The UAE's most expensive Eid hotel suites
Luxury is a word that most people associate with the UAE. But other than price-tag or brand name, what does it really mean? Taken in its truest sense, it’s “a state of great comfort or elegance”. That means scale, quality and ambience as much as retail value.
In other words, it’s about an environment. And where the UAE really lives up to the billing is in the delivery of some of the most incredible hotel rooms in the world.
As the Eid holiday approaches, here are some places you could book… providing you have a few thousand dirhams kicking around.
Burj Al Arab
What: Royal Two-Bedroom Suite
Where: Al Sufooh, Dubai
This duplex suite might not be the most expensive in the UAE but there few others that match its opulence. It comes with two bedrooms, a majlis-style lounge, a library, a cinema and a private dining-room for 12. There are personalised bars on each floor, two master bathrooms each with a jacuzzi, two 21-inch iMac computers, two HD TVs, and, amazingly, a selection of 17 types of pillow. A brigade of butlers is also on call 24 hours.
Nice touch: Guests have use of a 24-carat gold iPad throughout their stay.
Price: From AED43,634 per night
Al Maha Desert Resort
What: Presidential Suite
Where: Murqab (Dubai-Al-Ain Road), Dubai
For a luxury wilderness break, this three bedroom villa amid the rolling dunes ought to tick several boxes for romance and isolation. The suite comes with a private temperature-controlled swimming pool, complimentary minibar, private housekeeper and chef. Each guest also receives a 60-minute spa treatment and camel trek.
Nice touch: For meals, there is the option of dining on your private deck or a desert picnic.
Price: Est. AED23,432 per night
What: Presidential Suite
Where: The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
This is less a suite, and more a huge residence. The total area is 390 square-metres, which is larger than most villas in Dubai, and comprises a lobby, living room, two bedrooms, dining room, kitchen and office. It comes with all the usual gadgets and goodies, including 42-inch TVs in each room and a pillow menu.
Nice touch: The extensive balconies off the bedrooms that offer views directly over the Arabian Gulf.
Price: AED24,750 per night
What: Royal Suite
Where: Wafi, Dubai
If you thought the Waldorf’s suite was a touch cramped at 390 square metres, you perhaps need to select the Royal Suite in Raffles. At 650 square-metres, it's more than enough room for a decent game of five-a-side football if only there weren’t walls separating the lounge, dining room, bedrooms and bathroom, which comes with spa amenities and a Jacuzzi. There is a 24-hour butler service, too.
Nice touch: You can hire the entire 2,000 square-metre “Dubai Floor” at Raffles, which comprises three club rooms, two deluxe landmark suites, one executive landmark suite and one ambassador suite... For AED85,000, only.
Price: AED20,396 per night
What: Three Bedroom Palace Suite
Where: Corniche, Abu Dhabi
If Louis XIV was ever looking for a room for the weekend in the Middle East, he’d probably choose this one. In fact, it might even have been designed with him in mind. This mini-Versailles is a prodigious 680 square-metres and boasts a majlis living area, three regal bedrooms, dining room with pantry facilities, an extensive private terrace overlooking the Gulf and a private jacuzzi.
Nice touch: This is actually three suites in one and can be divided up accordingly or opened out into one large residence.
Price: AED40,293 per night (discounts available for bookings 14-days in advance)
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
What: Royal Suite
Where: Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi
This is a palace in every sense of the word. An expansive property with a gran setting on the Khor al-Maqta waterway, the Ritz-Carlton has an air of grandeur few modern hotels convey. The Royal Suite is in keeping, offering up two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, dining room and three generous balconies. There is a butler on hand, who has his own private entrance.
Nice touch: Complimentary food is almost non-stop here, with a full American breakfast, midday snack, afternoon tea, hors d’ouevres, dessert and a late night snack, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.
Price: Est. AED50,000 per night