There’s nothing quite like feeling that your food costs are covered when you go on holiday, especially in Dubai! There are all sorts of interesting and exotic dishes to try in Dubai, so why not make the most of it by booking All Inclusive?
Dubai can be an expensive holiday, but that shouldn’t deter you, there are plenty of hotels which provide full board and all inclusive options to help you make the most of the fantastic food scene, as well as prevent your wallet from capitulation.
Today we will be looking at which hotel provides the best full board or all inclusive holiday package based on location, hotel room cost, restaurant selection, and facilities!
1) The Retreat, Palm Jumeirah
Located on the luxurious Palm Jumeirah, The Retreat very much plays into the notion of being a relaxing place to unwind with the Rayya wellness centre and the muted earthy colour tones of the hotel. If you are on the lookout for an all inclusive holiday with the primary focus being to unwind, The Retreat is definitely one to consider!
The Retreat is also noted as being the region’s first 5 star family friendly wellness resort, so it’s a great one if you have little ones. There are indoor and outdoor play areas, and children’s activities if you were ever worried about them getting bored!
As for the all inclusive element, you can indulge in breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the 4 onsite and nearby restaurants.
Restaurants include: Bait Al Nakhla, a new restaurant which serves regional cuisine, Vibe, an all-day healthy eating spot, Ripples Juice Bar which serves international drinks from mocktails to juices, and Chapters Restaurant which is the lobby café.
There are also various activities you can take part in, including daily wellness activities such as yoga.
The Retreat is located on the Palm Jumeirah at the East Crescent of the island. It is a 25 minute drive from hotspots like the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, and approximately a 35 minute drive from the Dubai International Airport.
Below is a look at the flexible rate to stay when opting to include breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Retreat for one night and two adults.
|Deluxe Room||1,058 AED +|
|Premium Room||1,302 AED +|
|Deluxe One Bedroom Suite||1,546 AED|
|Premium One Bedroom Suite||1,666 AED|
|Penthouse Suite||3,498 AED +|
Overall, The Retreat is very much a wellness getaway whilst accommodating for your children. This makes for a great all inclusive resort if you have a range of people with different plans going on the holiday. There are lots of different board options from bed and breakfast and half board to full board, so you can easily look for a package that suits you. We particularly like the selection of places to eat and drink, plus the selection of activities.
2) Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Sticking with Palm Jumeirah, Waldorf Astoria has an incredibly grand appearance if you’re looking for a larger than life resort! There’s even a private beach so you can truly make the most of your luxurious time away from home.
There’s a good selection of activities to take part in, including tennis, snorkelling, paddle boarding, wind sailing and deep-sea fishing! Even more, there’s a kids club which is great to keep your children entertained.
When it comes to the All Inclusive selection, there is a whopping seven different restaurants and bars located onsite or nearby, so you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes! These include the Pearl Club which is perfect for a continental breakfast, Social by Heinz Beck for delicious Italian cuisine, LAO for traditional Vietnamese flavours, Mezzerie which is the primary international restaurant, the poolside bistro Palm Avenue serving Californian dishes, Peacock Alley for afternoon tea, and Serafina Bar to unwind with a cocktail!
Waldorf Astoria is also located along the East Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah and is a 30 minute drive from the tourist hotspot of Burj Khalifa and around a 35 minute drive from the Dubai International Airport.
The only downside with Waldorf Astoria is that not all room types offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so in the comparison we will only compare those where it is an option.
|Superior Room||1,883 AED|
|Deluxe Room Skyline Sea View||2,003 AED|
|Deluxe Room Palm Sea View||2,122 AED|
|Deluxe Room Skyline Sea View – 2 Queens||2,148 AED|
|Deluxe Room Palm Sea View – 2 Queens||2,268 AED|
|Deluxe Suite||2,428 AED|
|Pearl Club Sea View King Room||2,610 AED|
|Pearl Club Sea View Queen Room||2,672 AED|
|Pearl Club Suite||2,911 AED|
|Waldorf Astoria Suite||3,518 AED|
Overall, Waldorf Astoria is absolutely a luxurious retreat with stunning views and an escape to luxury.
3) Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai
Moving away from the Palm and into the heart of the action, Ramada By Wyndham has an incredibly sleek and modern appearance right in the city skyline! You can find a refreshing outdoor pool to unwind in against the luxury of the city.
Also at the hotel is an indoor sports court, a gym, and children’s play area, so it’s great for the whole family. If you’re travelling on business, the contemporary design and meeting rooms make it an ideal hotel. If it’s your first time visiting and you’re keen to see the sights, the location is also perfect for views of the Burj Khalifa as well as Dubai Mall & Dubai Fountain right on your doorstep!
Ramada By Wyndham has one onsite restaurant called Kenza which has a modern and cosy ambiance whilst being situated with a perfect view of the Burj Khalifa. Kenza serves a good range of international and Arabic dishes to suit a wide range of tastes.
The hotel is located in Downtown Dubai, being only a 10 minute walk from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, and a 5 minute walk from the Dubai Fountain. Ramada By Wyndham is also only a 15 to 20 minute drive from the Dubai International Airport, making it in an ideal location for the urban tourist!
Below is a brief look at how much it costs to stay for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Ramada By Wyndham Downtown Dubai for one night for two adults in the offered rooms.
|King Bedroom Apartment – City View||779.50 AED|
|Twin Bedroom Apartment – Twin City View||779.50 AED|
|King Bedroom Apartment – Fountain View||902 AED|
|Twin Bedroom Apartment – Burj Khalifa and Pool View||975.50 AED|
|King Bed Junior Suite – Burj Khalifa Fountain View||975.50 AED|
|Twin Bed Junior Suite – Burj Khalifa and Fountain View||975.50 AED|
|King Bedroom Apartment – Burj Khalifa Fountain View||1,132.30 AED|
|2 Bedroom Apartment – Burj Khalifa and Fountain View||1,662.73 AED|
Overall, Ramada By Wyndham is a convenient hotel to stay in whatever the occasion, whether it is for business or a family trip away. The location is ideal for sightseeing and has a great urban skyline design that will appeal to any modern glamour lovers! Although there is only one restaurant, the offerings are quite broad to appeal to children and those wanting to try some local dishes.
4) Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Back to the luxury island of Palm Jumeirah and Sofitel Dubai The Palm has a contemporary paradise feel, making it the most perfect All Inclusive retreat in Dubai.
At the hotel you can find the Amura Kids Club for children which has a swimming pool and plenty of activities to keep them engaged! Sofitel The Palm has its own private beach, so you can relax and enjoy your all inclusive undisturbed.
There’s a whopping 6 outside pools containing fun activities such as slides and waterfalls so you can absolutely relax or enjoy your playful side! Also at the hotel are recreational activities and sports such as tennis or to test your adrenaline fuelled side there are water sports at the beach. Adding onto this, you can find 7 different bars and lounges!
Sofitel Dubai The Palm has an impressive six restaurants on site and nearby. These are Manava which is perfect for the family as it serves a buffet of traditional Arabian and international dishes, and Porterhouse is your point of call if you’re searching for a steakhouse or grill. Moana serves delicious seafood from all around the world plus a children’s menu, The World Eatery serves popular dishes from all over the globe including curries, quesadillas, and pizzas. Maui is the poolside restaurants serving cocktails, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and grilled dishes. Finally, Hong Loong is a must visit if you’re looking for traditional Chinese cuisine.
The hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah, and is approximately a 25 minute drive from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. It is also a 30 to 35 minute drive from the Dubai International Airport.
Below are the average All Inclusive Costs to Stay at Sofitel The Palm, Dubai.
|Luxury Room – Sea View||1,919 AED|
|Luxury Room – Palm View||2,041 AED|
|Junior Suite||2,286 AED|
|Prestige Suite||2,715 AED|
|Beach Suite||2,899 AED|
|Opera Suite||3,409 AED|
Overall, Sofitel The Palm is a luxurious place to stay and it comes with an excellent selection of restaurants, bars, and pools. There are plenty of activities for the whole family making it a suitable hotel for families, couples, or for a peaceful holiday. There are also lots of different board options so you can choose the package that best suits you.
5) Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
This all inclusive resort has tranquil views of Ain Dubai off in the distance on Bluewaters Island and even has its own private beach so you can enjoy the world famous JBR Beach right on your doorstep! Due to the central location, you are surrounded by shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities. There are also plenty of onsite activities for you to enjoy as a family including snorkelling, pools, a games room, and a kids club and playground for your children. You will also find a relaxing spa and pool bar onsite if you want to just unwind.
Hilton Dubai JBR has a great selection of restaurants including BiCE Ristorante for award winning Italian cuisine, McGettigan’s is an Irish Bar serving juicy burgers and massive desserts so an ideal place to socialise in the evening, and Trader Vic’s is the spot to go for delicious Chinese dishes.
Axis Lobby Lounge serves hot drinks, light snacks and cakes, Bice Sky Bar offers widespread views of the Arabian Gulf and serves Italian cuisine and cocktails. Oceana serves you a breakfast buffet and tasty seafood nights, and Wavebreaker is the beachside bar serving delicious BBQ grills and seafood.
The hotel is located on Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and is a 25 to 30 minute drive from the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. From Dubai International Airport, it is approximately a 30 minute drive.
Finally, we take a look at the cost of an all inclusive room per night at The Hilton JBR.
|Deluxe Room||1,121 AED|
|Sea View Room||1,194 AED|
|Executive Room||1,324 AED|
|Executive Room Sea View||1,376 AED|
|Family Suite||1,631 AED|
Overall, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah offers a selection of restaurants. There’s also a good selection of activities for families and individuals at the hotel. Not all rooms include the All Inclusive option so make sure you double check before you book.
Our favourite All Inclusive Resort in Dubai is Sofitel The Palm because of the vast selection of restaurants, lounges, and bars which work great when you are looking for an option which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel is also versatile, catering for families, couples, and groups, due to the selection of activities onsite. Furthermore, the location is also stunning, overlooking the Arabian Gulf with a private beach which gives a complete blissful paradise feel. Although it is quite an expensive stay, it isn’t the most expensive of the options in the list.
All of these factors make up why Sofitel Dubai The Palm is the best hotel if you are looking for a full board or an all inclusive stay in Dubai.