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Best Places To Stay in Dubai for Couples in 2024

Looking for the best hotels in Dubai for couples? Here are my picks for the best romantic hotels in Dubai.

I’ve got you covered — I live in Dubai and as a lifelong local, I know the city’s neighborhoods like the back of my hand, so I’m keen to share what I believe are the absolute best places to stay in Dubai for couples. I’m also a travel writer who covers luxury hotels in the city for renowned magazines, so I’ve had the chance to tour and review some of the most romantic hotels in Dubai for couples

Dubai pulls out all the stops when it comes to romantic luxury stays in jaw-dropping locations. So, you (and your significant other) can totally expect to be swept off your feet if you’re planning a romantic holiday or honeymoon trip to Dubai. By the way, my guide to how to dress in Dubai will help you plan what to pack for your Dubai holiday.

There is a seriously wide range of activities for couples, from romantic private stargazing and 3-course dinner desert safaris and sunrise hot air balloon rides to picnics on the beach and dinner cruises with live music. 

Most people traveling to Dubai find it hard to believe that this city of skyscrapers and fascinating contemporary architecture was once a small fishing village along the Persian Gulf. Or that most of what you see today did not exist when I was growing up in Dubai in the 90s. 

But it’s not all serious business — if you know where to look and are into city breaks, then Dubai can be a truly romantic holiday destination! If you are not short on time, then you can also take day trips from Dubai for nature and adventure experiences.

The best places to stay in Dubai for couples offer access to a bit of everything — white sand beaches, legendary sea and skyline views, bucket-list-worthy dining and nightlife, seriously next-level spas, and high-quality service that makes you feel like royalty.   

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Best Hotels in Dubai for Couples: Quick Guide

Dubai serves up an ever-growing collection of five-star hotels offering exceptional service, top-notch amenities, world-class spas, fitness centers, and breathtaking views of the city’s skyline or the Arabian Sea. But there’s a LOT of choices, so I don’t blame you if you’re feeling super confused. Luckily for you, here are my top picks for the very best Dubai hotels for couples.  

From opulent palace hotels that offer unparalleled luxury to trendy beachfront resorts with suites featuring private pools and private beach access, there is no shortage of options for couples seeking the ultimate romantic getaway. Throw in amenities like private butler service and you’re guaranteed to be impressed.  

Insider Tip: Always ask about romantic packages when staying at a hotel in Dubai as a couple. From private beach dinners to spa packages, hotels in Dubai usually have some nice perks for couples. 

Best Honeymoon Hotel in Dubai : One & Only The Palm

Andalusian architecture, fountain pools, and a romantic setting on Palm Jumeirah make the One & Only The Palm the best honeymoon hotel in Dubai. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

One&Only The Palm lobby with arches and fountain
  • Suites with private pools
  • Private beach, grand infinity pool, and private yacht marina
  • Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddle boarding
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Spa with an adults-only pool
  • 4 award-winning restaurants and bars (with celebrity chefs)
  • Private candlelit poolside dining
  • Romantic packages for couples including spa and Michelin-star dinners

Best Luxury Hotel in Dubai for Couples : Burj Al Arab

Ultra-luxurious suites with sea views and views of Palm Jumeirah, and unmatched service make the Burj Al Arab the best luxury hotel in Dubai for couples. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

Sail shaped exterior of the Burj Al Arab stands under blue skies by the blue sea and a sandy beach
  • Master bathrooms with Jacuzzi and Hermès amenities 
  • Private butler and 24-hour concierge 
  • The Terrace with swimming pools and private beach 
  • Regal spa with pool
  • Beach Club
  • 8 World-class and award-winning restaurants and bars (some Michelin-starred)
  • Yacht charter and luxury supercar rental or chauffeur service

Best Beach Hotel in Dubai for Couples : Atlantis The Royal

Spectacular sea views from luxurious suites with private pools and a private 2km beach make the Atlantis The Royal the best beach hotel in Dubai for couples. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

The contemporary building of the Atlantis The Royal lit up with warm lighting. In front of it a girl stands posing with an arm on a hip, wearing a green dress, her hair in a bun.
  • Stylish rooms, suites, and penthouses with lavish balconies, terraces, and private pools
  • Nearly 15 restaurants and bars (many celebrity-chef-helmed and including Persian, Greek, Spanish, Peruvian, and more) including legendary Japanese restaurant Nobu 
  • Infinity pool and lounge 
  • Beach Club
  • Spa including hammam 
  • Access to more restaurants and lounges at Atlantis The Palm
  • Access to Aquaventure waterpark 

Best Palace Hotel in Dubai for Couples: Raffles The Palm 

Royal palace vibes and old-world splendor coupled with the palace-style decor in spacious rooms make Raffles The Palm the best palace hotel in Dubai for couples. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

Dome-topped villas at the Raffles The Palm Dubai stand beside manicured gardens overlooking the Arabian Sea
  • Duplex suites
  • In-suite Jacuzzi
  • Private white sand beach
  • 2 Swimming pools
  • 6 Grand restaurants including Japanese and Mediterranean, and a jazz lounge
  • Massive spa
  • Romantic beachfront private dining
  • Fantastic Palm Jumeirah location 

Best Desert Resort in Dubai for Couples : Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa

Stunning desert location with free-roaming wildlife like Arabian oryx makes Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa the best desert resort in Dubai for couples. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

  • Luxurious suites with Bedouin-style tented roofs, sun terraces, and private pools
  • Romantic packages and private desert dining
  • Dune drives, nature walks, and falconry
  • Terrace bar and a restaurant serving multi-course dinners 

Best Dubai Hotels for Adults : Five Palm Jumeirah

Adults-only pools and a fun party vibe make the Five Palm Jumeirah the best Dubai hotel for adults. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

  • Private beach
  • 6 Swimming pools (5 Outdoor pools and 1 Indoor pool)
  • Luxurious spa
  • Sea view suites and rooms
  • 8 Award-winning restaurants and bars

Best Places To Stay in Dubai for Couples

Dubai might be a big, busy city but I promise there are several neighborhoods in Dubai that offer a perfect balance of privacy, luxury, and convenience, making them ideal for couples to stay in.

Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina are perfect for couples who would enjoy a short walk to the beach or romantic strolls to Bluewaters Island while still being close to every convenience. 

Jumeirah is the best place in Dubai for couples who want to be in a beach neighborhood that’s also quiet and residential, but still close enough to dining and nightlife options. 

Downtown Dubai offers easy access to some of the city’s top attractions, nightlife, and shopping in the heart of the city.

If you’re looking for a more traditional experience, the city’s old neighborhoods provide affordable accommodations that offer a glimpse into life in old Dubai

Here you’ll also find Dubai’s rich cultural heritage in the souks of Bur Dubai and Deira and the heritage neighborhood of Al Fahidi. This walking tour is a fantastic way to explore Al Fahidi and the souks and museums in the area. 

Regardless of your preference, these Dubai neighborhoods offer something for everyone and are just a short drive away from the city’s top tourist destinations.

Wherever you choose to stay in Dubai, you’ll find these posts on getting from Dubai International Airport to the city and understanding the various neighborhoods in Dubai useful. 

By the way, feel free to join my Dubai Travel Planning Group on Facebook where you’ll find plenty of free resources, practical information, and insider tips about Dubai’s best cafes and must-visit restaurants, what to wear in Dubai, photo-worthy spots, and more.

Best Places To Stay in Dubai for Couples: Palm Jumeirah

One of Dubai’s most astounding modern-day creations, Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island in Dubai that is shaped like a palm tree. Understandably, it’s a very popular tourist destination. 

In my opinion, Palm Jumeirah is the absolute best place to stay in Dubai for couples because it’s an island getaway within the city where you’ll find luxurious beach hotels, fine-dining restaurants, and interesting nightlife. 

Aerial view of Palm Jumeirah manmade island in Dubai
Palm Jumeirah

If you want to see what the island looks like from above, I suggest checking out The View at the Palm for panoramic views over the island. 

From strolling along the beach at sunset and kayaking around Palm Jumeirah to enjoying a candlelit dinner, couples will find plenty of ways to spend quality time together on Palm Jumeirah. 

If you plan to stay in Palm Jumeirah, look for a hotel that has a private beach. 

A girl with curly brown hair in a red dress looks out of a panoramic glass window at the outdoor observatory of the Palm Tower. She is looking at a sunset view of the manmade palm-shaped islands of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai
Sunset view from View at The Palm

Tourist attractions and sites on the island include Nakheel Mall, with high-end shops and restaurants, the Atlantis hotels, the Aquaventure water park, and many beach clubs.

The Pointe is a waterfront destination on Palm Jumeirah with a variety of restaurants, shops, and cinemas. Finally, the Palm Fountain is the largest dancing fountain in the world, offering a spectacular water and light show.

Best Hotels in Dubai for Couples: Palm Jumeirah

W Dubai The Palm 

The 5-star W Dubai The Palm is one of my top choices for romantic hotels for couples in Dubai, especially on Palm Jumeirah. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

W Dubai Lobby where a bold, modern chandelier with futuristic design hangs above a seating lounge

First, I love the smart, sexy contemporary design of this hotel. Every time I step into the lobby and see their lobby installation, I take a photo of it. It’s just so brilliant and so fascinating.

That cool eclectic design continues in the hotel’s rooms and suites and there are breathtaking sea views to be enjoyed from your balcony.

A girl posing in front of a large photograph of Italian chef Massimo Bottura on a blue wall at the entrance of the restaurant Torno Subito in Dubai. She has dark hair which is down and wears a long blue silk jumpsuit with a white floral design. Her right hand is on her hip.

Their Michelin-Starred Italian restaurant, Torno Subito by celebrity chef Massimo Bottura is one of my favorites too and their Japanese restaurant Akira Back serves up a fun vibe and delicious Japanese Korean food. Sobe, their rooftop bar offers fantastic panoramic views and is the perfect spot for a sundowner.

A girl in a cream-colored crochet maxi poses with one hand against a pod-shaped cabana on a terraced pool. A walkway leads to the cabana. She has dark hair, is light-skinned, and is smiling. The sky behind her is a bright blue.

You’ll also love the private beach and beach club, and their terraced pools with cabanas on the pools, adults-only pool, plus VIP service from their pool bar. Wet Deck is their adults-only pool deck with live music by a DJ and the craziest poolside brunches. 

Private cabanas stand by terraced pools at the W Dubai The Palm

That’s all such a favorite for my husband and me that we often visit W Dubai The Palm for pool and beach days on winter weekends. It’s one of the best beach hotels in Dubai for couples who want to avoid a full-fledged family resort. 

Their Away Spa is the perfect place to book a couples’ spa treatment.

Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah 

This sprawling resort Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah offers spacious hotel rooms and suites with beautiful sea and Palm Jumeirah views.

Make the most of sunny days on their private sandy beach and beach club as this is one of the grandest beach resorts in Dubai for couples. 

To dine, choose from over 6 restaurants and bars including their award-winning Italian restaurant Social and Asian restaurant Lao. They also offer romantic packages for couples such as their private beach dining experience in a candlelit cabana, complete with a customized menu and private butler.    

Their spa offers couples’ suites so it’s a great idea to book a couples’ spa treatment. 

Check out their TripAdvisor reviews.

Anantara The Palm

Anantara The Palm is a slice of Thai island paradise in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah and one of the best hotels in Dubai for couples. The spectacular setting makes it the perfect resort to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, wedding, or engagement.

Aerial view of rooftops of the Anantara Dubai The Palm around a blue lagoon
Anantara The Palm Dubai / Image Copyright Anantara The Palm Dubai
Overwater villas with brown roofs at Anantara The Palm

The resort offers spacious guest rooms and villas, as well as the first overwater villas in the UAE, complete with glass panels in the floors. They’ve got luxurious beach villas with private pools if you want more privacy, as well as rooms with direct lagoon access. 

Overwater villas at Anantara The Palm/ Image Copyright Anantara The Palm Dubai

Two beds side by side in a couples spa suite with windows overlooking a lagoon

There are plenty of opportunities to relax at the Anantara Spa– choose from a couples’ spa in a spa suite with views of the lagoons.

Couples spa at Anantara The Palm Dubai / Image Copyright Anantara The Palm Dubai

A sandy beach with a resort by the sea

Meandering around the rooms and villas are three lagoon pools and there’s also a 50m infinity pool and private beach. Get active with watersports from kayaking, waterskiing and wakeboarding to stand-up paddleboarding and banana boat rides. 

Image Copyright Anantara The Palm Dubai

Choose from seven restaurants and bars serving everything from Australian to Thai cuisines, including Asian restaurant Mekong and poolside Mai Bar. Couples should ask about their Dining by Design experience – a romantic private dinner on the beach with a butler for the evening.

Check out their TripAdvisor reviews.

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa

The Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa, offers all the things that make up a great luxury beach resort: a fantastic location on Palm Jumeirah, a private beach, spa, six swimming pools, and over 12 restaurants and bars including a beach lounge, Italian gelateria and steakhouse.

Enjoy sea and skyline views from the resort’s rooms and suites – the beautiful Beach Suites are huge, and come with free-standing bathtubs and bathrooms that open into the bedroom. Ask about romantic packages – they can arrange a private romantic dinner on the beach.

Sofitel SPA with L’Occitane offers a ton of treatments including couples’ spa and massages as well as an indoor infinity pool, sauna, steam, hammam, hydrotherapy pools and more. 

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Best Places To Stay in Dubai for Couples: Jumeirah

Most of Jumeirah is residential with low-rise villas, gated communities, beautiful mosques, fishing harbors, a cycling track along the coast, and trendy cafes. It’s super romantic and charming in an old-meets-new way and that might be the reason why Jumeirah is one of my favorite places in Dubai. 

Buildings and boats stand in a harbour at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour Dubai
Jumeirah Fishing Harbour Dubai

Known for its proximity to the city’s stunning beaches, dotted with luxurious hotels, and great restaurants and bars, Jumeirah offers a perfect getaway for couples looking for a romantic escape in a quiet part of Dubai. 

The area is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, including the Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s famous 7-star hotel, which is known for its iconic sail-like structure. Check rates and availability.

Sail shaped hotel Burj Al Arab in Dubai
The iconic Burj Al Arab

Even if you’re not staying at the Burj Al Arab, you can visit the hotel on this Inside Burj Al Arab Tour to see their super expensive Royal Suite and learn how the other half live in Dubai!

Jumeirah also offers several thrilling activities if you’re feeling active, including water sports like kayaking, scuba-diving (yes really), and kitesurfing. The beachfront dining and lively nightlife make it a good fit for couples who want to combine relaxation with adventure.

Jumeirah is also a pretty big area, so here’s a breakdown of the neighborhoods within Jumeirah so you can make an informed choice about where to book your hotel in Dubai. 

Jumeirah 1

Jumeirah 1 is a coastal district known for its quiet and peaceful neighborhoods and lovely cafes with courtyard gardens such as Seva Table

It is the best area to stay if you want to walk to the beach (there are many), go for morning runs along beachfront promenades like La Mer, or the Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1 (a must-visit in my opinion), or spend a morning chilling in a park (hey, some couples like us are happy to do that). 

Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque

If the weather is nice, you can also explore Jumeirah 1 by Careem bike, with many bikes available and stops at most beaches and outside hotels.  

Moreover, there are many small neighborhood shopping malls and attractions here such as Jumeirah Beach, Etihad Museum, and Jumeirah Mosque. It’s also a 10 or 15-minute drive to other parts of Dubai. 

Al Wasl

Al Wasl was once a quiet neighborhood that has now turned into a hotspot for some of Dubai’s coolest restaurants and cafes, many award-winning and homegrown, such as Orfali Bros Bistro (book a table here before you get on your flight to Dubai, I’m serious), and others like Milk and Brunch and Cake

One of the most popular attractions here is City Walk, a cluster of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques as well as a VR games arcade and cinema. 

Landscaped boulevards and murals by local artists attract Dubai’s foodies, fashionistas, and families to Al Wasl, especially on the weekends, in spots like Wasl 51 and Box Park.

Al Safa

Al Safa is a central Dubai neighborhood known for Safa Park, a lush neighborhood park full of picnicking families and groups practicing yoga or football on the weekends.  

Dubai Water Canal
Dubai Water Canal

The Dubai Water Canal runs through Al Safa and connects to Business Bay. Hop on a bike and ride along the canal to explore, or book this cruise on the canal that includes tickets to the spectacular La Perle Dragone live show. The bridges over the canal provide a grand view of Dubai’s impressive skyline.

Jumeirah Beach

For couples who love the beach, a stay in the vicinity of Jumeirah Beach in Jumeirah 3 is a good choice. The district boasts several popular beaches, including Sunset Beach, Kite Beach, and Al Sufouh Beach (also known as Secret Beach). 

Each of these beaches offers a unique experience with Kite Beach having more facilities such as showers, toilets, food trucks, and restaurants, as well as an outdoor gym, beach club, and trampoline for kids. This is the place to be on the weekends between September and April.  

Kite Beach
Kite Beach

Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 2 is another must-visit spot, perfect for watching traditional wooden boats and enjoying fresh seafood in restaurants. 

Whether you want to relax on the sandy beaches lost in a book or indulge in water sports like kayaking, jet-ski, or kitesurfing, the beaches of Jumeirah have something for everyone.

Madinat Jumeirah

Built in the style of traditional sand-colored architecture and wind towers, Madinat Jumeirah is a complex consisting of a shopping mall called Souk Madinat Jumeirah, as well as restaurants, cafes, and bars designed around romantic canals plied by abra boats. 

A wooden abra boat on the canal in Madinat Jumeirah Dubai. On the banks are sand-colored heritage-stye buildings and palm trees
Madinat Jumeirah Dubai

Visitors can also explore the immersive Theater of Digital Art, which showcases digital art exhibitions. Also around the canals are some very luxurious resorts that offer loads of old-world charm and serious palace-from-Arabian-fairytale-vibes. 

Additionally, the iconic Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel and Dubai’s only 7-star hotel (yes, that’s totally a thing), is located nearby, standing like a sail-shaped sculpture over the Arabian Gulf.

Best Hotels in Dubai for Couples: Jumeirah

Four Seasons Resort Dubai At Jumeirah Beach

The Four Seasons Resort Dubai At Jumeirah Beach is one of the best ultra-luxurious 5-star beach resorts for couples in Dubai. Expect grand Arabian palace-like architecture and sophisticated modern design, done in a way that’s classy and not outrageously over-the-top.

The rooms and suites here are massive and come with sea-facing balconies with day beds. Marble bathrooms with huge bathtubs and there’s a TV fitted into the bathrooms’ vanity mirror (what the high-tech!). 

The resort offers a stylish private beach and beach club and two outdoor pools (one adults-only) and might just be the best Jumeirah hotel for couples who love luxury.

 You’ll find some of Dubai’s best dining and nightlife in the resort’s 11 restaurants, bars, and nightclubs including seafood spot Sea Fu, fancy rooftop bar Mercury Lounge, and the super-stylish Hendricks Bar. 

They’ve got a bunch of romantic packages such as a dreamy candlelit sunset dinner set up in your pool villa, where you’ll enjoy a three-course customized dinner and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut.

Make time for a couples’ spa session at its Arabian-inspired Pearl Spa, where they use ingredients like camel milk and crushed pearls in their very luxurious treatments. There’s also an indoor temperature-controlled pool, steam room, ice fountain, and whirlpool.   

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai

The first time I stepped into the serene lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai, I just knew this hotel was going to stand out for me in terms of luxury beach hotels in Dubai. With its illuminated tree installation, the lobby is such an elegant and soothing space, exactly what you’d expect from a high-end Asian hospitality brand.   

Mandarin Oriental Views from the hotel over low-rise neighborhood of Jumeira

Rooms and suites are tasteful and spacious, many with fabulous sea or city views.

Mandarin Oriental bathrooms

The spacious bathrooms come with dual vanities and sleek free-standing bathtubs.

Mandarin Oriental Pools and beach

Other than a sandy beach, there are 5 swimming pools including an infinity rooftop pool, a pool bar, a luxurious spa (with a couples’ suite and hammam), and fitness center. 

There are some great restaurants and lounges here including Netsu, a trendy Japanese steakhouse, Michelin-starred Portuguese restaurant Tasca by celebrity chef José Avillez, and Sublimotion, a unique multi-sensory dining experience by renowned two-Michelin-starred Chef Paco Roncero.  

Plus, I love the location on Jumeirah Beach, this is a quieter beach and a calm residential area in Jumeirah, right next door to some prime real estate in Dubai. In fact, I often go running on the track that runs along the beach right outside the Mandarin Oriental early in the mornings, all the way past the beach to Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. 

All this to say that I love this hotel and it’s exactly the kind of luxury beach hotel that I’d choose to stay at with my husband on one of our trips abroad. This is the best Jumeirah hotel for couples who appreciate quietness and calm beauty versus over-the-top luxury. 

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Bulgari Resort, Dubai

If you want to holiday in Dubai like an Italian celebrity, look no further than the super luxurious Bulgari Resort, Dubai located on Jumeirah Bay Island, a seahorse-shaped artificial island off Jumeirah. I was in awe the moment I first saw the facade of the resort shimmering under the Dubai sun – it’s also one of the best beach hotels in Dubai for couples.

That location itself, on an island with a private yacht marina and the world’s first Bulgari Yacht Club, makes it pretty exclusive. But don’t worry, it’s still within a 15-minute drive to popular attractions like the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.

The rooms and suites are spacious and seriously impressive with views of the Arabian Sea through floor-to-ceiling windows. There are also villas with private pools, terraces, and gardens. 

Their One-Bedroom Villa comes with a private temperature-controlled pool on a beachfront terrace, kitchenette, and a sunken marble bathtub in the marble bathroom.   

Plenty of celebrities have stayed at the 540 sqm Bulgari Villa, a lavish villa with a huge oval pool, a garden nearly as big as the villa and wooden decked terrace, a private home cinema, hydromassage and hammam. It’s the ultimate splurge!

A host of world class dining is available through Italian restaurants and bars, such as Il Ristorante by Niko Romito, Il Café , Il Bar, a glamorous bar and the La Spiaggia Beach Club with private beach and a unique mosaic-design outdoor pool.

Book a hammam or couples’ spa in the luxurious spa, and there’s also a salon and barbershop. 

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a good option for couples looking for a mid-range hotel in Jumeirah with a private beach and sea view suites. Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Jumeirah beach hotel a wave shaped exterior

The private beach makes for a great place for a dinner date with your partner (the hotel can arrange this). 

There are over 10 restaurants and bars here, plus 5 swimming pools to choose from. You’ll get access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark

Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa

Located in Jumeirah 1, the luxurious Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa offers great affordable accommodation right along a private sandy beach. Some sea-view suites come with spa baths and outdoor Jacuzzis.  

Though it’s not too expensive, this hotel is certainly not short on amenities. Other than the private beach, there are 3 swimming pools and 14 restaurants and bars (some lively nightlife options here). They’ve also got a reasonably-priced spa where you can try a Moroccan bath or hammam

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Best Places To Stay in Dubai for Couples: Dubai Marina and JBR

Dubai Marina is an expat-heavy residential area located in the heart of Dubai. These days it’s pretty busy here, full of tourists and expats. 

The big draw here is the canal that runs through the area and connects to the Arabian Sea, the Marina Walk, a waterfront promenade that is full of restaurants and cafes, and links to Dubai Marina Mall. 

Dubai Marina with skyscrapers rising on both sides of a canal
Get a photo of the skyscrapers in Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is popular among couples thanks to its proximity to the beach in JBR, and the many dining options in the area. Couples can enjoy long walks along the water or relax on the sandy beaches in Marina and JBR, taking in the stunning views of the city skyline.

Within walking distance from Dubai Marina is Jumeirah Beach Residence, commonly known as JBR. Here you’ll find a lively beachfront destination called The Beach with an outdoor cinema, multiplex, water sports, shops, events, and cafes and restaurants.

Ain Dubai, the world’s largest Ferris wheel, is located on Bluewaters Island, just a short distance from Dubai Marina and JBR. A wooden walkway connects JBR beach and Bluewaters Island, and it’s an easy 10-minute stroll to get between the two.  

The world's largest ferris wheel Ain Dubai, as seen from JBR Beach
Ain Dubai, as seen from JBR Beach

In fact, you’ll also have nice views of Ain Dubai from JBR Beach. You can book a private boat tour from Dubai Marina to go further and enjoy views of Palm Jumeirah and Bluewaters Island.

Best Hotels in Dubai for Couples: JBR and Dubai Marina

Caesar’s Palace Dubai

Though the swanky Caesar’s Palace Dubai resort is not in JBR or Dubai Marina, it’s on Bluewaters Island, it does have great connectivity to JBR via a wooden walkway – that’s why I decided to include it here. Check rates and availability and read TripAdvisor reviews.

Caesars Palace Dubai Pool with palm trees on both sides

One of the newer luxury resorts in Dubai, this stunning modern resort has many aspects that make it a fabulous choice for couples – they’ve got classy modern rooms with sea views, a private beach and a glamorous beach club, a spa, and world-class restaurants and bars.

Havana social club

Dine at acclaimed spots like Gordon Ramsay’s Hell Kitchen, Asian restaurant Demon Duck by Celebrity chef Alvin Leung and dance the night away at Havana Social Club.

If you’re up for plenty of beach and pool time, then you won’t be disappointed – there are two pool bars and two beach clubs and multiple pools. Their Cove Beach Club has a fun party vibe on the weekends. 

You can book a couples’ massage at their luxurious Qua Spa.  

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Neoclassical architecture, a wide range of restaurants and bars, private beach, and classic rooms make the five-star Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort a great beach resort in Dubai for couples. 

Spacious rooms and suites offer excellent beach and sea views

At this Dubai hotel, you’ll find amazing restaurants and bars such as Asian restaurant Sui Mui, Spanish restaurant El Sur and Italian date night hotspot Bussola. The elegant Oeno wine bar is perfect for a romantic evening. At Papillon, celebrate a special occasion with dinner and a show, or let your hair down at nightclub Industrial Avenue.

There are five outdoor pools and a private beach and beach club, as well as a spa to enjoy couples’ massages.   

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Address Dubai Marina

Address Dubai Marina offers modern rooms and suites in the heart of Dubai Marina close to the Dubai Marina shopping mall, metro station and within walking distance of JBR. If you choose this hotel, be sure to book a Marina View room.

Dubai marina views of boats in the marina

There are 7 restaurants and bars including a rooftop lounge and Nova where you can enjoy a Mediterranean dinner and show, and plenty more beyond them in the vicinity. 

To relax, there’s a rooftop swimming pool and a spa as well as a fully-equipped gym.

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Address Beach Resort

If you want to be in JBR, then I believe the Address Beach Resort has the best location on JBR Beach, right at one end of the beach so you’re not stuck among crowds on what is otherwise a pretty crowded beachfront. There’s also a wooden walkway right outside the hotel that takes you to Bluewaters Island where you’ll find great restaurants and cafes.

This area is perfect for couples who want beach access but also want to be within walking distance to nightlife. Bla Bla with over 20 restaurants and bars is right next door and you’ll have access to tons of dining on JBR Beach. 

A highlight here is a swim in their 77th-floor infinity pool (the world’s tallest) with unbelievable views of Ain Dubai. There are five restaurants and bars worth visiting including Zeta Seventy Seven by the infinity pool.

There’s also an adults-only pool and you’re literally on the beach here. Their spa menu is extensive with options for a couples’ treatment

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa offers spacious rooms and suites with views over the Arabian Gulf and tons to explore within the resort.

Choose from three swimming pools, direct access to the beach, and a rejuvenating couples’ massage at the spa

Their list of 12 in-house restaurants includes some of the best in the city such as Asian restaurant Zengo, the Rhodes Twenty10 steakhouse, and Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Lounge. 

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Best Places To Stay in Dubai for Couples: Downtown Dubai

Sprawling out around the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and the Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai is a lively district that’s very much in the heart of all the action. 

At your doorstep are high-end shopping, fine dining and casual eats, and exciting nightlife (from the Dubai Opera to Burlesque-style shows). 

In Downtown Dubai, the streets make for romantic city strolls – the entire neighborhood is illuminated by fairy lights, as though it were Christmas all year round. 

A girl in a tshirt and jeans, holds one hand to a hat and gazes at the Palace Downtown Hotel in Dubai
Downtown Dubai

It’s an excellent choice for couples also due to its convenient location, proximity to Sheikh Zayed Road, and on account of having easy access to public transportation on the Dubai Metro. 

Some of the top attractions in Downtown Dubai include the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Fountain, a stunning water and light show set to music. 

Couples can also explore the charming Souk Al Bahar, a modern mall built like a traditional Arabic-style marketplace. (Bonus tip: Go eat at TimeOut Dubai here, it’s awesome!)

Best Hotels in Dubai for Couples: Downtown Dubai

Address Fountain Views

A 5-star hotel with a perfect location in Downtown Dubai close to the Dubai Mall, Address Fountain Views is a good choice for couples who like to shop and want to be close to tourist attractions and public transportation.

Rooms are modern and luxurious and many offer views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. It also offers a swimming pool with private cabanas and a pool bar. 

There are seven restaurants and bars, and plenty others in the area. Relax with a massage or facial treatment at the spa.

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Manzil Downtown by Vida

Manzil Downtown by Vida is an affordably-priced boutique hotel built in the traditional style in Downtown Dubai. This charming 4-star hotel has Arabesque-styled rooms with Burj Khalifa views, two restaurants and an outdoor swimming pool.

In the area, within a few minutes’ walk is the Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar, and loads of restaurants and bars in the Downtown Dubai area.   

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Palace Downtown

The Palace Downtown Dubai, stands on the edge of the Burj lake, and feels like it’s straight out of an Arabian fairytale. This is one of the best luxury hotels in Dubai for couples with rooms that offer views of the lake and Dubai Fountain.The swimming pool has an amazing view of the Burj Khalifa.

The hotel’s five restaurants include Thiptara, a romantic Thai restaurant and the beautiful Buhayra Lounge.  

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Address Downtown

Address Downtown is another one of the classy local Address hotels in the Downtown area perfect for couples who want to stay at a hotel in Downtown Dubai. There are superb Burj Khalifa views from the hotel’s modern rooms and suites. 

Make time to visit the award-winning spa for indulgent couples’ treatments. They’ve got an adults-only swimming pool, fancy Spa suites, and luxury car chauffeur service. 

Choose from seven restaurants and bars including a rooftop restaurant and a cigar lounge. 

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Address Boulevard

Address Boulevard offers a similar level of luxury as the other Address hotels on this list with modern rooms, some facing the Burj Khalifa. There are two restaurants, a spa with an extensive menu, and three swimming pools (including one indoors).

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Best Places To Stay in Dubai for Couples: Al Fahidi, Mankhool and Deira

Now not all couples are after palace-like hotels, beach resorts, or canal views. Romance means different things to different people. If you’re the sort that bonds over cultural experiences and markets, then consider staying in Al Fahidi, Mankhool or along Deira Creek.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood (also known as Bastakiya) presents plenty of old-world charm. Located along the Dubai Creek where wooden abra boats take you to the souks (markets) of Deira, this cluster of mud-colored houses with wind towers is a quick history lesson in the story of Dubai. 

Traditional building with wind towers in Al Fahidi Dubai
Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood

Here you’ll find wind-tower houses, art galleries, and museums like the Coffee Museum. A short walk away is the Bur Dubai Textile Souk, through which you’ll wind your way before emerging onto Dubai Creek.

This walking tour of old Dubai is a great way to explore the area and get some context about the soul of Dubai from a local. 

You can also experience a traditional-style Emirati lunch in this area.

It’s perfect for couples interested in Dubai’s fishing and pearling past, who want to visit its heritage sites and explore the city’s traditional architecture and souks. 

Al Fahidi is home to some quaint heritage hotels with courtyard cafes (such as the famous Arabian Tea House) that are worth visiting.

Al Seef neighborhood in Dubai where people sit on a bench in front of a heritage neighborhood
Al Seef just around sunset

The nearby Al Seef district blends traditional and contemporary architecture, while Meena Bazar is a slice of India in Dubai. Within walking distance is the residential neighborhood of Mankhool (where I currently live). Here you’ll find affordable hotels and hotel apartments.

Just across the creek lie the Deira souks, including the Spice Souk, Gold Souk, and Perfume Souk, providing the perfect opportunities to go shop for souvenirs in Dubai

Best Hotels in Dubai for Couples: Al Fahidi, Mankhool, and Deira

Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef

Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef is located within a few minutes’ walk from Al Fahidi, and is right on the Dubai Creek. This reasonably-priced hotel has a stylish design aesthetic with a lovely modern take on its location in old Dubai.

Al Seef heritage neighborhood in Dubai

Ask for a room with a view over Dubai Creek. It’s just a 5 or 10-minute walk to the heritage quarter and museums of Al Fahidi, and it’s super convenient to hop on an abra boat and go visit the souks in Deira, just across the creek.

Other than in-house restaurants, there are plenty of cheap eats and cafes in the area.  Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton

Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton offers budget hotel accommodation for couples in Al Seef, right by Dubai Creek

Heritage building lit by warm lighting in Al Seef Dubai. There is a cafe at street level

This is a heritage hotel, so you’ll be staying in Arabic-style rooms in a hotel that’s built in the traditional architectural style with mud-colored walls and wind towers rising above charming courtyards and rooftop terraces. Rooms do have all modern amenities such as ACs, WiFi, mini–fridge, and coffee machines.  

The style and location of this hotel along Dubai Creek is as romantic as it gets in old Dubai. The area lights up with fairy lights and lanterns in the evenings, and seagulls hover over Abra passengers tossing pieces of bread.   

It’s a short stroll to Al Fahidi and the abra station to catch the boat to Deira or a water taxi to go further. The nearest metro station is a 7 to 10-minute walk away. 

There’s one restaurant, but that is nothing to worry about as the area around is full of reasonably-priced restaurants and cafes. 

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

DoubleTree by Hilton M Square Hotel and Residences 

DoubleTree by Hilton M Square Hotel and Residences offers spacious rooms and hotel apartments in a residential area of old Dubai. There’s a park within walking distance, a supermarket and wine shop below, and two metro stations, both about 10-minutes walk away.

The hotel is new so the amenities, gym, and rooftop swimming pool are top-notch. There’s also an in-house restaurant with great lunchtime deals, lobby cafe, and poolside bar. You’ll also find an affordable spa and salon in the hotel.

It’s super easy to get around Dubai, both the old and new neighborhoods, from this location. There are plenty of affordable restaurants just outside and within a 2km radius from this hotel.    

Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek is a great choice for a luxury stay in Deira with spacious rooms and suites offering views of Deira Creek.

I’m not even kidding when I say you need to get a room with a balcony that has a view of Deira Creek here – it’s like looking at the soul of Dubai, ships and boats sailing along in the spirit of trade, which is what the city of Dubai is built upon.

There are 13 restaurants and bars here, out of which I do recommend eating at Aseelah for Emirati and Middle Eastern food, Shabestan for Iranian cuisine, and Fish Market for seafood (with epic views of Deira Creek). 

Keep busy at their swimming pool, squash courts, and their luxurious spa.  Read their TripAdvisor reviews.

Places to Visit in Dubai for Couples 

Some must-visit places to visit in Dubai for couples include:

It’s a good idea to book this tour of Dubai with a professional photographer so you can get those romantic couples’ photos in Dubai 

Best Places to Stay in Dubai for Couples: Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dubai a Good Place for Couples?

Dubai is a fantastic place for couples on a romantic vacation. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, or planning a honeymoon trip, Dubai offers plenty of opportunities for romance: think luxurious hotels in fairytale-like settings, world-class spas that offer couples’ treatments, helicopter sightseeing flights (epic proposal, anyone?) award-winning fine-dining restaurants, and secluded desert retreats with private pools.  

From a VIP sunset bubbly experience at the Burj Khalifa and taking a boat ride on the lake around the romantic Dubai Fountain to chilling in stunning beach clubs in Palm Jumeirah and couples’ photoshoots in the desert or locations like Dubai Miracle Garden, there are so many places in Dubai to create memories that will last a lifetime.

This makes Dubai the perfect destination for couples looking to combine romance with adventure and excitement and discover the natural and manmade beauty of the Arabian Gulf.  

Is it OK for unmarried couples to stay in Dubai hotels?

Yes, it is okay for unmarried couples to stay in Dubai hotels without any legal issues. 

Previously the law stated that cohabitation without marriage was illegal, but that law was amended in 2020. 

It is no longer illegal for partners to live together, whether in an apartment or hotel room, as long as they are both adults doing it without any coercion while being of sound mind. Here is an explanation of the law and amendments.  

Is Dubai strict on unmarried couples?

Dubai is not strict on unmarried couples. While it’s best to keep public displays of affection to a minimum (which means holding hands is okay, hugs are okay, just don’t be full-on making out in public), you can stay with your girlfriend or partner in a hotel room without any issues.  

Which area in Dubai is best for honeymoon?

Palm Jumeirah is the best area in Dubai for honeymoons because it has great sandy beaches and beach clubs, gorgeous luxury hotels (from French palaces to Moorish architecture), award-winning restaurants, and trendy rooftop bars and infinity pools.

Palm Jumeirah views of skyscrapers and the sea plus an orange sunset

Palm Jumeirah also offers some of the best views in Dubai and there are plenty of nice spots — from observation terraces (like The View at The Palm) to beaches— to enjoy rosy sunsets.

It’s perfect for couples on honeymoon in Dubai who want a bit of privacy and a feeling of being in a luxurious area, away from the chaos of city life, while still having access to conveniences such as public transportation, malls, and nightlife options.   

Which is Dubai’s Best 7-Star Hotel?

The Burj Al Arab is Dubai’s best and only 7-star hotel. It’s recognized by its iconic white sail-shaped exterior rising over the bright blue Arabian Sea. Check rates and availability.

You’ll often hear the Burj Al Arab being described as Dubai’s most iconic hotel, and for good reason: Opened in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab set a new standard for luxury hotels in Dubai and still offers the kind of unparalleled luxury that most people will never get to experience.

We’re talking private butler service in each suite, eiderdown duvets filled with rare down from eider duck nests in Iceland, 17 types of pillows on the pillow menu (!), and in-room floral displays customized to guests’ favorite flowers.

We’re talking 24-karat gold leaf interiors, the world’s largest Swarovski crystal ceiling (inspired by the Milky Way), and Statuario marble, you know the kind of marble that Michelangelo used to create his famous statue of David.

We’re talking about a private helipad on the roof where Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played tennis, a building that’s taller than the Eiffel Tower, and a man-made beach terrace shipped from Finland boasting 10 million mosaic tiles.

Burj Al Arab The Terrace / Image Copyright Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

As I said, there’s no other hotel quite like the 7-star Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Which are the Best Beach Hotels in Dubai for Couples?

The One&Only The Palm, Bulgari Resort Dubai, and Atlantis The Royal are my top picks for the best beach resorts in Dubai for couples. 

Which are the Most Romantic Hotels in Dubai?

W Dubai The Palm, Raffles The Palm, Atlantis The Royal, and the One&Only The Palm are the most romantic hotels in Dubai in my opinion. 

Which is the Best Area to Stay in Dubai for Nightlife?

Currently, the best areas to stay in Dubai for nightlife are DIFC and Palm Jumeirah. 

DIFC (short for Dubai International Financial Center) is home to award-winning bars and lounges such as Galaxy Bar (among the World’s 50 Best Bars) and Japanese restaurant and lounge Zuma which is on many people’s Dubai bucket list. 

Palm Jumeirah is home to some cool beach clubs such as White Beach (at the Atlantis) and rooftop bars and lounges like SoBe at the W Dubai The Palm and SushiSamba on the 51st floor of St. Regis

I’ll be honest there’s loads of great nightlife in Dubai, so there’s more than one great area to stay in Dubai for nightlife. 

While you’ll also find many bars and lounges in Dubai Marina, JBR, and Downtown Dubai, both DIFC and Palm Jumeirah score highly for having a large number of bars, lounges, and nightclubs that are classy and stylish (versus trashy), which is what I imagine you’d want on a honeymoon. 

Both DIFC and Palm Jumeirah also have a good variety when it comes to nightlife. So whether you prefer a romantic-vibes rooftop bar or a fun beach club with a live DJ, whether you feel like dressing up or want to have a drink in casual clothing, whether you want a sports bar, or dinner show with samba dancers, you’re sure to find a nightlife option that suits your preference. 

Which is the Best Place to Stay in Dubai for Couples? 

Palm Jumeirah is the best place to stay in Dubai for couples who love the beach. Atlantis The Royal is the absolute best hotel for couples to stay on Palm Jumeirah (if it suits your budget).

JBR is the best place to stay in Dubai for couples who want to be close to a beach but also want access to nightlife and a range of dining within walking distance.  Check rates and availability for Dubai hotels.

What is the best area in Dubai to stay in?

Downtown Dubai, DIFC, and Palm Jumeirah are some of the best areas to stay in Dubai for tourists visiting Dubai on a holiday

Each of these areas has different aspects that might appeal to tourists. 

For example, Downtown Dubai is great for those who plan to shop at the Dubai Mall and want to be close to the city’s tourist attractions like the Burj Khalifa while having access to the Dubai Metro.

DIFC is perfect for those who’d like to be close to award-winning restaurants and nightlife, while also being within walking distance of the Dubai Metro, so they can get around the city easily. 

Palm Jumeirah is great for tourists who want to be close to beaches and great nightlife and enjoy the feeling of being on an island while still being in the city.  

How many days in Dubai is enough?

Dubai is no fun when you’re visiting on a rushed itinerary. You need at least five days to a week in Dubai to see highlights such as the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Creek, and the souks of Deira, go on a desert safari, visit cultural sites like mosques and museums, and enjoy the fantastic dining and nightlife scene in the city.

Where is the best place to stay in Dubai for the first time?

Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, JBR, and Palm Jumeirah are all great places to stay in Dubai for the first time

You can choose among these locations depending on your preference to be close to the beach, shopping malls, nightlife, and public transportation. You’ll find this guide on where to stay in Dubai useful to make a decision.   

Which month is best to visit Dubai?

December to March are great months to visit Dubai. 

If you’re after festive holiday vibes, Christmas and NYE celebrations, cool weather, and beach days, December is the best month to visit Dubai. 

If you’re after more relaxed city vibes, and bright sunny days that still let you have fantastic beach days, then January is the best month to visit Dubai. 

If you’re interested in food and music festivals, outdoor concerts, and markets, then February is the best month to visit Dubai. In February you can attend Al Quoz Arts Fest, Dubai Food Festival, and Taste of Dubai. 

If you’re into art and art festivals, then visit Dubai in early March to attend Art Dubai and Sikka Art Festival. You can read more about the best time to visit Dubai here.  

Where do the celebrities stay in Dubai? 

Dubai’s glamorous luxury hotels attract celebrities from around the world and most celebrities seem to have a preference for beachfront hotels with private beaches

In 2023, celebrities such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rebel Wilson, Ashley Park, and Kendall Jenner stayed at Atlantis The Royal for the hotel’s grand opening. Check rates and availability.

The contemporary building of the Atlantis The Royal lit up with warm lighting. In front of it a girl stands posing with an arm on a hip, wearing a green dress, her hair in a bun.
The Atlantis The Royal is worthy of celebrities!

Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Gigi and Bella Hadid, David Guetta, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez have all stayed at the incomparable Burj Al Arab. Bollywood stars such as Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja have also stayed at the Burj Al Arab. Check rates and availability.

Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm

The Atlantis The Palm has hosted Michael Jordan, the Kardashians, Naomi Campbell, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, and Robert De Niro, among other personalities. Check rates for the Atlantis The Palm

In 2017, Bella Hadid stayed at The Bulgari Resort Dubai, when she attended the grand opening of the resort. Check rates and availability

The likes of Tom Cruise and John Travolta have stayed at the palatial Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. 

What is the most luxurious area in Dubai? 

Palm Jumeirah is the most luxurious area in Dubai for tourists to stay in.

It’s home to luxury hotels such as Atlantis The Royal, Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, St. Regis The Palm Tower, Raffles The Palm, and the One & Only The Palm

There are glamorous beach clubs, white sand beaches, world-class restaurants and bars, and attractions such as Aura Sky Pool and View at The Palm. It’s perfect for couples visiting Dubai on a romantic vacation or honeymoon. 

Which are the Best Dubai Hotels for Adults?

W Dubai The Palm, Five Palm Jumeirah, and Atlantis The Royal are the best Dubai hotels for adults.


Friday 10th of March 2023

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