15 Over-the-Top Middle Eastern Hotels

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai is a luxury five star hotel which is claimed to be the most luxurious in the whole wide world. Some people have actually referred to it as “the world’s only seven star hotel”. What this could possibly mean will only be discovered if you have the cash.

Emirates Palace Hotel

Emirates Palace Hotel

The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi dares to include the word palace in its title so there is a fair chance the place markets itself on luxury to those who can afford it. So much for the Burj Al Arab being the only seven star hotel, it already has another competing nearby.



St. Regis

St. Regis

The St. Regis is in Abu Dhabi also and is a part of the grand Nation Towers complex. The complex is basically two skyscrapers at the southern end of the Corniche in the UAE’s capital city. It is only for those who can afford the finest service, its website says that it “offers its elite clientele an experience beyond expectation”. Wow….

King David Hotel

King David Hotel

If you build a hotel in Jerusalem, Israel, then you know it isn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill hotel. You also get the impression that it ain’t gunna be cheap either. If this is what you are expecting then you won’t be disappointed.



Waldorf Astoria Jeddah Qasr Al Sharq

Waldorf Astoria Jeddah Qasr Al Sharq

If you are having trouble pronouncing the name of this hotel then best not to worry because you probably can’t afford to stay here anyway. And if you can, you probably have the cash to get someone to say it for you. It’s in Saudi Arabia.

Al Areen Palace and Spa

Al Areen Palace and Spa

This place is in Bahrain and is part of a development which is spread over two million square kilometres of that country and cost a whopping to billion to construct. Besides the hotel it has a whole world of residential, commercial and entertainment components right in the middle of the desert.



Al Bustan Ritz Carlton

Al Bustan Ritz Carlton

Situated in the country of Oman, this place is not cheap but did you really expect it to be? It has an entrance that may have you convinced you are visiting a cathedral and plenty of Arabian-style architecture with views of the mountains or sea.

Le Gray

Le Gray

The Le Gray was built in the historic part of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. It has everything you would expect of a luxury hotel catering for “even the most discriminating of guests”. If you have ever worked in tourism and hospitality, you’ll know those are the biggest pain in the ass.



InterContinental Le Vendome

InterContinental Le Vendome

Here we were thinking that pretty much every building in Beirut had been levelled. At least that is what you may start thinking if you watch the news. This hotel, as you can see, has rooms with a pretty cool view of the city.

Yas Viceroy

Yas Viceroy

….And here we find ourselves again in Abu Dhabi where the ocean meets the desert. There is so much blue in this picture that it is hard to know which to jump in for a refreshing dip and which way to look to thank the Heavens you got the chance to be here.



Shangri – La Hotel

Shangri – La Hotel

We know this name as being synonymous with all things lovely and luxurious (for the most part at least). This is the Shangri – La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. The Emirates capital seems to be where it’s at for luxury hotels.

One and Only the Palm Dubai

One and Only the Palm Dubai

Of course this place is in Dubai as the name might suggest. The name also suggests that this joint has tickets on itself but then again, I think it what Kid Rock who once said, “It ain’t braggin’ m__f___ if you back it up”. This place does.



Herods Vitalis Spa

Herods Vitalis Spa

Herod as in King Herod? I am sure he would have demanded the best if there were hotels around back in his day. It is in Eilat, Israel and as you can see from the picture, has rooms with pretty awesome views.

Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah

Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah

This is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? I’m guessing if you want to stay here then you are going to need a wallet full too. This is another entry which finds itself situated in that little corner of the world becoming well-known for all things luxury; Dubai.



Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah

Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah

Just one more tongue-twister from Dubai to round out the list. I don’t know what Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah means. Nobody does. But one thing I can tell you is that it is a beautiful place to stay because, well, I’ve read about it.