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You Can Spy On the Burj Al Arab (For A Fraction Of Its Price) From The Beach At Mina A'Salam

August 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM | by | ()

Last week, we shared our tips on where to stay when you visit Dubai for the very first time. One of the hotels on our list was Mina A'Salam, which is owned by Jumeirah.

Another Jumeirah-owned Dubai hotel we happen to love (and we're not alone—Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson and Angelina Jolie have all been past guests) is the one and only Burj Al Arab.

But if the hotel's $1,200/night price tag is making you uneasy, consider this: for just a quarter of the price (and probably a tenth of the snobbery), Mina A'Salam offers an impeccable beach that sits right next to the Burj, so you can bask in the sail-shaped hotel's glory without ever having to break the bank. It's what we like to call "Dubai DIY."

The Mina A'Salam's beach is entirely private, so you won't have to deal with the crowds that often descend (and linger) at other waterfront properties like Hilton Dubai Jumeirah or Le Meridien.

From your room, it's about a five minute walk down to the Mina A'Salam's beach—through the lobby, past the canal, onto the sandy shore, and boom! There you are. Plenty of luxurious, low-reclining beach chairs await, all of them facing out to incredible views across the Arabian Gulf.

Guests of the actual Burj Al Arab, of course, have their own private beach. But, the thing is, it's not that much different from the rest of the beaches. Just fenced off, and with fancier furniture and butler service. But when all you plan on doing is lying in the sun and splashing around in the water, who needs the extra frills?

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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