We could only afford one night here, and I was worried that as we weren't hugely rich that the staff would be a bit snooty with us. But on the contrary, they seemed delighted that we were so happy to be there!
Check in - you never really feel like you are checking in - an elegant lady greets you at the door with refreshing cold face towels and stuffed dates, and shows you the fountains and the foyer (and rescued our daughter from japanese photographers, bizarre!), and takes you in the lift to the right floor to meet your butler! We'd asked for a high floor facing the madinat and were delighted to be given just that.
Room - well that's an understatement, it's bigger than a normal apartment! Downstairs is a lounge, office area, dining table, bar area and d/s loo. Up the sweeping staircase with chandelier, you have a dressing area, huge bathroom with jacuzzi tub and walk in shower, and the bedroom which also has a lounge area. Mirrors on the ceiling ;-) Decor was stunning, I was expecting glitzy red and gold but ours was quite tasteful really in purples and blues. Then started the 'freebies' (well, I suppose they're included in the price) - full size Hermes toiletries for him and her, beach bag, gift packs for the kids, slippers, stuffed date selection, biscuit selection, and bottle of red wine. Our butler was happy to point out all the stuff we could take home, it was so lovely!! Kids were 9 and 10 so in the evening they converted the sofa bed for one, and brought a single bed in for the other. Place was so huge you didn't even really notice!
In the evening there were more pressies - a tray of little chocolates, G&Ts for us and sparkling apple juice in champagne glasses for the kids. So my advice would be resist the minibar (at 40AED for a coke!) and wait for the freebies!
Pool - not the largest of course, as it's on the man made island around the base of the building. But perfectly adequate. One main pool, with swim up bar, and one v shallow one for tots. Attentive lifeguards. And the treats kept coming - 1st a coolbox delivered to our sunbeds containing Evian facial spray, cold scented flannels and bottles of mineral water. Then an hour later, saucers of jelly beans. Another hour later, little boxes of warm popcorn! The staff were fab, you weren't allowed to do anything for yourself eg move a sunbed or do the parasol, they wanted to look after you. The views are lovely from round the pool - of the building itself, and both shorelines, and out to sea. It's like being on a stunning cruiseliner.
For a change of scenery, check out the indoor pools on Floor 18. There's a mixed one, and a ladies only one. The ladies one has a stunning view, and gets the sunset, but both are worth checking out if poss!
View of atrium - this is stunning - obviously you can gaze up into the atrium from the ground floor lobby, but also make time to take the lift to fl 18 and look down, it's quite something.
Restaurants - well I'll be honest, we couldn't afford them, so we ate back on the shore at the Madinat Jumeirah. Breakfast was included though, at Bab Al Yams, and it was fab - just a perfect little selection of everything you could wish for eg I made cream cheese and smoked salmon bagels from the buffet. The other restaurants looked amazing too. We did treat ourselves to cocktails up in the skyview bar, which has amazing views over the sea and the coastline to either side. Very expensive but v special. Book ahead if you have a particular timeslot in mind.
Staff - superlative. They were so friendly, and good at their jobs, and pleased to be looking after you. They all seemed to know your name, and could even tell you where the other members of your family were if you got separated! Our favourite butler was Richard, who insisted on organising our onward transport in a complementary hotel mercedes - we'd asked for a buggy, but he said 'no guest of mine is leaving the Burj in a buggy'!!
I would desperately love to return, it's a top 10 life experience for sure. Hope some of this is helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai. Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab so extraordinary. Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, this magnificent destination offers you the finest service and facilities throughout - right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. Burj Al Arab suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within your rooms, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers, each a warm messenger of our unparalleled hospitality. Come and experience it for yourself. ... more less
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