Dubai is an excellent honeymoon destination, where newly married couples can together explore so much that this cosmopolitan city has to offer.
A city where romantic gestures don’t end at the beachfront hotels and marble-clad spas, but continue with bespoke services such as dinner underneath the star-lit desert or up in the clouds, that only a city like Dubai could offer.
Why choose Dubai for your honeymoon?
The one thing you can be guaranteed when choosing a destination such as Dubai for your honeymoon is that it will be exotic, luxurious, and plush. With all-year-round sunshine, stunning architecture and landscape, luxurious shopping malls, and opulent dining options, honeymooners can expect to be treated like royalty.
While Dubai attracts tourists from all over the world for its sightseeing spots and shopping, there are also many romantic spots around the city, making it ideal for newly married couples. The sheer quality and exclusivity of hotels, and what they have to offer are what sets Dubai apart from other destinations.
The city is a balanced blend of traditional Arabian flavour and a step into the modern 21st century. It’s where you can experience the hospitality of Bedouin culture and also escape into the glittering nightlife. With Michelin star dining venues and world-class spas, a honeymoon in Dubai is bound to create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Best places to stay on a Dubai honeymoon
There is a romantic hotel in Dubai that suits every couple no matter your taste or budget. With options ranging from beachfront honeymoon suites to a luxurious desert getaway between the sand dunes, there’s something for everyone.
The most luxurious and sought after addresses for honeymooners to Dubai include:
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Have the honeymoon of a lifetime by staying at the iconic Burj Al Arab, the world’s first “seven-star” hotel. This hotel is very well known for its lavish suites, rainbow-coloured interiors, and amenities that include world-class butler service.
Prices starting from AED 7,000 per night
Can’t afford to stay the night but just want a taste of what’s on offer? We share here all the best ways to get inside the Burj al Arab
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Located on the well-known Palm Jumeirah, this Thai-inspired hotel resort has UAE’s only over-the-water villas and luxurious rooms with lagoon access. Relax, unwind and enjoy intimate moments with sunset dining at the beach and couples spa treatments.
Prices for villas start from AED 4,000 per night
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
This is another luxury beachfront hotel situated in Jumeirah, with sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf and panoramic Downtown Dubai. With access to the famous Nikki Beach club, it’s a perfect destination for stylish couples looking for world-class entertainment and dining in one venue.
Prices starting from AED 3,000 per night
One way to save a little on your Dubai honeymoon is to stay at a city hotel but take advantage of a day pass to one of Dubai’s great beach clubs
Caesars Palace Dubai
Bluewaters isn’t just home to the stunning new Ain Dubai, but also this luxurious and modern hotel resort, Caesars Palace Dubai. Whether couples are looking for exhilarating water sports, relaxing at the poolside private cabanas, or enjoying dramatic theatre cooking at a Michelin-starred restaurant, Caesars Resort has it all.
Prices starting from AED 3,000 per night
Al Maha Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Secluded amongst the sand dunes of Arabia and surrounded by palm trees, these Bedouin-style tents will provide honeymooners a retreat that’s intimate, relaxing, and romantic. Experience desert thrilling sports, private picnic by the dunes, or laze at the infinity pool together as you watch some wildlife.
Prices starting from AED 6,000 per night
If you’d like to enjoy an immerseive Desert experience in Dubai, check out our complete guide to luxurious Dubai & UAE desert experiences or a range of glamping options for something truly unique
Romantic things to do for couples in Dubai
There are endless romantic things for couples to do in Dubai. Regardless of what type of couple you are, be it a fitness couple or a foodie couple, there’s something for everyone in this city. Here are our top picks:
Romatic dining at Ossiano
For a meal you won’t forget, dine in one of Dubai’s most romantic underwater restaurants. At the Ossiano, located in Atlantis Palm, you can enjoy fine dining in an underwater-like setting as sharks and other marine animals glide right past your table.
Sail Dubai Creek on a Dhow Cruise
Dubai comes alive at night and what better way to enjoy the glittering skyline than from underneath the stars, as you dine with your partner aboard a beautifully lit traditional Dhow cruise. Set to sail along Dubai Creek, facing Dubai’s old souks, while you enjoy buffet-style dinner, musical entertainment, and traditional dance shows.
Take flight on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Romance is undoubtedly in the air when you take a Hot Air Balloon Ride across the deserts of Dubai. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of watching the sunrise together over the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Picture-perfect Dubai Miracle Garden
Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than flowers, and that’s all you will find at Dubai Miracle Garden. With over 60 million flowers and many picture-perfect settings, like the fairy tale castles, the hearts passage, and more, it is no wonder this place is called a ‘Lover’s Paradise’.
Catch Dubai’s No 1 Live show La Perle by Dragone
Dubai’s first permanent show, the La Perle is an immersive performance with imagery and technology that is bound to leave you breathless. It’s a perfect excuse to glam up as you spend the evening with your partner watching acrobatic and ariel stunts across a purpose-built water stage.
Romantic dining options for couples in Dubai
Having a romantic dining option or two is a must on your honeymoon, and Dubai has plenty of them. From iconic locations to Michelin-starred restaurants, the city has it all.
Here’s are our top 5 we recommend you check out for an unforgettable Dubai dining experience:
At.Mosphere – Burj Khalifa
It can’t get any dreamier than being served specially-curated mixed drinks and food while enjoying stunning sky-high views from the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa. Be it breakfast, high tea or their al La Carte lounge menu, At.Mosphere is a definite bucket list experience as you dine in the clouds.
Ce La Vi – Address Sky
New on the scene for dining, Ce La Vi is quickly becoming one of the hottest places for couples to escape to. Located on the 54th floor of the Address Sky View in Downtown Dubai, this restaurant serves contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine packs in an excellent menu, ambiance, and stunning views of the city’s skyline.
Fish Beach Taverna – La Meridien Mina Seyahi
If seafood is your love language, you need to look no further than Fish Beach Taverna. Set against the beach with twinkling lights, and whitewashed interiors with blue and white decor, this charming restaurant will have you transported to the Greek Isles. Enjoy some laid-back dining with your partner, with your toes in the sand and plates filled with the day’s fresh catch, also one of our favourite sundowner spots in Dubai.
Thiptara – Palace Downtown
Settle in on the terrace of Thiptara and enjoy the stunning views of Burj Khalifa and the famous dancing Dubai Fountains. With a setting as stunning as this and a menu serving the best of Thai cuisine, it’s going to be nothing less than a perfect romantic meal to enjoy together.
Royal Beach Dining
Making for one of the most memorable experiences in Dubai, The Royal Beach Dining Experience at Atlantis the Palm gives romantic dinners the choice of several different packages including a personalised butler, flower bouquet on arrival, specialised cakes and messages can also be delivered.
Best time to honeymoon in Dubai
Dubai is a destination perfect for visiting all year round.
The winter months, which span from October to March, are the best time to visit Dubai if you are planning outdoor activities. The cool weather means beach visits, exploring the city on foot and outdoor dining are all so much more pleasant.
However, visiting during the quieter months of summer can offer seclusion in your honeymoon along with incredible rates. With temperatures reaching 50 degrees during peak summer months of June-August, stepping out may not be an option, however, with the massive malls which include various leisurely attractions, there are enough activity options to keep you occupied.
Being a Muslim city, it is important to note that during the holy month of Ramadan, timings for venues and activities may change. Additionally, not all dining options may be open, or entertainment may be curtailed during Ramadan, so it is best to check beforehand.
Ideal Dubai Honeymoon packages
To explore most of the romantic locations around Dubai and have some time for shopping, spending a week in the city is most ideal.
Most luxury packages start at $400 USD per night, which can be customised with half-board or all-inclusive options, along with extra activities.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Honeymoons in Dubai
While the Maldives is very well known for its sandy beaches and turquoise-coloured waters, giving newly married couples that secluded island dream that they wish for, Dubai can offer the same and more.
Dubai is home to some of the best luxury hotels, also offering beachfront or over-the-water villa accommodation. There are many idyllic romantic spots around Dubai that allow you to relax and escape reality while being very close to all the attractions and experiences that the city has to offer.
Whilst it’s true that many things in Dubai can be expensive, Honeymoon packages to Dubai can be personalised to fit your budget. With wide options on hotel accommodation, affordable dining options and the choice of experiences you would like to include during your stay, planning a honeymoon to Dubai is not too expensive.
You can find more ideas on how to visit Dubai on a budget here.
Depending on the hotel accommodation chosen and the attractions opted for, prices for a honeymoon package can vary greatly. You could get by on a mere few hundred dollars on a budget trip or spend tens of thousands for all-out luxury at every turn.
A common misconception is that this is not allowed at all in Dubai; Let’s be clear what is not allowed in Dubai are overt displays of public affection – anything that may be regarded as offensive to local culture. Holding your new spouse’s hand or giving them a kiss on the cheek, no problem. Anything more intimate, save for your honeymoon suite.
You can read more about the rules and cultural expectations in Dubai here.
Dubai has become much more liberal over the years and in the right setting, skimpy swimwear is permitted. This would be within a beach resort or beach club setting. At public beaches and water parks, we’d forgo anything more revealing (at some family beaches it would be outright banned).
If you are still confused about the Dubai dress code we have a detailed guide here on what is considered acceptable, plus a great detailed guide here to help you with what to pack for your honeymoon in Dubai.
Why just settle for a honeymoon. If a destination wedding is on your mind then yes, you can get married as foreigners in Dubai.
Jump over here to see our complete Dubai wedding planning guide.
Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai
- Pop into our essential planning information page, it includes everything you need to know about getting around Dubai, a handy guide on what to pack, and top tips for first-timers on the do’s and don’ts, laws and customs to be aware of.
- Check out this incredible list of 150+ places you should visit when you’re in Dubai.
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