Dubai is about as glamorous as it gets, and this extends to the vast array of Airbnbs on offer in the UAE’s most luxurious emirate. Whether looking for a minimalist apartment high up in the sky or a multi-million-dollar mansion with sweeping sea views, this list will offer something to suit you.
Experience uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa fountain
This apartment overlooks the Burj Khalifa | Courtesy of Vacation / Airbnb
Dubai is all about the vistas, and this private apartment promises uninterrupted views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the half-hourly fountain show. This modern and minimalist two-bedroom flat benefits from lots of natural light flowing through the floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious balcony overlooking Burj Lake. Both bedrooms are large, with king-size beds and an en suite in the master bedroom, and there is access to a shared swimming pool and well-equipped gym. At night, the views of the dancing lights and water sprays in the fountain below are spectacular.
This Airbnb is ideal for those looking to splurge on a slice of luxury on the exclusive JBR Walk in the Al Bateen Residences – a residential building in an area dominated by ultra-luxurious hotels. Oak and marble tables, suede and leather sofas, plasma TVs, large beds, a neutral white, grey and brown colour palette and a fully equipped kitchen are perfect for when you and up to five guests have tired of the private sandy beach – if that’s possible. The three-bed apartment includes access to a gym and sauna, two swimming pools and a reserved parking space.
Stay in a 7,000-square-foot California-style mansion
This California-style mansion can sleep up to 16 guests comfortably | Courtesy of Michael / Airbnb
The Palm Jumeirah is the most exclusive area in Dubai, with multi-millionaires and rock stars from around the world calling it home. With six en-suite bedrooms, 650 square metres (7,000 square feet) of marble-clad interior space and uninterrupted views of the sea and Dubai Marina skyscrapers, this grand white California-style mansion is something special. Hosting CEOs, royals and celebrities, and with hand-made beds, sofas, cupboards and tables, the estate offers an escape from the sounds and sights of Dubai. You can enjoy dinner or a refreshing glass of wine in the manicured gardens or on the private beach just steps from the door.
This designer villa is ideal for a family getaway | Courtesy of Michael / Airbnb
Also located on the Palm Jumeirah, this 511sq m (5,500sq ft) designer villa decked out in grey and gold can accommodate 12 guests. Marble floors covered in hand-woven carpets, chandeliers and large windows, plus a pool room, private swimming pool and garden with beach access make this an unforgettable stay. The master bedroom includes a super-king bed, walk-in closet, luxurious en-suite bathroom and sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. The villa is suited to families who want to stay somewhere away from the crowds but are just a short drive to everything that Dubai has to offer.
DIFC is Dubai’s semi-autonomous financial district with more groundbreaking architecture than anywhere else in the emirate, and this one-bedroom luxury apartment in Index Towers offers views of the Big Ben-style tower and the glass skyscrapers nearby. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the minimalist interior with light throughout the day, with the glass tables and white-tiled floor reflecting the bright midday Dubai sun. The super-king bed is positioned right beside a large window that looks out onto the city, and the bathroom and kitchen are both modern and well-equipped. Access is available to a shared gym with large windows, so you can exercise as you enjoy the views.
The Dubai Mall is among the largest shopping malls in the world, with 350,000sq m (3.7 million square feet) of leasable space that includes a full-size ice rink, aquarium, more than 1,000 stores, 200 restaurants and cafés, and a 26-screen cinema. This luxury one-bedroom apartment, complete with designer furnishings and a balcony overlooking the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Creek, is adjacent to the mall. The large bedroom includes a king-size bed, mirrored walls, suede and leather chairs and sofas, and an attractive lavender colour scheme. Aside from the great location, the apartment building has a spa and various cafés plus a doorman for extra security.
Dubai is the fashionable heart of the Gulf, and no other place can compete with the Downtown area surrounding the towering Burj Khalifa. This royal suite is decorated in neutral whites, creams and beiges, with luxurious linens and leathers, plump cushions, silver tables, desks and vases, promising an elegant escape. From the large balcony, you can look out directly at the Burj and the dancing water during the half-hourly fountain show. The three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and kitchen are fully equipped with every amenity required for a stay here. Nowhere else can boast views quite like this.
This villa in Palm Jumeirah has six bedrooms | Courtesy of Dream Inn / Airbnb
This six-bedroom luxury villa is ideal for those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of Dubai with friends and family and stay along one of the fronds of the Palm Jumeirah. Each of the five bedrooms offers a walk-in wardrobe, porcelain tiles and elegant velvet furnishings and upholstery. The fully equipped kitchen comes with modern appliances, and the living room promises uninterrupted views out to sea. Crystal glasses and fine china plates add to the luxury at this villa, and the private pool and direct exclusive beach access are unrivalled. L’Occitane amenities are included in each of the 5.5 bathrooms.
Opt for a seaside escape at this private one-bed apartment
This one-bed apartment has access to a shared swimming pool and private beach | Courtesy of Luton / Airbnb
Royal Bay on the Palm Jumeirah is an exclusive escape that looks out to sea and the skyscrapers of the Dubai mainland. The private balcony offers sea views and a refreshing breeze on a hot day, and the owner has thought of everything when it comes to furnishings. The one-bed apartment is spacious and tastefully decorated, with lots of complementary white and sea blues. The studio kitchen, living room and dining room are each designed in lavish fabrics and materials, and the bedroom, complete with a king-size bed, is a quiet retreat at night. A swimming pool with unforgettable sea views and an exclusive beach make this place somewhere to cherish.
Located on the fifth floor of a modern tower block right beside Dubai Marina, this apartment boasts large windows looking out in every direction, offering uninterrupted panoramic views across the whole marina. Three large bedrooms, with private bathrooms, feature super-king beds, luxurious leathers, mirrored cupboards, fine linen curtains and more views to admire. The large living and dining rooms are decorated with expensive furniture and include all you could wish for, with all mod cons, and the 25sq m (269sq ft) private balcony with river views is unlike any other in the area. The apartment is a short walk to the beach, children’s play area, swimming pool and gym, which are only accessible to residents.