A Necessary Excess
Why stop at 5-star luxury traveling when you can have 7
No other metropolis on earth compares to Dubai. Located in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, plus several breathtaking man-made islands that have turned this sandy city into a household name known around the world. Their iconic architecture and innovations combined with the natural white sands, tranquil blue waters and year-round sun draw an increasing number of foreign tourists every year.
To keep up with these hordes of cash-wielding foreigners, hotels in Dubai have taken excess to the extreme. Rather than pandering to the masses, this once sandy tent outpost turned business city is now evolving into a luxury tourist destination and home to some of the most opulent hotels on earth — specifically furnished for the discerning traveler.
The only city in the world with more hotel rooms than Dubai is Las Vegas — however that number is on track to change in 2019.
The next time you find yourself in Dubai, test out one of the top Dubai luxury hotels for discerning travelers — and be sure to bring your platinum card 😉
The Palace Downtown Dubai
To be treated like modern-day royalty, one need not look further than The Palace. The Arabian theme and architecture whisk guests back in time, until they look up and see that directly across the lake lies the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
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Rooms and suites come in a variety of luxurious themes and each has a balcony; however it’s the 500-square-metre two-story Imperial Suite penthouse that takes the crown here. With four master bedrooms, two living rooms, two study rooms, two dining rooms and 360-degree view of the city, there is no better place to stay in downtown Dubai.
Armani Hotel Dubai
When simply seeing and visiting the world’s the building is not enough and you need to stay overnight in it, then the Armani Hotel is your only option. Literally. As the exclusive hotel inside Burj Khalifa, the Armani rooms all have a view of Dubai unlike any other: it lacks the city’s most iconic structure. And while the hotel may be on the small side (it only occupies six floors of the Burj, 34th-39th) everything else about it from the service to the design is grandiose.
Did you know? The Burj Khalifa’s water system supplies nearly 1,000,000 litres (250,000 gallons) of water daily!
Of course its the 390-square-metre penthouse suite where the party really takes place. In addition to the 360 degree views of the city, the desert and the sea beyond, it comes complete with multiple dining rooms facing each of those three directions (allowing guests to enjoy whichever scenic background view they prefer) as well as its own private gym and fully stocked bar and pantry.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Two of the Dubai skyline’s most stunning masterpieces are the beautiful Jumeirah Emirates Towers. All 400 hotel rooms feature a sleek and elegant modern Arabian style complemented by breathtaking views of the city. Of course the towers are much more than just a hotel. They also are home to a wide variety of shopping, dining and nightlife options, ensuring that all the guests needs can be met on site. Of course, should guests want to leave the Towers to get a little sun and water in their life, it’s good to know that complimentary passes to a private Towers beach and the Wild Wadi Waterpark are provided to each guest.
However, anyone booking the 312-square-metre, two-story Royal Suite won’t want to leave this palacial enclave with floor to ceiling windows in every room.
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