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SECRET HOTELS DUBAI

Surrounded by an expanse of desert, the glittering luxury oasis of Dubai is the ultimate in luxury city breaks. Infused with charming exotic Eastern promise and hospitality, the ever-growing shimmering Dubai skyline oozes affluence and glamour. Boasting opulent fine dining, breath-taking and extravagant attractions, designer shopping and stunning beaches set upon the balmy Persian Gulf, Dubai is a modern metropolis with something for everyone. Whether visiting on business, seeking a romantic getaway or looking for the perfect family holiday in the sun Secret Hotels has a choice of the finest handpicked rooms to suit every traveler for an unbelievable price.

Cool down from the scorching desert climate with a dip in the gentle lapping waters of the world-famous Jumeirah Beach. Marvel at the striking modern architecture that dominates the city; from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, to the lavish 7* Burj al Arab hotel. Gaze in awe at feats of modern engineering by catching the monorail to Palm Jumeirah and prepare to be stunned by the largest natural flower garden in the world, Dubailand.

Families and couples alike are sure to never run out of things to do or see, with a stunning variety of lush green open spaces, theme parks, camel rides, and desert safaris. Sports fans are sure to be satisfied with the abundant range of facilities; from magnificent golf courses to a huge range of exciting water sports. Lovers of fine cuisine can indulge in a host of luxurious restaurants and eateries and shopaholics can exercise their credit cards in one of the multitudes of malls and shopping precincts, including the world famous Dubai Mall and an array of bustling souks.

Dubai is internationally famed for its choice of luxury hotels and accommodation, so why not book with Secret Hotels and snap a room up for an unbelievable price? No hotel wants empty rooms, so trust in Secret Hotels to provide you with the finest hotels in the most exceptional locations at breath-taking prices. Families can choose from sprawling complexes set on the beach with a multitude of facilities from spa treatment centres, kids’ entertainment, gyms and more. With luxury as the prominent theme of any trip to Dubai, 24-hour concierge services, salons and other modern amenities are as standard in this opulent city.

With conveniently located 5* resorts next to the metro station and waterfront to new-build sprawling hotels close to the financial district, business trips can be both luxurious and practical. If you’re after impeccable views over the sparkling Persian Sea, request a room with a stunning balcony at one of the Jumeirah resorts for a truly exquisite taste of the East. However, you envisage your trip to Dubai, ensure that you book with Secret Hotels for fabulous rooms at the best prices.

Sheik Zayed Road – Financial District

Characterised by the shimmering stainless steel and glass skyscrapers which dominate the city skyline, Dubai’s Financial District is a futuristic oasis amongst the exotic desert landscape. Those interested in a premium trip to this dynamic cosmopolitan city are invited to take advantage of Hotwire’s exclusive online deals, enabling discerning travellers to unlock unbeatable discounts on luxury hotel accommodation. This lavish 5* Hot Rate hotel features spacious, air-conditioned double en-suite guest rooms each furnished with the latest amenities and free high speed Wi-Fi internet. Guests are free to cool off in the indoor and outdoor pools, sample some delicious a la carte cuisine in the highly regarded restaurant or indulge any number of the other premium leisure facilities this hotel has to offer.

Formerly home to native Emirati people who worked as fishermen and pearl divers, since Dubai’s development boom the city landscape has transformed dramatically into one typified by its state-of-the-art architecture and dazzling wealth. The Financial District in which this Hot Rate hotel is ideally located is now colonised by some of the tallest and most impressive skyscrapers in the world. The nearby Sheikh Zayed Road leads to the famed Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, allowing guests to reach the warm waters of the Persian Gulf within a matter of minutes.

Translating to literally mean ‘beautiful’, the adjacent coastal area of Jumeirah is undoubtedly Dubai’s most sought after location, owing to its fantastically luxurious real estate, world class restaurants, premium shopping and vast harbours filled with extravagant yachts. Hotel guests are advised to head to the pristine white sand Jumeirah Beach to enjoy the crystal clear sea and perhaps try out some water sports, such as jet skiing and paddle boarding. From here, the spectacularly impressive man-made World Islands development can be seen, the only archipelago of its kind to be constructed.

Further inland lies the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. Greater than even the Pyramid of Giza, the Khalifa boasts a height of an astonishing 2,722 ft and features an outdoor observation deck offering unrivalled panoramas across the city skyline and out towards the Gulf. The structure itself is surrounded by 27 acres of tranquil parkland designed to reflect the symmetry of a desert flower. Featuring 6 water features and a range of exotic gardens, the park is the perfect place in which to relax in the shade whilst admiring the awe-inspiring tower.

Bur Dubai – Creek – Festival City

Although renowned for its cutting edge architecture and shimmering skyscrapers, Dubai also boasts its own rich and exotic history which is contrasted against its futuristic reputation. This luxury 5* Hotwire Hot Rate condo complex in the city’s historic Bur Dubai district allows hotel guests to immerse themselves in traditional Arabic culture, all whilst enjoying contemporary amenities, modern interior design and free Wi-Fi internet. Whilst the apartment is self-contained, the complex offers guests access to a private pool, tennis courts and an 18 hole golf course. Those in the Emirate on business are also free to conduct meetings and conferences in the hotel’s exclusive onsite business centre; which comprises of several fully-equipped board rooms and auditoriums.

Located just a stone’s throw from Dubai’s acclaimed Financial District, the Bur Dubai is a welcome juxtaposition of historic landmarks, cultural museums and traditional souk markets. Dominating the neighbourhood is the hub of the Dubai’s cultural and religious life, the Grand Mosque, which boasts the tallest minaret in the city. Symbolic of the city’s Arabic history, visitors to the mosque are required to dress conservatively when visiting to admire its breathtaking Anatolian architecture. Visitors are also recommended to browse the nearby souks and bazaars for traditional textiles, clothing and antiques which make for perfect mementoes of a trip to this enchanting city.

Lying idyllically in the shadow of some of the world’s most famous feats of modern architecture is the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai Creek. This vast wetland reserve attracts thousands of migratory birds, as well as a variety of crustaceans and mammals, making it the perfect destination from which to admire the region’s indigenous wildlife. Those wishing to escape the fast pace of city life can spend a day exploring its nature trails and might even catch a glimpse of its 500 strong flock of pink flamingos during the right season.

This remarkable Hot Rate condo complex is also within a few minutes of one of Dubai’s most exciting new developments, Dubai Festival City. Popularly dubbed as the ‘City Within a City’, Festival City is the largest work, living and leisure site in the Middle East and currently features prime real estate, luxury malls, a golf club and a host of other entertainment facilities. Dazzlingly illuminated against the Creek at night, Festival City is the ideal place in which to indulge in some world class cuisine whilst enjoying stunning views over the water.

Arabic charm in downtown Dubai – 4 star – Dubai

Experience Arabic charm in downtown Dubai with this exceptional choice for business travellers or short-term visitors to the city. This charming 4 star Top Secret Hotel is conveniently located only a short distance from Dubai International Airport, as well as from the Dubai World Trade Centre and Exhibition Halls, Expo Centre and several malls. The interiors are designed in an authentic Arabian style, with traditional furnishings, warm colours and luxe details, which create a pleasant and inviting ambience. The long list of services and amenities offered to guests during their stay include room service, currency exchange, free parking, and on-call medical service. The hotel’s own destination restaurant is open 24 hours a day and serves up a scrumptious menu of both local and international dishes, as well as a varied spread every morning for the complimentary buffet breakfast.

The business facilities are second-to-none and will make your stay here completely stress-free and a huge success. Make use of the fully equipped business centre with several meeting rooms and an efficient and reliable secretarial service. The guest rooms themselves are individually designed and feature oversized beds, plush en-suite bathrooms with bathtub, a kitchenette, and spacious dining and living area with work desk and lamp, LCD television, and mini-bar. To relax and unwind, visit the Health Club and Fitness Centre, complete with Jacuzzi and climate-controlled rooftop pool.

There’s no way you can leave Dubai without having visited at least one of its famed traditional markets. Deira is home to the district of covered souks, which has a distinct Indian feel to it which gives it its nickname, Little India. The multitude of stalls selling textiles, spices, foods and jewellery create a sensory overload and it’s difficult to know where to look! Once you get into the swing of it, the friendly bartering and careful sifting for unique goods is all part of the experience! Two particularly popular examples are the Gold and Spice Souks, where you can pick up crafted jewellery and sacks of incense and dried fruit at very reasonable prices.

If you fancy a weekend break away from the hectic pace and business of Dubai, the historical town of Hatta in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains provides the idyllic peaceful getaway. There are several exciting and fascinating attractions well worth visiting in and around the town, such as the Hatta Rock Pools, where you can sink into crystal clear springs along the riverbed and swim in a tranquil and safe natural environment. The Heritage Village gives visitors a chance to see what life would have looked like before the developments and modernisation of recent decades; there’s an ancient fort, examples of authentic mud houses and old public buildings.

 

Enjoy luxury in a resort right on Jumeirah Beach – 5 star – Dubai

Enjoy luxury in a resort right on Jumeirah Beach! Boasting an unparalleled location, world-class hospitality and 5-star facilities, this lavish Top Secret Hotel resort on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai is your answer to the perfect sun-soaked vacation. Sat right on the city’s most famous beach in the Marina area, the rooms and suites enjoy spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf and of the dazzling city skyline at night. No matter the purpose of your visit, whether you’re here on business, a romantic getaway or a family holiday, the hotel accommodates to your every need and constantly exceeds expectations.

Families travelling with young children can opt for an oversized room or for separate rooms with interior corridor access for extra safety and privacy. There are also a series of fun children’s programmes run by the hotel which will entertain your kids and allow you to enjoy some well-deserved downtime. Business travellers can work in peace on the executive floor, in the business centre or catch up with colleagues in the well-equipped meeting rooms, before relaxing at any one of the property’s leisure facilities; private golf course, tennis courts, Health Club and gymnasium, and several swimming pools. There is also a private Beach Club which grants guests various privileges and VIP services during their stay.

Treat the kids to a thrilling day out at Dubai Zoo, and enjoy for yourself the 1.5 hectares of land filled with every variety of living creature imaginable! Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, you’ll be able to see over 100 species of animals, from foxes to porcupines, Bengal tiger to ostriches! There are several creatures, local to the UAE environment, that are under threat of extinction that the zoo have placed under conservation and breeding programmes, such as the wild cat and Arabian Oryx. There are multiple spots to stop and grab something to eat and drink and also a gift shop to pick up a souvenir.

Dubai is bursting with historical and iconic attractions and buildings, and one that should definitely be on your list of must-sees is the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House in Port Rashid. This fascinating house, built in the late 1800’s, has been passed down several generations to the current owner who now opens the site to the public as a museum exploring both the past and on-going development of the nation. The residence was originally built in its specific location to allow its first owner to admire the shipping activities and trading that took place in the water below. Many of the features are excellent examples of local architecture models, such as the balconies, wind-towers and rooms built around a central courtyard.

For a quick stay, close to the airport: this hotel is yours! – 4 star – Dubai

If you’re planning a brief business trip or attending a conference in Dubai, this convenient and comfortable 4 star Top Secret Hotel is ideal for a quick stay close to the airport, so make this hotel yours and book today! Located only a 5 minute journey from Dubai International Airport, and in the heart of the historic centre, your journeys into and out of the city are made quick and straightforward, plus you’ll also get a taste of the local culture and traditions during your stay. The on-site business centre with high-spec meeting rooms provides a peaceful and suitable environment in which to work and will guarantee your trip is a success. The restaurants are always more than happy to accommodate to large groups with private dining and catering services.

If you’re also travelling with family, the property is equally as welcoming; providing entertaining children’s programmes and offering oversized-family rooms or adjoining rooms for your peace of mind. Some of the other facilities and amenities on offer include a coffee shop, lobby bar, medical service, indoor parking, dry cleaning and WiFi. After a busy day at work or exploring the local sights, there’s no better way to relax than at the private Health Club with heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub or on the golf course with friends or colleagues.

History lovers and visitors simply interested in discovering more about the area’s past should not miss a visit to the Jumeirah Archaeological site. The site is a treasure chest of pieces from every chapter of Dubai’s history, from the Persian Sassanid rule in 3rd century AD and remnants from the era of Umayyad Dynasty and the first introduction of Islam to the Gulf in 7th century. The vast site is beautifully kept untouched as much as possible and is a definite must-see, even just to take some spectacular photographs.

On the other side of the Creek, in Deira, sits one of the three ancient watchtowers that look out over and guard the city. Burj Nahar was first started to be built in 1870 and today attracts visitors from all over the globe to observe and admire its graceful grandeur and the surrounding gardens with their splendid and tropical flora and iconic monuments.

Docked on the nearby Creek itself is a stunning example of the sailing vessels that were historically used in the Arabic Sea and Indian Ocean. This traditional Dhow Wharfage has been stationed in these waters ever since the 1830’s and continues to tell the story of the Dhow sailors and their livelihoods, trading and re-exporting goods between the surrounding countries.

 

Elegant hotel and apartments near healthcare city – 5 star – Dubai

Boasting a prime location, in the quiet residential locality of Oud Metha and only 10 minutes from the International Airport, this elegant hotel and apartments near healthcare city is a fine choice for your stay in Dubai. The surrounding neighbourhood, as well as being highly residential and therefore relatively peaceful, also houses a number of entertainment and commercial complexes, and cultural and sports clubs.

Whether you are visiting on business or leisure, with loved ones or alone, you will be exceptionally well looked after by the friendly staff, and accommodated to by the convenient and modern services. You can sleep safe in the knowledge that the property has 24 hour security, and a concierge open day and night to answer any questions or offer recommendations on anything you may need. There is also an airport shuttle service to take you to and from the airport, to ensure your stay begins and ends in the most straightforward and stress-free way. During your stay, the hotel provides currency exchange, air conditioning, WiFi, onsite parking, a luggage room and daily shuttles to the nearby beach and shopping malls. Every one of the guest suites and apartments is elegantly furnished and features a television, work desk, turndown service, mini-bar and en-suite bathroom.

Sports enthusiasts and particularly football fans should not go home without having visited the home of the Al Nasr Sports Club, the popular association football club that competes in the UAE Pro-League. Founded back in 1945, the club is regarded as the oldest in the United Arab Emirates and plays its home matches in the 12,000 capacity Al Maktoum Stadium, also located in Oud Metha. The stadium also accommodates other sporting events and visitors can takes tours around the site to get a closer look at the life and work of their favourite players.

If retail therapy is more your thing, the nearby Lamcy Plaza shopping mall contains thousands of square metres dedicated to shopping, and is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. This is largely due to the sheer variety in stores, eateries and entertainment establishments, and also because it constantly invents innovative ways to shop and amuse. The airy, open plan layout of the building creates a relaxed and inviting environment in which to shop, that is in no means stressful or stifling. The brands on offer range from budget, such as ALDO and Matalan, to premium, including Titan Watches and Levi’s, so you’re guaranteed to find yourself something, no matter your budget or taste!

 

Awesome hotel on the palm – 5 star – Dubai

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that you’ll never forget at this esteemed 5 star Top Secret Hotel, located on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah. Jutting out into the glistening Arabian Gulf, the palm-shaped island offers the very best spot for sea views and pristine white sands, which you can enjoy right from your very doorstep. The property’s 200 guest rooms all promise a relaxed atmosphere with first-class amenities, and accompanied by the warm hospitality and diverse leisure facilities, your trip is bound to be a roaring success.

Just some of the vast number of available facilities, at this awesome hotel on the palm, include a florist, news stand, underground parking, airport transfers, hair salon, shoe shine and gift shop. The sophisticated guest rooms feature a designated dining area, fully equipped kitchen, en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi style bath, balcony and butler service. During your stay, you may not find a reason to leave the hotel due to the immense number and variety of leisure and entertainment facilities. Sports enthusiasts will relish the chance to play beach volleyball on the private beach, badminton, tennis or beach soccer. There’s no better time to make the most of the sea than when it’s on your doorstep, so take part in the hotel’s water sports, such as diving, sailing or fishing. If you’d prefer to pamper yourself, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so in the beauty salon, sauna, Turkish bath or spa. In the evenings, head to one of the hotel’s many restaurants or grill terrace, followed by drinks in the club lounge before hitting the dance-floor at the private night club.

Venture out on a family excursion to the famous Wild Wadi Water Park located just minutes from the Jumeirah Beach and the Marina. The rides, slides and enticing blue lagoon make a very welcome, refreshing break from the heat and drought of the desert, and from the busy tourist hotspots throughout the rest of the city – plus the kids will love it! Amongst the over 30 thrilling rides – from adrenaline pumpers to calm boat rides – and attractions, there are hidden waterfalls, bubbling springs to swim in and tidal pools, so you’re guaranteed an unforgettable day out!

For a more cultural activity, perfect for a romantic evening or special occasion, the Madinat Jumeirah Theatre is the perfect setting. Hidden through an entrance to an ancient souk covered market, this highly prestigious entertainment venue puts on a varied listing of performances and shows from dramas to magic, musicals, movies and operas.

Stunning views across Dubai Marina – 4 star – Dubai

Enjoy a relaxing and unique stay in Dubai’s old financial centre, Deira, with stunning views across Dubai Marina, in this elegant and classy 4 star Top Secret Hotel. The stylish property provides guests with spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, featuring private balconies with views across the Marina and ample space for living, dining and working. The rooms are also fitted with a kitchenette with microwave, toaster and dishwasher, extra sofa bed, CD and DVD player and double shower and WC.

Amenities provided by the hotel to ensure your convenience and enjoyment include a currency exchange, indoor parking, luggage room, free newspaper and shoe shine. For visitors travelling into one of the International Airports, there is an additional considerate meet and greet plus airport transfer to make you feel welcomed and at home from the moment you step foot in the city. Downtime at the hotel can be enjoyed in a number of ways, either at the state-of-the-art fitness centre and gym, the sauna and swimming pool or simply relaxing and soaking in the sun in the private terrace. Families travelling with young children are well catered to, with extra cots and beds available on request, and a superb babysitting service to allow you to go out and enjoy an evening for yourselves at one of the nearby restaurants, bars or entertainment complexes.

The neighbourhood of Deira was traditionally considered Downtown Dubai, and today it has a more distinct commercial-residential feel with bustling old souks, historic residences, and minute pavement cafeterias. It’s best to stick to the side streets where you will often chance upon some hidden gems such as bargain wholesale stores, one of Dubai’s oldest schools – Al Ahmadiya School – and bespoke tailoring shops. This is one of the best spots in town if you’re on the search for a souvenir or gift for a loved one at home; the markets and alleys are brimming with traditional robes, exotic textiles, belly dancing costumes and elaborate perfume bottles containing rare perfume oils. Shopping can be thirsty work, so pay a visit to the friendly Ashwaq Cafeteria to enjoy a fresh mango smoothie and grilled meat delicacy.

The encompassing Dubai Creek, originally a trading port between the Middle East, India and Africa, is now a destination for river cruises and private tours. For special occasions, or just to see the city from a unique perspective, you can hire a private boat to transport you up and down the Creek and in the evening take a romantic dinner on the water and watch the world pass by.

Arabian luxury resort in Dubai – 5 star – Dubai

At the heart of the new Downtown district of Dubai, between the Marina and the northern city of Sharjah, this rare gem of a hotel is our top pick for your upcoming visit. The 5 star Top Secret Hotel boasts all the expected services and amenities for a first-class hotel, plus many additional extras and luxury details that will make your trip one that you will cherish for a lifetime! Every day you stay here will grant you with exciting activities and utter relaxation in equal measure. How you choose to spend your day is completely up to you, whether it’s lazing by the large outdoor pool or exploring the nearby iconic landmarks, or indulging in retail therapy at the world’s biggest mall – it’s all possible here! The well-appointed guest rooms boast every home comfort you could possibly need during your stay, from a butler service to wake-up calls, CD and DVD player and spacious en-suite with bathtub. You will also be able to enjoy stunning views of the famous Jumeirah beaches and the sparkling city skyline from your very own balcony.

There’s no need to leave this Arabian luxury resort in Dubai in order to find excellent fine and casual dining destinations as the property has three of its own. Choose between the Arabic and Mediterranean buffet restaurant, with authentic Arabic tents, live music and shisha pipes providing the ideal setting, the Latin Grill restaurant with an impressive Latin American wine list and open for Sunday brunch, or the contemporary Asian restaurant, with its chic cocktail and drinks menu served at the bamboo bar. Before heading straight to your room after dinner, why not unwind in the hotel’s mini library or grab a movie from the DVD library to enjoy in bed?

Couple your luxurious stay with an equally spectacular and extravagant experience at the Dubai Fountain Show. Idyllically situated within the picturesque Burj Khalifa Lake, the spectacle will blow you away with its vast water shoots reaching up to 500ft, elaborate shapes and passionate accompanying music. Designed by the same team behind the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, there’s not surprise these are just as iridescent, grand and magnificent. Their bursts of kaleidoscopic jets can be seen around the desert for 20 miles and with several shows a day, you’ll have more than one opportunity to see it up close.

Also within close proximity to the Marina is the Yacht Club Dubai Marina, where you and the family or business colleagues can visit for premium dining and spectacular views of over 500 yachts across the four marinas. The club’s prestigious reputation attracts a large number of visitors every day who come to experience the 5 star luxury and elegant surroundings of the clubhouse and to use the Sports Lounge, eat at one of the restaurants or take part in Cruising Club.

All-suite hotel apartments in modern Dubai Marina – 5 star – Dubai

Enjoy having privacy and the freedom to relax and explore at your leisure, whilst still having access to all the services and facilities of a 5 star hotel at this all-suite hotel apartments in modern Dubai Marina. The widely-renowned and prestigious hotel offers some of the best views of the Jumeirah Palm and beaches, and over the glistening Arabian Gulf, directly from the guest suites and apartments.

As well as practical and convenient facilities such as 24 hour security, valet parking and currency exchange, there are also many luxury extras that will exceed all your expectations. These include free daily shuttles to the city centre, malls and beach so that you do not have to navigate or pay for the public transport systems. There is also a limousine service to transport you in style to your preferred destination anywhere the city, an onsite hair salon and sun beds for the ultimate pampering sessions. Treat yourself to some well-deserved R&R time at the infinity pool and surrounding private lounge deck or take a dip in the Jacuzzi or steam bath – pure bliss!

Immerse yourself in true Arabian culture and visit the desert for an adventure you will not forget! A popular treat with the whole family, a tour or safari in the Arabian desert is a superb opportunity to see a different side of Dubai from the high-rise buildings and bright city lights. The mystery and enormity of the desert creates an enchanting setting for whatever tour or activity you choose to be a part of; from dune driving to camel racing, belly dancing to dinner under the stars. The safaris are led by expert guides who will drive you deep into the heart of the desert on a thrilling ride across the conservation reserve. Once darkness falls, local chefs will rustle up a gourmet selection of grilled meats, vegetables and sweet treats which you can enjoy surrounded by nature in one of the authentic Bedouin-themed camps. The evening also consists of henna painting, an aromatic shisha, falcon demonstrations and countless photo opportunities! You won’t be able to bid farewell to Dubai without having experienced it for yourself!

Alternatively, you can opt for a morning dune drive with the chance to witness Arabian wildlife and watch the sun come up over the dunes. The early hours provide a calm and serenity in the deserts that is impossible to find anywhere else, and the chance to spot wild flora and fauna is once-in-a-lifetime. This trip is particularly popular with keen photographers who will be able to capture rare birds, beasts and vegetation in their natural habitat and without the distractions and disturbances of a crowd of tourists.