Underwater world suite

Unique accommodation - Underwater Suite

6 unusual and cool places to stay in Dubai

Complete your travel experience with Dubai’s freshest accommodation options.


Jan 26, 2017

Complete your travel experience with Dubai’s freshest accommodation options.

Hipster or high life, desert or beachside — cosmopolitan Dubai is host to a multitude of unique accommodation options.

Today, these are even more accessible than ever thanks to booking platforms like Airbnb. With a little research, you could tour the emirate in a campervan, stay in a glitzy apartment replete with a butler, or sleep in an apartment that is surrounded by marine life.

So really, go beyond the tried-and-tested hotel chains and connect with a world of experiences form the comfort of your bedroom.

Boggled by the sheer number of options out there? Here are some of our picks.


Underwater suite

Unique accommodation - Underwater Suite

How would you like to sleep among aquatic animals?

For AED18,200 (S$7,107) a night, you can book either the Poseidon or the Neptune Underwater Suite at the glamorous Atlantis, The Palm.

“Luxurious” doesn’t even begin to describe these two-storey suites.

Picture this: you wake up to an amazing underwater view. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the suite (and even in the bathroom!) overlook an aquarium filled with 65,000 marine animals, so you can live, relax and fall asleep among these colourful sea creatures.

The view within the suite is not too shabby either. Lavishly appointed lounges and bedrooms are all decked out in opulent furniture and plush design touches. We won’t blame you for not wanting to step foot outside of this hotel room.


Penthouse in the marina

Unique accommodation - Penthouse in the Marina
Perched on the 90th floor, this incredible Dubai Marina Penthouse on Airbnb is for those who want to feel as close to being on-top-of-the-world as possible.

Three balconies and a half-terrace allow you take in a 270-degree view of beaches and the famous Palm Jumeirah from a dizzying height.

At about S$613 a night, this huge penthouse is great value if you are travelling with family or a group of friends. With a spacious living room, two large bedrooms and five additional sofa beds, it can comfortably house up to nine adults and two children.

Love bragging rights? Not many of your friends would have admired crimson sunsets in what the apartment’s host, Samer Ricardo, describes as the “tallest residential building in the world”.


Exclusivity in a polo estate

For a quiet getaway, spend a night in a villa on the verdant grounds of the Dubai Polo Club.

The boutique Desert Palm Retreat offers a pleasing respite from the buzz of Dubai’s city centre — even though it is only 15 minutes away. Here is where you can wake up to the sound of birdsong and to views of sun-dappled horses on manicured lawns.

Whether you’re looking for romantic seclusion or quality family time in a modern and minimalistic style or within a baroque Arabesque space, the 38 guest rooms, suites and pool villas featuring a variety of décor styles will excite diverse tastes.

On hotel grounds, you can indulge in afternoon tea while watching a polo match, unwind with a spa treatment or two, and take your little ones to see the horses up-close.

Rates start at S$311 for a Palm Deluxe Room and go up to S$7,435 for the presidential Villa Layali.


Luxurious Jumeirah Beach retreat

While there is no shortage of hotel accommodation on Dubai’s famous Jumeirah Beach, it is worthwhile to scour Airbnb’s website for unique deals.

Check out this listing for Beach Penthouse+Private Pool+Butler, a luxury beachside apartment 41 storeys high, complete with an ocean-facing private pool on the balcony.

With three big bedrooms, the penthouse is good enough to accommodate up to six people. This place is great if you enjoy partying too, thanks to the huge entertainment area, pool billiard, five flatscreen TVs, the Xbox console and music system.

The icing on the cake, perhaps, is having your own butler on hand to attend to your every need — such as buying your breakfast as you laze in on an early Sunday morning.

The property lists on Airbnb at S$1,468 per night. Daily cleaning and airport pickup and drop-off are included.


Thrills and spills

If you’re travelling with the kids, or with the young-at-heart, then you might want to consider being in close proximity to Dubai Parks and Resorts, a mega-theme park comprising four urban playgrounds.

To get priority entry into this wonderland, stay at the Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel on site. With its colourful tropical flora, it’s like stepping into Hawaii right in the heart of the Middle East. A basic deluxe room comes with a private terrace or patio, and is available for AED1,372 (S$529) per night.

Tailor-made for thrill seekers, the interconnected theme parks — Legoland Dubai, Legoland Water Park, Bollywood Parks and movie-themed Motiongate (opening in December) — jointly offer 100 roller coasters and rides.

Aside from the adventures, Dubai Parks and Resorts is also home to non-stop entertainment, shopping options and glorious food from street food to fine dining.


Hipster roadster

If you’re still looking for an accommodation that is completely unique, living in a campervan could be your best bet.

Exploring and discovering Dubai on the go, does not necessarily mean that you have to give up your material comforts.

Prestige Motorhome Rentals has a fleet of top-class houses-on-wheels that it rents to production crew and movie studios. You can join in the fun and see Dubai on the move too.

Each vehicle’s panels slide out to extend into rooms and come equipped with a sofa, lounge chair, bedroom, wardrobe, bathroom and kitchen.

You’ll be pleased to know that the motorhome is equipped with the usual creature comforts such as a 32-inch LCD TV, DVD player, microwave, stove, refrigerator, and air-conditioning.

No worries about getting lost either — the rented motorhome comes with a guide if you book a week-long tour.

Rates are available upon request.