Abu Dhabi

Hotels in Abu Dhabi

Expect nothing but luxury from Abu Dhabi hotels – this is not a destination for budget travelers, after all! Five star hotels are the norm here, so be prepared to splurge. In return, you’ll enjoy fabulous perks like private beaches, on-site spas and health centers, unbeatable views of the city, and perhaps even a celebrity sighting or two. Travelers looking to take advantage of luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi at a fraction of the cost should consider visiting during the off-season. It includes the summer months and during Ramadan, when some Abu Dhabi hotels will offer steep discounts.

Some of the best hotels in Abu Dhabi include Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, a favorite among international travelers and politicians that boasts fabulous views of the Corniche and the Arabic Gulf, as well as perks like an on-site spa and sports facility; the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, which is located near Open Beach and Marina Mall and offers private beach access; the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, which is located near the Abu Dhabi Mall and the Khalifa Center and boasts a luxurious on-site spa and a private beach; and the Millenium Hotel Abu Dhabi, which is located near Capital Garden and the Corniche and offers an on-site health club and spa.

Perhaps the best way to express the grandeur of the newly built, Kempinski-operated Emirates Palace—reportedly the most expensive hotel ever built—is to break it down by numbers.

The company known for stocking Thai jungle lodges with fine wines and fitting Maldivian overwater bungalows with Egyptian-cotton sheets has set its sights on the Empty Quarter—an ocean of dunes across the planet’s largest uninter-rupted desert.

This 499-room hotel has brave-new-world bravado and future-is-now daring to spare: two 12-story steel-and-glass towers connected by a bridge, under which fantastically fast cars speed by during Formula One races.