1. Urban Dwellers
A bucolic beachside oasis with seriously stellar views, Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach is a contemporary jewel in Dubai’s crown. Landscaped gardens, free-form outdoor pool, the rooftop Mercury Bar with unrivalled views of Burj Khalifa, and The Pearl Spa, one of the best spas in the city, make it the perfect bolt-hole for anyone seeking urban serenity. Its ‘Live Dubai’ offer lets you fall in love with the city over seven nights saving 25 per cent off your stay, so even those that live in Dubai can while away a week as if on holiday worlds away.
2. A Diamond in the Dusk
Sharjah’s five-star jewel, The Chedi Al Bait, is a shining beacon of authenticity, style and tradition, showcasing the beauty of Arabian culture. A collection of converted historic manor houses centre around a beautiful courtyard, with the 53 rooms offering insight into Islamic heritage. Modern amenities sit alongside echoes of the old world and luxury trappings are pared back and refined. The Chedi Grand Suite is a sweeping ode to Emirati home life, with a four poster bed, grand dining area and a living room inspired by a majlis. The two-night ‘Explore In Style: Art Retreat’ offer will send you to a calligraphy class, and personalised guided tour around Sharjah.
3. The Homecoming
Marriott’s ‘Welcome Back’ offer encourages local residents and tourists to rediscover the UAE until the end of September, with 15 per cent off standard hotel rates, or 25 per cent off and breakfast if you’re a Marriott Bonvoy member. This means that hotels such as The Abu Dhabi EDITION are even more accessible and a stay in its decidedly sleek and stylish Royal Penthouse suite are just a booking away. Whilst there, dine at Alba Terrace for a night of sensational Italian cuisine and Aperol Spritz under the stars.
4. An Ode to Exclusivity
The grande dame of Dubai’s hotels, Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts, is a palatial jewel on the banks of the Dubai canal. Here, a world of elegance engulfs you the moment you enter, with its lobby and gilded marble staircases the epitome of grandeur. Continue inside and the hotel’s 52 suites keep the sense of exclusivity coming – each designed to bring luxury and Arabian tradition to the fore.
Choose the Bentley Suite for its contemporary interiors take on the refined style of the Bentley Mulsanne, or the Winston Churchill Suite that takes luxury to new levels, with its own elevator, three bedrooms, majlis, plunge pool and rare art pieces from the former prime minister’s archive. The Weekend Getaway offer gives you a stay for four nights, double Hilton Honors points, daily breakfast and late check-out.
5. At The Heart Of It All
The best connected hotel in Dubai, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, has so much on its doorstep, you’ll rarely want to leave its hospitable bubble. Connected to Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai and a host of other shops and activities, there’s myriad ways to spend your mini-break. The hotel’s Escape In Style offer gives guests a 30 per cent saving off the best flexible rate, including daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, 20 per cent off food and drinks and complimentary breakfast for the kids.
6. Desert Beauty
Certainly one of the UAE’s most iconic hotels, Qasr Al Sarab rises from the flame-coloured dunes of The Empty Quarter like a mirage, a beacon of beauty amid nothing but sand. Traditionally designed, a stay here casts you back to One Thousand and One Nights, serving up an enchanting Arabian adventure like no other. The Royal Pavilion Summer Escape offer, means you can call this 130sqm palatial pad home, with a private pool, desert-view terrace, villa host and daily breakfast thrown in for good measure. Unwind with a hammam, catch sunset on camel-back or dine by design in the dunes.
7. Urban Majlis
The legend of the beachside oasis that is One&Only Royal Mirage is 21 years in the making, having opened in 1999. A place of splendour, few properties boast such quintessential Arabian elegance. There’s 65 acres of lush greenery to ensure both prettiness and privacy, and the hotel is home to Celebrities and The Beach Bar & Grill, both overseen by world-renowned chef, Mauro Colagreco. The Residence Suite & Spa Experience offers 10 per cent savings on a Suite, complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea, and a health and beauty treatment per suite per day. Sink in to the sublime.
8. Coastal Couture
Perched on the banks of Dubai Creek, Park Hyatt Dubai is an elegant haven on the city’s horizon. Complete with white-washed walls, mashrabiya-inspired design and architecture, a stunning saltwater lagoon, one of Dubai’s most exquisite treatment spots, Amara Spa, and a host of beautiful eateries, it’s no wonder this has remained a city staple for 15 years. Its Staycation at the Park offer gives 30 per cent savings, 20 per cent off at Amara Spa and F&B across the resort, and access to Dubai Creek Golf, Lagoon Beach, hotel pool and gym.
9. A beachside beauty
Nestled on a private beach in Dubai, there’s so much more to this secluded five-star hotel than meets the eye. Multiple pools, kids slides, club lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, private landscaped gardens, acclaimed Asian restaurant Blue Jade and stellar views over the Arabian Gulf’s coastline should be enough for starters. Stay in the Emirates Suite for contemporary elegance, or the Royal Suite for a more princely place to call home. Its UAE Residents Staycation lets guests stay in a sea-facing room or suite, complimentary breakfast and dinner for two and 25 per cent savings on F&B.
10. A Polynesian Paradise
Sofitel Dubai The Palm’s palm-fringed French Polynesian prettiness is pure escapism in an urban world. Inspired by the rich culture of the South Pacific, and with its numerous pools, beach-front location and tropical feels, you’ll feel worlds away from anywhere. Relax into your stay with the hotel’s Super Sale, that gives guests 30 per cent off their stay – in a luxury room, suite or fully-furnished apartment – including breakfast every day. The Beach Villa sleeps six adults with a private swimming pool, Jacuzzi and butler service, and both beach access and private rooftop terrace.
11. Ottoman Opulence
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s Ottoman elegance sprawls over Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent across 115,931sqm, an ode to the magnificent era of the Ottoman Empire, with Turkish artworks, lavish murals and quintessential imperial hospitality. Luxury abound across its 450 rooms, suites, villas and Royal Residences, through the divine Talise Ottoman Spa, and at every one of its seven eateries. Make the most of this luxury beachside destination with the Jumeirah Escape package that offers up to 30 per cent off your room rate if you stay seven nights or more, including daily breakfast, and 20 per cent discount at Talise Ottoman Spa.
12. Contemporary Designs
If you want to escape the clutter of the city, yet not stray too far from Dubai, Mélia Desert Palm should be your bucolic bolt-hole. Plumped in the middle of a 160-km polo estate, freshly manicured fields pave the way for sprawling views of, well, nothing, and that’s the beauty – no sky scrapers, no construction, just blissful blue skies and serenity. The contemporary hotel has rooms, suites and villas, an infinity pool, private pools and riding stables. Enjoy a morning hack around the estate, watch afternoon polo matches, surrender yourself to Samãna Spa’s sanctuary of wellness, then enjoy an al fresco dinner at Epicure at its starlit, poolside location, before slinking into your emperor bed. Book directly through the Mélia website and receive a 15 per cent discount on hotel food and drinks, as well as a Dhs100 voucher for the spa.
13. Capital Treasure
Set on a spectacular nine kilometre strip of pristine white sand on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is a secret gem for travellers in the know. It’s perfectly positioned for access to the UAE capital’s cultural spots, such as Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the mangroves, but for those not wanting to leave the hotel’s boundary lines, there’s much to keep you entertained. Zen The Spa at Rotana has 10 treatment rooms and offers Turkish and Moroccan hammam, while the huge outdoor pool, two tennis courts, mini golf and a beach club should keep the adults amused, before you retire to your beach villa or Saadiyat Suite. For kids, the Aladdin’s Cave kids club serves up a lazy river, splash pool, cinema and water slide. Sign up as a Rotana Rewards Member for a 30 per discount off the lowest public rate before the end of October.
14. In the lap of luxury
A private oasis for those with impeccable taste, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah heralds an age of luxury combined with the world-renowned Waldorf service. Few properties are as peaceful as here, its marble interiors offering an immediate sense of calm. With views that drink in the beautiful Arabian Gulf, the hotel has 200 metres of private beach to call its own, as well as two stunning temperature-controlled pools. You can choose from 68 suites, each perfect for those travelling with family and designed in a soft beach palette of ivory, sand and turquoise.
Leave the comfort of your suite to find Michelin-cooking at Social by Heinz Beck, world-class Vietnamese fare at LAO or immersive dining in an over-water dining cabana. Then discover true serenity at the 3,200sqm Waldorf Astoria Spa, with its hot tubs, sauna, herbal steam rooms, ice fountain and traditional Arabic Attar perfumery. To make the most of it all, the hotel’s Dream Away offer gives guests 20 per cent discount on best available rate and includes early check-in/late check-out, waived early departure fees, 24-hour cancellation policy and complimentary upgrade to the next room category.
15. A Beachfront City Escape
A hotel that will transport you somewhere else in a heartbeat, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, is a Thai-inspired cocoon of both relaxation and adventure, where you can do as little or as much as you want, when you want. A truly family-friendly hotel, children will love the Tuk Tuk Kid’s Club, the 400 metres of beach, infinity pool and kids pool complete with water slides. With the Exclusive ‘Summer Villa Promotion’, guests can stay in a villa tailored to their needs and receive 30 per cent off their stay, as well as complimentary breakfast. Choose an Over Water Villa to see the ocean through the glass-bottomed floor, or one of the huge beach villas for immediate access to the pristine sands.
16. A Tall Order
The statuesque St. Regis Abu Dhabi offers guests a grand-slam stay where life is very suite indeed
Beach Club & Butler service
One of the most iconic properties in the capital, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi takes luxury to new levels with the soaring 50-floor property surveying the city. A beautiful hotel steeped in history and heritage, it combines authentic Arabian hospitality with over 100 years of bespoke St. Regis tradition, resulting in a stay that puts people first. With direct access to the private Nation Riviera Beach Club, guests can lounge at leisure around the newly-renovated swimming pool or along the sandy shore. Back at the hotel, and The St. Regis Butler Service, complimentary for every room in the hotel, is on hand to ensure your every dream and desire is catered to as if it were second nature.
When it comes to sating the senses, gourmands will find a sophisticated experience at one of the hotel’s six restaurants – try Villa Toscana for a slice of Italian life, Cabana Beach Bar & Grill for relaxed sea views and light snacks, or, for an night of refinement, The St. Regis Bar, with its library, main bar and cigar lounge.
A truly suite indulgence
For those looking to The St. Regis Abu Dhabi for a unique stay, its ‘Suite Indulgence’ offer has crafted two boutique suite experiences that indulge in the finer things in life. Al Mushref Suite promises a distinctive stay, with the suite home to 145sqm that extends over a living room, dining room, study and bedroom, with a beautiful marble en-suite bathroom. When booking the Suite Indulgence offer in the Al Mushref Suite, you’ll have the opportunity to capture a moment atop the hotel’s helipad – the highest active helipad in the Middle East, no less. It also includes a special dinner in the suite’s dining room, an afternoon tea in the privacy of your living room, unlimited desserts, as well as daily replenishment of mineral water infused with 24k gold flakes. Or choose the Grand Deluxe Suite, with its floor-to-ceiling views of the Gulf, a grand bedroom, and marbled bathtub overlooking the horizon.
The Grand Deluxe Suite Indulgence offer also offers guests 24k gold-flaked mineral water, and two exceptional experiences: The Maison Pierre Marcolini chocolates throughout your stay and the legendary Afternoon Tea, set up by your private butler in your suite. Indulgence at its best.