The Burj al-Arab ( Tower of the Arabs) is a hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world; however, 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.
The hotel is managed by the Jumeirah Group. Despite its size, Burj Al Arab holds only 28 double-story floors which accommodate 202 bedroom suites. The smallest suite occupies an area of 169 m2 (1,820 sq ft), the largest covers 780 m2 (8,400 sq ft).
Burj Al Arab was designed by multi-disciplinary consultancy Atkins, led by architect Tom Wright, who has since become co-founder of WKK Architects. The design and construction were managed by Canadian engineer Rick Gregory also of WS Atkins. Construction of the Island began in 1994 and involved up to 2,000 construction workers during peak construction. It was built to resemble the billowing spinnaker sail of a J-class yacht. Two "wings" spread in a V to form a vast "mast", while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium. The architect Tom Wright said "The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, London with Big Ben, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower. It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country."Fletcher Construction from New Zealand was the lead joint venture partner in the initial stages of pre-construction and construction. The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Engineering.
Perched 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf, Talise Spa is the ultimate destination to luxuriate, relax and rejuvenate. Each experience has been carefully crafted and exclusively developed using the world's most luxurious products to leave you utterly pampered.
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The spacious Talise Spa is housed over two levels, and boasts enough luxurious serenity to calm even the most hectic lifestyle. Leave the world behind and reconnect with your inner self in a space that inspires relaxation.
Talise Spa offers a unique nature-based luxury environment to help you unwind with the pleasure of treatments from world-renowned houses, such as La Prairie, Sundari and THÉMAÉ, applied by a skilled and caring team of therapists. Stretched over two floors, separate men's and women's amenities ensure total privacy and discretion.
Both ladies and gentlemen's relaxation areas feature an aqua retreat. Separate indoor infinity pools, Jacuzzi and treatment rooms overlooking the Arabian Gulf complement the spa, along with saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools. Gentlemen can enjoy the panoramic sauna and steam lounges looking out to the World Islands and Downtown Dubai, both fitted with rare fog-proof glass. Additional facilities include a squash court, a fitness center with aerobic facilities, advanced cardiovascular and resistance training equipment.
THE MOST EXPENSIVE SUITE: THE ROYAL SUITE
Have you ever dreamed about living like royalty?
Well this should hit the spot. Perched on the 25th floor of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the Royal Suite is a sight for sore eyes.
The Burj is famous for its striking sail-shape design, and the lavish suite, which is one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, has an average price tag of $24,000 a night. Let's just say it will quickly burn a hole in your wallet!
Built on a man-made island in the Arabian Gulf, Dubai's Burj Al Arab Jumeirah was designed to exude luxury in every way. With its distinctive shape inspired by a dhow sail, the hotel incorporates a stunning array of sumptuous materials, including over 21,000 square feet of 24K-gold leaf, thirty different types of marble (among them rare Statuario marble, which was used by Michelangelo in his masterpieces), custom-made carpets from South Africa and India, chandeliers from the U.K., and locally designed wooden doors. Guests have access to four swimming pools, nine restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness center, a private beach, manicured gardens, a helipad, and a water park.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a lacklustre room, but of all the hotel's luxurious accommodations, the two Royal Suites are the most over-the-top. Each one occupies half of the 25th floor and was designed for royals, dignitaries, and other esteemed visitors. Upon entering, guests will find themselves in an entry hall decked out in marble and gold, with a grand staircase leading to the suite's upper level. (There's also an elevator connecting the two levels, so no need to worry about lugging your suitcase up the stairs.)
The 8,396-square-foot suite comprises the master bedroom, complete with a rotating canopy bed; a huge dressing room; a dining room that can accommodate 12 a Majlis-style sitting room for entertaining guests; a private cinema; and a study equipped with the latest tech gadgets. Guests receive a custom-made 24K-gold iPad that serves as a virtual concierge, though of course, a butler is just a call away—there are 27 phones throughout the suite for easy access. If that weren't enough, there's a pillow menu with 17 options, a special bath menu for use in the round marble tub, and Hermès bath products. Needless to say, guests enjoy the most attentive service imaginable.