Many people think that Luxury UAE hotels offer pretty much the same things – beautifully-designed interiors, topnotch amenities, and breathtaking views. In reality, though, not all hotels are created equal. When planning your trip to Dubai, considering the location of the hotel alone might lead you to the wrong decision. It’s better to look up what interesting things you can do, not just around the hotel but inside it as well. Here are five unique hotel experiences to get you started.
Explore the Desert at Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa
You may have seen countless infinity pools overlooking the ocean, but have you ever seen one overlooking the desert? If the answer is no, then you should definitely check out Bab Al Shams. This five-star luxury resort is a surprising oasis found among the dunes of Dubai. It is well-known for its wide range of beauty treatments including relaxing massages performed by expert therapists. The hotel features a distinct architectural style, taking inspiration from a traditional Arabic fort. You can join guided tours and explore the surrounding desert by riding a 4X4 or even a horse or camel.
Experience Local Culture at XVA Art Hotel
Situated in the heart of Al Bastakiya, XVA Art Hotel affords you the unique opportunity to take a step back in time. It is radically different from the most popular hotels in Dubai as it encourages guests to experience local culture and tradition. The rooms are decorated with art from some of the best designers in the region. At XVA’s store, you can get your hands on local handicraft, artwork, and handmade jewelry and bags. The Dubai Museum is only 5 minutes away while the Gold Souk and Abra are just a 10-minute walk.
Stay in Overwater Bungalows at Anantara The Palm
Have you always dreamed of dipping your toes in the water as soon as you step out in the balcony? Turn that dream into reality by checking in at Anantara The Palm. This modern paradise offers unparalleled peace and relaxation for the whole family. Nearby is the Burj Khalifa and Aquaventure waterpark, two destinations kids will surely love. The highlight of the hotel, however, is their beautifully embellished rooms with private furnished balconies.
Indulge in Arabian Luxuries at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Only 45 minutes away from Dubai is Al Maha, a luxury desert resort, and spa that offers guests a one-of-a-kind Arabian experience. Following the sand road at the main gate leads you into the desert. 8 kilometers later, you will reach the main building of the resort. Aside from desert views, also expect to see roaming wildlife, something you won’t experience in other Dubai hotels. Despite being in the middle of the desert, the hotel extends luxury service with its Bedouin-style tents, temperature-controlled pools, and private sun decks.
By now, you should be feeling more excited than ever for your Dubai getaway. Be sure to consider the things you can enjoy at the hotel instead of simply filling your itinerary with the places you want to visit. Remember that your choice of accommodation can make or break your entire trip, so take some time in finding the best hotel for you.