10 OF THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE HOTELS IN THE UAE
These are the luxury hotels that you just can’t help but capture…
The UAE has no shortage of wow-worthy hotels and resorts, and some just truly take your breath away. From dreamy interiors to striking architecture and wow-worthy facilities, we’ve rounded up the most stunning and photogenic hotels we could find.
1. ANANTARA QASR AL SARAB
Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara, on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, has recently been ranked as the most Instagrammable hotel in the world by Luxury Travel Advisor. More than 35,000 readers voted for the stunning, five-star desert property, which sits on the edge of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter – the world’s largest sand desert. Hidden amongst the sea of rolling, flame orange dunes of the Empty Quarter, Anantara Qasr Al Sarab is one of the UAE’s best-loved, traditional Arabian escapes. A secluded desert oasis, there are 141 rooms, suites and pool villas on offer, all decorated with traditional arabesque touches with endless vistas out across the desert dunes.
2. THE RITZ-CARLTON RAS AL KHAIMAH, AL WADI DESERT
Located in a Ras Al Khaimah’s protected nature reserve, this Ritz Carlton hotel is a world away from Dubai’s hustle and bustle, despite being only 45 minutes away. The remote destination has 101 private villas, each with their own pool and terrace. The 100 hectare reserve has Arabian oryx, sand and Arabian gazelles, camels and horses and desert treks on camel or horseback can be aranged, as well as private archery lessons, stargazing, falconry shows, owl interaction and nature walks.
3. ONE&ONLY THE PALM DUBAI
This luxury resort can be reached on the furthest end of the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, either by car or boat in its private marina. The property has 90 rooms and four exclusive beach villas with attention to every detail paid. The supersize pool is 850 square metres, and leads out onto the 450 metres of beach front, which offers stunning views of Dubai’s Marina skyline.
4. ZAYA NURAI ISLAND
Fancy waking up to an ocean view you can almost touch? No, you don’t need to go to the Maldives for this experience, Abu Dhabi’s Zaya Nurai Island has just that. You’ll need to take a 12 minute boat ride from Saadiyat Island to find it, but this luxury resort is worth the extra trip to enjoy pure serenity. The exclusive hotel comes complete with a pristine sandy beach, wooden sea swings within crystal-clear waters. The villas range from one up to six bedrooms and all come with their own private pool and outdoor terrace.
5. EMIRATES PALACE
This 850,000 square metre lavish hotel is set on 1.3 kilometers of private beach, comes with two expansive swimming pools, and panoramic views of the Gulf. The hotel is in the top five most expensive buildings in the world, costing Dhs14.3 billion to be built. It’s a magpie’s dream with 1002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.1 tonnes, while the interiors are created from gold, mother of pearl and crystals. With 394 luxurious rooms and suites, as well as 14 restaurants, there’s hardly a need to even leave the resort.