Stephen Bailey
The closest luxury beachfront hotel to downtown Dubai
The closest luxury beachfront hotel to downtown Dubai
Stephen Bailey

Dubai is huge, its glorious cityscape stretching far across the Arabian desert, its attractions and experiences very spread out. 

One of the Emirati state’s big appeals is the mix of experiences. Days on the beach. Afternoons in a spa. Heritage and history in old Dubai. All the groundbreaking architecture, such as the Burj Khalifa. Plus all the attractions, from theme parks to seaplane rides, museums to malls. 

Beach and pool time doesn’t just take place on the Palm

Not many visitors appreciate the size of Dubai. For example, stay at the famous Atlantis the Palm, at the tip of Palm Jumeirah, and spend most of their time in a car, driving around Dubai to different attractions. 

Location is where the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira initially shine. This is comfortably the best and closest beachfront hotel to downtown. Plus it’s located on the Emirate’s best beach.

A day bed at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

Almost Mediterranean in style and feel, the hotel’s suites offer prime views across the Arabian Gulf and a spaciousness that can be difficult to find on the crowded Palm. Other suites face the Dubai city skyline so there are impressive vistas from all sides. 

There are signature design features as well, such as the lobby’s Forest of Lights, which extends into a line of palm trees stretching all the way to the beach. 

Bathrooms impress, with Natura Bisse toiletries, rain showers, marble fittings and the continued feeling of space. 

Inside one of the suites

Such a location opens up a stay to the best of Dubai’s dining options, but don’t discount the onsite Tasca. It’s led by Michelin-starred chef Jose Avillez, who brings his Portuguese passion and cuisine to a new venue. The Friday brunch is particularly impressive, with a changing tasting menu packed with seafood, sangrias and of course, pastel de natas. Think of petiscos like clams with coriander and garlic.

Nighttime view from the restaurant

While the Palm Jumeirah is often front and centre of thinking when planning a Dubai holiday, there are better beaches and there are superb hotels not on the Palm. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is central and means guests can enjoy daily beach time, while still exploring the rest of the Emirates. 

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