The towering skyscrapers of JBR are as iconic as Dubai itself. Staying at one of these dazzling beachfront hotels and resorts is the perfect way to emerge yourself in a modern Dubai experience. Enjoy easy access to beaches, restaurants and entertainment while soaking in the rays.
In this Dubai hotel guide we’ll take you on a journey what to expect in JBR and which hotels have direct access to the beach, along with our top family-friendly picks and those offering a little extra you’ll love from the party scene to perfect spas.
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Where is JBR
Although technically JBR – Jumeirah Beach Residences – refers only to a collection of buildings sitting adjacent to Dubai Marina and The Beach, the whole area that stretches from Bluewaters Island on one side to the newly constructed Dubai Harbour to the east is colloquially known as JBR.
Visitors to JBR can enjoy the soft white sands of the Arabian Gulf and have easy access to the beautiful and cosmopolitan Dubai Marina area. The Walk, the main beachfront road dominates and The Beach is the most popular feature, though there are many dining and retail attractions to enjoy, making it a very popular area of the city for holidaymakers – you can find our complete guide to things to do in JBR here.
Many resorts at the eastern end of JBR (beyond The Walk) enjoy their own private beach frontage while hotels that sit in the heart of JBR access the public beachfront from across The Walk. The beach is free to access but you pay to use the deck chair and umbrella services.
Dubai Marina and JBR offer excellent transport connections including the Dubai Tram servicing the Marina and Media City areas of the city, connection to the Metro Red Line, RTA Bus services and Water Bus services. You are also adjacent to the E11 Sheikh Zayed Road for connection to Downtown Dubai to the east and westward to Jebal Ali (Dubai Parks & Resorts theme parks) and Abu Dhabi.
JBR is approximately 25 minutes to DXB (Dubai International Airport) and 30 minutes to DWC (Al Maktoum International Airport). You can see a complete Dubai Transport guide here.
Top 13 hotels on JBR & Jumeirah Beach
Our review of hotels here includes those both within JBR and adjacent to the beachfront. You may also want to explore hotels and hotel apartments in Dubai Marina, as well as our selection of Dubai’s best beach resorts, which includes further luxurious beach resorts sitting to the east of JBR, dominated by the Jumeirah group.
We have looked only at hotels – if you are after the space and convenience of your own apartment see our guide to the best apartment AirBnB’s in the JBR/Dubai Marina. This is one of the most popular areas of the city for holiday rentals at reasonable prices.
Habtoor Grand Resort
The Habtoor Grand invites guests to a contemporary, palace-like hotel on Jumeirah Beach. The 5-star waterfront property has marble floors, landscaped gardens and luxury accommodations set across from the sparkling Dubai Marina and the Walk at JBR.
Four swimming pools can be found within the resort, including an adult’s only infinity pool, whirlpool and kids will be delighted with the giant waterslides! The exclusive private beach presents more opportunities for sunning and swimming.
Couples will be happy here testing the 12 excellent bars and restaurants or pampering themselves with a treatment at the Elixir Spa.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa enjoys an unrivalled beachfront position to the east of JBR. Sitting amongst 19 acres of lush, landscaped gardens Le Royal Meridien is the perfect 5-star resort for your Dubai vacation.
Boasting 504 tastefully decorated rooms, with either stunning ocean views or looking out over the Dubai Marina. You’ll find three swimming pools, a modern fitness centre and spa – even a crazy golf course! Families are well catered for with the Family Kids Club.
A special feature is the beachfront boardwalk and the resort’s private beachfront is among Dubai’s best.
The Ritz Carlton Dubai
The Ritz Carlton is a luxury resort that seamlessly fuses history with modern luxury. The design takes inspiration from low-rise Mediterranean architecture. This 5–star property has a beautiful private beach and is just moments away from the Walk at JBR.
Couples and families can enjoy sea-view accommodations, with interconnecting family rooms and suites available. Six swimming pools, including an adults-only pool, two shaded kids pools and a waterslide provide ample facilities for all types of travellers. There’s also a kid’s club and play area for little ones.
Guests are treated to traditional Arabian luxury to be enjoyed at the Club Lounge, spa and nine award-winning bars and restaurants. Top gastronomy is a pillar of the Ritz experience; the Amaseena restaurant is a highlight, welcoming diners with Middle Eastern flavours served amongst Bedouin-inspired tents.
This hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai for easy day trips.
Rixos Premium Dubai
Rixos Premium is a brilliant choice of hotel on Jumeirah beach for lovers of modern and stylish experiences. Thanks to its prime location on The Walk, the hotel boasts an exclusive beachfront area and superb 360-degree city & sea views.
The property presents eleven restaurants and bars to explore and there’s the option to go all-inclusive which is great news for foodies who want to try a bit of everything. Party goers can also get their buzz at the hotel’s Azure Beach, one of the trendiest beach clubs in Dubai, known for its glamorous pool parties.
Swimming options off the beach include two pools for families and a semi-Olympic-sized pool for adults. The hotel also draws in fashionistas with concept retail stores found on the ground floor of Rixos Premium Dubai.
Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Movenpick is a modern 5-star hotel just a few steps from the amazing Jumeirah Beach and a good choice for both business travellers and holidaymakers.
All rooms come with a balcony, some with partial sea views onto the Arabian Gulf. Guests can enjoy a large outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre while children have fun at the kid’s playground. The wellness centre and spa invite you to a little pampering and there is also the unique feature of a Turkish bath.
Corporate clients and event planners will find modern meeting and conference rooms, as well as banqueting facilities. Buffet-style dining, a sports bar and New York cuisine provide exciting evening venues.
Sonder – JBR Suites
Sonder provides an excellent option for upscale, well-equipped suites at The Walk with the comfort of hotel facilities. The waterfront property enjoys beautiful views of the Gulf and guests have immediate access to the beach.
Each serviced apartment comes with a full kitchen to cook your own meals, a seating area and all the modern appliances you’ll need at this home away from home. The suites also come with pool access (shared with Rixos), a gym and spa.
JA Oasis Beach Tower Apartments
Located at the heart of The Walk JBR and a 5-minute stroll from the beach, JA Oasis Beach Tower Apartments is the perfect base for a family holiday in Dubai.
Each well-equipped one, two, three or four-bedroom apartment comes with a view and a full kitchen for the option of self-catering, plus a washer and dryer. Guests can also enjoy all the facilities of a modern hotel including two swimming pools, complete with a waterslide and Jacuzzi!
Six restaurants provide an interesting choice of dining experiences, from the convenient snacks of the Citrus Express to luxury dining on a Bateaux Dubai cruise along the city’s creek – learn more about this unique dining experience here.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
The Hilton Dubai Jumeirah is a wonderful family choice, keeping it luxurious with touches like chandeliers, lobster dinners and indulgent spa treatments. An adult and separate shaded kids pool overlook the private beach, which can be reached strolling through the palm-lined gardens.
More family-friendly features include the Kid’s Club, interactive playground and games room. Babysitting services come in useful when parents wish to slip out and sample the eight wining and dining options, including a panoramic sky bar.
The Walk at JBR can be reached easily and children will be excited to visit the nearby splash park and plentiful entertainment options along The Beach.
Hilton Dubai The Walk
The sister property of Hilton Jumeirah is located just behind on the JBR Walk, connected by a footbridge. Hilton Dubai The Walk is another great family hotel with access to all the facilities and dining options of Jumeirah, as well as its own swimming pool.
Accommodations at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah come in guest rooms and suites whereas Hilton Dubai The Walk offers studio, two, three and four-bedroom apartments – all equipped with kitchens which can be really handy for longer-term stays in Dubai. There’s even the choice of loft apartments or penthouses.
Stay slap bang in the middle of The Walk at JBR, steps away from its unique boutiques, cafés and restaurants – a top family pick at an affordable price. It’s also home to popular rooftop bar Pure Sky Lounge – enjoy sundowners and sunset happy hour in one of Dubai’s premier waterfront locations.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
All luxury accommodations have partial or full sea views, with the restaurants and shops of the JBR Walk on your doorstep and The Beach just a minute’s walk away. This hotel has hi-tech touches like LCD TV’s and Bose® sound systems in every room. Other top facilities include the SoFIT fitness centre and stylish meeting rooms for business events.
Try international cuisines at a range of restaurants and lounges or chill by the outdoor pool looking out to the Arabian Gulf.
Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach
Amwaj Rotana offers an elegant stay in Dubai for business and leisure travellers, with a backdrop of the Jumeirah coastline and brilliantly located between The Walk and Dubai Marina.
The spacious rooms each have their own balcony overlooking the Gulf and Palm Jumeirah. Dining and drinking options are varied, from gastropub to Italian as well as lounge and pool bars or coffee and juice spots.
The outdoor swimming pool is a calming place to spend the afternoon with a fabulous and popular rooftop deck. Gym-goers are also kept happy with an excellent Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club while children can be kept entertained and supervised at Flipper’s Kids’ Club.
JA Ocean View Hotel
The JA Ocean View is a great hotel for families or couples looking for a comfortable and convenient stay in Dubai. Guests are steps away from the entrance to popular The Walk & The Beach.
All accommodations provide gorgeous sea views, balconies and contemporary furnishings. Seven restaurants serve up a wealth of global cuisines and there are several bars for sunset drinks.
The infinity pool is perfect for cooling off before returning to an oversized lounger and there’ a shaded pool just for little ones. Meanwhile, the state-of-the-art health club is a highlight, featuring a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna for post-workout relaxation. A complimentary daily shuttle to Dubai’s major malls will also delight shoppers.
Doubletree By Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Doubletree by Hilton can be found at the westernmost end of The Walk, just minutes away from The Beach Mall and seafront dining options and a short walk from Bluewaters Island. This hotel can accommodate families, couples and business travellers
The upscale hotel is a suites-only property with each accommodation featuring private balconies, Marina or sea views and a separate living room. Some suites include a full kitchen and laundry facilities.
Guests can enjoy a range of dining options, coffee and poolside happy hours as well as private beach access with cabanas. The ocean-front infinity pool and fitness centre are assets to the hotel and there’s also a Wellness Spa with a steam room and sauna.
Want more Dubai hotel & resort ideas, or still not sure of which area will be best to stay in? Check out our complete guide on where to stay in Dubai
JBR is a popular hotel area of the city but there are plenty of other accommodation choices across the city of Dubai from the shimmering skyscrapers of Downtown and Sheikh Zayed Road to unique desert resort retreats. You’re sure to discover something new and exciting each time you stay in Dubai.
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