4
Apr
2014

Burj Al Arab #throughglass

On our recent trip to Dubai for the Dubai World Cup, we were fortunate enough to stay at the Burj Al Arab. While you may not know the name, you will definitely recognise the amazing sail-shaped building, renowned as being the world’s only 7 star hotel.

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From the minute we were collected from the airport in one of the hotel’s fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms (complete with free in-car wifi — what more could a travelling Explorer want?!), we experienced a level of luxury like never before.The rooms were amazing, with this picture of the bathroom probably illustrating that far better than any words ever could:

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Colour and water were everywhere, with the soaring atrium in the middle of the hotel providing great visuals.

Such a beautiful setting provided great options for a morning run, with Glass of course providing the perfect mechanism to capture some great images along the way, including a smattering of camels!

The marina, naturally enough, contained some incredible boats, but I have to say my maxi-yacht preference runs much more to the steel grey Bond-style than the wood panelled equivalent that reminds me way too much of the Brady Bunch station wagon!

A post-run breakfast in sweaty gym gear seemed somewhat sacrilegious in this opulent environment. And, I now have a preference for my water to always be served in red crystal glasses. Strangely enough, this hasn’t translated nearly as well back home…

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We couldn’t decide which one of the restaurants to have dinner in as they all looked incredible, but fortunately the hotel also caters for this indecision by offering a ‘Culinary Flight’ — a super-luxe version of the 70s progressive dinner, where you have a different course in each of the restaurants.

My favourite had to be the unexpected delight of finding we were dining in the middle of an aquarium, with sharks, eels and all manner of colourful fish swimming past as we ate.  I did regret having unwittingly pre-ordered the fish course at that location though!

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The team in this restaurant were fascinated by Glass, and many of the waiters were delighted to have the opportunity to try it out for the first time.

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After such an epic dinner, a LynxFit workout via Glass was definitely a pre-requisite in the morning before heading to the airport. Unsurprisingly, the gym delivered incredible views back to Dubai, including the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, rising from the early morning mist.

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What an incredible weekend, and one I thoroughly enjoyed capturing #throughglass.

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