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Burj al Arab, Dubai - The World's Only 7 Star Hotel
Burj al Arab, Dubai
The Burj al Arab truly is an amazing hotel which deserves it's 7 stars I believe. Although I have not had the good fortune (literally!) to stay there, I have been in a number of times, mostly when I have visitors over, for afternoon tea or for drinks and have also had a meal in the amazing restaurant. The décor may not be to everyone's taste but you cannot deny that it has impact and opulence in abundance.
The 7 star hotel is located on it's own island off the coast of Dubai and access via the small bridge is only granted to those who are staying there or who have a reservation at one of restaurants or bars. So, if you do want to visit then be sure to book up in advance.
The outside of the hotel boasts a fountain with a fire and light display at various times of the evening and depending on conditions. Also the hotel itself is lit up at night with a myriad of colours and looks stunning even after 10 years. The design is in the shape of a sail with the largest piece of canvas ever attached to the front. There is a helipad attached to the top of the hotel so that you can just fly straight in if you so wish!
Inside the Burj al Arab
Burj al Arab - The Rooms
The rooms are all of exceptional quality which a butler on call 24 hours a day for every room. The style is opulent and all of the suites are on at least 2 levels with amazing views out to the Arabian Gulf.
The most expensive suite is the Royal Suite which is over 700 square metres - which I can only describe as being absolutely huge - the average 2 bedroom apartment in Dubai I would say is about 100 square metres, so you can imagine what sort of size that suite is. But there again it has it's own cinema and library as well as it's own private elevator!
The Cheapest Options to Visit the Burj al Arab!
The Burj al Arab has some amazing restaurants as you can imagine, one of which (Al Mahara) is a seafood restaurant that was voted in the top ten best restaurants in the world.
Al Muntaha and the Skyview bar are on the 27th Floor of the Burj al Arab and they have amazing views pretty much 360 degrees over Dubai including a fantastic view of the Palm Jumeirah. When I ate at Al Muntaha the water menu had a choice of dozens of bottles so you can imagine what the wine list was like!
However, the Skyview bar is one of the cheapest ways to actually be able to get into the Burj al Arab by either booking in for afternoon tea or by visiting the bar in the evening. Afternoon tea really is something to experience with as many sandwiches, scones and exquisite cakes that you can eat as well as a menu containing dozens of types and flavours of tea. You can also choose the champagne afternoon tea for a special occasion.
If you go to the bar then you can experience some awesome cocktails. There is a minimum spend per person at the bar and this will probably get you around 3 cocktails (they are not cheap though!) but it is worth it to experience this bar that is 200 metres up and is really the height of luxury.
My Favourite Cocktail - My Mela
Visit the Burj al Arab if you get a chance
Ao if you do go to Dubai and you get a chance to visit the Burj al Arab then I would recommend you do so. You do need to book up in advance though, perhaps even before you arrive, as the afternoon tea can get booked up weeks beforehand and the skyview bar is also usually very popular. For more information and bookings you can email the Burj al Arab at BAArestaurants@jumeirah.com.