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Think a gold credit card is impressive? Not anymore. Burj Al Arab, the super-luxury hotel in Dubai, has introduced the latest status symbol for luxury travelers: The gold iPad.
Guest at Burj Al Arab often arrive one of the world’s largest chauffeur-driven fleets of Rolls Royce’s or by a dedicated helicopter transfer service. After check-in, the 24-karat iPad, which is worth approximately $10,000, is yours to play the world's most expensive game of Angry Birds on. Or, guests can use the virtual concierge program that comes loaded on the gadget to take advantage of the hotel's many bespoke services. The hotel introduced a similar amenity back in October 2012, with a 24-carat rose gold iPad that was designed as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness month program.
Sadly, the iPad, much like a room key, has to be returned to the front desk upon check-out. Although you can purchase your own in the hotel's boutique, along with a gold iPad minii and a gold iPhone5.
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Dusit Thani Dubai is known for capturing the essence of Thailand in the vibrant center of Dubai's Business District.
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Dar Al Masyaf is one of the three properties of Madinat Jumeirah Resort. Literally translated, Dar Al Masyaf means summer houses and the property features 29 summer houses comprising 283 rooms and suites with private balconies or terrace areas.
Beautifully appointed, all 283 rooms and suites portray an Arabian theme in keeping with the overall style of the resort. An integrated design means that guests can take either one room or even an entire summer house. Designed for the guest who seeks added privacy within intimate enclaves yet with easy access to all Madinat Jumeirah resort facilities, the summer houses of Dar Al Masyaf are an ideal refuge. Offering two house types (Gulf and Arabian), each with luxurious guest rooms and suites, the Gulf summer houses offer superb access to the beach and all houses benefit from privileged locations within the resort.
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In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!
As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 64 luxury resorts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. One of the seven Arab emirates, Dubai is one of the richest places in the world.
What makes our guests love Dubai?
-Seemingly endless clean beaches, amazing accommodations, gourmet dining, and tons of nightlife make Dubai desirable.
-Unusual spectator sports like Camel racing. Sports are big in Dubai, visitors can enjoy world-class tennis, horse racing, rally car racing, power boatting, rugby and sailing.
-Shopping is big business in Dubai. The very popular Dubai Shopping Festival takes place from January to February.
-October to April is the peak tourist season in Dubai. Temperatures tend to be from the upper 70s to the low 90s during this time period.
Where to Stay?
-For a Valentine's Day getaway, Dusit Thani Dubai has nightly rates from 676AED. Nightly rates from 1360AED are available at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. For a real splurge, try Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah (pictured) with nightly rates starting at 1920AED.
Did you know?
-In 1991 there was 1 high rise in Dubai. Now there are more than 400.
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In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!
Coming in the #28 spot is Burj Al Arab which is located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach strip. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:
- Considered to be Dubai’s most recognizable landmark and stands 280 meters offshore on a man-made island, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway.
- One of the most photographed structures in the world.
- Consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel.
- Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab is an all-suite luxury hotel.
- Features a discreet check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers.
- Has a private beachfront and two indoor pools, one mixed and one for women only.
- Each room has private fax, printer and copier perfect for business travelers.
- Features special suites that are handicap accessible.
Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Burj Al Arab here >>
Posted in: Middle East
, United Arab Emirates
, Featured Luxury Hotels
, Romantic Travel
, Travel with Kids
, Business Travel
, Beach and Island
, Hot Spots
, 'Best Of' Lists
, Luxury Suites
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.
Question: We are a family of 5 persons, 2 adults and three children, ages 3, 6, and 8. We would love to make a reservation at the Dar Al Masyaf in Dubai. We are traveling December 22nd – January 5th, 2013. Is it possible to book a 2 bedroom superior apartment?
Answer: Dar Al Masyaf does not have availability for your dates of travel, but Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence does have 2 bedroom Duplex Club Apartment which includes Breakfast. The advance purchase rate for this option is 2805 AED per night, which is approximately $764 USD plus tax. Please be advised that this is a non-cancellable, non-changeable rate, and any changes or a cancellation would result in a 100% penalty of the full stay.
This hotel also has this same room option available for 3300 AED per night, which is approximately $899 USD plus tax. This rate has a cancellation policy which states you can cancel up until 2 days prior to arrival and be charged a 1 night penalty. If you cancel within 2 days of arrival, you would be charged 100% of the full stay as penalty. To clarify, cancelling this reservation would always result in at least a 1 night penalty fee.
To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please fill in the Special Request field stating that you'll be traveling with kids and provide their ages so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.
Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
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Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.