Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel deluxe (some say world’s only 7 star hotel)
Official website: http://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/
Internationally renowned as world’s most luxurious hotel, I had the opportunity to experience the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It is located on a man-made island, 280 meters from the Jumeirah beach. It is the flagship of the Jumeirah hotel group. Only hotel guests (or guests with a reservation in one of the restaurants) can enter the hotel, so there is no sightseeing here. This is a good thing, as I saw a number of people at the front gate taking pictures of the hotel.
Located at Jumeirah beach, Burj Al Arab is located between Dubai Marina and Business Bay. There’s a holiday vibe around the area.
When I approached the entrance, I was impressed with the height of the hotel… 321 meters above sea level… Trust me, it is HUGE! As soon as you enter the Burj Al Arab, you will enter in a completely different world. I truly was blown away… Gold everywhere. It is reportedly the only 7 star hotel in the world and I can easily understand why. After taking the escalator — with a huge aquarium – you can look up 200 meters. A lot of looking up! Did you know that the Statue of Liberty would fit inside? Also, there are dancing fountains all over the place with tons of different programs, so you’ll never get bored when watching!
There are no rooms in the Burj al Arab, only suites. Starting at 170m² (1,829 sq. ft.), all of the rooms are duplex suites, each with the highest level of comfort one could wish for. The Burj has 1600 staff members looking over “only” 202 suites. So that’s… eight members for each suite? Yep! There is a private check-in and butler service for each suite. No waiting times here at the reception. They explain everything you need to know and will do anything you ask — like making reservations in one of the restaurants, booking day trips to the city, making sure you will get the dessert you want, etc.
Every suite in the Burj Al Arab is beautifully decorated. Although the hotel opened back in 1999, the suites look very up to date and brand new. From the marble entrance with large staircase to the oversized living rooms, you will feel like a king or queen while walking around. They have the world’s most expensive mattresses, which can be adapted to customer needs and preferences. These things are making this hotel truly unique; returning guests are assured they will have a wonderful night.
The bathrooms are huge — they used Italian marble – and you will be so relaxed after spending some time in the oversized jacuzzi. Oh, a great thing: did you know that Hermès produced a special edition of perfume for the Burj Al Arab? That is right, full-size Hermès Burj Al Arab amenities (female + male) are offered to guests at no additional charge. Of course, you could take them home as a souvenir.
A full spa – the Talise Spa – is located on one of the top floors. I was not able to take pictures of the spa area, but there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness, etc. Several treatments are offered and after a relaxing massage you can relax in the spa resting area, accessible for guests only, of course. From there, you can look straight down (200 meters!) to the ground level. Very impressive and not recommended when afraid of heights 🙂
Spa treatments are excellent! They exactly know how to make you feel at ease and so relaxed. Just tell them which pressure you prefer and you will enjoy every single minute. The soft music all over the place made it even more relaxing.
There is also an outdoor pool area — and the Burj has its own beach across the bridge. The recently opened Terrace is stunning! For water fun, there is complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is located across the bridge.
The famous Burj Al Arab hotel is one of Dubai’s highlights and one of world’s best hotels… The hotel’s immaculate reputation is well earned and you will be impressed with every aspect of your stay!