A Look at Dubai: 6 Luxurious Resorts in the Middle of the Desert


If you haven’t been to Dubai, imagine luxury in the middle of the desert. Las Vegas, but far away in the Middle East, a long plane ride away from pretty much anywhere. That said, when you arrive, you’ll get pampered with luxury after luxury and top notch food prepared by top notch chefs. Ready for a journey? Here are six luxurious spots worth spending some time at. Have a look!











Shangri-La Hotel: 302 guest rooms have deep soaking tubs, rain showers and warm décor with modern designs and artwork from locals. Their signature restaurant, Shang Palace, serves high-end Cantonese specialties while Marrakech serves contemporary Moroccan cuisine in a bright and airy courtyard. It is very centrally located with shopping, entertainment and wild skyscrapers just a few blocks away.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara: More earth toned than some of the other properties, it has more of a subdued look and feel, but the incredibly beautiful views of the expansive desert match its naturalness on the inside as you gaze out over those sandy dunes. They have 4 restaurants on the property, a pool and a spa (think floral foot bath baby). There’s also a Thai herbal compress massage or a detoxifying green tea scrub waiting for you. (top photo)

Burj Al Arab: It’s one of those places that makes you go ‘wow,’ with the outside posing a light show that moves across the sail-shaped structures. Want REAL opulence, then go for the Royal Suite, which has a towering 4-poster canopy bed on a rotating pedestal and a staircase built from marble and gold. Yes, really. Butlers wait on you hand and foot, so order that cavier, salmon, foie gras and lobster and sit back and relax baby.

















Bab Al Shams: Ahhh yes, romance baby, bring it on. Located just outside Dubai, its smaller than some of the city properties, boasting only 113 rooms. That said, while smaller in guest size, there’s still 8 restaurants and bars, so if you’re a serious foodie, you may want to stop here. One of the restaurants – Al Hadheerah, has an open-air dining area that looks like an Arabic market with belly dancers and artists. Exotic, yet simple. Lovely yet decadent.

















Al Qasr: This means “the Palace,” and its got a ton of posh character throughout not to mention the incredible Jumeirah beach in the front. There are 292 guest rooms decorated with classic Arabic flair and private patios, many with perfect ocean views. And of course there’s a spa if you want pampering and for kids, Sinbad’s Kids Club and water-park fun at Wild Wadi.














The Atlantis: The Atlantis is the majestic focal point of The Palm, the magnificent man-made island. A dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury The Atlantis offers thrills for all, including unique marine habitats, an exhilarating water park, pristine white beaches, world-class cuisine, spa, cosmopolitan boutiques and only 20 minutes from many of the great golf courses.

Photo credits: Bab Al Shams Photography courtesy of Jumeriah. Al Qasr – ChakaTravel. Burj Al Arab: Interior Design: KCA International/IDesignArch.

Renee Blodgett
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