry leaders when it comes to beach and nature resorts and now, in a flourish of awe-inspiring architecture from revolutionary designer Nikken Sekkei, they are taking everything they do best and transporting it to the Dubai skyline.

Boasting the UAE’s longest infinity pool, six Michelin chefs, 11 culinary concepts and revolutionary wellness, One Za’Abeel is firmly putting luxe in luxury and further establishing themselves as a key player in Dubai’s high-end offering. Food plays a huge factor here, be it fine dining restaurants, an innovative fine dining marketplace that encourages guests to wander the open kitchen cum food stalls before choosing their weapon to enjoy at an open table or pool deck dining accompanied by a DJ, there is something for every perfectly preened guest of the hotel, both residents and non-residents alike.

Even with the plethora of dining and wellness experiences on offer, guests will be hard-pressed to leave their accommodations, be it expansive guest rooms, elegant suites or the Villa One penthouse, all taking their inspiration from Dubai’s desert landscapes and offering floor-to-ceiling windows orientated to frame the city sites. But leave their rooms they must because just beyond their front door lies one of Dubai’s newest and most stunning hotels itching to be explored and beyond that? One of the UAE’s most exciting cities lies waiting to welcome you.

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Banyan Tree Dubai at Bluewaters (5 Star)

Banyan Tree has launched its first property in Dubai, located on Bluewaters Dubai, a vibrant lifestyle destination offering residential, retail, hospitality, and entertainment options, the resort boasts a modern design with a 500-meter private beach, uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf, and the iconic Ain Dubai. The property features 178 rooms designed with a soft minimalism approach, multiple dining venues offering everything from French Mediterranean to Chinese and Japanese cuisine, and comprehensive leisure facilities including three pools, a first-class fitness centre, a luxury spa, and extensive meeting and event spaces. Additionally, the resort includes 96 fully furnished private apartments with high-end amenities and special rates for dining and spa services, reinforcing its appeal to both leisure and business travellers.

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SO/ Uptown Dubai (5 Star)

SO/ Uptown Dubai, debuting within Dubai’s innovative Uptown Dubai district, presents a five-star luxury experience that uniquely blends avant-garde design with luxurious amenities. The hotel features 188 fashion-inspired rooms with high-end finishes, panoramic city views, and distinctive dining options such as Uptown Brasserie and The Citronelle Club. A full-service ballroom, various in-house dining concepts, and the Uptown Spa developed in partnership with Anne Semonin Paris enhance the urban resort’s appeal. Additionally, 227 branded residences occupy the upper floors of the Uptown Tower, offering premium living spaces. The development, designed by architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, positions Uptown Dubai as a vibrant, mixed-use community integrating luxury commercial, residential, and leisure spaces.

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The Lana – Dorchester Collection (5 Star)

The Lana – Dorchester Collection a new addition to the Dorchester Collection, officially opened its doors marking a significant milestone in luxury hospitality within the UAE. Designed by Foster + Partners with interiors by Gilles & Boissier, this waterfront property on Marasi Bay Marina offers panoramic views of Burj Khalifa. It features 225 rooms and suites, eight dining venues including collaborations with world-renowned chefs, and over 50 specially commissioned art pieces. Highlights include the UAE’s first Dior Spa and a unique design that emphasises space, light, and cultural influences. The hotel is situated near downtown Dubai, providing easy access to key attractions and exceptional transportation options, such as custom Rolls-Royces and a foiler boat.

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The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (5 Star)

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai hotel is an astonishing destination and is located on the Palm Jumeirah. It offers luxurious rooms, a remarkable private beach, and distinctive signature restaurants. The hotel offers a mix of dining experiences in its amazing 6 restaurants. Serving Arabian dishes as well as Southeast Asian tastes, the Waldorf Astoria makes sure you’re completely satisfied. Make sure you visit the Serafina Bar where you can enjoy a cocktail and enjoy live entertainment in the evenings.


ME Dubai by Meliá (5 Star)

Located in the striking Opus building in the cultural heart of Dubai, the ME Dubai is a cosmopolitan hotel designed to be more than just a hotel, connecting guests with a combination of art, cuisine, fashion and music. Designed by Zaha Hadid, ME Dubai offers architecture and design lovers something to marvel at with a spectacle of a façade and intricate masterpieces that adorn the interiors. Minimalistic style flows through the rooms and suites – many of which boast Instagrammable views across the city. From a contemporary expression of Japanese Robatayaki cuisine in Roka to gin and tonics and gastro bites in Botanica or a flavour of South America in Deseo to a world-class selection of delicacies in The Atrium by Zaha Hadid there is something for every international gourmand. The span and wellness centre is a haven for relaxation, whilst energetic guests can make use of the rooftop pool or ultra-modern Technogym Biocircuit gym.


Raffles The Palm (5 Star)

Palm Jumeirah Island is the address for this plush and lavish 5-star Raffles The Palm. Designed to offer guests profound well-being and palatial pleasure. The ornate style of the spacious rooms and suites resonates throughout the rest of the hotel. Hotel guests can enjoy a choice of three upmarket restaurants, each excelling in its speciality cuisine; from contemporary Japanese, alfresco dining through to traditional Afternoon Tea – there is something top suite all tastes and occasions.  The outdoor or indoor pools are a great place to reenergise whilst the private beach area is perfect for those who love the sun. Guests can also make use of the extensive spa facilities, yoga studio and fully equipped gym. Raffles the Palm is perfect for those who enjoy style and variety.


The St. Regis Downtown (5 Star)

Located along the Dubai water canal and just a short walk from the world’s largest shopping mall is the St. Regis Downtown. As to be expected in Dubai the spacious rooms and suites are lavishly appointed and overlook local landmarks – with floor-to-ceiling windows.  Guests can expect the highest standards of guest care with the signature St. Regis Butler Service providing round-the-clock anticipatory service. There is an excellent choice of bars and restaurants to suite a range of tastes and guests can take sanctuary from the bustling vibe of Dubai in the hotel’s infinity swimming pool or with a treatment at the spa. Stay here and discover Downtown luxury at its best.


One & Only the Palm (5 Star)

One & Only The Palm Resort is a jewel in Dubai. Located on the Palm Island, it’s the reflection of stylish and prestigious design. You can enjoy astonishing panoramic views from your suite or take a walk on the lush private beach on the Palm Jumeirah. The One & Only has elegant and spacious rooms, suites as well as villas which are perfect if you’re traveling with your friends or family. The Beach Villas offer customised service and direct access to the amazing private beach. If you’re a fan of healthy dining, make sure you book your table at the over-water Marina Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. Guests can also enjoy dishes offered by the One & Only Royal Mirage in its 7 restaurants. You’ll have to take a water taxi to get there, though.


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (5 Star)

If you want to feel like royalty, make sure you stay at the Burj Al Arab Hotel. Located on its own island, the Burj Al Arab features ultra-modern and splendid suite. All of the Burj Al Arab suites have floor-to-ceiling windows and are equipped with ultimate technology. The hotel’s 9 restaurants and great staff will make sure you enjoy excellent dining experiences. If you’re a thrill-seeker, go ahead and drink a cocktail or have your coffee at the Sky View Bar which is suspended 200 metres above sea level.


Palazzo Versace Dubai (5 Star)

The Palazzo Versace is located in the centre of the Culture Village and is an 8-minute walk from Downtown Dubai. The hotel’s interior design is custom-made by the House of Versace. The 215 hotel rooms and suites, as well as the 169 residences, have tailor-made Italian furnishing. The hotel offers excellent fine dining in its 8 restaurants with al-fresco terraces and 3 spectacular pools featuring mosaic tiles. For a bit of fun, The Palazzo Versace offers complimentary access to Nikki Beach Resort & Spa’s pools and beach.


Hartoor Palace (5 Star)

Hartoor Palace is part of the Al Habtoor City development and only 10 minutes away from the Dubai Mall. It’s now named the Habtoor Palace. The 234 rooms range from Deluxe to Grand and Royal Suites. You can enjoy an afternoon coffee at the French Café and grab a quick snack at the Brasserie Quartier. For a bit of an American feel, you can have a Golden Mary at the St Regis Bar. After that, book your table at the J&G Steakhouse. You’ll have an amazing time staying at this hotel.


Raffles Dubai (5 Star)

Inspired by the pyramids of Egypt, the Raffles Dubai hotel is designed to mix Egyptian culture with Dubai’s contemporary style. All of the hotel’s rooms have customised and handmade ornaments and luxurious fabrics. You’ll be pampered in the extravagant saunas and steam rooms and can enjoy outdoor relaxation by the luxurious swimming pool. The hotel’s 7 restaurants include Japanese cuisine as well as traditional Arabian dishes. If you’re looking to do a little bit of shopping, you can go to Wafi Mall which is right next to the hotel.


Armani Hotel Dubai (5 Star)

This Armani Hotel occupies 11 floors of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, but it has a separate private entrance. All rooms have Japanese tatami furnishing and lush fabrics. A prestigious dining experience is offered by each of the hotel’s 7 restaurants. For a night to remember make sure you go to the Armani Privé club. If you want to relax, you can enjoy the luxurious Armani Spa to enjoy special treatments with exclusive products.


Atlantis the Palm (5 Star)

The Atlantis The Palm offers extraordinary views of the Arabian Gulf and has an amazing underwater aquarium. The Atlantis’s rooms have an oceanic-inspired décor and feature Arabian styles. Culinary experiences are diverse at the Atlantis. The restaurants serve from traditional Chinese dining at the Yuan restaurant, to Japanese cuisine at the Nobu or British dishes at Gordon Ramsay’s. Guests are offered complimentary access to Aquaventure which is the most famous water park in the Middle East where you can enjoy thrilling slides at the Tower of Neptune or the Tower of Poseidon.


The Ritz Carlton Dubai (5 Star)

The Ritz Carlton Dubai is located along the famous JBR Walk and 5-minutes away from the Dubai Marina. The Ritz Carlton offers 294 amazingly luxurious rooms and suites with sea views and private balconies. It offers first-class spa facilities to all of its guests and six outdoor swimming pools for relaxation and good times. You can enjoy themed meals in the hotel’s 9 restaurants, ranging from Asian to Mediterranean dining but also healthy cuisine provided by the Palm Grill on the beach.


Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah (5 Star)

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah is only a 3-minute walk away from the beach and is located on the amazing Palm Jumeirah. The 244 luxurious suites, villas, and penthouses guarantee 5-star accommodation overlooking the lagoon or Arabian Gulf. Guests can enjoy fine dining at any of the four restaurants and bars. The Brunello Restaurant serves exquisite Mediterranean dishes while the K-West Bar is the perfect place to enjoy your evening cocktails. For a bit of shopping, you can browse through the shops inside the resort or visit the nearby Mall of the Emirates.


Fairmont the Palm (5 Star)

The Fairmont Resort is found on the exclusive Palm Jumeirah and is an ideal five-star hotel for a luxurious stay in Dubai. The 381 amazingly designed rooms and suites are all family-friendly. Fine dining is at the heart of this resort and you can enjoy exquisite dishes in its 10 restaurants ranging from Brazilian to international cuisine. The resort has four temperature-controlled swimming pools and offers access to a private beach for unique relaxation and fun. Guests can work out at the fitness centre and health club and relax at the award-winning Spa.


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