Arrival/Check-In: I pulled up to the security gate at 9 a.m., hoping the hotel would hold my bags for the day so I could attend meetings and return later to check in. I was approved to pass through, and at the entrance multiple members of the Burj Al Arab staff greeted me by name and showed me directly to my room. My two-level suite was on the 13th floor, where my butler, Christine, offered fresh orange juice and a tour of the room. To my delight, my bags were already sitting in the dressing area. The check-in process was completed right there in my room at the grand desk, which was equipped with a computer and printer.
Guest Quarters: The first thing I saw as I entered the room was a large chandelier and the grand marble staircase leading to the bedroom. Passing a powder room and work space on my left, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the stunning views ahead. Floor-to-ceiling windows looked out on the water and Dubai coastline. The living space featured two large sofas and a dining table and chairs. Hidden cabinets revealed treasures including a minibar, fine glassware and a selection of coffee and tea. The color scheme was a nautical blue and gold, reminding me I was living in the great “sail” of Dubai.
On the second floor, expansive windows also lined the large bedroom. A flat-screen TV rose from the entertainment center but could retract so as to not block the view. Between the bedroom and the bathroom, a large dressing area held multiple closets and a makeup vanity. Impressive in its own right, the bathroom featured his-and-her sinks and full-size Hermès bath products and fragrances. A huge, separate bathtub and shower with multiple faucets and temperature controls offered the ultimate luxurious bathing experiences.
Services/Amenities: Touted as the most luxurious hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab offers not only outstanding service but also some of the best amenities in Dubai. Guests with leisure interests may access Jumeirah Beach and visit the Wild Wadi Waterpark as part of their stay. Private golf carts transport guests to these attractions as well as the must-see Madinat Jumeirah. On site, guests can treat themselves to a day at the Burj’s luxurious Talise Spa or dine at any of its five restaurants and several lounges. (As a side note, Wild Wadi Waterpark will close Jan. 11–Feb. 11, 2015, for its annual maintenance program.)
The Experience: The self-proclaimed “world’s most luxurious hotel” lived up to this title and then some. The staff makes you feel like royalty from the moment you cross the bridge to this opulent haven on the sea. I can say with confidence the Burj Al Arab offers an experience like no other in the world.
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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
United Arab Emirates
tel 971 4 301 7777
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