Photos: 2 hotels in Dubai rate the Best & Worst Luxury Hotel Openings of 2017

December 19, 2017 8:27 pm

Two hotels in Dubai have been rated as the worst luxury openings of 2017 by experts at a prestigious travel website.

LTI said of the Bulgari: 'It’s an ultra-exclusive Mediterranean style resort, spread over 13 hectares, and has a private beach club and beach, a 50-berth marina, excellent spa and an impressive Italian restaurant with chef Niko Romito at the helm'

Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), a members-only resource for affluent globetrotters, has ranked both The Dukes Dubai and Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai at the bottom of its new luxury hotel table. The Dukes was criticised for not living up to the elegance of its sister property in London while it said Five Palm Jumeirah had a ‘shaky start’.

Meanwhile another hotel in the same city – Bulgari Hotel & Resorts – was named the best new launch in the world in 2017, with the travel website praising its ‘private and understated nature’. Every year, LTI produces an annual ranking of luxury hotels and this year its experts visited 74 new hotels around the globe, paying for the experience out of their own pockets to ensure a unbiased and rigorous assessment. LTI co-founder Michael Crompton said: ‘Remarkably, Dubai has delivered both the Best New Luxury Hotel of 2017 and the only two contenders for the Worst. We will be reporting on the intriguing Dubai scene for the luxury traveller in more detail during 2018.’ Scroll down for the full list of best and worst.


1. Bulgari Hotel & Resorts, Dubai:

The Bulgari Hotel on Dubai’s Jumeira Bay Island only opened on December 5 but has been rated as the best opening of 2017.

Bulgari Hotel & Resorts, pictured, has been lauded as the best luxury new hotel opening of 2017. Pictured is one of the highly recommended beach villas
1. Dukes, Dubai:
Rated as one of the worst luxury hotel openings by LTI was the five-star Dukes on Dubai’s famous Palm.
The Dukes has very favourable reviews on TripAdvisor, and when Daily Mail travel editor Mark Palmer visited in May, he described it as ‘brilliant’.

The view from the infinity swimming pool at the Dukes Dubai on the famous Palm island, which overlooks the Dubai skyline 
2. Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai, formerly the Viceroy 
Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai originally started life as the Vicerory, Dubai, but has had a very quick change of hands since opening.
But despite saying the hotel was ‘fairly impressive’, LTI still criticised the property.
LTI said that Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai is 'impressive' but said that a public legal wrangle with its former owner is tainting its image


The Best

1. The Bulgari Hotel, Dubai
2. The Ned, London
3. Villa La Coste, Provence
4. Hotel de Crillon, Paris
5. Chable Resort, Yucatan, Mexico 
6. Burgenstock Hotel, Lucerne
7. Nobu Ryoken, Malibu
8. Hotel Eden, Rome
9. Kokomo Island, Fiji
10. Four Season Surf Club, Miami
11. Jackalope, Victoria, Australia
12. Palacio Tangara, Sao Paulo
13. The Silo, Cape Town
14. The Whitby, New York
The Worst 
The Dukes, Dubai 
The Five (originally Viceroy), Dubai 

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