With year-round sun and the calm Gulf waters lapping its shores, Dubai is an excellent place to relax. The city has more five-star hotels than four-star, and many of them are situated on the shore, offering direct beach access.
Even if you aren't staying at them, a number of hotels offer day access to their beach and pool for a fee, or as a complimentary extra if you dine there. Hotels away from the sand also have a lot to offer, between high-rise bars and restaurants, spas, or just fantastic service.
Out of the city, those in search of Dubai's wilder side can head out to Al Maha, Emirates luxury desert resort, set in an extensive nature reserve.