|Clutch - Palestyle, watch and ring - Carter.|
Enter this Rorschach blot shift I picked up on my travels to Zara at Dubai Mall. If anyone tells you that Zara isn't a life saver, ignore them.
|Dress - Zara, shoes - Jimmy Choo, clutch - Palestyle.|
I love it so much, here's another photo of the dress in all its glory in the wardrobe of my room.
I could walk into the wardrobe, shut the door and go for a nap on the floor or even standing up, it's that spacious.
|The most discrete feature of the hotel I could find. I think you'll agree with this later,|
I needed to be eased into the colour and spectacle that is the interior of this hotel.
The Christmas decorations were a comforting place to start.
Extravagant trees, teddy bear soldiers, soft sparkling lights. Very nice.
The floral arrangements with their beaded accents were also easy on the eye, almost run of the mill for a 5 star hotel.
Then I rode the elevator (past the floor length aquariums) and looked up.
That's the ceiling. I've never seen anything like it. The shapes, the colours. It was like stepping into a piece of abstract art.
The floors were tiled in a riot of colours with gold accents. I was on the money with my gold toned outfit.
This is a lift door. The hotel gets rather crowded during the day, even at the price of over $3000 AUD a night. It is also a bit remote from the rest of the city. Personally, I'm happy to have visited for a meal as opposed to be a resident guest. The staff were all unfailingly polite, glamourous and helpful. It just didn't feel like the hotels I'm used to staying at. Thank goodness for small mercies?
The Sky Bar is on the 27th floor of the hotel and offers wrap around views of the city below. I had a prime corner to myself.
The decor is vivid. Greens and blues mix with white and the occasional gold and red.
The china and glassware were more sedate in comparison.
Champagne is poured at the table.
We began with berries and cream. The cherry tomato really does work!
Sky tea is a sedate affair with champagne flutes as far as the eye can see.
It's a different world down there on Jumeirah beach.
Sky high is probably the best height from which to fully appreciate the architecture of the hotels in the area.
There was a pianist to provide the soundtrack for the afternoon.
As I sipped my Earl Grey.
And my Bellini.
Whilst catching up with Emirates Woman magazine, in lieu of a guest to share high tea with. I feel quite liberated now. I've dressed up and gone out for a fancy meal on my own. That's one less thing on the bucket list.
The carver selection was beef wellington and mash. A sensible addition to the menu given the champagne and the altitude.
The bar area was set up for efficient service. 4 staff were allocated to each area of the dining room and they moved through the courses with efficiency and a smile. Bookings for tea are at allocated times which explained why things ran so smoothly.
The champagne was Louis Roederer. And lots of it.
The cakes and sandwiches are served on a stand that echoes the shape of the hotel.
The sandwich layer featured smoked salmon, cucumber, curred egg and chicken.
While the buns were beef, ham and tuna.
Despite booking for one person, my tea was set for two, so I didn't need any of the extra sandwiches that were on offer.
Cakes included a very buttery shortbread, an apple tea cake, fruit cake and creme brûlée.
The dessert layer.
The view was constantly changing below us.
I couldn't eat all the desserts! I did try the chocolate and blue blueberry desserts though and they were deliciously light.
As the sun set, the scone course was delivered.
Accompanied by cream, jams and strawberry mousse.
My favourite was the strawberry jam with vanilla essence.
One of my favourite fragrances, Kelly Caleche scented the hand cream of choice in the powder room.
I returned to a mocha flavoured with Valrohna chocolate.
And some hand made chocolates. I've actually not eaten any chocolate for a whole week (too many other choices) and these went down a treat.
As the sun set outside, the green and blue ceiling lights came on.
With empty plates and bowls left behind, it was time to take the elevator back to the ground floor and find a taxi in which to cross the bridge back to the mainland.