Sunday Times: Burj Al Arab
Driving over the bridge to the world’s only seven-star hotel, you feel like Charlie approaching Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. There is something magical about its sail-shaped structure and 1980’s time-warp interior. The rooms have two floors, Hermes toiletries, unbeatable views of the city and mirrors above the bed.
Just embrace it: a week in a one-bedroom deluxe suite at Burj Al Arab starts at £3,345pp B&B with ITC, although you could upgrade to the Royal Suite, which occupies the entire 25th floor and has its own cinema, for £19,300 (01244 355527, itcluxurytravel.co.uk)