The glittering Emirate of Dubai has long been a popular choice for travellers seeking opulence and a year-round warm climate. With more resorts to choose from than ever in this buzzing destination, we took a look at three established favourites that offer a range of luxury travel experiences.
Atlantis, The Palm is a majestic hotel set on Dubai’s Palm Island where you’ll find an action-packed holiday experience that will genuinely please all ages. Guests here enjoy unlimited access to Aquaventure; the on-site attraction is Dubai’s largest waterpark with some 2.3 kilometres of river rapids, rides and slides. And if it’s wildlife that captures your imagination then the Ambassador Lagoon and Lost Chambers Aquarium, filled with around 65,000 marine animals, are sure to inspire.
The scale of this iconic Dubai resort means there are accommodation options to suit the needs of all families, whilst with 21 restaurants to choose from, and kids’ menus and extensive buffets to hand, there is a cuisine to satisfy every tastebud; from the fussiest of young diners to the most discerning of gastronomes.
Smaller than most other luxury Dubai resorts, One&Only The Palm is pleasingly serene, tucked away at the tip of Palm Island’s outer frond. Guests feel a world away from anywhere when within the bounds of this intimate, luxurious enclave, and yet are just a short water-taxi ride from Dubai’s bright lights and attractions. For true escapism, one only has to enter the environs of the Guerlain Spa, with its signature rituals and treatments using products from the prestigious brand. While the exceptional restaurants – under the guidance of three star Michelin chef, Yannick Alleno – are a trio of dining venues that fuse flavours from the Middle East, Asia and the Mediterranean.
Every accommodation option here oozes indulgence, but none quite so much as the exquisite Beachfront Villas. There are just four of these stand-alone, two-bedroom hideaways, which offer a private pool and round-the-clock service from personal villa hosts. Wherever you choose to lay your head, though, you’re sure to feel well rested after a stay at this stylish, tranquil resort.
The refined and innovative resort of One&Only Royal Mirage is set on a kilometre of pristine beach and split into three distinct environments comprising The Palace, Residence & Spa and Arabian Court. Guests staying at any of these ‘hotels within a hotel’ have access to an array of modern facilities – from the kids’ club to the watersports centre – all woven into its 65 acres of landscaped gardens. A classic style pervades everything here, meaning that in a contemporary, ever-modernising city like Dubai the resort still reflects a sense of old Arabia.
With an attention to detail and meticulous service that never feels overbearing, dining is a real delight. Choose from diverse options such as Tagine, offering a Moroccan culinary experience both in flavour and ambience, and Eauzone, with its beachfront setting and Asian-inspired cuisine.
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