Great Middle Eastern Hotels 2016 Round-up!

I don’t know about you but whenever I’m booking a hotel, especially a luxury one I seek the opinions of others. Travel bloggers have often tried a range of hotels from quirky and one offs to high end chains. The Middle East, in my opinion, has some great hotels to suit every type of traveller. Here I, and some of my favourite bloggers, have picked their favourite Middle Eastern hotels that they have stayed in during 2016! I hope this inspires your travels in 2017!

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HOTEL AND LOCATION: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi Empty Quarter
By Jo of

Anantara at the Empty Quarter

Jo says:

Magnificent desert oasis Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter is just a couple of hours drive from the capital offering the luxury traveller the epitome of elegance set against a stunning panorama of sand dunes.

This imposing and architecturally impressive retreat blends old-world desert charm honouring Emirati heritage and culture with modern-day hospitality. Beautiful interiors combine traditional furniture, textiles, ceramics and artefacts in a series of low-rise buildings that are accessed via large wooden doors with walkways lined with water features and Arabic lanterns.

The service is impeccable, stylish restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, there is a fantastic spa and a multitude of activities from camel rides, dune bashing and falconry. The perfect sanctuary for a long weekend to relax and enjoy a peaceful little snippet of desert life.

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HOTEL AND LOCATION: Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach
By Catherine Lux of

Four Seasons, Jumeirah Beach Resort Dubai

Four Seasons, Jumeirah Beach Resort Dubai

What Catherine has to say:
I was staying with a friend for most of the time I was in Dubai, but I was desperate to really experience a hotel as Dubair are so famous for their luxury hotels. I booked myself into the Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach for a night, and from start to finish the service was just incredible. The hotel itself was beautiful and despite my short stay, it was one of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had. I think it’s well suited to couples and older families, and it was totally worth the money.

You can read Catherine’s full review here and why not check out her social media channels:

Twitter: @Luxlifeblog
Instagram: @luxlifeblog

HOTEL AND LOCATION: Anantara on The Palm Jumeirah
By Polly at Follow your Sunshine 

Anantara at the Palm

What Polly has to say:

My husband and I visited Anantara on The Palm Jumeirah when our daughter was just two months old. It was our first experience of travel with a baby and we were looking for some peace and tranquility as well as somewhere that was friendly and accommodating to a young couple with a newborn. Luckily, the hotel gave us all of this and more. The South East Asian inspired villas which are spread out over the extensive grounds feature private balconies and steps down to lagoon-like swimming pools where Sophia had her first swim. The friendly staff, beautiful setting and unique features make this hotel ideal for young families and honeymooning couples alike. It has an exclusive feel, and is pricey but in my opinion, totally worth it.

You can read a full review here and follow Polly on Twitter @PolBag

HOTEL AND LOCATION: Taj Dubai, Business Bay Area
By Vicky and Chris at EatSleepLoveTravel

Bedroom at Taj Dubai

Bedroom at Taj Dubai

What Chris and Vicky have to say:

We chose the Taj Dubai mainly because it’s location. It is located in Business Bay within walking distance (if it’s not to hot) to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. Our favourite thing about the hotel was the choice of restaurants and the quality of the food, especially Friday Brunch. If you have a bit of cash to splash then we would recommend this hotel as even by Dubai standards it is quite pricey, but in our opinion well worth it. With swimming pool, spa and gym it has great amenities. Ideal for business travellers, couples and families.

You can read there full review here

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HOTEL AND LOCATION: JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Shaun at

JW Marriott Marquis

JW Marriott Marquis

What Shaun has to say:

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – the tallest hotel in the world – wins our top vote with its combination of opulent luxury, fantastic leisure facilities and award-winning restaurants and bars like Weslodge, Rang Mahal and Tong Thai.

Best of all though, it can be amazing value. We’ve managed to get rooms in this five-star hotel for as low as 335 AED/night using the Entertainer Free Night Offer.

Ideal for business and leisure travellers, who need never leave the hotel due to excellent range of leisure venues and facilities, and close to the dazzling new Dubai Canal.

You can read the full review here and follow him on the below social media:



HOTEL AND LOCATION: Doubletree by Hilton, Marjan Island, Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates by Keri Hedrick at

DoubleTree Pool

DoubleTree Pool

What Keri has to say:

Proving that luxury and family really can go hand and hand we were blown away by Doubletree Marjan Island.  Large family-sized villa rooms overlooking the lush gardens with several pools to choose from.  For kids there is a giant playground, and all day (and evening!) kids club – but most loved by our little family was the giant pirate ship with 4 amazing slides!  With multiple restaurants to choose from this resort makes a perfect weekend getaway.

You can read Keri’s full review here or if you would like to find out more about Keri and the BabyGlobetrotters travels you can follow them at:



HOTEL AND LOCATION: Intercontinental by Wandermust Mummy from

The Pool and Beach, Intercontinental Doha

What Wandermust Mummy has to say:

The Intercon is a family favourite of the Wandermust Family. With a great pool and lovely beach with views of the city centre skyline to die for.  Coupled with the fact, it has amazing service and brilliant restaurants – we particularly love the Greek restaurant Mykonos – The Intercon is the place to go for the ultimate relaxing break.

We went for our final baby moon here and its perfect for couples but would also be great for families. We would love to go back this time with our little one in tow!

You can read the full review here and the Wandermust Family can be followed on the below social media channels:

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By Catherine Lux of

Shangri La Doha

Shangri La Doha

What Catherine has to say:

I am huge lover of Shangri-La hotels after staying in their Singapore hotel regularly as a child, and stay with them whenever I can so it was a no-brainer for my visit to Doha. One of the reasons I love Shangri-La’s so much is that each one feels ‘on-brand’ and familiar, and I always feel safe and at home in them (especially when I’m travelling alone). The staff are always fantasti, and honestly can’t do enough for you. The Doha hotel was stunning: the pool was an oasis in the middle of a very futuristic and high rise city, the spa was super relaxing, and even the standard rooms are huge!

Catherine’s full review is over on her website for you to check out and can be found here

You can follow Catherine on the below social media sites:

Twitter: @Luxlifeblog
Instagram: @luxlifeblog

HOTEL AND LOCATION: The Grand Hyatt, Doha by Wandermust Mummy from

The Presidential Suite

We booked into the Grand Hyatt using the entertainer app buy one get one free voucher and were not disappointed. We were upgraded to the Presidential Suite which was spacious as well as beautiful filled with local decorative touches. The bathroom was particularly impressive with a huge bath and a technology fueled shower. The club lounge offers free breakfast and an evening happy hour, a perfect retrace for couples, We enjoyed spending time round the heated pool, perfect for a winter break with kids.

HOTEL AND LOCATION: W Hotel, Doha, by Tiffany at A Girl and Her Passport

W Hotel Doha

W Hotel Doha

What A Girl and Her Passport has to say:

While I live in Qatar, sometimes I need to get away from my normal life, so I opted to do a staycation at the W Doha. Part of the reason I chose the W Doha is that offered a staycation rate that included early check-in and late check-out. It meant I could spend more time at the hotel. I also chose the W Doha because it is one of my favorite places to eat in Doha, so I knew I would be happy with the food choices. My favorite thing about this visit is that I was able to relax and unwind in a peaceful room with a comfortable bed. The service is always something I am impressed with when eating there and this extended into the hotel. This hotel is great because you can relax in your room, but enjoy the restaurants and nightlife the W Doha offers. It was a wonderful getaway in my hometown.



HOTEL AND LOCATION: The Chedi, Muscat by Wandermust Mummy from

What Wandermust Mummy has to say:

We are not beach bums! Hotels are usually where we rest our weary heads after a long day sightseeing. So the fact we never left the chedi tells you how good it is! Three pools, including the longest in the Middle East, a beach, beautiful architecture and several amazing restaurants mean the Chedi is a must for any couples wanting a romantic weekend in the Middle East!

You can read the full review here and the Wandermust Family can be followed on the below social media channels:

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HOTEL AND LOCATION: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort (specifically the Al Husn) Muscat, Oman by Jersey Girl at

Shangri La

Shangri La

What Jersey Girl has to say:

We were recommended the resort (made up of 3 hotels) and specifically the Al Husn as the must stay in Muscat.The pool area is one of the best I’ve ever experienced. The horizon infinity pool is stunning and tranquil atmosphere is uber relaxing.

Not a cheap get away (GBP 250+ per night) but worth every penny. They include complimentary afternoon tea, evening drinks reception and full mini bar use daily. With pool, gym, private beach areas, free wifi, use of the full resort, 10 restaurants and 3 bars.

The Al Husn is adults and perfect for that luxury couples get away. However the other 2 hotels on the resort are family friendly. The service, food and luxury finishes are second to none at this hotel and why we come return time and again.

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Zighy Bay, Oman

 HOTEL AND LOCATION: Six Senses, Zighy Bay Oman
By Eric at Travelbabbo

six senses

six senses

What Eric has to say:

We stopped at the Six Senses Zighy Bay on our around-the-world trip for one reason: the paragliding entrance. But we loved everything about the hotel, including the excellent food, our private plunge pool, the warm ocean water, the bicycles we rode all around the resort, the library, the tubing and the kids club activities. It’s a lot less expensive in the (hot) summer, but even at the resort’s high-season prices, there’s a lot of value provided. The service was outstanding. Highly recommended for adventurous, non-budget-minded travellers who want to be pampered in a unique location.

You can read Eric’s full review here

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Amman, Jordan 

HOTEL AND LOCATION: Toledo Hotel, Amman Jordan by Kath at

Toledo Hotel

Toledo Hotel

What Kath says:

I chose Toledo Hotel because it is located in Abdali, a largely residential area of cream-coloured townhouses and apartments intermixed with government and commercial buildings. There are no heavy traffic and loud noises unlike Downtown Amman. The nearest bakeries and shops are within 15 minutes’ walking distance while the major tourist attractions are a few minutes’ drive away, costing only 2-3 dinar by taxi.

The hassle-free bookings of city tour or day tours outside of Amman. The front desk will make the necessary arrangements, after which, guests can further discuss with the hired drivers for other requests. For example, I hired the same driver for the additional two days to drive me to Madaba and later, an excursion tour to Mount Nebo, Bethany and the Dead Sea – all at a reasonable price.

The rates for a single and double room range from USD68 – USD80 a night including breakfast at their Moorish-designed Andalusia Cafe.

In the room, there is air-conditioning, TV, desk, tea & coffee facilities, bar fridge, closet and a private safe box. I found no faults with the room and the attached bathroom as it was very clean, tastefully decorated, comfortable bed and everything functioned as it should be. The hotel has a gym and an indoor swimming pool. And of course, free Wi-Fi! Perfect for solo, business and family travellers.

You can read the full review here and follow Kath on her Social Media Channels:

Instagram: @katpegimana

Have you stayed at any of the above? We’d love to hear your thoughts or tell us about your favourite Middle Eastern hotel of 2016!

Great Middle Eastern Hotels will be annual feature so if you would like to be featured or for the Wandermust Family to review your hotel please contact us at wandermustfamily at 


  1. December 7, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I love this, it definitely makes me want to explore even more and lots on the list. Good hear everyone’s views and a very comprehensive round up, Oman certainly comes out of top with all those fabulous places. Well done for pulling all this together it was great to be part of it.

    • December 7, 2016 / 9:31 am

      Thank you. Great to collab with you. There are so many more hotels on my list now

  2. December 7, 2016 / 10:44 am

    Congrats on a great idea and post Leona 😉 I’m really pleased to be involved in your round-up and read all the other reviews of the awesome hotels we have in this region!

    • December 7, 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thanks Jo! It was great to have you join. Anantara looks amazing. I would love to visit. Hopefully you can join the collaboration next year. Can’t wait to follow your exploits in 2017 and see what new things there are to discover in the UAE!

  3. December 8, 2016 / 9:43 am

    The Middle East really knows how to do luxury! Great compilation with lots of inspiration! We loved The Chedi in Muscat too and I was impressed by the One & Only in Dubai. #farawayfiles

    • December 8, 2016 / 10:44 am

      You are right Middle East luxury hotels are on another level! I’ve not been to the one and only – will have a look! Chedi is amazing

  4. December 8, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Such a useful round up of Middle East hotels. I’d recommend the wonderful service at Four Seasons resorts to anyone and The Chedi has been on my list for a while. When we went to Dubai, we loved the understated style and elegance of the Ritz Carlton. Thanks for sharing this on #FarawayFiles

    • December 8, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Can’t recommend the chedi enough. If you go to the Middle East next year and want to be in the round up let me know

  5. December 8, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful list of hotels in the Middle East. We usually fly home to Australia via Dubai and stopped off at the Jumeirah Creekside one time. It was fabulous – quite luxurious and close to the airport but I really loved their 24 hour check in policy where you can arrive at any time with a room ready for you and leave within 24 hours. So convenient. Thanks for sharing your roundup with us on #FarawayFiles

    PS – love to be involved in the citybreaks post – you can email me on

    • December 8, 2016 / 3:59 pm

      That sounds so convenient – if you stay in Dubai next year let me know if you want to feature in the 2017 roundup

  6. December 8, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    I haven’t actually made it to the Middle East yet but it’s on my list! Boy oh boy, these hotels are incredible but I think I will have to say JW Marriott Marquis is my favourite – I mean, who wouldn’t want to say they have stayed in the tallest hotel AND at a reasonable price?? It has my vote I reckon! I’m pinning this for future reference so thank you for taking the time to put this all together! #FarawayFiles

    • December 8, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      My list of bucket list hotels got longer doing this list – hope you get there soon. Would love to hear your thoughts

  7. December 9, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    What a great post and a wonderful resource for those wishing to partake in a luxury Middle East break. Since we have four children, even mid-range hotels are generally too expensive for anything other than an emergency stopover for us, but it’s always nice to dream! 😉 Greetings from wintry Luxembourg. #FarawayFiles

    • December 10, 2016 / 8:09 am

      Yes they can get expensive but I find you can get luxury cheaper in the Middle East than elsewhere but we only have one baby at the moment.

  8. December 12, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Oh my – some spectacular hotels here! How I wish I could stay in all of them! If I *had* to pick one though, it would be the Chedi in Muscat – what an amazing place that is! #mondayescapes

    • December 12, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      They do look spectacular- having reviewed the Chedi I can confirm it’s as awesome as it looks

  9. December 13, 2016 / 7:34 am

    Thanks for including our favourite on Marjan Island – so many luxury hotel options, it’s hard to choose which one next! #MondayEscapes

  10. December 14, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    There are some amazing hotels in the Middle East – such luxury ones too. I would love to go to Oman especially. #citytripping

  11. December 14, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    Muscat has recently made an entrance on my wandering wishlist – I am definitely pinning for later – the Zinghy Bay spot looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    • December 15, 2016 / 5:16 am

      Yes Muscat is fab. Zighy bay is actually further north in a spot I had never heard of but now is on my hotel bucket list

  12. December 16, 2016 / 12:14 am

    Middle Eastern hotels always seem to take luxury to the extreme. How great to have all these fantastic recommendations in one place! Thanks so much for linking up with the last #MondayEscapes of 2016. See you in 2017!

    • December 16, 2016 / 7:33 am

      Thank you – luxury and the Middle East really go hand in hand. Merry Christmas and see you in 2017

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