Dubai certainly doesn't have any shortage of spectacular hotels but they can often feel showy or excessive. If that's not quite your thing but you still want five-star luxury in Dubai then JA Palm Tree Court will be right up your street, where its unpretentious and friendly vibe makes it stand out from the crowd.

It's good for families too: with three dedicated children’s clubs, two pools, camel rides on the beach, special menus and plenty of tame peacocks in the gardens you can almost leave the kids to their own devices. And once you've got the kids sorted you can start to look after yourself. The hotel is part of the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort beachfront hotel and, as you might have guessed, the golf facilities ain't half bad. The championship-standard nine-hole golf course features extensive practice facilities and a golf academy if you need to tweak your swing. (Not that we're suggesting it needs work.)

Pick up the October issue of Escapism for an in-depth look at the history of Dubai.