When you are coming to Dubai as a tourist for the first time, you have no idea where is the best place to stay. You don’t know Dubai, how it is built and structured, where are the best places, how far away they are, or how to get there. One thing you should know, that Dubai is not a walking-based city. Almost everyone has a car or if they don’t have it, they use taxis or public transportation.
Therefore, before you come to Dubai, you need to know what is your priority, whether you would like to lie on the beach all the time, or you are coming for sightseeing or you want a little bit of both. The best thing is to be within walking distance from the beach and at the same time to travel a short distance to the top points of interest.
In this article, I will help you to choose the best place and the best hotels where to stay in Dubai beach. You can choose from luxurious expensive hotels, middle-range hotels, and more affordable budget hotels.
Before I start with the particular hotels, I would like to tell you about the areas in Dubai. There is JBR – Jumeirah Beach Residence and Dubai Marina area. These are the top areas for your beach holidays with restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and great public transportation. However, this area is one of the most expensive.
Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island with luxury hotels with private beaches, but it is far from the top points of interests
Al-Barsha is a cheaper area, but except Mall of the Emirates, is not so much to see there and no walking distance to the beach.
Downtown Dubai is the best area for your sightseeing with Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Mall, and a metro station that can take you to other areas of Dubai.
Finally, the Bur Dubai and Deira City Centre, which are considered as the old part of Dubai and are close to the airport.
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So let’s start with the most luxurious and most expensive hotels situated on the beach in Dubai
1. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
It is a 5 stars hotel located on Jumeirah Beach, the most beautiful beach in Dubai. It is close to Downtown Dubai where Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, and Dubai Mall are located. This hotel has 5 outdoor swimming pools, a spa, and fitness studio, and an exceptional dining experience.
2. One&Only; Royal Mirage Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Another 5 stars hotel is located at Jumeirah Beach looking at Palm Island. This hotel is built in Arabian design and has 3 swimming pools, a spa, and tennis courts. It is suitable for children as they have a kids club with daily activities. One & Only Royal Mirage Resort is about 10 minutes drive from Marina walk where you can go for evening walks or eat in any of the restaurants located there.
3. Jumeirah Al Naseem
Can be found on Jumeirah beach, Umm Suqeim section. This resort has a private beach area, spa, fitness, and kids club with outdoor and indoor activities. Guests staying at this resort have free access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is next to Burj Al Arab hotel. This waterpark is an amazing adventure and fun for children and adults.
4. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis the Palm is well known luxurious 5 stars hotel on Palm Jumeirah. It has its own private beach, Aquaventure water park, and aquarium, to which you as a guest have free access. Aquaventure water park is so much fun for children and adults. They also have a place where you can swim with dolphins, which was one of the best experiences for me. This hotel is a good option for family holidays where there are many activities for children and also a kids club is provided. You can also find shops, a spa, a gym, and bowling there. One interesting thing is the street bar serving Gordon Ramsay’s food and drinks.
These luxurious and expensive hotels are not for you? Do you prefer middle-range prices accommodation and still want to enjoy a great beach holiday? Then you can choose from any of these hotels.
1. Caesars Palace Dubai
Caesar Palace Dubai can be found on the Bluewater island where the biggest observation wheel Ain Dubai is located. This hotel has its own private beach, pools, kids and teenage club, several restaurants, among which is Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, spa, and many more.
2. Rixos Premium Dubai JBR
This is another middle-range 5 stars hotel, but in my opinion, it has the best location. It is situated in the JBR-Jumeirah Beach Residence. This is the best area for tourists and also expats living in Dubai, but it is also one of the most expensive ones. JBR is popular for the lovely long beach, with a lot of restaurants, cafes, and great nightlife. Dubai Marina and Marina Mall are within walking distance. There is a metro station that gets you almost anywhere in Dubai. Rixos Premium Dubai JBR is equipped with several restaurants, a beach bar, a fitness, spa, and a hairdresser salon. You can also enjoy water sport activities on JBR beach.
3. Sofitel Dubai Palm Apartments
Another of the luxurious places to stay in Dubai. This one is located in Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. This is a great location for beach holidays, however farther from downtown Dubai where most of the famous sightseeing spots are. Sofitel Dubai Palm Apartments is equipped with a spa, pools, sauna, gym, tennis court, and of course private beach.
4. Park Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai hotel is on the other side of Dubai than the previous ones. This hotel lies on Dubai creek and it is close to the airport and Deira city center, which is the old Dubai. This hotel has a private beach, pool, spa, and golf field.
Now, let’s go and have a look at more affordable hotels in Dubai located on the beach. I have a few tips for you where to enjoy the beach holiday even you don’t have a high budget.
1. Hilton Dubai The Walk
This is a 4 stars hotel located at JBR, the most popular area in Dubai as I mentioned above, and close to Dubai Marina. Hilton Dubai The walk has a private beach with a beach bar, pool, gym, spa, and several restaurants and bars.
2. Rove La Mer Beach
Rove La Mer Beach is a 3 stars hotel, but in Dubai, you can’t go wrong with it. It is located on a private beach, with an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, and gym. It has a great location for tourists who would like to do some sightseeing as well as it is in close distance from Downtown Dubai with Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Fountain.
3. Beach Walk Hotel Jumeirah
This hotel is located a few minutes’ walk from the beach. It has a restaurant, fitness, sauna and is also not far away from Burj Al Arab hotel.
4. Roda Beach Resort
Roda Beach Resort is based on Kite Beach where you can enjoy a lot of different watersports. There are many restaurants, cafes, and shops. This resort is equipped with a gym, sauna, and an outside pool.
Dubai Beach hotels
I believe you have a better idea now how Dubai is structured, what points of interest you would like to see, and where to stay in Dubai beach. I’m sure if you choose any of these hotels, you will have a lovely and satisfying holiday. In case you would like to know my opinion which hotel from the list I would choose, I can tell you one from each category. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai from the first category, Rixos Premium Dubai JBR from the second, and Rove La Mer Beach from the third one.