Famed for its over-the-top extravagance and penchant for all things luxury, Dubai is no stranger to lavish hotels. In a city with more 5-star hotels than grocery stores, competition for the crown of most luxurious hotel in Dubai is high, but these 10 wildly expensive hotels make the list. Not a millionaire? Forget it! These hotels are exclusively where the super rich come to play….
1. Burj al Arab
There’s no question that the Burj al Arab takes top spot on this list – it’s not just the most luxurious hotel in Dubai, but undoubtedly the most luxurious hotel on the whole planet! The world’s only 7-star hotel, the Burj al Arab is set on its own private island and its distinctive sailboat shape is reminiscent of Dubai’s history as a pearl fishing village. It also boasts the title of the world’s third tallest hotel, thanks to the addition of a rooftop helipad and tennis court. Imagine playing a game of mixed doubles on top of Dubai!
Rooms here will set you back thousands, so it’s no surprise that the Burj is full of the world’s flashiest billionaires, who wouldn’t even blink at price tags of $25,000 a night. To give you an idea of how rich you need to be to stay at the Burj al Arab – its entry-level room is a two-bedroom suite! With revolving beds offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the city from the minute you wake up to the pure-gold interior, fine dining restaurants and fleet of staff catering to your every need, the Burj al Arab is definitely the most expensive hotel in Dubai.
2. Atlantis the Palm
The Atlantis hotel, located on the Palm Jumeirah island, is one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks. The distinctive castle-like pink resort is home to the world’s most expensive hotel room – the $40,000 a night Royal Bridge suite, which has hosted the likes of uber-rich celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Robert de Niro, as well as the ubiquitous rich kids of Dubai who often book any of the Atlantis’ decadent suites out for a night of fun and partying. The underwater-themed hotel boasts 20 restaurants and bars, including those by popular celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Nobu, making the Atlantis one of the hottest places to eat in Dubai.
3. Bulgari Hotel & Resorts
The Bulgari hotel is a new addition to the list, having only opened in December 2017, but it’s quickly made it’s mark as one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai. The exclusive resort is situated on the beautiful Jumeirah Bay – a unique island shaped just like a seahorse. The interior of the hotel is nothing short of exquisite, having been designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, the renowned Italian architect behind all of Bulgari’s Hotels & Resorts. With 101 suites, 20 Bulgari villas, an array of gourmet restaurants and even its own yacht club, the Bulgari hotel seems set to become one of Dubai’s most elegant and opulent hotels, but only time will tell if it becames a regular rich-kid haunt.
4. One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Dubbed by many as Dubai’s most beautiful hotel, One&Only Royal Mirage is an exquisite retreat set on the Palm Jumeirah. The resort is a world away from the bustling skyscrapers and city life of the rest of the Dubai, thanks to its lush gardens and amazing 1 kilometre of private beach, offering a chance for rich kids to press pause on daily life and relax. One&Only isn’t just one hotel though, it’s a complex comprised of three – The Palace, Residence & Spa and Arabian Court. Take your pick, but they’re all utterly resplendent with stunning rooms designed to reflect the sumptuousness of classic Arabian design.
5. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Modelled after the Waldorf Astoria’s signature flagship hotel in New York City, the Waldorf Dubai is home to some of the most stunningly-designed hotel rooms in the world. It’s hard not to feel enveloped by the airiness and decadence the minute you step foot in this sumptuous hotel, making it a hit with couples and families alike. The iconic Peacock Alley is a great place to enjoy an elegant afternoon tea overlooking the Persian Gulf – a secret favourite spot for the rich kids of Dubai to avoid the crowds and get some privacy – so don’t be too surprised at the flashy supercars you’re likely to see parked outside!
6. Palazzo Versace Dubai
The Palazzo Versace is the epitome of a luxury hotel…it was designed after a 16th century Italian hotel! It doesn’t get more luxurious than that! Guests can enjoy the subtle traces of Arabian architecture amidst the neoclassical elegance of Versace’s designs as they wander through any of the hotel’s 215 rooms and 8 restaurants. You’re likely to spot at least a few Rolls Royce or Bentleys outside the hotel, thanks to its popularity with those who admire the finer things in life. The stunning 1200 square metre Imperial Suite is where the super-rich stay in this hotel, located on the highest floor and with unparalleled views of the Dubai Creek.
7. Four Seasons Hotel, Jumeirah Beach
The Four Seasons name is synonymous worldwide with luxury. As the Dubai extension of one of the most luxurious hotel chains on the globe, the Four Seasons hotel, situated on Jumeirah Beach hosts many millionaire clientele. The Four Seasons boasts something unique that no other hotel in Dubai does – it’s a peaceful beachfront oasis with views of Dubai’s legendary skyline. It’s also home to some of the best eateries in the city, including the world-famous Nusret restaurant. If you want the best of both worlds, the Four Seasons is the place to go. Because what rich kid doesn’t love relaxing on a private beach a stone’s throw away from the biggest shopping mall in the world?
8. Armani Hotel Dubai
Just like Bvlgari and Versace, Armani is another world-famous fashion designer who put their stamp on Dubai’s collection of luxury hotels. The Armani Hotel Dubai has a unique location in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, giving each of the rooms incredible views of the whole city of Dubai – a truly magical sight once night falls. Combining the best of Dubai hospitality with understated Italian luxury, the Armani hotel is where to stay if you want a sleek, sophisticated and simply unforgettable stay in Dubai.
9. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates
If there’s one thing the rich kids of Dubai love more than staying in luxury hotels, it’s shopping, and the Kempinski hotel combines the best of both worlds. The hotel is literally connected to the glamorous mall via its own walkway, making it a perfect choice for ultra-rich girls with money to burn and a penchant for designer goods. The hotel itself encapsulates luxury in every way possible, thanks to the beautifully-designed rooms and elegant lobby. The Kempinski also has 20 “Aspen Chalet” suites, offering you the same cosiness and fun as a chalet overlooking the snow due to its prime location next to Ski Dubai. Now that’s something you can’t find anywhere else in Dubai!
10. Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Set out in the Dubai desert, the Al Maha Resort is the place to go for a quiet stay in a Bedouin-like sanctuary. Switch off from everyday life and feel your worries melt away as you relax in this secret desert hideaway. The resort offers four luxury suites – the Emirates Suite, Bedouin Suite, Royal Suite and Presidential Suite – each combining the simplicity of the Bedouin way of life with the elegance of modern-day Dubai.
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