Repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, the distinctive sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai raised the hospitality bar still again this month by offering every overnight guest a 24-karat gold-plated iPad that acts as a “virtual concierge.”
Designed exclusively for the Burj Al Arab by Gold & Co. London, the glimmering iPads are engraved with the hotel’s name, logo and slogan, “Stay Different.”
Guests of the 7-star hotel that sits on a man-made island almost 250 meters off the Jumeirah coast can use their gilded iPads to take a tour of the hotel, order room service, make a restaurant reservation or get details about spa treatments and butler services.
They can also sign into their iTunes account and download apps, games and music. A resort-wide wireless network is available for all users.
Hotel general manager Heinrich Morio commented: “Our exclusive Burj Al Arab 24-karat gold iPads epitomize Jumeirah’s philosophy of ‘stay different’ and further enhance our guests’ experiences during their stay.”
Just how luxurious is the Burj Al Arab? Guests who stay in the hotel’s $18,000-a-night Royal Suite enjoy 8,395 square feet of sheer luxury, including marble floors, mahogany furniture, Hermes toiletries, a private cinema and a rotating four-poster bed. They can also request a chauffeur-driver Rolls Royce or helicopter (at extra cost).
Although the opulent iPads will be given out on loan to hotel guests, the devices are available at the hotel boutique for $10,500.