How to Plan a Luxury Trip to Dubai

Dubai is one of the world’s definitive luxury destinations.

Everything about it speaks decadence and the finest comforts known to mankind. Dubai is a dazzling city in so many ways and makes a perfect destination for those looking to treat themselves to the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

But, where to start?

Its renowned hotels, incredible views, fine dining, glamorous cocktail bars and opulent spas are a magnet for those seeking luxury travel, but with so much available, you’re definitely spoilt for choice.

Truly making the most of your time in Dubai takes a little planning and organization before you go, but this ensures that once you’re there, you can concentrate fully on unwinding and enjoying yourself.

Here are some tips for finding the very best Dubai can offer:

1. Choose an ideal time to go

Dubai is a coastal city on the Persian Gulf, which it means it enjoys a warm, dry desert climate all year round. This means you are guaranteed sunshine in Dubai whatever time of the year you need to leave the stresses of everyday life behind.

European visitors love to leave their winter and visit Dubai’s version of winter in November or December, or between February and April when temperatures average around 25°C, with cooler days going only as low as 15°C or so.

From June-September daytime temperatures are considerably higher in the middle of the day, but this means beautiful evening temperatures although humidity may be a concern.

Many of Dubai’s most exciting venues and attractions are indoor-based and fully air-conditioned, so even at its hottest, Dubai has plenty to offer luxury travelers: shopping, spas, and leisurely brunches or lunches, followed by late afternoons lazily spent on the beach or poolside.

2. Find your ideal hotel and arrange travel

They say a great trip starts the moment you leave home. Thankfully, there are many world-class airlines offering travel to Dubai so you’ll be able to arrive in style. Don’t forget to book private transfers for end-to-end luxury.

Once there, it’s hard to overlook the lure of a luxury beach resort in Dubai with an ocean view, lush gardens, and a private palm-lined beach and marina. It’s this kind of destination that has given Dubai its deserved reputation for incredible hospitality.

An alternative way of visiting Dubai and the UAE would be to stay at a luxury mountain retreat. The Al Hajar mountains are just a short drive from all that Dubai has to offer but with all the peace and tranquility you need to truly unwind.

3. Be blown away by an incredible customized tour

It’s always a great idea to orient yourselves when you arrive in a city, to see all that it may offer and to get a feel for its true atmosphere. And there are some unbelievable ways to do this in Dubai.

Dubai is renowned for its incredible, gravity-defying buildings so nothing can compare to the spectacle of Dubai’s skyline from the air. Seaplane and helicopter rides are both options for getting a bird’s eye view of these amazing sights.

Alternatively, enjoy a serene trip by yacht and enjoy the view from afar while lying back and listening to the lapping waves with a refreshing drink in hand.

4. Capture some incredible memories

You’ll want to return home from Dubai with some memories that will last a lifetime. To do this,

book a unique trip in Dubai that is guaranteed to impress. Some popular options include dining under the stars on a desert safari, swimming with dolphins, or hiring a supercar for a desert road trip. There really are so many incredible experiences to be found in Dubai, just be sure to arrange everything ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

5. Relish an incredible meal

With luxury travel being at the heart of all Dubai has to offer visitors, there is no shortage of sumptuous restaurants in the city.

It’s likely that your hotel alone will already be offering several options.

However, Dubai is also home to some of the world’s finest restaurants and some unique dining experiences, so if there’s something you don’t want to miss, be sure to book a table for your trip as far in advance as possible.

Must-visits on your list should include Pierchic, La Petite Maison, Zheng He’s, and Table 9 among others.

6. Finally, don’t plan every last detail

There is so much going on in Dubai that it could be easy to get carried away and fill every moment of your trip to Dubai in advance. However, luxury travel should involve plenty of downtime, taking things at a slower pace, and some breathing space.

Allow plenty of time for relaxation. Enjoy some romantic evening walks along the beach; treat yourself to some spa treatments, and enjoy some unrushed time with your traveling companions just exploring the old part of the city and dropping by the old souks. So really, there’s no better place to enjoy this quality time than in Dubai.


Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”