The Burj Al Arab is known to be one of the most luxurious hotels in the world if not the most luxurious as it is auto-proclaimed only 7-star hotel in the world. It became the symbol of Dubai success. You can distinguish its sail shape facing the sea as soon as you arrive in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab is a Jumeirah hotel, as the Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai or Jumeirah Bodrum Palace in Turkey. Burj Al Arab in English means “Tower of Arabs”. Built on an artificial island, with its 321 meters, it has been for a long time the tallest hotel in Dubai before being recently surpassed by the JW Marquis from Marriott group. The Burj Al Arab opened in 1999 after five years and one billion dollars’ worth of work.
The Burj Al Arab has 202 luxury suites spread over 56 floors (28 double story levels). The smallest suite measures 169 sqm (1,819 sqft) while the largest spans over 780 sqm (8,395 sqft)! To make sure you never have to wait for the elevator, 18 lifts are available to bring you to the right level which means a lift for 10 rooms! There are more than 1.600 employees at the Burj which represents a ratio of 8 employees for each suite, far beyond what is found in any other hotel in the world. This allows enjoying a very high level of service and customization for customers. Thus, there is a reception desk on every floor. The check-in and check-out are made directly in the privacy of the suite. A butler is available 24h/24 to make your stay unforgettable. For instance, it may unpack your wardrobe in the huge dressing room of your suite.
All suites have two levels, so those are duplex suites. With large floor to ceiling openings, you can enjoy the show of Dubai day and night. The bathroom has a large jacuzzi tub and a large separate shower. Beauty products come from Hermès brand. For a good night, no less than 17 types of pillows are offered! Technology side, there are many TV screens, a gold iPad, an iMac, Bose docking station, printer/fax and a complete remote control system for curtains and lights!
The Talise Spa, set 180 meters high, stretches over two floors. The view from the indoor pool on the Arabic Gulf is breathtaking. The spa offers particularly rare signature treatments such as caviar or gold facial by La Prairie. The spa offers separate areas for women and gentlemen where you can find whirlpool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. There is also a squash court and a fully equipped fitness room.
The Burj Al Arab hosts enjoy complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark, the water park close to the hotel which includes many pools and slides for children and adults. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool, in addition to the spa indoor pools. Sinbad’s Kids Club welcome children from 1 to 12 years to offer them leisure activities with professional staff. Finally, the Burj Al Arab guests have access to the facilities of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which includes many water sports : indoor and outdoor pool, kayaking, hobie cat, windsurfing, water skiing, diving, fishing and cruising yacht.
For the dining at Burj Al Arab, your options are endless :
- Al Iwan : Arabic buffet in a casual atmosphere.
- Al Mahara : taste seafood around the beautiful aquarium.
- Al Muntaha : enjoy refined European cuisine from this restaurant located at Burj Al Arab top. From there, the view over Dubai is breathtaking.
- Bal Al Yam : poolside restaurant with an international cuisine, à la carte or at the buffet.
- Junsui : Asian buffet with live cooking in front of you.
- Sahn Eddar : bar on the first floor where you can have the high tea.
- Skyview Bar : panoramic bar located on the last floor to have a drink or the famous tea time.
The Burj Al Arab is as luxurious as exclusive. You cannot enter just to visit it. Unless you have a reservation in good standing in the hotel or restaurant, you won’t be able to cross the resort entrance check. And to sleep at Burj Al Arab, you need to know that it will cost the tidy sum of 1.500 € for a night in the cheapest room…
The Burj Al Arab is located only few minutes from Dubai Airport. You can make the transfer by helicopter arriving on the platform at the 56th floor after discovering the gems of Dubai from the sky or if you prefer in the hotel Rolls Royce Phantom. If you’d like to go shopping to bring back souvenirs from Dubai, the Dubai Mall is about ten minutes from the hotel.