Dreaming of heading to Dubai? Aren’t we all?! Well if you’re heading all the way there, why not stay at one of the world’s top hotels? Did you know that there are over 500 world-class hotels and resorts in Dubai? Back in just 1993, there were only 163. The Burj Al Arab opened in 1999 and it’s known for being Dubai’s most iconic hotel and when you’re there, you’ll really feel that it’s the epitome of luxury. The hotel sits on a man-made island that’s a quarter of a kilometre from Jumeirah Beach.
Burj Al Arab
The name — Burj Al Arab translates to Tower of the Arabs and it’s exactly that at 56 floors. However, the hotel only houses 202 suites but don’t worry because each suite comes with a private butler and access to the Talise Spa, fitness centre, an indoor infinity swimming pool, a private beach, nine restaurants & bars, and even a helipad if you don’t want to make use of the chauffer-driven Rolls Royce Phantoms available for airport pickup.
Take a Look Inside
Wondering what the suites are like? One thing we can tell you is that they aren’t the shoebox-size hotel suites some of us are forced to become accustomed to. The one-bedroom suites start at 1820 square feet and for the Royal Suite, it’s a whopping 8400 square feet. Each suite is a duplex, meaning the bedroom and living areas are on separate floors. Plus, guests can choose how many bedrooms, what views they’d like, and whether they need a dining table that seats eight, a private kitchen, or even a games room.
The style and luxury the hotel offers know no bounds. Immediently upon walking in, your senses are hit with the pleasant aroma of woody agarwood incense. From there, you’ll notice that the interior is all about a showcase of colour, glass, and lights and that includes the floral arrangements courtesy of the Burj Al Arab’s 16 in-house florists.
Have a Bite
Hungry? The Burj Al Arab has you covered with their nine restaurants: Al Muntaha which is all about French haute cuisine, SAL for your casual dining needs, Sahn Eddah is where breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea are served. Al Iwan offers Arabesque dining, Bab Al Yam is where to go for Middle Eastern cuisine but if it’s pan-Asian you’re after, Junsui is the spot and finally, Gold on 27 is the hotel’s champagne bar on the 27th floor.
If all of this isn’t enough for you, just wait until you step out onto the terrace that spans a cool 10,000 square feet. The entire outdoor facility was build in Finland (!!!) and shipped all the way to Dubai. The terrace features not one but two pools, four Jacuzzis, 32 air-conditioned cabanas, a swim-up bar, restaurants, and a beach that has sand imported from Saudi Arabia. Fun fact: the local sand is lighter and is more prone to blowing away and the sand from Saudi Arabia is heavier. Who knew?