Dubai has about 70km miles of natural coastline but plans to add another 480km with artificial offshore islands such as the Palm Jumeirah (left) and The World (right), a set of 300 islands in the shape of the world’s continents.
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5 awesome hotels in Dubai

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TRVL Tips 5 awesome hotels in Dubai

Dubai has hotels to suit every budget, from backpacking hostels in the residential neighborhoods to the super-luxurious 7-star Burj Al Arab Jumeirah located on its own private island in the waters of the Gulf.

Joe Worthington
Joe Worthington

Travelers flock to this Middle Eastern paradise for its ever-increasing number of theme parks, shopping malls and beaches, so here's a round-up of the top 5 Dubai hotels.

Villa Rotana

Located half way between Business Bay and the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro stations, Villa Rotana is a small 4-star hotel designed to resemble a traditional Arabian courtyard hotel. The rooms, all with granite and slate bathrooms, panoramic windows, and fully-equipped kitchenettes, are a welcome retreat from the heat and noise of Sheikh Zayed road outside. Some of the rooms face outwards and others face inwards, overlooking Moka Café on the ground floor of the courtyard; the café itself serves a 24-hour menu of stone baked pizzas, speciality soups, and meat dishes. The unobstructed views from the rooftop pool, overlooking Sheikh Zayed road and the Burj Khalifa are to die for.

One & Only The Palm

This Arabesque-designed retreat enjoys its own private beach on Palm Jumeirah, the most exclusive part of Dubai, and One&Only The Palm is a favorite with the world’s rich and famous. Guests can choose between the Manor House, a Moorish mansion at the heart of the resort with luxurious furnishings and private outdoor terraces, the Palm Beach Mansions, expertly designed rooms overlooking the sea or manicured gardens, or a secluded 2-bedroom Beachfront Villa for a more upmarket escape. STAY by Yannick Alleno, an award-winning French restaurant, and 101 Bar serve delectable foods and drinks at any time of day or night. And what better to top off this awesome hotel than its endless white sandy beaches and clam blue seas on its doorstep.

The Address Dubai Mall

There are no hotels closer to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, than The Address Dubai Mall. The luxurious hotel has a walkway bridge connecting directly to Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall, and many rooms overlook Dubai Fountain and its world-class half-hourly water, light and sound show. Each of the 244 rooms and suites are decorated in Arabic styles, with carved ceilings, heavy wooden coffee tables, and leather beds. The on-site spa, using treatments designed by Aromatherapy Associates, offers a complete menu of relaxation treatments and rejuvenating packages. At night, the al fresco Cabana restaurant overlooks Burj Khalifa in all its glory, and serves a selection of grilled meats and exotic cocktails for guests’ delectations. The Address Dubai Mall is located at the bustling heart of Dubai.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

With 1,608 rooms spread over 72 floors across two towers, some with sea views and others with views of the Burj Khalifa, and all with oak furnishings and pure white linens, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is an impressive sight. Thirteen on-site restaurants, ranging from Thai to Indian, Arabic and Western offer guests every food they could ever wish for. Renowned Indian Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar even has his own restaurant, the Rang Mahal, in the hotel. Dimmed mood lighting, perfectly cooked rice, daals, and spiced meat dishes are the talk of the town. There is even a hammam in the hotel’s SARAY Spa, great after a busy day in the hot sun of Dubai.

Rove Downtown

Just because Dubai is known as the world’s most luxurious holiday city, that doesn’t mean that travelers have to spend a fortune on accommodation. Rove Downtown is a 3-star hotel located just a short walk from both Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Don’t expect the uber-luxurious amenities because these add costs to the room rates, but the beds are comfortable and rooms neutrally decorated. The city views over Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa are the hotel’s showpiece; nowhere else in Dubai is it possible to get such amazing views at such low prices.

 

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