It’s easy to exaggerate. So often we hear “It’s the fastest…”, “It’s the biggest…” or “It’s the best…” and so often it’s a claim made out of enthusiasm rather than fact. However, when you hear “The Burj Al Arab is the most luxurious and most iconic hotel in the world” you had better believe it.
First-time visitors to the all-suite hotel in the Arabian Gulf arriving by car or helicopter – landing on the rooftop helipad – will be awestruck as they look up to, or down from, the 321 metre peak. With every floor covering two storeys, space in your suite is plentiful indeed, so fitting in a family is very easy. In fact, there hasn’t been a better time to make a family trip to the Burj Al Arab as, for a limited time only, two children up to 15 years of age can stay absolutely free when staying with two paying adults, and the choice of half-board or full-board made by the adults extends to the whole party.
It’s worth considering full board, when you realise there are seven restaurants serving some of the finest recipes from around the world, including the famous under-water restaurant where guests can sit in and watch the Gulf’s finned fauna swimming by. For those quiet times when the kids are making the most of the entertainments available in the hotel and the surrounding area, the Assawan Spa is an experience in itself, with palatial surroundings and hand-picked treatments waiting to make you feel like an Emir. Yes, it is easy to throw superlatives around where they don’t really belong. But it’s hard to find superlatives that don’t belong here. This really is the best of the best, for all the family.
A Gulf destination rich in culture and history, as well as 21st Century entertainment for all ages; Abu Dhabi has it all. Museums, monuments and shopping to rival the finest cities worldwide, those with a yearning for luxury will not be disappointed.
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Stunning beaches and friendly people combine with the bustling bazaars and ancient forts to create an Arabian Gulf visit that is distinctly authentic. Of course, the ever-increasing stable of upscale international hotels only adds to its allure.