The glitz and glamour of Dubai is not something you want to rush. Take your time by renting an apartment in the City of Gold and enjoy all the convenience of home. Spend your days visiting heritage landmarks or upmarket boutiques, then retreat to a spacious apartment or villa to unwind in style.
BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana
Part of the BurJuman shopping complex, BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana has easy access to Dubai' fashionable shopping and dining. Venture beyond the air-conditioned malls to see the cultural high point that is Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest monument in the emirate, and enjoy the smells and sounds of Bur Dubai Souk, the old city market.
The hotel's 148 suites have panoramic views over the old and modern parts of Dubai. Choose from a double-storey townhouse with three ensuite bedrooms, or the four-bedroom penthouse. Shared facilities include a child-friendly outdoor swimming pool with lifeguard, a fully equipped gym and The Gallery, an all-day restaurant.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, artificial archipelago Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai's best-known landmarks. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa sits on the East Crescent of the archipelago, alongside a stretch of luxury waterfront hotels and close to Dolphin Bay and Aquaventure Waterpark.
The resort has a Polynesian vibe with a private sandy beach, clear turquoise water and tropical gardens. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in a separate family-friendly complex close to the Kids' Club and pool. Four-bedroom beach villas have exclusive pools with Jacuzzis and sundecks, and a private rooftop terrace overlooking the sea.
Grosvenor House Dubai
Grosvenor House's twin 45-storey towers are at the northern end of Dubai Marina, close to The Walk promenade. The modern apartments have underground parking and an on-call butler service, as well as floor-to-ceiling views across the marina, Arabian Sea or Palm Jumeirah.
An added bonus is that the towers are home to 14 restaurants and bars, among them two of the city's hottest night spots, Buddha Bar and outdoor Siddharta Lounge. Each tower has an outdoor pool, and you can also use the pools, tennis courts and a private beach at sister property Le Royal Méridien.
Arjaan by Rotana Media City
Topped with distinctive domes of steel and stone, Arjaan by Rotana Media City combines Moorish design with modern amenities in the heart of Dubai's technology and media precinct. The ground floors of the two apartment blocks have courtyards, shaded terraces and a central two-storey glass-roofed atrium.
Premium two-bedroom suites have private plunge pools and sun loungers with views across the city or creek. And the deluxe three-bedroom apartments have spacious kitchens and separate living and dining areas. Make the most of the five on-site restaurants, including a gastropub and Italian restaurant, and hit the outdoor sun deck with its infinity pool.
JA Oasis Beach Tower
Between JBR Beach and Dubai Marina on The Walk, JA Oasis Beach Tower is great for shopping, dining or beachside strolls. The 180 serviced apartments have two, three or four ensuite bedrooms, separate kitchens, dining rooms and balconies with marina and sea views.
Thyme restaurant on the first floor serves Mediterranean classics, and poolside Citrus Lounge has alfresco snacks. There's a ChillZone play area with PlayStation and craft activities for a great kids' holiday and two swimming pools, a waterslide and Jacuzzi for some quality family time. You also get complimentary access to JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort's private beach.
Jumeirah Living - World Trade Centre Residence
Next to the Dubai World Trade Centre, Jumeirah Living - World Trade Centre Residence is at the centre of the city's financial district. Surrounded by modern skyscrapers and luxury boutiques, the hotel is also a short distance from Zabeel Mosque and Zabeel Palace.
The hotel's two towers have serviced apartments with between one and four bedrooms and a rooftop swimming pool and fitness centre. Views are of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, Zabeel Palace and Sheikh Zayed Road, and The Club restaurant, on the thirtieth floor, offers fine dining with Dubai's skyline as a backdrop.
Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments
Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments has affordable apartments on bustling Sheikh Zayed Road in Media City. Its 1,010 one- and two-bedroom suites and apartments are over 14 storeys. A short drive from the beach, the hotel is close to sights like the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel and Wild Wadi Waterpark. Hop on the complimentary shuttle for a day at Jumeirah Beach or to enjoy a stroll along Marina Walk.
La Terrasse Restaurant has an international buffet and popular theme nights where you can enjoy a street food experience or cut into a beautifully cooked steak. Qutoof Restaurant has Lebanese cuisine and House of Noodles serves Asian dishes on an outdoor terrace.
DAMAC Towers by DAMAC Living
In Dubai's Business Bay district, DAMAC Towers by DAMAC Living (also known as DAMAC Royale) comprises three hotel apartment towers and a Hollywood-themed hotel. The 69-storey towers overlook the Dubai Water Canal and Marasi Business Bay marina. Stay at the complex to enjoy its central plaza with a dine-in cinema, fitness centre and swimming pools.
The towers are a short drive from the Burj Khalifa and its 1,821-foot-high viewing deck, and when you're back down to earth explore The Dubai Mall, which has more than 1,200 stores. At The Dubai Fountain, see the world's largest choreographed fountain show for free, 6pm-11pm.