Only in Dubai could an archipelago in the shape of a palm tree be a thing. Located on Palm Jumeirah island, the Waldorf Astoria is a good option if the idea of being removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, and spending relatively more time relaxing by the pool/beach appeals to you. (There’s only one road on and off the island—via the “trunk” of the palm tree—so it adds a bit of time to touring around.) It’s family-friendly (one pool is adults only and the other for all ages), so a good option if you have kids in tow, as there are a handful of outdoor activities they can get into right on the property. The seaside rooms have balconies seemingly made for enjoying coffee with a view in the AM (the buffet breakfast downstairs is solid, too, though). Probably most notable about the suites are their oversized glass-and-marble bathrooms, with luxurious waterfall shower heads and soaking tubs. The spa is fantastic, and three-star Michelin Chef Heinz Beck has a restaurant here, too. Also on Palm Jumeirah: There’s a path for walking/running/biking, which you can pick up right outside the Waldorf Astoria. About two and a half miles along the path, toward the center of the island, you’ll hit a fun, little food truck area near the Atlantis.

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