When traveling for vacation or for business you often need to stay in a hotel. Whether you are in one city for two days, a week, or two weeks, it can be hard to keep up with your workout routine. Hotel gyms are a great option when you are on the road. They are convenient, well equipped, and are often even the only workout option in town. The next time you need to book a hotel room, check HotelGyms.com to find an extensive list of gyms in your destination city. With our GymFactor you will be able to find your match.
In this blog post, we present to you three top fitness-focused hotels in Dubai:
- Jumeirah Al Qasr
- Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
- Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
You can fly from almost everywhere quickly to Dubai! Flights and hotels are (most of the time) affordable, and you will find everything, really everything, that you can think of. For example, you will find one of the most impressive skylines globally; you can climb the tallest building (at least as of 2022) or go shopping in mega shopping malls. And if you do not like to chill on the 1'000+ kilometers long beach, you can even go skiing on snow in the middle of the desert.
The weather is sunny, warm and beautiful the whole year. So it does not matter much when you travel to Dubai. It could be boiling during summer and a little bit colder during winter, but you will always have the holiday feeling – even if you travel there for work.
COVID-19 Update: Dubai is one of the first places to open up again for tourism. You might want to read our blog post on travel requirements and preparation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fitness-focused Hotels in Dubai
Jumeirah Al Qasr
Almost all of the Jumeriah Hotels provide excellent fitness facilities. This hotel group exactly knows how it is to travel as a fitness addict. And also, in this case, the Jumairah Al Qasr provides everything you can imagine from a hotel gym. We believe this gym is even bigger than many external gyms - at least bigger than the one in my hometown.
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More about the Hotel
Located on 1.2 miles of private beach, 5-star Jumeirah Al Qasr offers extensive landscaped grounds with canal-style waterways, rooms with furnished private balconies, and a seafood restaurant suspended over the Arabian Gulf. Jumeirah Al Qasr's spacious rooms overlook the Arabian Gulf or hotel grounds. A private dressing area, walk-in rain shower, and antique furnishings are standard in all rooms. Guests relaxing on Jumeirah Al Qasr's private, sandy beach are offered free fresh fruit and cool towels. In addition, Talise Spa features overwater treatment rooms. Other on-site amenities include a large pool complex with dedicated children's areas and a marble lobby lounge with palm trees.
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
This hotel offers the fitness amenities you desire to maintain your wellness regimen during your travels. There is everything you can imagine for holistic, heart-racing workouts, including Matrix cardio machines with built-in entertainment screens and an ultramodern circuit-training and strength studio. For a curated workout experience, you can even request a 1-1 personal training session or join an invigorating group class of spinning, yoga, or kickboxing in our professional-style ring. After pushing your body to its limits, reward yourself with a thirst-quenching beverage or refueling snack from our on-site health bar.
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More about the Hotel
This 5-star retreat is just 1.2 mi from Deira City. It has four swimming pools and 18 restaurants and bars for guests to choose from. All the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel rooms are luxuriously furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows and 32-inch LCD TVs. The bathrooms include rainforest showers and bathrobes, and slippers. The wide variety of on-site restaurants cater to every taste, from wood-fired oven pizzas at Casa Mia to Teppanyaki prepared at your table at Kiku. Enter a sanctuary of rejuvenation at Natural Elements Spa to discover holistic wonders that revitalize your body, mind, and spirit. The Deira City Center Shopping Mall is 1.2 mi from Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center, and the Gold Souk (Gold Market) is 5 mi away.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Nearly 30 top Life Fitness cardio machines and various weight training equipment are on hand for optimal full body workout. The gym is open 24 hours, and you even will find certified trainers. Click here to get to the Four Seasons Resort Dubai detail page.
Click here to get to the Four Seasons Resort Dubai detail page.
More about the Hotel
Occupying a beachfront location, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is a luxurious 5-star resort featuring free WiFi in all areas, a private beach, two outdoor swimming pools, and a lavish spa. Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain are a 15-minute drive away. All rooms and suites at Four Seasons Resort Dubai are decorated in a modern style with a touch of Arabic elegance. Each suite includes a living area with a flat-screen TV and a dining area. PlayStation/Xbox are available upon request. The hotel also offers two tennis courts and a jogging track by the beach. Special programs for younger guests are designed to engage their minds in a casual, fun environment. In-house guests can enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of the cabanas and day villas. The Four Seasons Resort is 20 km from Palm Jumeirah and Dubai International Airport. Mall of the Emirates is 20 minutes away by car. Gold Souk is 10 km from the property. Jumeirah Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Dubai.
Excursion in Dubai to keep you fit
In Dubai, you will experience attractions that seem almost unbelievable. From the flower dream to the snowy paradise - everything seems possible. Although Dubai is known for luxury and wealth, there are some activities that you can do to burn calories and entertainment as well. And this makes Dubai the perfect city for many fitness activities with a lot of excitement. We have found these activities as most exciting (and most active):
- Sandboarding in Dubai
- ATV Bike Safari in Dubai
- Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
- Wild Wadi Waterpark
- Excursion to Hatta
- Cycling in the Desert of Dubai
Sandboarding is an adaptation of snowboarding to the desert sands. Instead of the snow, sandboarding is done on the sand, as the name suggests. Though sandboarding is possible on loose sand, it is best done in the desert, which has the perfect terrain for sandboarding with varying heights and slopes.
This is an adrenaline-fueled solo adventure sport. A specially-designed board is securely fastened to your feet during this activity. It allows you to surf down the golden sand dunes of Dubai's deserts. As you slide down and around the sand dunes, all you have to do is maintain control and balance. Sandboarding does not require a lot of skill or training. Anyone can do it without any safety concerns. Falling on the sand is softer than falling on the snow. Sounds fun, right?
This activity can be booked savely with Viator (a Tripadvisor company) and takes between 4 - 7 hours. The cost of this 5-star rated trip starts at $36.75 per person (as of May 2022).
ATV Bike Safari in Dubai
Excited about sandboarding, you might also like this one. Get a spectacular view of Dubai's irregular desert as you pedal your quad bike through steep hills, low plateaus, and vast canyons. The fabled land of Arabian dunes is full of enchanting surprise, great divergence, and memorable experiences. Conquer the ever-changing dunes and drive on an ATV Quad bike through the ever-changing dune. We found this ATV Bike trip for you on Viator.
Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
Would you rather like to refresh yourself during your holiday in Dubai, and are you longing for something cool? How about skiing! Yes, you have read that correctly! Nothing is impossible in Dubai, they even have an indor ski resort inside the Mall of the Emirates. Artificial snow, lifts, chalets, you really feel like being in an authentic ski area. You can race down the 400 m snowy slopes, even with the world's first indoor black run.
You will find five slopes of different levels. And of course, all equipment (skis, boots, helmets) and clothing are provided as probably no one brings their ski equipment to Dubai. Time to visit GetYourGuide and book your next ski-adventure. This activity can be booked for 2 hours ($59.90, or AED 220) or for the full day ($87.12, or AED 320). Make sure to check on the gloves, they may are only include in the full-day ticket.
The most loving sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is also the most thrilling in Dubai; it is a fun and easy way to play on the water. You can paddle anywhere from oceans to lakes and rivers with minimum equipment – no waves required.
Paddleboarding offers a fantastic full-body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for bodybuilders, skiers, snowboarders, and other athletes. And since you are standing at your full height, you will enjoy excellent views of everything from sea creatures to what is on the horizon. To explore the Palm Jumeirah area with the paddleboard takes around 1 hour. The activity can be booked with Viator (a Tripadvisor company) and costs per person $36.25. Paddleboard and life west are included.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Almost directly across the street from the iconic Burj Al Arab is Wild Wadi water park. It offers more than 30 water slides for the young and old. There are 13 interconnected slides and a water roller coaster here. And most importantly, the Wild Wadi Waterpark has monster waves for surfers. It is an absolute must for families. Book your familie adventure on GetYourGuide.
Excursion to Hatta
Hatta is around 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of Dubai. Dubai's Hajjar mountains alone make a trip here worthwhile. The red-grey ledges make an absolute postcard motif in the beautiful landscape with deep blue waters.
Furthermore, the lovingly designed museum village Hatta Heritage Village allows an insight into the everyday life of ancient times. The Hatta Dam, with its reservoir, is suitable for a boat trip or just relaxing, and for cyclists, there are many opportunities to explore the Hajar Mountains on mountain bikes. There's a dedicated 52 km mountain biking trail to tackle here, with four different levels to consider based on your skills and abilities. Check out all the different options on Viator.
Cycling in the Desert of Dubai
Save the best for last - My personal favorite and highlight from Dubai. Away from the bustling city center are two perfect cycling paths. With great weather from October right through to May, cyclists are drawn to the city's varied terrains and state-of-the-art cycling tracks. The 18 and 50-km loops are ideal for middle-to long-distance riders. It opens up both the breathtaking landscape of the dunes and the five-star Bab Al Shams resort, where you can stop off for refreshments en route. The best part? You can easily hire a bike right on-site at Al Qudra from Trek Bikes.
You rent the bikes onsite in the Trek Bicycle Store for 2, 3 or 4 hours or a full day. The price (as of May 2022) for this activity starts at $25 (AED 95) for 2 hours; however you might want to consider to go for 4 hours which costs $35 (AED 132). Two insider tips, first (obvious) take enough water with you. And second, get the number of your taxi driver to organize your way back.
Dubai is considered a city of superlatives, and not without reason. The tallest skyscrapers, the most beautiful hotels and the most luxurious yachts, the biggest malls, and vibrant souks can be found in the city. But unfortunately, the skyscrapers are so high that they are often shrouded in clouds.
Apart from the luxury, the above activities make it pretty clear that no matter you get spoiled for choices, there is a lot more for the fitness freaks. You can maintain your shape even with these thrilled and adventure activities. So let's go and plan your trip to this impressive city in the middle east.