Set on Palm Jumeirah island in the Persian Gulf, this swanky beachfront hotel is 4 km from Aquaventure Waterpark.
Bright, chic rooms offer balconies and gulf views, plus minibars, coffeemakers and marble bathrooms. All have flat-screens, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. Upgraded rooms add dining rooms, kitchens and access to a club lounge. There’s 24-hour room service.
Dining options include an acclaimed Italian restaurant, Vietnamese cuisine and an afternoon tea lounge, and breakfast is free. There’s a Venetian-style bar and a poolside bar. Among other amenities are 2 outdoor pools, a private beach and a spa, plus tennis, a gym and water sports.