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.
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.
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.
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:
Chef’s Carvery of the day – Beef with Mashed Potato,
Finger Sandwiches and Soft Buns,
Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Home-Made Jams,
Lychee and Rose Sorbet.