We all sometimes wish to live like an Arab sheik. Well now it is easier than ever to pretend to be one thanks to the generosity of Dubai’s most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab.
The distinctive hotel, which is shaped like a ship, has partnered with Google to create a virtual reality tour of its interiors. Click around to explore the lavish lobby, atrium, suites, spa, restaurants, bar and lounge and — of course — the helipad in a series of videos and 360-degree tours. Beautiful international people are there to guide your way.
The Royal Suite, which the Economist noted in August goes for around $25,000 a night, is roughly 8,400 square feet, comes with its own elevator, cinema, a dining room that seats 12, a 24-carat Gold iPad, a selection of 17 different types of pillows (!!), a bed that will adjust to fit your posture, a set of his and hers full size Hermes amenities in each bathroom and “the world’s largest brigade of butlers.”
As “cool” as this whole virtual reality thing is, though, it’s actually a bit clunky to use, and it’s easy to miss information when you’re constantly clicking around on a make-your-own-adventure tour.
Besides, no amount of virtual reality can recreate the experience of trying out 17 different types of pillows. That has to be done IRL.