Sam Lewis checks into the uber-luxurious hotel in the heart of Dubai
This iconic hotel soars in the shape of a sail. Covered with gold leaf and marble, all the suites span two levels, with sweeping staircases and spacious ensuites. To escape the odd Disney-esque feel, we take sanctuary in the spacious spa, the fusion restaurant Scape and a new Californian-style beach club with sandy beaches, infinity pools and 32 air-conditioned cabanas (entry to overnight guests only).
We feast on fish from Devon from a menu by Michelin-starred British chef Nathan Outlaw and enjoy caviar spa treatments from French brand La Prairie — the spa menu includes gold and platinum ‘tattoos’. Our suite gives sweeping views of man-made islands and our butler knows what we want before we’ve even asked. After just one night, nothing seems real; including the eyewatering bill.
PO Box 74147, Dubai
Suites are priced from £1,000