Inside Dubai’s Most Decadent Hotel
SOURCE: HARPER’S BAZAAR
BY: SONIA SULTAN
Best known as one of the most lavish destinations in the world, the Burj Al Arab is characterised by its opulence and grandiose
Nestled away on a heavily guarded private island, Burj Al Arab is a beacon of extravagance in Dubai. While it’s segregation has long proved its exclusivity, it’s connectivity to the mainland makes it a desirable location from which to explore Dubai.
Born of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of building a tower as instantly recognisable as the Sydney Opera House in Australia or the Eiffel Tower in France, the sail-shaped landmark was dubbed the world’s first seven-star property. A simple white exterior, featuring a helipad which has played host to a number of celebrity stunts- Andre Agassi and Roger Federer’s face-off in 2005 is of particular note – is lit by cosmic colourful lights by night. Inside, the base of the opulent lobby is lined with aquariums bursting with vibrant sea life flanked by golden columns, a high rainbow-painted ceiling, a whimsical waterfall with dancing jets and a lobby lined with lashings of gold leaves and sparkling jewellery shops.
The all-suite hotel houses richly coloured rooms stepped in comfort. A Pharaohesque theme runs throughout the interiors, where hues of blues, purples, yellows and golds are peppered into the design. Lounges with sumptuous sofas benefit from stunning views and bedrooms where decorative cabinets conceal televisions offer views of the Arabian Gulf and reflections in mirrors placed above the beds. Bathrooms adorned with byzantine mosaic tiles come with gold-plated taps, whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers. Premium suites have additional perks like a private cinema or games room with professional snooker table. Service is a priority at the hotel, with meticulous butlers catering to guests’ every whim. Recently, the hotel launched an e-butler service, meaning that personalised needs of guests can be met around the clock.
For the ultimate in luxury a fleet of Rolls-Royces stand at the ready to transport guests around Dubai. However, the hotels in-house facilities make it almost impossible to leave. The Monaco worthy Burj Al Arab Terrace features a salt water infinity pool which melts into the sea, flanked by billowing white cabanas which could double as bedrooms. A shaded swim up bar at the centre of the freshwater pool, provides the perfect respite from the Dubai heat and sets the tone for relaxing and socialising. The Talise Spa offers treatments immersed in brands like La Prairie, with ingredients ranging from pure gold to caviar. For those keen to take to the Arabian waters , a private yacht with spa facilities, spacious cabins and on board hospitality experts can be arranged.
Gastronomical delights sparkle like the gold leaf atop the hotels cappuccinos. Step into one of two panoramic express elevators to be transported to Al Muntaha, on the 27th floor where imaginative French/Italian cuisine awaits. Stop by SAL for a laidback barefoot lunch to devour delicious homemade Trenette Pasta with Crab or Salt-Crusted Seabass. Or indulge in a decadent high-tea at Sahn Eddar, where homemade jams and mouth-watering scones await.
This luminous white landmark with its fleet of Phantoms and duplex suites is truly a bucket-list worthy experience.
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