Dubai, the desert city. One of the most outrageously cool cities in the Arabian Peninsula. With over 100 Guinness Records, its home of the biggest and the best of whatever you can imagine. One of those is the Burj Al Arab, the only “7 star hotel” where an afternoon “sky tea” will run you 620 AUD per person, or about $340 USD for a party of two. Most certainly the most I’ve paid for a meal, but the experience alone was unforgettable.
Unless you are a hotel guest, you better have a reservation to get in!
The Burj Al Arab stands on it’s own artificial island, connected to the mainland only by the causeway. If arriving by air is your preference, the hotel features it’s own helipad. Not sure if they still do this, but when we went, guests were given a 24-carat gold plated iPad for the duration of their stay, because, why not? That’s one way to live up to the “7 star” rating! The atrium of the hotel is even garnished in 24-carat gold and the walls and floors are made from the same marble used by Michalangelo to create his masterpiece sculptures. So how do you get to see this hotel, without shelling out $1,000 per night for a “basic” room? Well, you can make a reservation to dine in one of its fine restaurants or you can have tea or coffee at the Skyview Bar. So this is what we did.
Burj Al Arab signature sail shape with helipad.
Burj Al Arab, 24-ct gold leaf embellished columns
Fountain in the lobby, Burj Al Arab
View of Jumeirah Beach, from the Burj Al Arab
The Skyview Bar has a great view of downtown Dubai and The Palm Islands
Having the Sky Tea at the Skyview Bar was the highlight of Dubai. Located on the top floor of the Burj Al Arab, it features a fantastic view of downtown Dubai, the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah. We booked the reservation in advance, before we departed on our trip. Costing around $340 USD for the both of us, to this day it’s the most expensive “tea”, we’ve ever had! The selection of tea, coffee, champagne, sandwiches and pastries was very exquisite and more than enough to get you full. But what sets this apart is the experience itself, it’s like a place for royalty. If you can afford it, you have to do it.
We had a two hour window that we were allowed to be there. But on your way out, there is ample time to take photos of the lobby and atrium, as they are a wonder in their own right.
For more information, you can visit the official website here.