Burj al Arab  

The Rolls Royce of Hotels
Arriving by helicopter, or in a Rolls Royce over the private 900 foot bridge, guests to Burj al Arab know why ‘The Arab Sail’ as it is sometimes called, has emerged as one of Dubai’s premier icons of wealth and power. The hotel is a marvel of engineering, towering one thousand feet above the Jumeirah beach on its own artificial island, which took three years to reclaim. At night, the entire building lights up with choreographed lighting, like a pillar of fire and water. Once inside the 590 foot tall atrium, sampling dates and Arabic coffee or sipping rose water, the real experience begins.

Staying in this architectural masterpiece—one of the most photographed structures in the world, with its own 180 page photo book—is like having a private floor in the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera House. Each of the 202 rooms, occupying 28 double-story floors and ranging from 1,820 square feet to 8,400 square feet, includes discreet in-suite check-in, a downstairs living area with guest bath and private bar, plasma television, personal laptop and free wireless, and a private butler. Up the spiral staircase waits an oversized Jaccuzi tub and a refreshing mint bath, as well as champagne and strawberries.

Once the welcome basket is empty, guests will find the hotel’s cuisine divine, with four restaurants to choose from, including the Sky View Bar, perched 660 feet over the Persian Gulf like a flying saucer with a view, and the Al Majar (the ‘Oyster’) which is accessed by a simulated submarine voyage and features a 35 thousand gallon saltwater aquarium. The fair ranges from Arab to seafood and can even be enjoyed al fresco at a candlelight table in the sand.

Activities don’t end after meal time. A full service spa treatment waits on the eighteenth floor, or anywhere guests request one. Then it’s time to enjoy an afternoon of horse riding, polo, and golf. If those don’t suit, rent a Ferrari or Lamborghini at the concierge and tour Dubai’s long list of adventures.

Within a city built for exotic luxury, Burj al Arab occupies a class, and island, all its own.
Burj al Arab
Jumeirah Road Umm
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(00) 971 4301 7000
Rating 93.08 
Rank [category] 5 
Rank [overall] 53 
"Unofficially, the only 7-star hotel in the world."

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