It was a hotel that long held curiosity for me but I wasn’t sure about staying there. Would the design feel garish? Would it be so over the top that it was vulgar? And was it really nothing more than a glorified tourist attraction? Well there was only one way to find out. I ummed and ahhed a bit but finally we booked the 阿拉伯塔…and I was super excited to stay there.
Located on its own man-made island, the 阿拉伯塔 stands majestically boasting an iconic sail-like structure and is accessible only by a bridge–or by helicopter if you choose to land on the rooftop helipad. And at 321m, it is taller than the Eiffel tower and is the tallest all suite hotel in the world.
Every room at the 阿拉伯塔 is a suite and comes with a butler service. There is a butler dedicated to each floor, so ours sat at a desk pretty much right outside our room whenever we needed him. The lower floor of the room is an expansive living area with a huge wide screen TV, a separate home office with a Mac computer, a bar, lots of comfy sofas and of course those floor to ceiling windows with incredible views.
Having seen plenty of photos of the bold blue, red and gold colour scheme, I had worried it would be tacky but it was utterly gorgeous and super luxurious in feel. I had also worried it might be dated but it was perfectly pristine!
Attention to detail is exquisite and there was a beautiful cake, a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne and fresh fruit left to welcome us. If you fancy making your own coffee, there’s even a gold coffee machine to match the 阿拉伯塔 colour scheme.
Our bed was swathed with purple curtains… there’s even a mirror on the ceiling! A cot had been set up next to our bed for Oscar and they left a toy camel and a teddy bear. We didn’t even notice until we got home but the teddy bear was personalised with Oscar’s name! The curtains, TV, music and lights were all on a clever remote control panel by the bed.
他们看到了酒店的美景’s infinity pool.
The buffet was really high quality, serving all sorts of cuisines–甚至还有一个巧克力喷泉！尽一切可能使奥斯卡感到舒服，他喜欢在高脚椅上用吐司的手指咀嚼。
We came back to Scape for lunch but I have to say we were a little disappointed as the food was bad value for money, small portions and mediocre. The prawns didn’t taste fresh and we paid about £40 for a tiny fillet of sea bass and one piece of asparagus.
Talking of food, Mr S and I tried the hotels two signature restaurants during our stay. Both restaurants only allow children over 8 years old at dinner (though they are allowed at lunch) so Mr S and I took the opportunity to get a baby sitter and have a couple of date nights.
Al Muntaha（意为“终极”）位于餐厅的顶峰，可欣赏城市全景，并由曾与Joel Robuchon合作的大厨Francky Semblat提供精美的法国美食。
这家餐厅的设计非常壮观，我们很喜欢KimJoinié-Maurin提供的海鲜菜单。两家餐厅都很贵，所以如果你’我要选择一个，我’d opt for Al Mahara.
其他选择包括Junsui（泛亚自助餐），Sahn Eddar（中庭的休闲吧）和Al Iwan（阿拉伯风味）。
If you don’t fancy any of these restaurants the 阿拉伯塔 operates a buggy ride to the nearby Madinat Jumeirah where there is a load more restaurants and things to do. It was really useful for us as the hotel’s two main restaurants had age restrictions so we ended up here two of our four nights. It was very handy to go to other restaurants but not have to get a taxi.
The 塔里斯温泉 on the 18th Floor is 180 metres above the Arabian Gulf and contains over 8,200 square metres of facilities. There’s a separate male and female area with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room plus the shared pool above with views over the city. Guests can book all sorts of luxurious treatments including high end brand La Prairie. The Kid’s Club is on the same floor as the spa and it’s quite small and not overly impressive but there are toys, games, books and children have access to the Kid’s Club at the Madinat Jumeirah which has a huge range of activities indoor and outside. Guests also have access to the nearby Wild Wadi Waterpark. So that being said and coupled with the fact that the restaurant weren’t very child-friendly, I wouldn’t say that the 阿拉伯塔 was the ideal place for taking your kids but it was a great to get the stay in before Oscar’s too much in need of entertainment.
Though The 阿拉伯塔 isn’t the ideal hotel with children or a baby, I still absolutely loved it. The rooms are totally insane, the butler service is second to none and we loved the restaurants, pool and spa! I was worried about staying there, it actually turned out to be one of my favourite hotels ever!
A note–I stayed in the 阿拉伯塔 back in March before the Covid travel restrictions and I held off publishing this post because it didn’t feel quite right. However, I thought it did seemed fitting for this month’s travel link up hence the publication now. It does seem very strange to us eating at a buffet and no social distancing in this current climate!