Burj Al Arab
What We Love
- Four swimming pools: two outdoor, two indoor, plus a private beach
- Guests get free access to Wild Wadi Waterpark (including buggy-ride transportation)
- Rolls Royce, Mercedes, and helicopter airport transfers
- All-suite property with views out to sea or along the coast
What To Know
- Airport transfers are available for a fee
- Children under 12 years staying for free in their parents’ room may not be eligible for a free breakfast
- There’s a surcharge for childcare
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dubai’s sail-like temple to luxury with 11 restaurants and bars, a fleet of Rolls Royces, and a sultan’s ransom of bling
Since its opening in 1999, this self-described seven-star property on its own man-made island in the Arabian Gulf became an icon and a tribute to the frenzied luxury of Dubai. British architect Tom Wright based his 1,056-foot bold design on the sail of a dhow ship. The 202 light-filled duplex suites are a riot of marble, columns and, above all, gold. Of the 11 restaurants and bars, the ground-floor Al Maharda features floor-to-ceiling aquariums and a simulated submarine ride to the entrance, while the 27th-floor Al Muntaha serving modern European cuisine. Balance your chakras at the Talise Spa, located on levels 18 and 19, which offers organic treatments, infinity pools and a roman-inspired Amphitheatre serving fruit juices and snacks.
In the Area
Dubai’s Umm Suqeim neighborhood is close to Wild Wadi Water Park, and Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort in the sprawling Mall of the Emirates. The public Umm Suqeim Beach is popular with expats and tourists who come to surf and paddle board. Want to escape modern Dubai for a bit? The neighborhood of Bastakiya, on the west side of Dubai Creek, houses shops, restaurants and galleries in a renovated quarter with centuries-old architecture. Nearby, the Dubai Museum, located in an 18th century fort, gives visitors a glimpse of traditional Emirati culture.
How to Get There
On our way back home from the Maldives we planned a stop over for 2 nights at Burj Al Arab.
From the first moment we arrived at BAA we felt really comfortable because of the warm welcome. We are travelling a lot as a family and we have seen quiet a lot of (famous) hotels (like Kempinski, Four Seasons, etc), but this welcome was extraordinary.
In this context I would really like to highlight our guest relation manager. Always friendly, always with a smile and always endeavoured to make the best for us.
We were traveling with 2 kids (7 and 10 years old) and the option with the free entrance to the Wild Wadi waterpark is great. A buggy is bringing you there and picking you up as well (2 minutes drive). Furthermore the outdoor pools at the terrace are amazing. We booked a cabana, I think this was a really good decision with the kids so they can cool down a little bit if it is too hot outside (AC in cabana).
Try for example the Al Mahara restaurant, excellent service and food to really fair prices. Sky bar is amazing too.
If you have the chance you should stay a couple of nights there, also with kids, it will be a great time for you and your family.
You cannot go to Dubai without visiting the iconic Burj Khalifa. The view of the city from the 124th floor is breathtaking. The only downside to going to the top are the people that take photos of you immediately you get off the lift, it is a waste of time and the photos are expensive.
We had a fantastic afternoon sea at the Burj Al Arab couldn’t have asked for better service from
Tia and Marienette (not sure if that’s the correct spelling) but she really went out of her way to make our visit extra special. Nothing was too much trouble. Was definitely worth the money and would
go back at a heart beat. Really made us feel