With guaranteed, year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and a glitzy array of glamorous hotels, Dubai is hard to beat for a sunny autumn escape. Whether you want to relax atop the pristine golden sands, indulge in the ultimate shopping trip or treat yourself to a slap-up supper, Dubai has got it all – quite literally, because there are far too many places to choose from. We’ve enlisted the help of travel gurus Eden to whittle down the best places to stay when you visit…
£200+ Per Night
A family-favourite in a sprawling beachfront setting, Jumeirha Beach offers a wealth of activities and entertainment for kids and adults alike. Set amid 900 metres of private beach, the hotel boasts six pools, a kid’s club and a dive centre with watersports galore, along with endless restaurants, bars and cafés, including a child-friendly Jamie Oliver eatery and an underwater themed kid’s club, open every day until 10pm.
Prices from £210 per room per night, Room Only
A great choice for shopaholics in downtown Dubai, this ultra-modern hotel is just a short stroll from the immense Dubai Mall and within walking distance of Souq Al Bahr. One of the chicest hotels in the city, it offers unparalleled views and access to some of the hottest restaurants in the area. Rooms are a mix of modern and traditional Arabian touches, and promise excellent value for money. Soak up the warmth of the sun, relax in a poolside cabana and try the culinary delights on offer, including the Vida Food Truck – a 1960s Airstream that serves up a gourmet twist on everyday culinary classics.
Prices from £220 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Part of the magnificent Madinet Jumeirah complex, the luxurious Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is famed for its boutique decor and exotic Arabian themes. Home to a collection of sumptuous rooms, excellent restaurant choices and the celebrated Bahri Bar – an idyllic spot for catching the sunset – this beachside bolthole is ideal for sun, sand and shopping. There’s also a Sinbad's Kids' Club and Wild Wadi Water Park, providing fun for all the family.
Prices from £245 per room per night, Room Only
Inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt, Raffles is a stunning landmark in Dubai’s soaring skyline. The views may not be much to write home about (though you can see Burj Khalifa in the distance), and the pool, while small, is lovely and peaceful, but all-in-all, Raffles is great for a stopover or a short two to three-night trip. The rooms are huge – those on the Club Level are best – and the suites are like mini-apartments; the service is outstanding; the spa’s treatment menu is excellent, and when it comes to food, try TOMO for Dubai’s most authentic Japanese.
Prices from £260 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
Fusing together music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art, Nikki Beach is a stalwart on the beach club scene, so if you’re in the mood for a party, this is the place to head. Boasting spectacular views over the Arabian Gulf and of the awe-inspiring Dubai skyline, this 5-star beachfront resort offers a gorgeous collection of super-cool rooms, suites and villas. When you arrive at the resort, you’re met by Dubai’s dry dock – not the prettiest of sights we’ll admit – but don’t be put off, once you’re checked-in, all eyes are set on the 400-metre private beach and the ocean beyond.
Prices from £370 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast
£400+ Per Night
At the heart of One&Only Royal Mirage and located within 65 acres of gardens, the traditional architecture, water fountains and aromatic courtyards all add to the ambience of this exquisite resort. Dubai can be a little high-octane for some tastes, so if you’re looking for a more relaxed pace, and a true flavour of the region, Arabian Court may well be your perfect match. Accommodation is luxe and stylish, with swish bathrooms and stunning views of the world-famous Palm development. Rooms and suites come with sea-facing balconies that are nothing short of opulent, and the restaurant choices in the resort are pretty hard to beat.
Prices from £475 per room per night, Half Board
This dazzling underwater-themed resort is the ultimate in luxurious retreats. One of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic resorts in the world, Atlantis offers an entirely unparalleled experience for the whole family; with everything from waterparks, beaches, world-class restaurants, trendy bars, heavenly spas and handy kids’ clubs on offer.
Prices from £510 per room per night, with complimentary Half Board
£600+ Per Night
Opulence abounds at this ultra-modern Arabian palace. If you're not relaxing in your lavish bedroom, smoking sheesha at Courtyards bar or eating fancy Moroccan fare at Tajine, you might find yourself at Jumeirah Beach or Mall of the Emirates, which are both located nearby. Rooms are sumptuous with plush carpets, drapes and bedspreads, big marble bathrooms, Oriental lanterns, beautiful toiletries, and balconies or terraces overlooking stunning vistas of sugar-soft sands and cerulean seas.
from £690 per room per night, Half Board
Stretched out on Dubai’s tree-shaped Palm Island archipelago, this low-rise Moorish and Andalucian-styled resort is both subtle and beautiful, boasting stunning sea and city views. Relax by the pool during the day, book in for a blissful spa treatment at the Private Spa, or dine in decadence at STAY, where Yannick Alléno’s fanciful gastronomic fare will ignite and excite your palette. A perfect romantic retreat for couples.
Prices from £725 per room per night, Half Board
Rising 321 metres from its own man-made island, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is a visual masterpiece, with a star-shaped tower that dominates the Jumeirah skyline. The opulent suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with gulf or city views and have 24-carat gold iPads to control fixtures and fittings, as well as whirlpool baths, plush furnishings, designer toiletries and your very own butler, who will be more than willing to fetch you a glass of Champers or two. The absolute ultimate in luxury.
Prices from from £2295 per room per night, Bed & Breakfast