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05 December 2023

Which Dubai hotel is on Tripadvisor's best in world list?

By Amal Al Jabry

Dubai’s Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, has been named as one of the best hotels in the world for 2014.

According to Tripadvisor, the resort was placed at number 12 out of 25 international hotels.

The results were based on the large numbers of votes received by travellers who had personally experienced the rich Arabian hospitality at the secluded Al Maha Desert Resort situated 65 kilometres away from Dubai.

The secluded spot offering suites with their own pool, highlights the Bedouin heritage and traditions, with activities such as falconry, desert safaris, horse riding and camel trekking.

As the only entry from Dubai, 3 entries are located in India while 3 are based in The Maldives.

Here is the list of hotels from around the world that made it to the top 25 for 2014.

1 – Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland

Nabbing the number 1 spot on the list of international entries is the historic Swiss 5-star hotel in Pontresina.

The superior Belle Epoque-era property is considered one of the most architecturally striking hotels of the Alps since the 19th century.

One recent guest commented, “Few grand hotels seamlessly blend old-world charm and modern conveniences as well as the Kronenhof. The property is as impressive as the surrounding mountains.”

“We were as usual received like honor guests. Location and charm of the hotel are the cornerstone of our experience. The hotel is fabulous; the exceptionally history of the place can be felt from the reception,” explained another traveler who stayed at the hotel.

2 – The Upper House in Hong Kong, China

3 – Gili Lankanfushi in Lankanfushi, North Male Atoll, Kaafu Atoll in the Maldives

4 – Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

5 – The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India

6- Casa Gandotena in Quito, Ecuador

7- Lindo Blu in Lindos, Greece

8- The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Punta de Mita, Mexico

9- The Oberoi in Mumbai, India

10- Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto, Ontario

11- Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, Peru

12- Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This internationally-awarded hideaway resort, resembles an ancient Arabian bedouin encampment, and  lies nestled within a lush oasis in the midst of Dubai’s desert landscapes. 

One traveler commented, “Our big mistake was having reservations for only two nights, and not three or four. What is there not to like? Impeccable luxury in a beguiling desert setting. Gazelles at your doorstep and grazing next to your breakfast or lunch table. The majestic Arabian oryx in the distance. Multiple escorted activities every day. Your own full size heated pool at your bungalow--perfect for an evening dip under a starry night. You can read about all the amenities, and it is all true.”

13- Four seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey

14- The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California

15- The Milestone Hotel in London, United Kingdom

16- Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Columbia

17- Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India

18 – French Quarter Inn in Charleston, South Carolina

19- Hotel Schwarzenstein in Lutago, Italy

20- Baros Maldives in North Male Atoll, The Maldives

21- Bardessono in Yountville, California

22- Harvey’s Point in Donegal Town, Ireland

23- Soneva Fushi Resort in Kunfunadhoo, Baa Atoll in The Maldives

24- Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora, Society Islands of the French Polynesia

25- Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence, Italy

All images courtesy TripAdvisor