• Sip a seven-thousand-dollar cocktail

  • Sleep in the height of seven-star bliss

  • Get a golden facial

  • Discover the gulf by private yacht


Has there ever been a place more exclusive than the opulence of Dubai? Once upon a time this place was a sea of sand, now it is the ultimate billionaire playground – the city of the future, a place where money can buy you everything and everything is higher, faster, brighter, and soaked in sheer decadence.

For those who are traveling with gold to burn – Dubai can deliver a richer experience, take a look at these incredibly expensive experiences in Dubai for the bucket list millionaire…

Sleep in Seven Star Bliss


The Burj Al Arab may not be a new face on the dazzling skyline of Dubai, but it remains one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Whether you choose to land on the roof via helicopter or take a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce you can arrive in style. The Royal Suite is the place to stay, even at a price tag of $24,000 a night – you can claim the whole of the 25th floor as your own.

A private elevator, cinema, and rotating bed are just a few of the tempting features, along with a spa, a private library, a team of butlers and the whole place bedecked in marble, gold, and swaths of fine material.

Sip One of the World’s Most Expensive Cocktails


Dubai may have recently lost the title for holding the world’s most expensive cocktail but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sip away thousands of dollars. The priciest cocktail in the playground of Dubai can be found at the Burj Al Arab – neatly named Diamonds are Forever. Expect a shimmering mix of L’Heraud Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac, special bitters by Jerry Thomas, and Luxor 24K Gold Flake Champagne made exclusively in house.

The stunning drink comes served in a Swarovski crystal glass with diamonds in the stem – which you get to take home as a souvenir. Expect to pay over $1000 for the privilege of sipping this sweet and dazzling drink. While you are at it you can also nibble on the thousand-dollar cupcake and chow down on a gold and saffron ice cream.

Get a Golden Facial


Perfect pampering in Dubai certainly comes at a price, but you can’t ask for a more luxurious experience than having your face slathered in 24K gold. The Egyptian Gold Facial on offer from the Raffles Dubai Hotel Spa may start like any other facial – cleanse, tone and moisturize – but things take a high class turn when serum, ultrasonic nano mists and no less than 4 sheets of 24K gold get involved.

Cleopatra was said to have slept under a gold mask every night, and some Saudi women will visit the spa for the gauzy gold treatments 3 or 4 times a week. For close to $700 a time, for many it’s a magical novelty when in the kingdom of gold.

Discover the Gulf by Yacht


When you want to escape the heat of the city – the shimmering mirage like blues of the Gulf are waiting. Hiring a private yacht charter is the ultimate way of exploring Dubai’s waters, especially when they come with private butlers, personal chefs, and even golden plates for dining on. You can expect to pay over $5,000 per hour for private yacht hire and of course there is an endless array of breath-taking boats lining the marina to choose from.

Whether you want swimming pools, private salons, or toys and tenders to tear up the gulf – going by yacht is a must for big spenders in Dubai.

Words by: Jodie Oakes