Burj Al Arab
Floating gracefully on the sea like a towering sailboat, Burj al Arab Jumeirah is an unmistakeable landmark on the Dubai skyline – though these flawless looks are just the start. This long-established luxury Dubai hotel is an icon of the city, enthroned on its own man-made island just off Jumeirah Beach Road around 15km south of Downtown Dubai. Staying here promises lashings of luxury, heady levels of opulence and no shortage of ways to completely unwind and pamper, particularly in thanks to the superlative service standards. Without a doubt, the pinnacle of indulgent Dubai living awaits you here at the Burj al Arab.
Begin as you mean to go on at the Burj al Arab Jumeirah by riding in one of the hotel’s Rolls-Royces from the airport, or alternatively opt for a helicopter to arrive in style, setting the tone for the rest of your Dubai holiday. The resort juts out from the ‘mainland’ via a 280m-long causeway, and as soon as you step foot on this private island, you’ll find yourself completely enveloped in extravagance. Inside, there is gold, gold, and more gold across the communal areas and suites, with bright bolts of colour and a sprinkling of exquisite marble to add to the decadence. No expense has been spared when it comes to the Burj al Arab’s interior design, though the same can be said for its plush outdoor area, too.
A recent facelift has seen the Burj al Arab’s chic terrace expand to 10,000sq metres, filled with stylish seating areas, cabanas, loungers and pool bars. Choose between two swimming pools and settle in for a day of watching sunlight dance on the sea, your butler serving refreshing cocktails and snacks; or you could order from the swim-up bar. Jacuzzis complete the picture, and there’s a stretch of private beach for idle strolls and dips in the sea. More relaxation can be sought out in the Talise Spa, encrusted with delicate mosaics for an instantly high-quality finish, and separate facilities for men and women. There are indoor infinity pools with views over the sea and city, saunas, steam rooms, and a long list of treatments that are too good to resist.
If all this pampering has built up your appetite, you won’t be short of places to sate hunger pangs and quench thirst at Burj al Arab Jumeirah. Start the day with a scrumptious breakfast at Bab al Yam, stop for lunch at Scape on the outdoor decking area, and sit down for afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar. Don’t miss sundowners at Gold on 27 or the Skyview Bar, before heading on for dinner in any of the hotel’s impressive restaurants. There’s Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, with an aquarium and Michelin-starred chef at the helm; local delicacies at Al Iwan; French fare at Al Muntaha; or Asian delights at Junsui, depending on your mood and tastes.
Another perk of staying at Burj al Arab Jumeirah is that the Madinat Jumeirah complex is right on your doorstep, where more wining and dining haunts await – as well as many other entertainment facilities – plus, guests at Burj al Arab are given complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, a five-minute walk away and a real hit with the kids. There’s also a children’s club, adventure activities, watersports and plenty of shopping opportunities nearby; something for the whole family.
Last but not least, the hotel’s greatest assets may just be its impressive guestrooms, promising elaborate luxuries at every turn. Every one of the Burj al Arab’s suites – of which there are over 200 – is sprawled over two floors and comes with a private butler to ensure that you don’t lift a finger. Jewel hues, gilded finishes and plush drapes add a regal flair, while generous mod-cons like iMacs and gold-framed TVs ramp up the tech offerings. The en suite bathrooms are like private spas, fitted with Jacuzzi tubs, double vanities and gold taps, plus Hermes toiletries to top it all off. All of this feels very much in harmony with the brilliant excess that the Burj al Arab Jumeirah executes to absolute perfection; a real jewel in Dubai’s crown.
Burj Al Arab Facilities
202 suites, 1 and 2 bedroom deluxe suites and a host of signature suites. Each guest floor has it's own private reception with 24 hour butler service.
Jumeirah Beach, 20 minutes transfer from Dubai International Airport.