Everyone loves a souvenir bathrobe – so much so that in the US alone, the hotel industry spends Dhs367 million replacing these and other stolen property. Some guests go a bit further – one right here in Dubai was reported to have left not with the contents of the minibar, but with the entire fridge itself. And the couch.
If you’re the kind to eye up the potential bounty in your room rather than pay a visit to the hotel shop, you’re probably not thinking about splashing out on the Burj Al Arab’s jaw-dropping Dhs7,000 romantic moonlight swim, no matter how soft and snazzy those take-home, monogrammed Jumeirah robes are (sob).
Clearly aimed at the kind of guests who arrive by private yacht or helicopter, and the uber-romantic (to the hearty dismay of the latter’s bank managers), the package is described as “the ultimate romantic experience” and “perfect for your proposal of marriage”, beginning with a couple’s massage, followed by a secluded midnight swim (assuming you haven’t drifted off during your rather late-night massage, this is presumably the part where you get down on one knee – mind you don’t slip).
While you’re there – and helpfully for either celebration or consolation – the hotel will serve up bubbly and strawberries.
Whether you depart the spa betrothed or dejected, you’re guaranteed to leave encased in a warm, fuzzy feeling. After all, you’ve just paid seven grand for that robe.
Dhs7,000. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 301 7365).