For luxury Dubai beach vacations, we recommend Jumeirah Beach and the Palm. Brimming with high-end hotels, shopping malls and restaurants that epitomise modern luxury, Jumeirah Beach – or JBR to the locals – is a popular choice for well-heeled travellers and expats alike. Take a stroll down ‘The Walk’, the bustling waterfront promenade; go for a tour around the dazzling Jumeirah Mosque; and cool off with the kids at the Wild Wadi Water Park.
Then there’s the Palm, a testament to the architectural genius that Dubai is famous for. Extending 4km out into the Arabian Gulf, this is the world’s largest man-made island and, you guessed it, is shaped like a palm tree. Its 16 ‘fronds’ splayed outwards are lined with uber-luxury hotels and resorts, each of which are treated to sea views thanks to the layout of this extraordinary artificial island, dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.
The luxurious Dubai Marina, a favourite of Dubai's glitterati, stretches along two miles of the shoreline and is home to even more grand hotels, some of the city's finest restaurants and one of its largest shopping malls, alongside plush yachts and pretty waterfront walkways. All this, with long stretches of sandy beach on the doorstep.