The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In a metropolis well versed in excess, Dubai’s Ritz-Carlton delivers luxury with elegant restraint.

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In a metropolis well versed in excess, Dubai’s Ritz-Carlton delivers luxury with elegant restraint.

Despite its bounty of rooms, suites, swimming pools, restaurants and bars, the air here is intimate and discreet; a lush, tranquil retreat from the hyperactive sprawl surrounding it.

In the burgeoning Dubai Marina district, 19 miles southwest of Dubai International Airport. Trendy seafront eateries and bars are within walking distance. Dubai Marina metro station lies less than one mile to the east, with services reaching Mall of the Emirates, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall and Dubai Airport.

This is a low-rise resort, its two dusty-pink wings channelling a Spanish-Moorish aesthetic. Marble, Arabesque arches and trickling water set a soothing tone in the lobby, off which awaits the hushed refinement of the Lobby Lounge, complete with cathedral-like wooden ceiling, harpist (Monday to Saturday) and evening jazz (Thursday). The hotel’s Eden-esque gardens lead to a private beach. More info and photos

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