The Dubai hotel scene gives new meaning to extravagance.
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Burj al Arab
The “Burj” is the hotel that helped put Dubai on the map. Opulence doesn’t come cheap at this self-appointed “seven-star” property. The interiors are showy, with ornate, brocade walls in primary colors, acres of polished Italian marble, shimmering mosaics, and rainbow lightshows in the lobby atrium. No one comes to Dubai for a minimalist aesthetic, and nobody does maximalist better than the Burj; the smallest of the hotel’s 202 duplex suites is 1,800 square feet and offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Arabian Gulf, burl-wood bathtubs, gold-colored iPads, and full-size his-and-hers Hermès toiletries. A new 27th floor bar opened in January, 2016. Jumeirah Beach Rd.; 971-4/301-7777; jumeirah.com.