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10 Best Gay Hotels in Dubai

Dubai is internationally renowned as a luxury travel destination, meaning that the four and five-star hotels here are among some of the best in the world. For many, a stay in a luxury hotel with Insta-worthy views of the skyline is simply an essential part of the Dubai experience. However, these stays can be very pricey, so for those wishing to save some money, there are some amazing mid-range and budget options available, including stylish apartments and cool hostels.

Hotels in Dubai vary in their attitudes towards LGBTQ+ travelers, but there are some hotels that are known to be more welcoming and inclusive. Broadly speaking, these tend to be the larger international chains as well as most 4 and 5-star hotels – in some ways, you are paying a premium for discretion. It is always worth remembering that homosexuality is illegal and not to push your luck with displays of affection in public areas, even when staying at a gay-friendly hotel. 

Hotels often place gay couples in twin rooms: after all, two men sharing a bed is against the law. If you book a double online ahead of time, they will often not question it, but sometimes they will change it to a twin upon your arrival. This can be frustrating, but it’s best to just take the room that is offered. 

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♥ Dubai’s hottest new luxury stay
♥ In-house water park and state-of-the-art wellness facilities
♥ Restaurants by global celebrity chefs
♥ Stunning rooms with Palm Island or Sea views

Opened in late 2022, Atlantis The Royal is Dubai’s hottest new hotel – after all, how many hotels can say that Beyoncé played at their opening? Located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah – a man-made island shaped like a palm tree – Atlantis The Royal takes everything you expect from a five-star hotel to the next level.

Want a swimming pool? The resort is home to the world’s largest waterpark, with record-braking waterslides, an aquarium, and a private beach. Need a self-care day? The AWAKEN spa has a dizzying array of cutting-edge and traditional treatments, plus a wellness clinic, meditation pavilion, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Fancy a bite to eat? There’s over 20 restaurants, including locations by Nobu Matsuhisa, Heston Blumenthal, and several other world-famous chefs.

The rooms, of course, are also OTT. Every room is gorgeous, decorated with luxe neural furnishings and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of either Palm Island or the Arabian Gulf. Walk-in wardrobes and showers, standalone bathtubs, mood lighting, and luxury toiletries also come as standard. If you wish to upgrade, the suites also have terraces and 24-hour butler service – the Sky Pool Villa, with its private infinity pool terrace, is incredible. Then, of course, you have the jaw-dropping penthouses, offering perhaps the most luxurious stay in town, if you can afford the five-figure nightly rates.

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Why we love it

♥ Fun, maximalist design
♥ Stunning views and first-rate amenities in all rooms
♥ Awesome rooftop pool with cabana beds
♥ First-rate wellness, fitness, and dining

The W chain of hotels is beloved by gay travelers worldwide, and W The Palm in Dubai is no exception. As always, expect a playful and maximalist approach to design, with colorful interiors sure to spice up your Insta feed. Every one of the spacious rooms comes with a balcony or terrace, rain shower, freestanding tub, bar, and a collection of records. Larger suites offer even more OTT design elements, better views, and bigger terraces.

The rooftop pool, with its stunning view over the city and its pod-like cabana beds, is a standout. The AWAY spa brings a modern approach to wellness, featuring the latest cutting-edge treatments and facilities. Want a workout? There’s a state-of-the-art gym, but also a studio offering aerial yoga and pole dancing. Dining comes courtesy of restaurants by Michelin-star chefs Akira Back and Massimo Bottura, as well as a few options for a casual light bite.

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Why we love it

♥ Stylish and relaxing rooms with fabulous views
♥ Part of wider resort complex with water park
♥ Fun party vibe
♥ Fantastic Jumeirah location

This second W location in Dubai is located in a large complex along the Dubai Marina that includes the Westin and Le Meridien hotels. It’s location on the Jumeirah strip and less than 30 minutes from the airport makes it an extremely convenient option, placing you at the heart of Dubai’s beach lifestyle.

Unlike W The Palm, this hotel is adults-only, giving it a much more party-focused vibe. There are regular DJ sets and parties at rooftop pool bar Ginger Moon, which attract a glam crowd of partygoers. There are also plenty of dining and bar options throughout the hotel, ranging from high-end to casual poolside drinks and nibbles.

Rooms have the usual W attention to detail, but with a more neutral and relaxing style than in many other hotels in the same chain. Each is dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows giving incredible views of the city or the sea. The E WOW suite, with its top floor sweeping balcony, is the perfect party pad for groups, sleeping up to 6 people.

The hotel is situated in a large complex that includes the Westin and Le Meridien hotels, meaning facilities are multiplied. As well as the WET rooftop pool, you have access to both other hotel pools and to the shared Jungle Bay Waterpark. The Spa is fun and unique, centered on sipping cocktails and getting ready for a big night out.

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♥ Large private beach surrounded by lush tropical greenery
♥ Fabulous beach-facing villas with private pool available
♥ Top-notch fitness and wellness facilities
♥ Excellent range of drinking and dining options

Part of the selection of luxury hotels on Palm Island, Sofitel Dubai Palm Resort offers a soothing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, Sofitel’s signature French touch takes the form of a French Polynesian theme – think beautiful palms, lush tropical gardens, and thatched roof cabanas.

All rooms and suites are spacious, airy, and feature a private balcony. If you’re in a group, the Beach Villa and Lodge Villas are worth the splurge – each comes with a private pool and jacuzzi, a terrace or sundeck with city or ocean views, and plenty of room for everyone.

The hotel sits alongside a long stretch of private beach, and also boasts a waterfall swimming pool, a state-of-the-art L’Occitane spa, and some fantastic fitness facilities including a gym, watersports center, tennis courts, and cutting-edge floating exercise mats where HIIT classes are hosted. There are also a whopping 11 bars, restaurants, and lounges, so you’ll never run out of new places to try.

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♥ Direct access to Dubai’s most popular beach
♥ Top-notch facilities
♥ Spacious, bright, comfortable rooms
♥ Tower suites include Club perks

Le Royal Meridien boasts an excellent location, with direct access to Dubai’s iconic JBR beach. The sprawling resort also offers three swimming pools, a Roman-themed spa, a bright and well-equipped gym, and an impressive range of restaurants and bars spanning cuisines from the whole world, all nestled among acres of carefully landscaped gardens.

Rooms feature soothing neutral colors and plush furnishings with a contemporary style. All have large floor-to-ceiling windows with balconies and city or ocean views. It’s worth splurging on one of the higher-end suites (known as Tower Suites) which come with perks like Club Lounge access, butler service, complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, and Happy Hour.

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Why we love it

♥ Gorgeous artsy decor with Arabic influences
♥ Fabulous outdoor infinity pool
♥ Excellent Downtown location for shopping and sightseeing
♥ First-rate breakfast buffet

This artsy boutique hotel features some of the most creative interiors in town, with a maximalist approach that includes floral and geometric carpets wallpaper, Arabic wood-carved furnishings, decadent patterned rugs, mosaic tiles, and surrealist painted murals. Each room features a blend of these colorful elements, all of course juxtaposed with a floor-to-ceiling city backdrop.

There is a range of bars and restaurants available, and a fantastic British/Irish-style buffet breakfast. The infinity pool boasts fabulous downtown views, and the fitness center is small but very well-equipped.

The hotel is located in Dubai’s Downtown area, close to the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain, and the Dubai Mall, making it super convenient for shopping and sightseeing. Waterside attractions like Jumeirah beach and Palm Island are best reached by a 20-minute taxi ride.

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5/5
Why we love it

♥ Trendy industrial design with Arabic influences
♥ Free e-bike and MINI car hire
♥ Fabulous views of the Museum of the Future
♥ Amazing range of social spaces

This chic and stylish hotel overlooks Dubai’s iconic Museum of the Future in the financial district, one of the city’s most striking architectural feats. Many of the rooms in the hotel have fabulous views of the building, as does the rooftop pool – perhaps the best poolside view in town. This location also means that the Dubai World Trade Center Metro station is just across the street, making it super convenient to use the city’s public transport.

The hotel features trendy design and is a popular home for digital nomads, thanks to its large living room concept and its fully-equipped coworking space. Other social spaces like a games room, pottery room make it an especially fun place to meet and socialize with other travelers. There is also a great selection of bars and restaurants, from a Bavarian-style beer garden to chill-out terrace bars, a shisha garden, and an Indian restaurant.

The rooms are all stunning, featuring a blend of modern industrial and traditional Arabic design. All rooms come with amenities like Bluetooth speakers, rain shower, and heavenly king-size beds. The coolest and most unique perk, however, is the complimentary access to a fleet of MINI cars and Schindelhauer e-bikes, the latter being a fantastic way to explore the city.

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