Beach breaks: stay different with Jumeirah

It’s time to hit the sand! Let our handy guide point you towards your perfect beach holiday in Dubai

You could just find a resort by the sea, or you could stay at a true icon of luxury…

Frequently voted one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab commands attention along Dubai’s coast. And while it’s a given that you’ll want to visit the architectural gem while on a trip – if only to admire it up close – staying there is something every discerning traveller should vow to do at least once in his or her life. Ask anyone who has been lucky enough to check in and they’ll admit that the experience is impressive from the very start. Upon arrival, you are discreetly escorted to your duplex suite which, due to the property’s smart design, has wow views of your unique location and beyond through floor-to-ceiling windows. The beach experience is as luxurious as you’d expect, and at the exclusive Burj Al Arab Terrace you’ll find Scape restaurant (specialising in Californian-style cuisine), a dreamy infinity pool and cosy cabanas. Of course, there’s plenty more at the property to entice, including the acclaimed Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, and a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce to ferry you around town.

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Burj Al Arab Terrace

You could just stay on the beach, or upgrade to a place that has its own luxury beach club…

Unwind in your very own pocket of beach bliss at Jumeirah Al Naseem, the latest property to open at Madinat Jumeirah. All the rooms and suites have postcard-worthy views towards Burj Al Arab or the Arabian Gulf, and expansive terraces that edge the sandy beach. But the best bit, in our opinion, is the lure of Summersalt beach club, which has launched a new Japanese fusion pop-up concept, Umi Shio, created by Japanese/Argentinian chef Cristian Goya. Blending the artful craft of Japanese cooking, with the delicious flavours of South America, dishes are designed for sharing and feature authentic Japanese and South American ingredients such as miso, yuzu, truffle and lime in abundance. Open for lunch and dinner, it also serves a delicious selection of Japanese-inspired drinks to sip while admiring the view. And if you thought you’d reached peak relaxation throughout the day, bear in mind that Talise Spa is just a hop, skip and a buggy ride away. We rate the Hot Sea Shell massage, which helps banish tension and stress.

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(Main image: The view from Jumeirah Al Naseem)

You could just stay at a hotel with spacious rooms, or you could stay somewhere with Royal Residences…

While we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to spacious suites in Dubai, there comes a time in life when you want to squirrel yourself away from the rest. If you’re not keen on seeing another soul while you’re away (aside from your nearest and dearest), then a private villa holiday fits the bill nicely. The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Royal Residences set the bar high when it comes to exclusive beach breaks. Set amid lush tropical gardens and a dreamy lagoon pool, the Ottoman era inspired villas have their own private sun terrace, private swimming pool and stretch of soft sand. You’ll also have access to your own private garden while a fully-equipped kitchen means you don’t have to decamp to a restaurant – simply call upon the personalised butler service to take care of all your needs. 

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You could just stay at a family hotel, or you could stay at a family hotel that’s fresh from a stylish refurb…

Back on the scene following a six month refurbishment, and celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a firm favourite among families. Throw open the doors of your family Garden Suite and step out onto the private terrace for some salty sea air, splash around in the swimming pools, build sandcastles with the kids, and swap stories over dinner at Pan Asian restaurant Beachcombers. What’s more, all guests get complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark.

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Pai Thai

Madinat Jumeirah

DO

YOUR FIRST TIME
Shop at Souk Madinat Jumeirah 
For an Arabian bazaar style shopping experience, browse the barrows and stalls of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Each is brimming with treasured mementoes that deserve a space in your suitcase.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT 
Embark on a deep-sea fishing trip
Try something new on the water thanks to the dedicated Water Sports Centre – the thrilling deep-sea fishing excursion is sure to take you out of your comfort zone for a trip to remember. 

SEE

YOUR FIRST TIME
Madinat Jumeirah via abra 
Soak up the beauty of Madinat Jumeirah and see the authentic Arabian architecture from all angles by setting off on a 20-min abra tour along the meandering waterways.   Camera at the ready!

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT 
A theatre show 
With an impressive line-up of live performances, from foot-tapping musicals to ballet, Madinat Theatre is a draw card for fans of the arts. Showing in Jan is Blackouts & Charles Nguela (31 Jan) – a hi-tech acrobatics, dance and illusions show.

EAT

YOUR FIRST TIME
Pai Thai
First-timers are sure to be impressed by this award-winning Thai restaurant. A short abra ride delivers you to this ambient venue, where a feast of aromatic dishes await. 

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT 
Shimmers
Seasoned visitors can make the most of the winter weather at Shimmers. Savour bites by Greek Chef Yiannis Katsikas, and sink your toes into the sand while admiring the never-gets-old view of Burj Al Arab.

SPA

YOUR FIRST TIME
Full moon yoga at Talise Spa
The full moon is said to have a powerful effect on our mood and energy. Feel the benefits by taking part in this 90-minute yoga session under the stars, and stretch to a soundtrack of waves lapping the shore. 

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
Get hollywood-style healthcare 
Need more than a massage? Visit the DNA Health Clinic at Talise Spa to explore your DNA profile and genetic blueprint for tips on slowing down the ageing process, along with bio-aesthetic treatments to help you look your best.

SLEEP

YOUR FIRST TIME 
Jumeirah Al Qasr
You couldn’t wish for a better introduction to warm Arabian hospitality than at this luxurious hotel, which is designed in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence. The rooms are newly refurbished – we rate the Arabian Deluxe suites, which fit up to two adults and two children, with scenic views of the gardens and waterways. 

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BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf 
These summerhouses can go under the radar, but their tranquil setting amid the gardens, waterways, and private beach make them a gem if you’re seeking something a bit different from the norm. 

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Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf