The Winner: Atlantis The Palm
Taking pride of place on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, once again Atlantis The Palm tops the charts for being Dubai’s best hotel. Gastronomes can savour signature dishes conjured up in any of its 19 restaurants, including the divine Black Cod in world-renowned Nobu. Spa aficionados can be pampered to perfection in the ShuiQi Spa; beach babes can walk 1.4km on no less than three sandy beaches while adrenaline junkies get their thrills in Aquaventure as they brave the Master Blasters in the region’s largest water park. Add to this swimming with dolphins in Dolphin Bay or touring the tunnels of the Lost Chambers Aquarium. It goes without saying that this enormous resort (with more than 1,500 rooms) leaves other hotels in the emirate firmly in the shade.
INFO: Palm Jumeirah, 04 442 0000, www.atlantisthepalm.com.
Highly Commended: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
This Ottoman-inspired hotel proved it clearly had the X Factor when it hosted Pussycat Doll, Nicole Sherzinger and her potential X Factor winners.
INFO: Palm Jumeirah, 04 453 0000, www.jumeirah.com.
Highly Commended: Burj Al Arab
Billing itself as the world’s most luxurious hotel, this iconic all-suite property is the Rolls-Royce of the hotel world needing no introduction.
INFO: Jumeirah Beach, 04 301 7777, www.jumeirah.com.
One&Only Royal Mirage
Three majestic hotels moulding seamlessly into one regal resort. Views from the renowned Rooftop Terrace atop Arabian Court always go down a treat.
INFO: Al Sufouh Rd, 04 399 9999, www.royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com.
Mina A’Salam Hotel
With its meandering waterways and wind-towers, this Arabian hotel feels like a secret hideaway – yet it’s smack bang in the middle of the Madinat complex.
INFO: Madinat Jumeirah, 04 366 8888, www.jumeirah.com.
What a location: overlooking the Dubai Creek and Marina and next door to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
INFO: Deira, 04 602 1234, www.dubai.park.hyatt.com.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Here you’ll discover that Armani is more than a label – it’s a lifestyle that claims to be “home from home” (albeit a rather plush home in the world’s tallest tower).
INFO: Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3888, www.armanihotels.com.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
Three pools, a fab beach and massive lawns to laze on – plus a good supply of iced flannels from the attentive poolside staff.
INFO: Dubai Marina, 04 399 5555, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com.
One&Only The Palm
Surrounded by gardens, fountains and pools, this is a space built for the discerning, luxury-loving guest.
INFO: West Crescent, Palm Dubai, 04 440 10 10, http://thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com.
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort
We know what you’re thinking – the famous Bubbalicious Brunch of course!
INFO: Dubai Marina, 04 399 4141, www.westinminaseyahi.com.