Well, our first day in Dubai was quite an experience. Checking into the Burj al Arab, which is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, was in itself memorable. Rolls Royce pickup at the airport; ceremonial greeting at hotel entrance; escort to suite by tuxedo-clad manager; and a tour of our two-story living quarters by our personal butler. The suite tour took an hour. And this isn’t even VIP treatment – it’s standard procedure for any guest who checks into this 202-suite hotel. My sister Katrine and I snicker as we sink into comfy high-thread-count linen bedsheets amidst tremendous opulence and enough gold and glitz to last us, well, maybe forever. After a good night’s sleep we call our butler to deliver breakfast and then head to the spa where Tina, the spa director, has arranged for an “Around the World Massage” treatment for each of us. We sit in the relaxation room sipping tea, where my sister sums it up: “This is working for me.”
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