One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
One of the city's most established and romantic resorts, this comprises three separate hotels in one heavily landscaped 150-acre complex. There's the original 246-room Palace, surrounded by palms and seemingly dipped in gold; the newer and more intimate 172-room Arabian Court; and the low-key 48-room Residence & Spa, which is like a very lavish, comfortable home. The resort draws heavily on traditional Moroccan decor, with lots of archways, dark carved wood, and elaborate mosaic floors. All rooms have balconies or patios that overlook the sea. What sets this resort apart is the beautifully landscaped pool areas and wide variety of restaurants, such as Tagine; it also boasts the best spa in town, one of only a handful of Givenchy-run spas worldwide, and the only luxury Oriental hammam in Dubai. The biggest drawback is that the cranes and apartment blocks being constructed on Palm Jumeirah are startlingly close to the Arabian Court, although the Palace is a little distance away.