With opulent experiences in every nook, Dubai is the ideal destination for a vacation of glitz, glamour, and immense luxury.
Few understand glitz and glamour and glamour better than Dubai. In a report by Henley & Partners, this Emirati megacity clinched the top spot as Middle East’s wealthiest city in 2023. It’s not surprising that this sun-soaked metropolis also extends its opulent offerings to the millions of tourists that visit the city every year.
Luxury in Dubai
Begin your vacation by looking at the city from a different perspective–literally! Get a bird’s-eye view of Dubai by taking off on a private helicopter tour with the region’s first dedicated luxury helicopter service. Ranging from 12 minutes to 60 minutes, this aerial adventure takes you over the heart of the city and the Palm, all the way to the desert beyond city limits. Similar vantage points await at AURA, the world’s highest 360° infinity pool at 200 metres.
It boasts unobstructed views of the city’s skyline, Palm Jumeriah, and the Arabian Gulf’s horizon. Or head to At.mosphere, an exclusive fine dining restaurant that celebrates modern French cuisine on level 122 of the world’s tallest building—Burj Khalifa.
Cinephiles can avail a private cinema experience at the 15-seater Vox @ Kempinski, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, while fashionistas can channel their inner designers at the Bulgari Suite at Bulgari Resort Dubai. This massive 120 square-metre stay option comes with a spacious living area, marble bathroom, separate powder room, a wrap-around terrace with sea views, and a two-person hydromassage. Beyond the room, the resort wows with its Mediterranean and nautical designs and expansive ocean views. Adding to the glamour is Bulgari Yacht Club & Marina, the first of its kind globally.
Such luxury stay options in Dubai are endless. Consider a stay in the Underwater Suite at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. Featuring floor-to -ceiling windows that overlook an aquarium of 65,000 marine animals, this peaceful abode also has a marble bathtub with views of the Ambassador Lagoon dotted with sharks, rays, and fish; a private elevator leading to an intimate lounge; and a 24-hour private butler service. Pair this stay with an underwater dining experience at Ossiano, a Michelin-star fine dining establishment inspired by the ocean. Marvel at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, which is home to 65,000 residents of the Atlantean Ruins; have a gala time at Aquaventure, the world’s largest waterpark; catch the sunset at Access Palm Beach and Aquaventure Palm Beach, a two-kilometre private beach; and more.
If you’re looking for a luxe stay that doubles as an icon of architectural innovation, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the place to be. From a man-made beach and infinity pool terrace to one of the tallest grand atriums, it is the epitome of Arabian luxury! Book a stay at the hotel’s Royal Suite, widely credited as one of the city’s most luxurious accommodations. This two-bedroom palatial experience includes a private dining room, an in-suite cinema, a team of butlers, 24-carat gold iPads, and a choice of 17 types of pillows to choose from. Amp this experience with a bespoke treatment at the in-house Talise Spa. Famed for taking relaxation to the next level, this oasis of calm pampers with signature massages, traditional treatments, revitalising facials, full water retreats, and wellness treatments and packages.
At Silk Spa in Habtoor Palace Dubai, rejuvenating experiences take a different turn. Comprising six treatment rooms with dedicated wet areas, two hammams, and a relaxation area, it puts the spotlight on the luxury of time. Be it a half-hour treatment or one that extends for six hours, each treatment is tailored to suit individual needs.
For a desert escape, head straight to Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai. This private, guest-only oasis sits amid lush palm groves, emerald canopies, and the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve’s iconic sand dunes. When here, soak in the tranquillity and iconic vistas of the plains and Hajar Mountain, go horseback riding, venture out for a nature trail, opt for a desert safari, or practice archery and falconry.
The Nest Experience by Sonara is a sunset-to-sunrise glamping experience that includes sundowners and lounge access, soft archery, sky safari with an astronomer, camel trek, and breakfast. On the other hand, glamping with Terra Solis entails an oriental-chic experience, courtesy of the 48 luxury tents, 20 lodges, and six poolside cabins— all named after key constellations. Add to this a relaxing pool and exquisite on-site restaurants for a truly rounded desert adventure.
Before you bid adieu to Dubai’s summer sun, make a pitstop at the one-kilometre-long Rainy Street at the Côte d’Azur Resort, a temperature-controlled high-street boulevard replete with street cafes, casual dining restaurants, boutique retail outlets, and souvenir shops.