Luxury holidays to Dubai are as electrifying as you would imagine, with some of the world’s best high-end hotels, extraordinary cultural experiences and a heavy dose of hedonism to boot. Studded on the coast of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is an ever-growing city of manmade islands and vast skyscrapers sandwiched between the desert and the sea, where modern decadence merges with local tradition. This pleasure playground caters to every type of visitor: from couples to families or groups of friends, whether on a stopover break or winter sun escape in this perennially warm city.
Hotels in Dubai are also as lavish as they come. Think elaborate designs, indulgent facilities, impeccable service, and then some – it’s no surprise that Dubai is home to the world’s first seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, or Atlantis The Palm which flaunts its own 42-acre Aquaventure Waterpark, a huge hit with families. Whether you seek a quirky boutique hotel, an extravagant resort clad in gold and designer fabrics, a luxury take on desert Bedouin camps, or an utterly serene spa hotel – you’ll find it in Dubai.
Then there’s the possibility for action and adventure too, with no end of watersports, yacht tours, championship golf courses and 4x4 off road rides too. Head inland to the Dubai Desert for camel riding, falconry classes or a spot of sandboarding, finishing up with a picnic on the sand dunes at sunset. There’s a surprising wealth of authentic activities to enjoy in this Arabian metropolis too, many of which take place in the desert or Dubai Creek, the city’s cultural epicentre. Here, you can marvel at mosques and forts, sail out to sea on a dhow cruise, or trawl through the souks for spices and gold.
If shopping is high on your agenda on a luxury Dubai holiday, you’ve come to the right place. Dubai is renowned for its mega malls, vast air-conditioned spaces with thousands of stores and boutiques, jostling for attention with indoor ski centres and restaurants – the Dubai Mall is by far the best. Retail therapy checked off the list, your next stop might be a Michelin-star meal – Dubai plays host to many a world-class chef – or drinks at one of the city’s glitzy bars. If you seek more sight-seeing however, head off to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and watch dancing jets at the Dubai Fountain for a spectacular light and water show; a real favourite for kids.
Families love Dubai, with its elaborate theme parks, ice rinks, water parks, aquariums and zoos. Plus, hotels cater to little ones very well thanks to their superb kids’ clubs, meaning that parents can take time out and enjoy the very best that Dubai has to offer – including simply relaxing by your private pool, lapping up the sea and city views.