My Plans For A Dubai Getaway

Written as part of my “Wanderlust” series – where I’m doing the planning now for travel later.

Dubai. Not the Capital of the United Arab Emirates like most people mistaken it to be. But certainly an incredible city which offers luxury shopping, ultra-modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene. Unlike other big cities (like New York, Sydney, London), a stay in a luxury hotel in Dubai does not necessary melt one’s credit card.

My Top 3 Dubai hotels listed below needed to have: a private beach, bathtubs in the room, great dining options.

(FYI, I have done my time staying in dorm rooms in hostels, 30+ kilometers out of the city – so don’t hate)

#3. Atlantis, The Palm

Atlantis, The Palm Exterior .jpg

The Atlantis has been well marketed, and because of that, has become somewhat famous, and extremely popular. I would dare say it is the iconic hotel for Dubai, like the Plaza is to New York.

Which room?

One of the cheapest rooms are the Ocean King Rooms which have a partial or full view of the Arabian Sea. They all have a cool looking freestanding bathtub,in the bathroom, that opens out to the bedroom. I personally don’t mind those bathrooms that connect straight to the bedroom. This way I can watch tv while having a soak, and ask Husband to change the channels for me so I don’t have to get the remote wet. 🙂

Atlantis Queen Room with Bathroom
Ocean King room – Atlantis

My Why

The Atlantis is a bit of a one stop-shop – it has butt loads of entertainment, and several Celebrity (Nobu, Ossiano, Hakkasan, Gordon Ramsay, Ronda Locatelli) and Signature (WHITE, Seafire) restaurant options (along with casual ones). I have been to the onsite Nobu twice already, and wouldn’t turn down a third time, however, if we are short on stomach space and time, WHITE restaurant and Hakkasan would be the other contenders.

All room bookings receive complimentary access to Aquaventure Waterpark, and The Lost Chambers Aquarium during our stay (which is also the access to the private beach).

#2. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai beach
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai beach

I never got to stay at Caesars Las Vegas so I wouldn’t be able to compare the rooms, however I did visit Caesars hotel (and casino) a fair few times, which included eating at their famous Bacchanal buffet (read about it here: https://gloabroad.com/2015/06/16/las-vegas/).

Which room?

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai beach
Palace Deluxe King

I have my credit card ready to book myself into the Palace Deluxe King. Seriously, if the above photo is anything to go by, just look how sleek the room is, and that egg-shaped bathtub by the window. OooOoooOoo… Take my money, please!

My Why

The rooms look gorgeous, there is a 450 meter “pristine” private beach, and there are at least five onsite dining venues where I could easily eat everything on the menu. In particular, Zhen Wei for dim sum. And I would want to try the Dubai-style Bacchanal Buffet.

In addition, if/when live entertainment returns, The Rotunda at Caesar’s hosts all sorts of shows which could be fun.

#1. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Mandarin Oriental Jumeria
Day bed on the private beach

The Mandarin Oriental Jumeria looks so beautiful that I think I would actually not be attractive enough to be allowed to stay there.

Which room?

Mandarin Hotel Dubai
Superior Room

I have already pictured myself unpacking my overnight bag in the Superior Room. According to the website (and photos), these rooms are bright, contemporary and offer a dramatic skyline view. Just look at that sexy bathroom! I mean, is that marble?! Oh la la.

My Why

Private beach. Hailed as having one of the cleanest beaches in Dubai. Gorgeous white sand. Beautiful rooms. Gorgeous decor. Sold, sold, sold, sold, sold!

And furthermore, I could eat at any of the on-site eateries. especially Netsu and Tasca.

Dubai is not too far from our current home. Of all of my wanderlust posts, this one would be achievable when the border restrictions are lifted domestically and internationally.*

You can see all the above places I mentioned in my TripAdvisor trip: www.tripadvisor.com/Trips/99687596/Hotels+For+A+Dubai+Staycation

I would love to hear from anyone that has been to any of the above hotels and your thoughts.. or if you think I should consider other hotels not listed above.. of if you have a massive discount you would like to give me for any of the above hotels… 😀 .. drop me a comment, tia.

So until then…

As always, thank you for reading.

*Currently the border from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is somewhat restricted. In order for a traveler to cross the border, they need to take a COVID-19 test and return a negative result, each time.


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Firstly, in my defence, this hotel was not on my original list because I’d have to be in dreamland to consider it because of its price per night (the cheapest room right now is $1,000 USD and I think that is only because it’s summer, and during the pandemic so parts of the hotel are closed).

It was Husband who actually brought it to my attention as this is his #1 option, and he thinks the Burj Al Arab is Dubai’s iconic hotel.

Burj Al Arab

This is the hotel famed for its mythical “7 star” rating. It is a 5 star hotel. But a very, very, very good one.

This is the hotel that offers airport transfers in vehicles like oh, y’know.. just a BMW 740 Li series, or Rolls Royce Phantom. Guest could also arrive via helicopter since it has a helipad.

This is the hotel where guests get a set of full-sized Hermès toiletries in their room.

This is the hotel where guests receive butler service in their room.

Personally, besides the free Hermès toiletries, what spiked my interest the most were the restaurants onsite. I have found the food at Jumeriah properties to be excellent and I doubt the food at Burj Al Arab would be a let down.

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