Picture this: five ridiculously luxurious days spent closing 2018 in the best way possible at the world's only seven-star hotel. Yep, we're pretty sure we'd forgo any and all Christmas presents in exchange for that. Sign us up and take us straight to the Burj Al Arab, please!
For a mere *cough* Dhs17, 940++, spend 28 December to 2 January (we've checked. We're free) basically doing a Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone 2 where he runs riot at The Plaza.
Rather excitingly named the Under the Stars: Gold Edition package, the Burj Al Arab will feed you (alot, by the sounds of things), entertain you and put you to bed in one of its 202 ultra-luxe duplex suites that come complete with their own personal butler. It includes breakfast, daily dining experiences at each of the hotel's award-winning eateries (think Scallops and Spritz at Nathan Outlaw and croquet on the lawn served with afternoon tea), and cinema screenings of festive films. All roads really do lead back to Home Alone, don't they?
There's also Arabian-themed events, keepsakes aplenty - aside from all the Insta posts, we imagine - and a front-row seat to the hotel's famous New Year's Eve firework display. Then, on New Year's Day, start 2019 right with roast beef sandwiches and jam roly polies. Or if you insist on being *that* person, they'll serve you detoxifying juices and alkaline salads instead.
Daily activities for kids include camel rides, sand-art classes and desert-inspired yoga (intriguing), as well as film screenings of The Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone. (We knew it!) They also get unlimited access to Wild Wadi waterpark.
Come New Year's Eve, your culinary and drinks journey starts on the Palm lawn, you get to choose which restaurant you eat dinner at, then gawp at the fireworks and entertainment on the iconic Terrace. 2019, we're coming for you.