Business in Jeddah? The place to stay is the Qasr Al Sharq
, the opulent "Palace of the Orient" managed by the new Waldorf-Astoria Collection
. Designed by the folks behind Dubai's seven-star Burj Al Arab
, the all-suite hotel epitomizes extravagance. Pure gold, handpicked crystal and porcelain, exquisite mosaics, cultured marble, the finest art... Luxury is in the details. As befits a palace this grand, some of the suites are more than 10,000 square feet in size, and come with massage tables and private gyms. Service is exceptional, as the personal butlers are members of the International Guild of Professional Butlers
. Facilities include a traditional Hammam, magnificent pool with a fully retractable glass roof, and ladies-only spa with Jeddah's only Aquamedic pool
that pumps underwater jet streams specifically designed to massage the body. For business meetings, there are seven boardrooms themed to reflect the world's economic powerhouses (think: British Windsor Room, Japanese Kyoto room
). Plus, all the suites are equipped with laptops that wirelessly connect to the Internet anywhere in the building.
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