The top 5 Middle East hotels for private jet flyers
The Middle East is a culturally rich and dramatically beautiful part of the world which attracts a wide range of visitors searching for the world’s most exotic and luxurious vacations.
For those that will be hiring a private jet as part of their holiday this year, our Dubai-based charter team has reviewed a range of the region’s most opulent and extravagant hotels.
The Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
With its iconic sail-shaped silhouette, the Burj Al Arab is the symbol of modern Dubai. Repeatedly voted one of the world’s most luxurious properties and often referred to as “the world’s only 7-star hotel”, it is the level of service that really makes your stay at the Burj Al Arab extraordinary. All of the rooms are luxurious suites spanning two floors, featuring a handsome spiral staircase and incredible views. The finest services and facilities are also on offer, from a host of personal butlers to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Private jet travellers may also like to arrive by helicopter charter and experience the short 15 minute transfer from Dubai International Airport, culminating in a dramatic landing on the hotel’s helipad.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
With a diary that covers head of states delegation as well as visits from royal families, celebrities, sporting heroes, legendary artists and entertainment heroes, the Emirates Palace Hotel is the number one choice for many private jet travellers. The iconic Abu Dhabi hotel cost around $6 billion to build in 2005 and is a colossal sandstone masterpiece. With a traditional Arabian décor dominated by gold, marble and mother of pearl, where the 1,000 chandeliers are made of Swarovski crystal, the building is the pinnacle of luxury. The hotel’s most exclusive suites include a room for your bodyguard, 24 hour private butler service and spectacular views of the hotels 1.3 km private beach. Its reasonable proximity to Abu Dhabi International Airport makes renting a private jet a very convenient choice for visitors.
Le Gray, Beirut, Lebanon
Le Gray offers cool, modern interiors, with 87 wonderfully spacious rooms and sensational suites, exciting restaurants, all accompanied by warm and highly professional service. This hotel is a magnet for private jet flyers with a host of fine art on display; owner and collector Gordon Campbell Gray has filled one of Beirut’s most extravagant buildings with more than 500 handpicked works. In addition, there are magnificent vistas of the Mediterranean, Mount Lebanon and the city’s impressive architecture from the rooftop. Le Gray is a CampbellGray Hotel, a collection of exquisite hotels including One Aldwych and Dukes in London, and Carlisle Bay in Antigua. The hotel is a 15 minute drive from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport which can accommodate private jet charters to and from Beirut.
Qasr Al Sharq, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Originally built for the royal family, this hotel will make you feel like royalty yourself. With ceilings made of 60 kilos of gold leaf and the main staircase chandelier studded with over 600,000 Swarovski crystals, the Qasr Al Sharq is an oasis of astonishing luxury and opulence. With four distinct styles the 46 suits range from 450 to 1000 square meters of luxury accommodation. The hotel is meticulously detailed resulting in an overwhelming feeling of pure indulgence. Guests are able to relax in a traditional hammam or swim beneath the pool’s retractable glass roof. The Qasr Al Sharq sits right on the coastline of the Red Sea, a mere 15 minute drive from King Abdul Aziz Airport.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, Six Senses Zighy Bay offers a spectacular setting for an extraordinary experience. An oasis built of natural stone and warm woods, the hotel offers beautiful indigenous village-style accommodation and a private marina. With dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other, the properties outlook is second-to-none. Whilst offering a sense of seclusion and remoteness, the bay is a scenic two-hour drive from Dubai International Airport, meaning it is still well within the reach of a private jet traveller. More intrepid guests can also arrive by paragliding into the resort accompanied by the resident professional, or by speedboat from a neighbouring port. With a variety of villas and suites, the resort offers some of the most beautiful backdrops. Featuring private beaches, a private spa, wine cellars and swimming pools, Six Senses Zighy Bay will leave every private jet setter completely satisfied.