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The Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the world's most luxurious luxury hotel where every hotel room is a two-story suite, every guest has its own butler, and every in-room iPad is plated in gold. And now, weddings at the Jumeirah Group hotel are sky-high. Literally.
The hotel's new Wedding in the Skies experience will allow couples to get married on the helipad of the hotel 212 meters above the Arabian Gulf. The very same helipad where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played a game of tennis and where Formula One Champion David Coulthard performed donuts in a Red Bull Racing car.
For $55,000, guests will work with not a wedding planner but rather a "Wedding Architect" who will guide them through such pressing wedding day decisions as--should the couple arrive at the hotel by air in an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 or by road in a Rolls Royce Phantom? Which wedding cake from Executive Pastry Chef Johannes Bonin should they choose from? Which spa sessions from the Talise Spa should they indulge in? And perhaps, most importantly, what specially designed wedding scent developed by a leading perfumist should the couple spritz everywhere?
Other perks in the package include, accommodations (of course), private sessions with personal trainers, shopping and styling sessions with personal stylists, dance and etiquette lessons, floral consolations and access to Dubai's best jewelers and top haute couturiers.
Interestingly, there's no mention of photography services so we hope the Wedding Architect can at least recommend someone. And yes, we think you should get BOTH a photographer and a videographer for this big day.
[Photo: Burj Al Arab]
The luxury Jumeirah Carlton Tower (which, by the way, was just named England’s Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards) and boutique Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, both in London's spiffy Knightsbridge district, have announced that their services will be upgraded to include an iPad in each room.
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They say history has a way of repeating itself. And apparently, so do hotels, because Jumeirah Essex House is set to become a Marriott once more, after previously flying the Marriott flag between 1969 and 1985.
The hotel has been on the market since March, with plenty of people speculating on just who would be replacing Jumeirah. Nothing was confirmed until late last week, when USA Today announced that JW Marriott would be hanging its sign over the front door.
The new owners, Chicago-based Strategic Group, are happy to be reuniting Marriott with its long-lost Essex House, which Marriott says it has spent the last ten years trying to get back. And Marriott is happy because it finally gets to show off its JW Marriott brand in Manhattan. Winners all around!
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."
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It's been called Las Vegas on crack, and, frankly, it hasn't really done much to debunk that reputation. With over 570 hotels to choose from—garish, sexy, family-friendly, record-breaking...they're all here—Dubai can be a little intimidating for first-timers. Here are our picks on where to stay when you go.
Emirates Towers is undoubtedly one of the classiest hotels in the Jumeirah collection, which is owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, and includes nine hotels in Dubai alone. The five-star hotel is comprised of two opposing triangular towers, connected by a central podium which in turn houses a mini mall. Rates from around $289/night.
Since no food can be eaten between sunrise and sundown during Ramadan, it is common for two (and sometimes, even three) meals to occur after dark: iftar, the fast-breaking dinner served right after sunset, and then another meal served right before sunset to start the day (or end it, depending on how late you've stayed up!) called suhoor.
And since, as we all know, hotels are pretty much the perfect place to enjoy a hearty midnight snack, we were curious to know just what a hotel-prepared suhoor meal might be like. So, the other night during our stay at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, we called down to room service to find out.
We love technology. Especially in the context of making our stays more comfortable. At the 218-room Jumeirah Frankfurt, for business and pleasure travelers, technology plays an important role in the guest experience.
While you are checking-in, your room is being acclimated to your preferences so that upon arriving at your door the in-room climate will be set at what Jumeirah refers to as "optimal heating or cooling." Before you get in the elevator, you must use the key touch pad to press in your room floor. The system will then direct you to a particular elevator to catch based on the "matched grouping" of other guests desiring the same floor or nearby floors.
Jumeirah says the elevator also limits the number of guests so the number of "stop-overs" is reduced. We didn't try it, but what about that kid who presses the buttons for all of the floors? If you try it, let us know how this works.
Dubai-based Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts is probably best known for its soaring, sail-shaped flagship hotel Burj Al Arab, so called 7-star hotel where rooms are suites that run into the four-digits before you know it, the concierge desk is the fanciest you'll ever see, and an ashtray might set you back over seven grand.
Meanwhile, the group has been busy expanding its European presence, which until not too long ago was limited to two hotels in London (Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Lowndes Hotel in Knightsbridge). Following the opening of a brand-spanking new property in Frankfurt, two new city hotels have been added in Rome and Istanbul.
If owning a classic piece of Manhattan architecture ever sounded like something you'd be into (and you've got some dough saved up) then consider making a move on the Jumeirah Essex House, which is up for sale as of now.
The CEO of the hotel's Dubai-based owner told Crain's this is "a timely opportunity to capitalize on the repositioning and operational improvements executed by our team," referencing all the technological upgrades and re-designs that they did to freshen up the place back in 2007.
But really, it's the hotel's iconic red neon sign, one of the most recognizable in New York (along with The Empire and The New Yorker), that will be the main draw for buyers. Ready to cash in, the Dubai Group hopes to fetch between $400-$500 million for the historic property.
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This is the kind of Christmas tree that you do not want to have around the house—because if you did, you'd just end up eating it.
Luckily, this 10-foot-tall beauty, made entirely of chocolate (white, dark, milk, fondant, you name it, it's on there), is on view inside the Jumeirah Essex House, which luckily isn't a place we frequent very often.
The chocolate theme is continued into the rest of the lobby with a weekend-only Chocolate Bar. Boy, this hotel is pressing allll the right buttons. Included in the mouth-watering buffet are a chocolate fountain, assorted truffles and house-made hot chocolate. Tickets go for $35 a head, but if you bump it up to $49, they'll throw in a glass of champagne.
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Often when we look for special introductory hotel opening rates, we're hoping for something in the low $200s, preferably in the $100s, because we know that new hotels usually have some kinks to work out and that not everything is up and running. We also just like a really good deal.
Of course, things are done differently in The Maldives.
Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts have just opened the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort has 38 "Revive" and "Sanctuary" villas with views of the island or the ocean, direct beach or lagoon access, private swimming pools and personalized 24-hour butler service. There's also free WiFi and each villa has its own Apple Media Center.
Need to be even more isolated from civilization than just flying to the Maldives and checking into a villa? Sequester yourself in one of the Ocean Pearls, the resort's overwater bungalows located 800 metres away from the main island resort.
Right now, Jumeirah is offering an introductory rate for two people for three nights starting at $4,658.. Yes, that's a little bit out of our usual price range but this is the Maldives, the best of the best exotic island getaways. And that price also includes the following:
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Here's a holiday riddle for you: When do we love a holiday cocktail more than ever before? When it's a mere ten bucks! OK, so that wasn't really a riddle but it is almost unheard of for a fancy hotel to offer specialty cocktails for less than $15. Which is why we're psyched about the special happy hour taking place this Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at South Gate, the restaurant at Jumeirah Essex House in New York.
The cocktail menu at South Gate already includes classics such as The Cougar and The Stork Club ($16 each) but at this Friday's Happy Hour you can get a Spiced Cranberry Agave cocktail for just $10. Suh-weet!