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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.

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.

 

Amazing prices in old Dubai – 4 star – Dubai

Nestled away in one of Dubai’s most historic neighbourhoods, sits this 4 star deluxe Top Secret Hotel offering first-class service and a prime location. Bur Dubai is an idyllic quarter, running alongside the Creek with its ancient water taxis, river barges and floating restaurants, and with close enough access to new Dubai; Downtown, the Marina and Jumeirah Beach. It makes the perfect base for those who want to discover and experience both the historic and contemporary personalities of Dubai. The property itself is very design-led, taking inspiration from traditional Arabian models of architecture, fabrics and furnishings which results in a unique and calming atmosphere in which to live and relax. The guest rooms and suites are spacious and homely and feature all the necessary amenities and conveniences to ensure a stellar break, such as a kitchenette, dining area, additional sofa bed, flat screen LCD TV and mini-bar. Grab these amazing prices in old Dubai before they go!

The friendly staff strive to deliver bespoke service to every individual visitor and are happy to help with any queries and recommendations, alongside the many facilities provided by the property. These include airport shuttle transfers, free onsite parking, organised city tours and medical service available for all guests during their stay here. Free time can be well spent at the hotel as there are numerous activities and entertainment opportunities; pamper yourself at the beauty or hair salon before a special occasion or unwind with a well-being treatment or massage in the tranquil spa. If you want to let off some steam and keep up fitness levels on holiday, head to the high-spec gym or swimming pool before sinking into the Jacuzzi or steam bath.

Tucked behind Khalid Bin Waleed Street in Bur Dubai, a treasure chest of gold, exotic textiles and exquisite sugary delights is housed within the impressive Meena Bazaar. Ever bustling with activity, both locals and tourists shuffle round the labyrinthine stalls in search of the best bargain and most unique items. If you’re looking for a bespoke clothing garment, you’ll find a number of excellent and very reasonably priced tailors that with whisk up a suit or gown in no time at all, Santobar Tailors are especially recommendable for this. When you’ve shopped yourself hungry there’s infinite choice of cheap and cheerful food stalls, serving traditional local delicacies. Also nearby is the Gold Souk, another lively marketplace specialising in everything gold and glittery! Also not too far away is the affectionately nicknamed Computer Street, which unsurprisingly has rows upon rows of inexpensive computer and electronic stores, perfect for tech-junkies!

 

4 star – Secret Hotel in Dubai – 4 star – Dubai

Surrounded by bustling souk markets, historical architecture and narrow, winding lanes, this comfortable ‘4 star – Secret Hotel in Dubai – 4 star – Dubai’ is our top pick for exploring the city, whether you’re here for a business conference or a family vacation. With easy and quick access to the beautiful Creek and green public park, the location of this superb hotel is a welcome break from the high-rise complexes and ultra-modern cityscape.

Guests are made to feel right at home from the moment they arrive by the friendly staff, and throughout their stay with home comforts and convenient and modern services. Among them is a car rental desk, dry cleaning, WiFi, and organised children’s programmes. Business guests are welcome to make use of the fully-equipped meeting rooms and business centre, and private dining is available for large groups upon request. The leisure facilities are second-to-none and will ensure that your stay is as relaxing as it is entertaining. Sports lovers will not want to pass up the opportunity to use the first-class golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool. For those guests who prefer to unwind and pamper, there is a Health Centre and Jacuzzi for the ultimate self-indulgence.

Just a few steps from the banks of the Creek, Dubai Museum sits within the notable Al Fahidi Fort, and offers visitors a fascinating look at the intricacies of Dubai’s past. The fort itself is the oldest building in the city, built in 1787, and the museum was later opened by the then ruler with the intention to educate visitors with the traditional Emirate way of life. The collections include countless artefacts and relics of the past, from both the local environs and further afield such as Asia and Africa. The exhibitions and demonstrations concentrate on life in Dubai before the boom of oil, with life-size replicas of traditional shop-fronts with vendors, pearl merchants and craftsmen. There are also models of old mosques, houses, souks, and rural desert lifestyles, complete with camels, wild animals and Bedouin camps.

Floating peacefully on the neighbouring Dubai Creek are several fine-dining restaurants with in-built postcard-worthy views. Whether it’s for your own special occasion or if you’re treating a visitor, any of these famous floating eateries promise a unique and unforgettable experience. One of the most popular is Aprons & Hammers, due to the 360 degree views of the Marina, Creek and bustling banks, the warm hospitality and the breath-takingly fresh fish dishes. The overall dining experience is definitely not one you have every day; upon arrival the staff hand out aprons that will later prove handy when you smash open your own bucketful of crabs, lobsters and shellfish with mini-hammers!

Luxurious and stylish hotel in Dubai – 5 star – Dubai

Nestled in the heart of the Deira neighbourhood, the former financial centre, this luxurious and stylish hotel in Dubai promises a unique and memorable stay in the sparkling metropolis. The historic quarter on the doorstep of the hotel, today houses a number of bustling souks with a colourful mix of Persian merchants, exotic spices and artisanal treasures. Best suited for families travelling with children of all ages, this lavish hotel accommodates to your every need and a choice of connecting rooms, oversized family rooms and spacious apartments. Young children can meet and play with other peers at the kids club, while the adults relax and unwind at any of the many leisure facilities on offer.

There are several award-winning restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, suitable for every occasion and sometimes offering a specific children’s menu. After dinner there is nightly entertainment, featuring exciting and diverse acts, alternatively indulge with a well-being massage or unwind in the steam room and Jacuzzi. The property also boasts an intimate club lounge, florist and gift shop, rooftop terrace with stunning skyline views, an executive floor, outdoor pool and daily shuttle services to the beach and malls.

The close-by Al Satwa district is easy to get to from any one of Dubai’s major landmarks; only 10 minutes away from the Sheik Zayed Road and equal distance from the Marina, beach and Dubai Zoo. This quaint, historic quarter is jam-packed with independent shops, roadside cafés and traditional architecture and is especially recommendable if you’re on the hunt for unique keepsakes and souvenirs. Locals say that it is a little piece of “old” Dubai, tucked in-between the skyscrapers and resort hotels, where you can partake in some good, old-fashioned bartering and even commission a bespoke suit or gown from one of the many local tailors. The rare and exotic fabrics are surprisingly cheap, and vary from silk to cotton and chiffon, which make equally beautiful wedding dresses as they do everyday-wear. The scattering of beauty salons are great for getting authentic henna painting and relaxing treatments as a well-deserved break.

For something a little more up-to-date, check out Dubai Media City, just inland from the Jumeirah Beach and Palm Island. The institute is a thriving centre for global businesses and media companies, and is a popular site for conferences and worldwide corporate meetings. Business travellers will likely have to visit the centre for work, but the building is also fascinating for every other visitor too, as it comprises of a series of contemporary and sleek towers, surrounded by lush palms and glistening pools of water. It’s a fascinating insight into the world of work within Dubai and how the infinite media organisations, including television, publishing, radio and advertising, operate.

 

Perfect choice hotel in new Dubai – 5 star – Dubai

Allow yourself to be utterly spoiled by 5 star luxury at this elegant and unique Top Secret Hotel in Dubai’s vibrant Jebel Ali district. The interiors of the hotel take traditional Arabian designs and bring them up-to-date with a contemporary flair, creating a warm aesthetic and a relaxing ambiance. The Jebel Ali neighbourhood is located on the fringe of the Arabian Gulf, which gifts many of the rooms with views of the azure waters and stunning beaches. Other guest rooms boast views of the immaculate gardens with their exotic flora and outdoor swimming pools. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, from excellent sporting activities to tranquil spa days – you’ll be blown away by the choice! This really is a perfect choice hotel in new Dubai!

Especially popular for family beach vacations, this superior hotel provides guests with an extensive range of modern and convenient facilities, such as a daily shuttle service to the nearby beach, free onsite parking and WiFi. There are both fine-dining and casual restaurants at the hotel, suitable for every occasion, from business meetings to birthday parties, as well as bars serving exquisite cocktails and international wines. Families travelling with young children can leave the kids to play and meet others at the entertainment programmes organised by the hotel, while the parents enjoy some downtime either by the pool, on the golf course or at the health club.

The Jebel Ali district of Dubai is a thriving hub of activity and entertainment, so whatever your interests or preferences, you’ll never be short of something to see or do! To take a breather from the heat, why not catch a movie at the immense Grand Megaplex Cinema on Gardens Cross Road, where you will find a varied listing of international and local films. Just steps from the cinema is a café super popular with all sweet-tooths – Chocomelt, full of delectable chocolaty treats and sugar-coated delicacies.

Art-lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Cuadro Museum and Fine Art Gallery, one of the leading collections of contemporary and modern art in the Gulf. With the ever-rotating curated exhibitions there are often displays of very different artistic styles and approaches, and each of them are often accompanied by related workshops and talks from the collectors or artists. Occasionally there are events open to the public which aim to educate and further contribute to the community’s arts culture, such as auctions, openings, panel discussions and one-off exhibitions.

 

A quiet sanctuary at Dubai Creek – 5 star – Dubai

A quiet sanctuary at Dubai Creek, this five star hotel provides luxury accommodation for your stay in Dubai. Guest rooms are comfortable and modern; with an en-suite bathroom, plasma TV screen and air conditioning, you’ll have no trouble settling in. On-site services are extensive, ranging from currency exchange to car rental. If you’re visiting Dubai on business, the hotel also has a range of facilities to aid you, including an overhead projector and meeting rooms. For those seeking leisure, there is a magnificent rooftop swimming pool, as well as a gym.

Dubai has numerous activities and attractions for you to engage with during the day. Many choose to visit the city’s iconic landmarks; the man-made islands are definitely worth a visit. From the palm-tree shaped Palm Jumeirah, to a set of islands which form a map of the world, the extravagance of these megaprojects is astounding. You can choose to visit them on foot, or sail around them in a variety of boats. Alternatively, why not visit the famous buildings of Dubai? The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, is as breathtaking as you’d expect. Likewise, the Burj Al Arab is a stunning piece of architecture – remember to take a camera!

The city is renowned for its incredible shopping experiences, so it’s the perfect place to be if you desire retail therapy. The Dubai Mall boasts more than 1,200 stores, as well as various leisure activities. From an ice skating rink, to a first-rate aquarium, the mall is a great day out for the whole family. If you’d prefer a more authentic shopping experience, then the gold and spice souks will cater for you. These traditional markets sell local produce and are a great place to purchase gifts and souvenirs, but be sure to haggle for the best price.

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, the city is home to a number of award winning restaurants. Hukama offers contemporary Chinese cuisine and a tranquil atmosphere. It also has an outdoor terrace, where you can enjoy a superb view of the Burj Khalifa along with your meal. After dinner, you might wish to end the day in one of Dubai’s many lavish clubs. The Boutiq Ultra Lounge is a cutting edge venue with LED lighting and contemporary club music. Here, you can dance the night away amongst some of the city’s trendy locals. We hope you enjoy your stay in Dubai!

Centrally and conveniently located apartments – 4 star – Dubai

Stay in the heart of one of Dubai’s most historic neighbourhoods, surrounded by the world-famous, bustling souks, abras (old-fashioned water-taxis) and charming floating restaurants, in these centrally and conveniently located apartments. The clever alternative to a hotel, these apartments offer guests privacy and seclusion from the rest of the city’s many other tourists and visitors, with complete access to all the necessary amenities plus 24 hour security for the building and numerous communal leisure facilities. These include a rooftop thermal swimming pool, separate children’s pool, steam room, sun beds, Jacuzzi and sauna.

Some of the many facilities offered by the apartment building include airport transfers with personal meet and greet, PCs in the lobby with free internet access, underground parking, news stand, city tour desk, and medical service. Each well-appointed apartment is stylishly designed and contains modern and convenient features to make you feel right at home, with ample living, dining and working space. They boast fully-equipped kitchens with separate pantry, a dining area with turndown service, living space with double sofa bed, balcony work desk, as well as climate control, daily housekeeping and internet access.

Set between the centrally located Bur Dubai and Karama districts you will be able to enjoy the meeting of modern and ancient Dubai, with old barges and scenes of trading on one side of the creek and ultra-modern residential and retail complexes on the other. The creek is also the site of a beautiful and pristinely-kept green park, as well as the destination to experience stunning firework displays in the evening.

Around the Bur Dubai district particularly you will come across a wealth of souks, or covered markets. These hubs of bustling activity and excitement are a great place to immerse yourself in local traditions and culture; as not only will you be able to pick up some traditional products, you can also interact directly with the friendly and welcoming residents. Everything from gold to fish, spice and textiles can be found here and it’s best to come in the late afternoon when they are at their most lively and you can best practice your bartering skills to nab a good deal! The colourful textiles and furnishings make the ideal souvenir or gift for a loved one at home. The neighbouring creek is home to several abra stations which transport people across the water in traditional wooden barges, used as taxis, to the other side – you can’t go home without having experienced it!