FIVE STAR STAY

DUBAI OF­FERS AN AS­TOUND­ING NUM­BER OF OP­TIONS IF YOU’RE LOOK­ING FOR A PLACE TO STAY, BUT THE AR­MANI HO­TEL IN THE BURJ KHAL­IFA IS TRULY RE­MARK­ABLE

CEO Middle East - - CONTENTS - BY SHAYAN SHAKEEL

FEW HO­TELS AROUND THE WORLD COULD CLAIM TO BE AS UNIQUE AS THE AR­MANI HO­TEL IN THE WORLD’S TALLEST BUILD­ING, BURJ KHAL­IFA

THERE’S NO BUILD­ING IN THE WORLD taller than the Burj Khal­ifa in Dubai at the mo­ment, and won’t be for the next few years. That gives the Ar­mani Ho­tel an au­to­mat­i­cally unique dis­tinc­tion, one that the ceil­ings in the lobby, as high as you’d ex­pect in a cathe­dral, make no at­tempt to dis­guise.

As sim­ple and stun­ning as a shim­mer­ing glass crys­tal, the Ar­mani Ho­tel car­ries the same sin­gu­lar ethos across every facet of its in­te­ri­ors. You won’t find any opu­lence or spa­ces beg­ging to be re­lieved of their con­ges­tion here; the walls, doors, fur­nish­ings, fix­tures, even the sham­poo bot­tles in the bath­rooms, are all dark and tall.

Both the dark and the rec­tan­gu­lar form a nu­ance that per­vades the Ar­mani Ho­tel and threat­ens to make many a five or seven star ho­tel seem gaudy in com­par­i­son. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that the Ar­mani fash­ion house’s most pop­u­lar and en­dur­ing con­tri­bu­tion to fash­ion is the black suit – a black so true that any other seems like a shade. At a time when the other houses crowded the world’s vi­sion with elab­o­rate and busy styles, the brand made made it­self dis­tinct with the black suit. It makes com­plete sense then that a ho­tel meant to em­body the de­signer fash­ion house would es­chew opu­lence in favour of what best re­sem­bles its brand. If af­ter Dubai you wanted to in­dulge in a true black and tall Ar­mani Ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence, the only other one, in Mi­lan, plays on just two colours, black and its in­verse, white.

How­ever, it’s sit­ting in one of the suites and peer­ing out of the panoramic win­dows when it be­comes ap­par­ent how in­cred­i­ble the in­vest­ment in lo­ca­tion is – when the world’s tallest danc­ing foun­tains shoot wa­ter plumes half a kilo­me­tre into the sky to tunes that you can play in your room. The Ar­mani en­joys a lo­ca­tion un­like any other in the world and it uses it to full ef­fect. In the swim­ming pools you float as if in a glass of bub­bly, while any of its many ter­races give you views of the sky­scrapers bud­ding rapidly out of one of the world’s fastest grow­ing cities.

It’s al­most a cer­tainty, that were it not for a con­fer­ence or the beach, you could spend your en­tire stay in­doors – guests at the Ar­mani have their own tun­nel ac­cess to Dubai Mall in case you were won­der­ing. And if you were to, the Ar­mani has you cov­ered in all re­gards when it comes to din­ing as well. Opt for ei­ther Ja­panese fare at Hashi to South Asian at Amal, and you’ll be din­ing at Award win­ning restau­rants in each cat­e­gory.

As Chef Vi­jay Anand at the Ar­mani told us, “Every where else you go they’re ex­per­i­ment­ing with molec­u­lar en­trée’s. What we do is master the orig­i­nal and serve it in the ab­so­lute best way it was meant to be served.”

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