From budget to bling: Discovering the hottest beach breaks in Dubai with our Holiday Hero


From budget to bling: Discovering the hottest beach breaks in Dubai with our Holiday Hero

  • Neil Simpson picks the best place to stay in Dubai if the beach is your priority 
  • For a beach with buzz, check out Nikki Beach resort which opens on to the ocean
  • The JA Palm Tree Court, set on a half-mile private beach, is a good budget option



Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday idea, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week, he explores the beach hotels of Dubai.

With guaranteed winter sunshine, Dubai is set to be a top choice for families wanting to hit the beach during the February half-term break. But the city’s sprawl means many of the newest hotels are located some way from the sea.

Here are the best places to book if you want to make the beach your priority. It’s worth noting that packages to Dubai are normally cheaper than buying flights and hotels separately.

Five-star luxury: The Atlantis resort offers nearly a mile of private beach

Beaches with bling: Dubai made its name with glitzy hotels that make those in Las Vegas look restrained. If you want a beach break with the ‘gold taps’ experience, the ever-growing Jumeirah family of hotels will provide it.

The Burj Al Arab (from an eye-watering £1,749 a night for two in February) is the most famous, followed by the Jumeirah Beach (from £420 a night), where the hotel’s resident ‘sand artist’ gives free sandcastle lessons each morning.

The five-star Atlantis (from £317) offers nearly a mile of private beach at the end of the man-made island called The Palm.

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Beaches on a budget: Of the big chains, the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort (from £210) and some of the Sofitel locations (from £195) close to The Palm offer private beaches for better prices, or head out to the Cove Rotana Resort (£118). If you want to put a lid on your holiday spending with an all-inclusive deal, consider the JA Palm Tree Court (£270) which is set on a half-mile private beach. It’s an all-suite hotel and also has a nine-hole golf course.

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Beaches with buzz: If you want more atmosphere on holiday, then the low-rise Nikki Beach resort (from £400) opens on to the ocean and DJs in its Soul Lounge play chill-out music during the day and more uptempo sounds after sunset. It also has live music in its Key West bar. If classical is more to your taste, check in to the beachside Ritz-Carlton (from £395), where a harpist plays six nights a week in the lobby lounge.

For sports fans who want to watch live action on big outdoor screens, try the Marriott-owned Le Meridien Mina Seyahi (from £272) and its busy Barasti bar.

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Quirky: The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel is one of the most famous in Dubai 

Beaches by bus: If you can’t get a hotel with its own beach, book one that offers free shuttles to the sea. Most of the city’s inland Hilton hotels ([9]) will transport you to the private beaches of its sister properties by the water.

Alternatively, the elaborate Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate (from £136) is near a shopping mall and a metro station and runs shuttle buses to a private beach club on The Palm. Other good-value hotels such as the Holiday Inn Express Jumeirah (from £50) have free shuttles to the city’s public beaches. Popular stretches of sand are the Jumeirah Public Beach and Kite Beach.

Many beachside hotels offer day passes to non-residents. Rates vary but the average cost is about £40.

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