May 11, 2018
Make sure you book ahead before a night of quality cocktails at the Juna Lounge. It’s so popular they’ve even been known to turn away the odd oil sheik – but only because he was odd. An intimate and luxurious lounge on the mezzanine level of the spectacular Burj Al Arab, it’s done up with thick cushions and bright sofas that make the colourful assortment of fruit cocktails glow like the Arabian sun. Wherever you turn in the Burj Al Arab it’s clear that no expense has been spared, and this is as evident in Juna Lounge as it is elsewhere. The service is exemplary too this is, after all, a hotel where round-the-clock butlers attend to guests’ every need and which provides eight members of staff to every suite, and you’ll get a little taste of life in the lap of that kind of luxury at Juna. Stylish locals and ex-pats are your fellow drinking companions and if you have enough of them or the Mai Tais you can always go shopping in the hotel – although it’s more like a sail-shaped mall the size of a city than any kind of hotel most of us are used to. Best time to go is early-evening for the sundowners, but it’s also ideal for a post-dinner nightcap. A selection of super-smooth rare whiskies and top-of-the-range humidors stacked with quality Cuban cigars just add to the attraction. Just be prepared to pay for the nose for them though the Burj Al Arab does hold seven stars after all, albeit unofficially.