With summer in full force, we’ve been dreaming of a long lazy getaway to a tropical island for a much-deserved break. And although our typical travel plans might have been put on hold once more this year, luckily there’s no need to hop on a plane to make the most of Dubai’s #HauteHangouts. Final destination? Sal at Burj al Arab.
With its prime location directly on the terrace of Dubai’s most iconic building, this beach experience slash pop-up restaurant is all about barefoot luxury, offering a refined yet laid back haunt reminiscent of the stylish beach clubs of Saint Tropez and Capri. Overlooking the 100-metre infinity pool with uninterrupted views across the clear azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, guests also have access to a second swimming pool plus a pristine private beach that comes flanked with comfy sun loungers. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or are simply looking to elevate your experience even further, however, opt for one of Sal’s two-or four-people luxury cabanas which come complete with fresh fruit and a bottle of bubbles to enjoy between friends—there’s no better way to spend an afternoon.
When it comes to the cuisine, prepare to be wowed with a South Mediterranean menu courtesy of renowned Italian chef Marco Garfagnini. Fun fact: Sal means salt in both Spanish and Portuguese, and with both nations globally recognised for their ocean-inspired dishes designed for sharing, culinary highlights are world class. Kick off a long lunch with prawns cooked in roasted tomato sauce, oyster ceviche or burrata and tomato salad, while pasta dishes include succulent king crab with homemade trenette pasta and a moreish lobster linguine. As to be expected, there’s plenty of fish to choose from including sea bream Isolana, sea salt-crusted sea bass and a rotating catch of the day which comes served with crushed potato and baby tomato salad. Chicken and meat dishes shine for non-fish eaters, while vegetarians are well-catered for too—think everything from manchego croquetas to truffle pizzas, stone oven baked vegetarian empanadas and everything in between.
With its picture-perfect views, delectable cuisine and chic air of privacy and exclusivity, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more scenic spot for a seven-star day on the sand. Just be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Sal, The Terrace, Burj al Arab, Dubai; 04 432 3232; book now
What To Wear
Nothing says relaxed, casual cool like a floaty maxi dress, bandeau bikini and beachside accessories…