Burl Al Arab: My Close Encounter With Luxury!

Burl Al Arab - The Lobby

Burl Al Arab – The Lobby

Since its opening in 1999, Burj Al Arab has been on my to-visit-list for a while. An average suite is exorbitantly priced at USD 1000, one night. Burj Al Arab – one of world’s most expensive hotels, is certainly out of reach for a budget traveler like me.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel From The Top

Jumeirah Beach Hotel From The Top

So I figured, the most economical way to get inside the hotel without a burn in my pocket, is to book the highly demanded “Sky Tea” at the “Skyview Bar”. All you need to do is to book an appointment a few weeks prior to departure. But well, you might want to know that I’m only getting a slot after the third attempt.

Burj Al Arab - The Sunset

Burj Al Arab – The Sunset

Sometimes, high expectation leads to disappointment, specifically the lobby. A luxurious hotel like Burj Al Arab, the lobby might be a little too theatrical for my liking. But don’t get me wrong, I have yet to discover the rooms, which I believe must be magnificent.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

I’m contented to have my afternoon tea at “Sky Tea” on the 27th floor, with the glorious Jumeirah Beach Hotel right in front of me. I definitely have no complaints about it. Not to mention the attentive waiters, taking care of every detail, making sure of a comfortable and close to home experience at all times. The menu sure has enough to fill your appetite for the entire feel-good session throughout the afternoon.

Here’s a breakdown of the sumptuous menu:
Berry Tart,
Chef’s Carvery of the day – Beef with Mashed Potato,
Finger Sandwiches and Soft Buns,
Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Home-Made Jams,
Mini Patisseries,
Lychee and Rose Sorbet.

Berry Tart

Berry Tart

Chef’s Carvery of the day - Beef with Mashed Potato

Chef’s Carvery of the day – Beef with Mashed Potato

Finger Sandwiches and Soft Buns

Finger Sandwiches and Soft Buns

Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Home-Made Jams

Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Home-Made Jams

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2 thoughts on “Burl Al Arab: My Close Encounter With Luxury!

  1. The lobby looks rather gaudy to me, despite its pretentious architecture from the outside. However it must feel good sitting at the cafe, sipping a cup of tea, inside the world’s only 7-star hotel. 🙂

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