During my trip to Dubai, I couldn’t count how many times I heard the phrase “best in the world” when someone was introducing this insane record-breaking place. Genora – the tallest hotel in the world, Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world, Dubai Mall – the biggest shopping mall in the world, and The Palm – the world’s largest artificial island, etc. My Taiwanese beauty Youtuber and I looked at each other and shrugged “Yeah, there must be something world’s best thing here” when we were taken to see the Burj Al Arab Hotel from afar by the Yellow Boat.
My tour guide said it used to be the only and tallest 7-star hotel in the world. Over the years, Buji Al Arab is now the first 7-star hotel in the world and the third tallest hotel in the world, because after that, several other 7-star hotels appeared: Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi), Pangu (Beijing), Taj Falaknuma Palace (India), Signiel (Seoul), Laucala Private Island (Fiji) and the most impressive is Seven Stars Galleria in Milan.
Buji Al Arab is designed as a large sail, located on an artificial island connected to the mainland by a bridge, without Superior or Deluxe rooms but all 202 rooms are suites with Jacuzzi system, about 1950m2 gilded with gold , with helipad, service of helicopter or Rolls-Royce Phantom car pickup (I don’t have a good knowledge about that but I know the car is really luxury just by looking at it, and don’t need to read the information), Caviar fish egg mask massage service (the luxury fish egg which costs up to hundreds of millions dollars per kilogram), … plus “n” other special services.
I remember when I was studying at the University, majoring in Hospitality, Prof. Derrick once mentioned Burj Al Arab Hotel, and I still dreamed of coming here someday to see it with my own eyes and see why this hotel surpassed every standard like that. When I went to Korea, I was at Signiel and impressed with modern equipment, beautiful room views, nice and professional staff. This time coming to Dubai, I just watched Burj Al Arab from afar and had lunch at Al Iwan restaurant, not staying here, but it was enough to feel the luxurious and flashiness.
The hotel is strictly protected, so guest car from the main entrance must have a booking number and formal clothing to be allowed in. I was impressed by the towering ceiling and the colorful undulating details like the sail swaying in the wind and sparkling in the sun. All the big columns were glittering with gold.
The brick floor has mosaic patches forming eye-catching pictures. Al Iwan Restaurant is located on the first floor, appearing in a red color that attracts every look. The restaurant had a view overlooking the sea which was extremely romantic. Although I do not like the sparkling style but also had to admit that the restaurant is very beautiful and very … Arabic. All items at the buffet have royal colors. Each plate, glass, spoon, fork, or flowerpot on the table acts as a highlight for the Middle Eastern beauty.
I have to say the food was very delicious with many fancy dishes with Middle Eastern flavors and many spices and herbs. Particularly, there were several dozen types of pickled vegetables, salads, hummus (a Middle Eastern and Arabic dish made from mashed cooked chickpeas mixed with tahini sauce, often served with bread) in the Aperitif area. In the area of main courses, there were kebab steak, lamb stew with spinach, fried rice with grilled lamb, lamb cooked with dates, lentil soup, smoked shrimp, sambousek pillow cake, fish curry, etc. Dessert area was inviting with fruits, dates stuffed with nuts (specialties of Dubai), some kinds of Turkish pastry I don’t remember the names, some European desserts.
Dubai is the real resort paradise, but not for everyone. Price in Dubai is extremely expensive, about 3-4 times more expensive than that of Vietnam, and 1.5-2 times more expensive than that of a famously expensive place which is Singapore. Therefore, the cost for such a meal is not cheap in accordance with the average income of Vietnamese: more than 3 million dongs/ person. But if you have chosen Dubai, a little vanity is acceptable!
This is the service package that we were invited to experience. It is expected to be launched on Klook’s website and app in October so that you can easily book your reservation. Below are some links of F&B services in Burj Al Arab and half-day tours for your reference: http://bit.ly/2QxUtA8