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Jumeirah Bilgah Beach
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5 Stars & 6 Stripes
Extraordinary - Society
September 2013
5 Stars & 6 Stripes
Overall - 'Hotel & Service'
The Ultimate Award:
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We were about to land at Baku International Airport, Heydar Aliyev, located between Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku and the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel on the Caspian Sea, our final destination. During our evening approach, Baku International Airport's main terminal building appeared from above and afar like a space station; a design most likely intended to emphasize that Baku is the scientific, industrial and cultural center of Azerbaijan. Baku, part of the Caucasus region, is Azerbaijan’s largest city, as well as the largest city in the world located 90 feet below sea level. The driver of a shiny black Mercedes S town car was waiting there, and welcomed us most graciously, as did the pleasant late-summer evening temperatures. He explained that we would be driving on "President Street," a long and broad light-flanked road that leads East to the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, or West to city of Baku. Baku alone is worth a trip. The inner city of Baku, whose first written evidence of existence dates to the first century A.D., along with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000. The Baku International Sea Trade Port, sheltered by the islands of Baku Archipelago to the East and the Absheron Peninsula to the North, is capable of handling two million tons of cargo annually. Baku boasts a wealth of history and urban nightlife, definitely making it the up-and-coming place to discover during the 2015 European Games.
Jumeirah Baku Arrival: Thorsten Buehrmann & Mete Atakuman
Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Baku - Arrival: Thorsten Buehrmann & Mete Atakuman
As we neared the area of Bilgah after a 15-minute drive, it became clear that this was one of the most prestigious, private residential addresses in Baku’s suburbs. And when the hotel came into view the architectural style of the Jumeirah was obvious. The main entrance, as well as the road to the hotel, was flanked by giant white glowing balls of light (CLICK HERE TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK) which bathed the resort in a somewhat surreal but welcoming feeling. At the main entrance General Manager Mete Atakuman and members of his team welcomed us, attired in traditional Azerbaijan costume. The Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel--Baku’s most exclusive luxury beach resort (and corporate playground) with nearly a thousand feet of private beach on the Caspian Sea. As the Caspian Sea is famous for its healing air, the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel is an ideal retreat for those seeking an escape, and to experience the authentic Azeri cuisine and hospitality, which contribute to its international credentials.
Jumeirah Baku Chandelier
Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel - Chandelier (CLICK HERE)
In true Jumeirah style, the hotel's main lobby is a stunning atrium. The brilliance of its 190-foot gold and silver-plated chandelier is sparked by 72,000 LED lights. We passed a number of comfortable seating areas down the marble lobby corridor, and were introduced to a piano lounge, a billiard room and a library, complete with rare and collectible books (CLICK HERE). We quickly reached our accommodations--cozy, yet classy and spacious rooms with balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room has its own view of the gardens below and of the Caspian Sea, even from the deep-soak bathtub. All rooms feature the latest in-room technology, with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the facility
Jumeirha - Baku - Accommodation
Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel - Suite (CLICK HERE)
The enormous Presidential Suite (170 square meters), and the impressive Ambassador Suite as well, are located on the upper floors, and are reached by glass elevators displaying a full-length view of the atrium's striking chandelier. The Presidential suite--with its gold-leaf Louis Quatorze furnishings and its Steinway baby grand piano--and the Ambassador Suite--with its silver fabrics and accents throughout-- both offer stunning views of the Caspian. Here the designer used Neo-Classical design combined with Baroque art (and a couple of casually placed modern accents) to create the feeling of a gracious and timeless home away from home. Opulent bedrooms are dressed with luscious linens and luxurious marble, and bathrooms feature spa amenities by Clarins, a French skincare line.
All accommodations provide easy access to the "Talise Spa," which features a 20-meter lap pool, several treatment rooms and even special Spa Suites for the ultimate in privacy and comfort. Each Spa Suite has a relaxation area with thermal beds, treatment rooms, Finnish sauna, Turkish Hammam and either a steam room or a whirlpool. We experienced a flawless signature spa treatment by an expertly trained therapist. And we further relaxed in the outdoor swimming pools at the "waterpark," complete with sun decks and fountains. Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel’s Waterpark is the largest in the area with speedy thrills and spills on its 11 incredible slides, including the black hole, the rafting slide, a tunnel free-fall, the kamikaze slide and a wave slide. Meanwhile, the little ones will have a great time at the children's pool, which also provides slides, children’s activities and dedicated play areas.
Jumeirah Baku - Piano Lounge Bar
Piano Lounge Bar (CLICK HERE)
Besides its reputation for the finest in creative cuisine, the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel is perhaps best known for the extent of its culinary options. Just to mention a few of the resort's signature restaurants, lounges and unique foodservice options, the family-friendly "Uzuk" restaurant offers an all-day interactive, international dining experience in an informal but stylish setting. And the "Waterpark Café" ensures that guests can stay at the Waterpark without letting go of the fun with its various food options including hot dogs and ice cream. The "Promenade Sunset Bar & Lounge" is known as one of the most beautiful and maybe romantic settings in all of Baku--a great place to date, meet friends and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Caspian Sea. We discovered the best steaks and seafood at the "Pier Grill," at the far end of a 100-meter pier stretching into the Caspian Sea. Examples of the chef's preparations here included Irish rib-eye, marinated quail, stuffed sea bass and maple-glazed salmon on a charcoal grill--all in a "rustic with a twist" al fresco style setting! We personally enjoyed our nightcaps at the "Piano Lounge & Bar" after our terrific "Pier" dinner--the perfect ending for a perfect evening, with light music in an elegant setting.
Jumeirah Bilgah - Seven Stars Award
Award-Presentation: Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel - Seven Stars And Stripes - Award
Whether one is planning a conference or a meeting, the fact that the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel is within easy to reach of the city of Baku is priceless. With its lovely gardens and terraces overlooking the Caspian Sea, the Jumeirah is a wonderful setting for weddings and family affairs. We congratulate General Manager Mete Atakuman, who opened this exclusive beach resort in the country of Azerbaijan and has managed the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel successfully since its inception in 2011. With his diplomas in Hospitality Management from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and the Marmara University of Istanbul, Atakuman's credentials made him the Jumeirah's ideal and perfect choice. We highly recommend the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, with its wonderful traditional Azeri kitchen and the surrounding incredible Caspian Sea, for an escape from the buzz of Baku, or from wherever you are.
by Edmund & Thorsten Buehrmann

Editor: Ingrid Lemme & Tim Nielsen

Editor-in-Chief: John Lomitola
© 2013 ~ Seven Stars and Stripes, Inc.


 
 
 
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