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When you mention Dubai to most people, an image of this iconic sail-shaped hotel is likely to come up. Built in 1999, it has often been called the world's only seven-star hotel due to its incomparable luxury. Situated in a stunning location on its own man-made island near the coast of Dubai, it has numerous restaurants and bars, an impressive kid's club, a large luxurious spa and fitness centre, several pools, spacious opulent guest suites, butlers and even a helipad. A fleet of Rolls-Royces are available for guests too. No wonder it bills itself a destination in itself.

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Ben West
Freelance Journalist
Ben has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times, Times, Telegraph, Spectator and New Statesman. His work has taken him to around 90 countries, and he has also written a number of books and a play, Gertrude’s Secret, which toured UK theatres for three years.



Though the hotel occupies its own man-made island, Downtown Dubai is only about 15 minutes' away by car.

Situated on a private island near Madinat Jumeirah souk; it's a short drive across the causeway to the mainland.
By plane: flights from London and Manchester to Dubai take 7 hours. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from the airport. Free private parking on-site.

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Style & Character

The hotel attracts guests of all ages, with deep pockets and a love of the most decadent living. The design is legendary: for example the exterior - in the shape of a billowing Arabian Dhow sail - is an iconic image of Dubai.

Service & Facilities

There are many ultra-extravagant ways you can arrive here: you can be chauffeured in one of the hotel's numerous Rolls Royces, or simply land your helicopter on the helipad.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pools
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Games room
  • Spa
  • Beauty treatments
  • Helipad
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


There's a certain exuberance in having an 18-carat gold-plated iPad in each suite. Premium suites have extras, such as a snooker table or private cinema.

Deluxe Marina, Deluxe Palm, Sky Marina, Sky Palm, Panoramic, Club, Burj Two Bed Family, Deluxe Two Bed, Burj Three Bed Family, Diplomatic Three Bed, Presidential Two Bed suites
Facilites include: ensuite bathroom, Hermès toiletries, private living room, butler service, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We love the large choice of restaurants, all guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. The yellowtail and king salmon carpaccio with hazelnut and buttermilk sauce at Restaurant Al Muntaha is certainly extremely tasty.

Al Muntaha: French and Italian cuisine. Open daily for dinner. Mains from AED300.
Al Iwan: mezze, seafood and grill. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Mains from AED100.
Sal: casual beachside dining, Mediterranean flavours, seafood. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from AED170.
Sahn Eddar: Italian classics, burgers, all-day dining, afternoon tea. Mains from AED200.

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