On a hunt for a staycation like no other? Time to get booking as the Word Traveller Awards have revealed the best hotels in the Middle East.
Among the names was the iconic Burj Al Arab that topped the list for the Leading All Suite Hotel while the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi can proudly wear the title of the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel for this year.
We have analysed the winners and have selected the top five properties that tick our boxes for style, location and service.
Armani Hotel, Downtown Dubai
Maybe it’s the name, a selection of some of the top restaurants in town, contemporary spa space or being located in the world’s tallest building but the Armani Hotel has a lot going for it. Popular with those who enjoy the buzz of the city over the crushing waves on the beach, it is one slickest homes away from home and an interior designers dream. Don’t leave without trying dinner at the Indian restaurant Amal and grab a table on the terrace that overlook the dancing fountains.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
You might think that the name is a bit far fetched but trust us, this isn’t your standard luxury hotel but a true embodiment of a royal palace. Marble floors, gold engraving and extensive grounds will have you picking your jaw up off the floor as you enter through the giant glass doors. This is an Abu Dhabi landmark that draws visitors from all over the world who enjoy an opulent setting with grand rooms and a private beach.
Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai
Anyone who ever stayed or visited the Burj Al Arab knows there nothing like it anywhere in the world. The design, the two-floor suites and an impressive extension with infinity pool leave a lasting impression, but it’s the exceptional service that really stands out. From a swift in-room check in, concierge desk on every floor willing to fulfill your hearts desire to efficient waiters in their many restaurants leave you feeling spoilt and slightly resistant to face the real world.
Jumeirah Al Qasr at Madinat, Jumeirah, Dubai
The traditional Arabian design and a prime location on one the best stretches of sand in Dubai makes this a popular choice for many holiday-makers. One of the benefits of staying here is that you get access to facilities in the neighbouring Jumeirah Hotel group that include over 50 restaurants with a buggy service always on hand. But the standout features has to be the Talise Spa with 26 treatment rooms (including three for couples), cabanas in the garden and on the beach for outdoor treatments and a yoga studio for group and private classes. Pure bliss.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
It is aimed at a business clientele but bear with us. What makes this towering building worth a visit are the exceptional views from the rooms and one of the best breakfast spreads. Upon entering the 69-floor hotel you are met with a huge Swarovski crystal chandeliers and a warm welcome from the staff. It has all the glitz and glamour of a Jumeirah hotel but also a sense of comfort. Rooms are some of the best you’ll find in the region with many offering expansive bathrooms with a view as far as the eye can see.