Dubai is an amazing city that perfectly marries luxury city life with beach resorts. Although many tourists are tempted by the beautiful inner-city skyscraper hotels, you might also want to have a look at the luxury beach hotels in Dubai.
The Arabian Gulf is a warm see with white pearly beaches where you can happily drink a cocktail in your sun lounger. Finding a luxury Dubai beach resort or beach hotel can be a bit overwhelming as there are more than 350 hotels to choose from.
I have made a top 10 of the best luxury beach resorts and beach hotels in Dubai for you to choose from.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is a 5-star hotel and resort overlooking the beautiful Arabian Gold. The hotel and resort is a piece of heaven tucked away only a short walk from the famous JBR.
This beach fronted hotel and resort boasts a staggering 14 international restaurants and bars and even has a roman-themed spa with saunas and no less than 5 hammam pools. There is free wifi available all over the hotel and resort grounds so guests can always stay in touch with friends and family or you can do some work after a long day of work or meetings.
The hotel also offers water sports and beach access together with spa treatments such as reflexology, facials and aromatherapy.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai is only a 10-minute drive from Mall of The Emirates – where you can shop, eat and even ski – and is within 3 km of the world-class Emirates Golf Club.
2. Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Are you looking for world-class service on a private beach in Dubai? Then you might want to have a look at the Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai.
The Palm Dubai might be one of the most iconic spots in the world. Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai blends in perfectly with the Palm due to its beautiful and contemporary design. The hotel prides itself in delivering amazing and memorable experiences to all its guests.
Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai is a beach hotel with a private beach. Guests can also relax by one of the 5 beautiful outdoor swimming pools including a breath-taking 55-meter-long pool running through the heart of the resort. Throughout the property guests can enjoy free and fast Wi-Fi.
The Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai is located on the trunk of the Palm. It makes the hotel accessible to the business districts in Dubai. Both Dubai airports are only a 30-minute drive away.
3. Caesars Resort Bluewaters
Although Bluewaters near the Palm might not be as famous as its luxury neighbour, Bluewater is known for its beautiful white beaches, great restaurants and amazing hotels.
One of thesehotels is the Caesars Resort Bluewaters. The hotel has great beach and ocean views which you can enjoy from your private balcony.
The hotel also offers great food. In the Sandbar for instance, you can eat great and fresh seafood while Cleo’s Table serves great Mediterranean food infused with Arabic spices and flavours. You can also enjoy some freshly baked patisserie with a chai or a karak tea or grab a cocktail at the pool bar.
There are more than 200 dining and retail units near the hotel and the world’s largest observation wheel (set to be completed in 2020) is located next to the hotel.
The famous JBR walk is a 5 minute drive away and you can be in and at Dubai Airport within 35 minutes.
4. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
If you are looking for something a bit more exciting – less relaxing, the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.
The Westin Dubai lies on a prime location just on the beautiful Jumeirah Beach. This 5-star beach resort boasts a 500m private beach, 5 absolutely stunning resort pools and no less than 8 restaurants.
At the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi you will be able to marvel at Panoramic views over the Arabian Gulf and over the famous Palm. The rooms have a spacious seating area, a marble bathroom in a modern and classical design with beautiful high ceilings and grand mirrors.
At The Westin Dubai you can enjoy the Heavenly Spa but there are also tennis courts, a fitness centre and a big water sports centre where you can be adventurous. The hotel is what I would call a real family hotel as there are special kids pools and beautiful playing areas.
The Westin is only 5 minutes away from the Jumeirah beach Walk and a mere 20 minutes away from The Dubai Mall.
5. Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
Kempinski is known around the world for its world-class luxury hotels, services and stays. Time and time again they are able to create a stunning environment that oozes luxury.
The Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai is situated on the Western Crescent on the legendary Palm in Jumeirah. The hotel itself has a beautiful 500m long private white sandy beach where you can sip from perfectly made cocktails.
The Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai has a large outdoor pool with panoramic views over the city and offers 8 culinary experiences including miX by Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse.
6. Jumeirah Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah
Madinat Jumeirah might be one of the favourite places in Dubai of tourists and expats alike. The fairy-tale waters surrounded by palm trees and local looking buildings, the absolute tranquillity of the waves in the distance and the famous Burj-al-Arab looming in the distance… it is quite the place!
The 5-star hotel Jumeirah Al Qasr is situated in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah and has a pearly white 2 km private beach. The rooms have balconies from where you will have a beautiful view onto the canal-style waterways and palm trees and the Arabian Gulf.
When relaxing on the beach you will be offered free fresh fruit and cool towels. If you would like to relax even more you can head to the Talise Spa which features overwater treatment rooms.
Families can let their kids play at the specially designed kids pool whole they relax at one of the many other pools of Jumeirah Al Qasr.
Jumeirah Al Qasr is located close to Wild Wadi Waterpark and offers a free express shuttle to the waterpark. It is also close to Mall of the Emirates and you will be by The Burj Khalifa within a 15-minute drive.
7. Atlantis The Palm
No write-up about hotels with beach access would be complete without including the famous and legendary Atlantis The Palm.
This beautiful 5 star hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah and offers stunning views over both the Arabian Gulf and the rest of the islands. Staying at The Palm Jumeirah includes an underwater aquarium, the possibility of swimming with dolphins and complimentary access to the Aquaventure waterpark AND the Lost Chambers Aquarium. This means that IF you would like to experience Aquaventure and Lost Chambers, staying 1 night in the Palm might actually be good value!
The rooms are fashioned in an Arabic inspired design and all boast a balcony with stunning views. When you upgrade your room you will also have an oversized spa bath located in the centre of your big bathroom overlooking the gulf or the palm.
I don’t have to tell you that the dining options at Atlantis The Palm are both extensive and world-class. Hakkasan is a world-famous restaurant serving authentic Cantonese cuisine and the award-winning Nobu restaurant will let you fall in love with Japanese food. Want something more European? Head to the Bread Street Kitchen where you can order signature British dishes by Gordon Ramsay!
As for location: Atlantis is located right on the tip of the Palm where it also has a stunning private beach for its guests. Mall of the Emirates is a 20-minute car journey away while Dubai Mall can be reached within 25 minutes.
8. The Ritz Carlton Dubai
Are you looking for luxury along the famous JBR Walk? The Ritz Carlton offers a private beach just off JBR walk and brands itself as a relaxing resort for the whole family.
With no less than six outdoor swimming pools to relax at this lively resort is a perfect family getaway.
From the balcony on your room you will be able to overlook the sea and endless rows of beautifully kept palm trees.
If you are feeling peckish you can enjoy a variety of food and restaurants ranging from Asian food to Arabic and even Mediterranean.
As a resort, the Ritz Carlton also offers spa facilities with signature treatments and therapies. The hotel also boasts a new gym and hammam area. If you would like to tan or swim in the Arabian Gulf you can also access the hotel’s private beach.
There are many supervised activities for children where they can do handicrafts, learn how to make origami and even cooking workshops.
The Ritz Carlton Dubai is a 15 minute drive from Mall of The Emirates and the airport is a 45 minute drive away.
9. Burj Al Arab
You haven’t been to Dubai without having seen the Burj al Arab! This iconic hotel literally put Dubai on the map.
The Burj Al Arab is situated on its own little island overlooking the Arabian Gulf. It houses no less than 9 top class restaurant and houses a high-class spa where they literally go above and beyond. You will be picked up by one of their Rolls-Royce’s (with chauffeur of course) or you can also opt to be flown to the hotel by helicopter.
The hotel has a new terrace with no less than 2 swimming pools and 32 luxury cabanas where you can sip away at one of the marvellous cocktails prepared by the swimming pool bar.
The hotel has floor to ceiling windows with a panoramic view of the Arabian Gulf. Each suite has an iPad you can use during your stay, a 21 inch iMac you are free to work on and a Bose docking station and media hub.
In the Sky View Bar, 200 m above sea level, you can go for an afternoon tea or just a cup of (expensive) coffee. Al Muntaha, the signature fine dining restaurant at the Burj al Arab offers contemporary European cuisine and an absolutely amazing experience.
When staying at the Burj al Arab you have unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark which is located just a 5 minute walk away across the island bridge – at the entrance gate of the hotel.
10. Bulgari Resort Dubai
Are you a fan of Bulgari? Take a look at the Bulgari Resort in Dubai. Located on the manmade Jumeira Bay and only accessible through a 300 meter bridge over the water, the Bulgari Hotel and Resorts offers you all the luxury money can buy.
The Bulgari Hotel and Resort Dubai has 101 rooms and suites as well as 20 beautifully designed Bulgari Villa’s, each with a pool, a garden and undisturbed sea view.
At the Bulgari Resort in Dubai you can find the gourmet restaurant Il Restorante by Niko Romito and the Il café and Il Bar. The Il Bar is very well known for its iconic, ovel shaped freestanding bar. At the Bulgari Hotel and resort you can also find an exclusive marina and a beach club with its own private beach.
You are able to get into the city quite quickly as the Burj Khalifa is only 4 kilometres away.