Which Jumeirah Hotel To Choose In Dubai?

Jumeirah Hotels have some of the most iconic and luxurious hotels in Dubai. But with 12 hotels to choose from, where do you start? In this article, we take a look at some of Jumeirah’s most popular hotels aimed at leisure travellers.

Burj Al Arab – Best for Ultra Luxury

Arguably the best-known hotel in Dubai and one of the world’s most luxurious, this can set you back over $1600 (5914 AED) a night. However, for that price, you are getting not only the legendary “seven star” service but also a huge room. Actually, seven stars don’t exist as an official rating, but a journalist who was rather taken with the hotel coined the phrase, and it has existed ever since.

The style may not suit everyone’s taste as it is definitely a very opulent, local style with gold everywhere. The entry-level room is a very spacious 170sqm Duplex One Bedroom Deluxe Marina Suite duplex with pricing starting from around per night ( $AED) The price includes butler service, Hermès amenities and a master bathroom complete with a full-size Jacuzzi and a separate five-head rain shower. While in residence, you won’t have to lift a finger as the service even includes unpacking and packing your suitcase (if you don’t mind the thought of someone unpacking your smalls!)

As well as access to the white sand beach, the hotel also features the Burj Al Arab Terrace with a restaurant, pool, beach and cabana space which stretches 100 metres out into the sea. There is also an adults-only pool for those seeking peace and quiet.

For those looking for even more relaxation, the spa is also something special and worth seeking out at sunrise and sunset for its stunning views. Set on the 18th floor, 150m above the ground, the floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. The facilities are plentiful, as you’d expect, with separate male and female indoor infinity pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools. It also has 14 treatment rooms.

With its own helicopter pad, you can definitely make a James Bond-style entrance if you wish.

Jumeirah Beach hotel – Best for families

The Beach hotel is perfect for families due to its direct entry to Wild Wadi, the waterpark that all guests enjoy complimentary access to. Shaped like a wave, it is on the site of the first-ever resort hotel in Dubai, which closed in the 1990s. The hotel opened in 1997 and underwent a refurbishment of the rooms in 2018.

If you are travelling with children and want an easy life, it offers a Kids Club on-site and 10 restaurants as well as many others within the nearby Jumeirah Hotels.

Rooms here are well proportioned but have a more modern feel and lighter touch to the decor than Burj Al Arab. The blue and neutral palette reflects the views of the Burj Al Arab, the beach and the blue Arabian Gulf from the rooms.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers – Best for great value luxury

Most beach hotels in Dubai are much more expensive than those away from the coast. However, there is a great compromise to be had with Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Not only does it have an attractive pool complete with generous amenities such as fans, cold towels and water sprays, but it also offers beach access at a sister property. You do have to get yourself to the beach, but taxis are relatively cheap, and the central location makes it perfect for exploring. Prices for the hotel start at as little as $200 a night.

Rooms are more traditional in style and are accessed through the tall glass atrium at the heart of the hotel. However, the technology is right up to the minute with A 55-inch LED TV with Chromecast, Netflix and YouTube for your entertainment. Suites also come with a vanity area with straightening irons and a hairdryer beautifully presented in a box. With 56 floors there are some fantastic views across Dubai and Burj Khalifa to be enjoyed.

The hotel is also very handy for transport being right by a metro station. You can also walk to a number of restaurants and attractions, such as the Museum of the Future.

When you stay at the hotel, it feels like they try that little bit harder with impeccable service and treats by the pool or a pre-dinner welcome drink. There is even someone to help summon your lift if it is too much effort!

Jumeirah Madinat – Best for romantics

The Madinat Jumeirah actually consists of four hotels making it perfect for most types of travellers. This makes it the largest resort in Dubai, spreading across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens with access to Jumeirah’s two-kilometre private beach. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town.

The centre of the complex takes you to a world of Arabain nights with its souk and stunning waterways with Abras plying guests across the complex. Many luxury hotels can feel the same, but this transports you to another world. In some ways, it all feels a little too perfect, like it should be part of Disneyland. The hotels have fantastic views of Burj Al Arab from the wide sandy beach here as well as attentive beach service with an individual buzzer to summon your next cocktails within minutes.

Let’s take a look at the hotels within the Madinat complex:

Jumeirah Al Qasr – Best for a sense of place

The hotel feels somewhat palatial in appearance and is inspired by 1,001 Arabian Nights. With its recently refurbished rooms and suites, it blends traditional style with modern amenities. Although it is one of the smaller hotels in terms of hotel rooms, it has plenty on offer for guests with 8 different restaurants and bars, including American Prime steaks at The Hide and international cuisine at Arboretum. There is also the Talise Spa which offers 26 treatment rooms. Al Qasr is also a good choice for families with its own games area. Kids can challenge each other with a life-size game of Snakes and Ladders, Connect Four or chess.

Mina A Salem – Best for those boutique hotel fans

Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is the heart of the Madinat resort and is nearest to the main Souk and restaurant complex. The spacious guest rooms and suites have private balconies overlooking the ocean and are modern but with Arabic touches. The hotel prides itself on offering authentic Arabian experiences with family-friendly service. Although it is not a small boutique hotel as such with 292 rooms, it is one of the smaller Jumeirah hotels and has that boutique feel despite being in the heart of everything.

Jumeirah Al Naseem – Best for Foodies

This hotel is one of the most modern in terms of design within the group but still retains a sense of place within that aesthetic. It’s home to Rockfish, which many would say is one of the best restaurants within the Jumeirah group. With its expansive terrace overlooking the Burj Al Arab illuminated against the night sky, it’s also a great spot for romance or a special occasion. Food is Italian influenced with a fish bias but also features Asian stables like sashimi. The tasting menu is great value with larger than usual portions that will leave you much more satisfied than many of the usual fine dining menus.

Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf – Best for extra space and privacy

Set amongst tranquil gardens and waterways, the luxury villas were inspired by traditional Arabian summerhouses. However, the interiors are anything but traditional with modern, understated opulence.

The most exclusive is the Jumeirah Malakiya Villas. Each villa is a duplex, complete with its own butler and in-suite check–in, furnished kitchen, plunge pool, abra station and private entrance with direct access to Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

If you ever want to venture past the front door of your private villa you can do a tour across the resort’s waterways on an “abra” (traditional wooden boat).

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (The Palm) – Best for total relaxation

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai, staying on the Palm is the perfect option. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a luxurious beachside resort located on the West Crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The interior of the resort is inspired by the ancient palaces of Turkey and features hand-painted finishing, Turkish artworks and murals that summon images of the Ottoman Empire. The designs inspiration came from the Doma Baha palace in Istanbul. The theme carries on to the rooms, which feature huge deep sunken marble bathtubs with hand-painted domes on the ceiling. If you really want to push the boat out, you could stay in one of the Royal Residences that surround a large lagoon pool.

Naturally, the resort’s signature restaurant, Lalezar is inspired by 20th century Royal Ottoman and serves a variety of authentic Turkish cuisine with a contemporary twist. If that’s not your thing, you will still not need to leave the resort if you don’t want to, with a wide range of dining options. From Indian to Mediterranean and an English pub to a steakhouse, it will take a while to run out of options!

There’s even a 29-seat cinema with comfy sofas and a wide selection of movies being screened for guests of all ages, as well as a large stretch of pristine beach to enjoy the weather in the cooler months.

Hopefully, this summary of hotels has given you some pointers on where to start your Dubai hotel search in what can be a bewildering array of choices in the Emirate.

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