However, the entire mess of the day melted away when I sat in this cool, serene lounge, 122 floors in the air. Watching this man-made behemoth of a city unfold before me, I began to feel like my entire trip was worth while.
Even though it was Sunday afternoon - the ideal time for tea - At.mosphere was only half full, so they were able to accommodate my late arrival. Also, I was promptly moved to a window seat when it became available, even though I had not specifically requested one. Score!
This was absolutely the best afternoon tea of my life. The food, tea, and service was flawless.
I loved loved loved that I could order as much tea, coffee, and drinks as I wanted, unlike some places, where the fee only includes one pot of tea. This place pretty much ruined high tea for me, as I will never be satisfied with any other place after the Burj Khalifa. Tea aficionados, beware.
I ordered an iced tea with vanilla, which was the most delicious iced tea of my life. My actual pot of tea was the Aux Sept Parfums tea:
"A blend of China and Ceylon teas, flowery and fruity savor, improved with lemon essential oil, bergamot, fresh fig, lotus, flowers, pitanga flavors, enriched with orange peels, red roses, and pale petal rose."
And for what I paid, my experience was well worth it. For about 275 AED, I had a glorious view all to myself, with enough food to fill me up for a day, unlimited drinks (non-alcoholic for me), and I could sit there in peace as long as I wanted.
To give you an idea of what it costs just to go to the top floor of the Burj Khalifa, you can pay 125 AED for a reserved ticket, stand in line for an absurd amount of time, fight through crowds of people to take photographs from a tiny observation deck, then get whisked down to the ground when your very limited time is up. Or to avoid the line, you can pay 400 AED.
Now, doesn't lounging around with delicious food all afternoon sound like such a better alternative?
I though so too.
Now let's talk close ups!
Before I left, I wanted to snap a few pictures of the bathroom at At.mosphere. It was amazing!I guess I have a weird thing for amazing bathrooms. I hope this doesn't tern into a new item for me...