The Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s landmark luxury hotel, is to open one of the most exclusive – and expensive – beach resorts in the world.
For an annual fee of a mere Dh100,000, members of the leisure club on the Terrace, the new resort extension built into the Gulf, will be able to enjoy unlimited access to two swimming pools, private cabanas with butler service, restaurants and bars.
They will also get a complimentary night at the hotel’s Royal suite, Rolls-Royce chauffeur, a helicopter tour of Dubai and a 24-carat gold plated membership card.
For those seeking family value, membership for a couple and two children under 16 seems a comparative bargain at Dh125,000.
Membership is also guaranteed to be exclusive. Numbers will be strictly limited on the football pitch-sized Terrace, but hotel guests will, of course, be allowed to use the facilities gratis.
Antony McHale, the general manager of the Burj Al Arab, which is part of the Jumeirah hotels and leisure group, said: “As the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab continuously evolves and reinvents our guest experience through state-of-the-art facilities. The Terrace is the ultimate destination for indulgence, socialising and relaxing and is another initiative in our endeavour to delight our guests.”
The Terrace is an innovative design in marine engineering. Designed and built in Finland, it was then shipped in eight pieces to the Arabian Gulf and lowered on to piling sunk into the seabed.
Mr McHale said: “The Terrace is our most ambitious project since the hotel was created. It’s a global first in hotel construction with a breakthrough combination of creative marine design, ingenious engineering and guest-friendly planning. Since the structure arrived in January, our construction and design teams have brought our vision to life and the result is simply spectacular.”
Stefan Leser, the chief executive of Jumeirah Group, said: “The Burj Al Arab Terrace is a new Dubai landmark and a symbol of innovation and engineering excellence. A masterpiece in design and architecture, it reinforces Dubai as an outstanding destination and leader in global hospitality. We are immensely proud to offer such a distinctive experience, which will considerably enhance the enjoyment of our guests.”
The architectural style of the Terrace has been designed to reflect the shape of Burj Al Arab, “creating a fusion of sophisticated, contemporary structures and tranquil stretches of water. Linked by a central walkway, flanked on either side by crystalline beaches and private cabanas, it gives an effect of a stylised tropical forest canopy, with contrasting areas of dappled light and shade,” the hotel said.
The 32 cabanas can accommodate up to four guests each, offering a dedicated butler service, a dining, beverage and bar menu, spa menu, fully stocked minibars, fresh fruits, espresso machines and Bang & Olufsen TVs. Eight exclusive “royal cabanas” also include a private bathroom, shower area and veranda.
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