By Jay B. Hilotin, Chief Reporter www.gulfnews.com
DUBAI: In a dark, cavernous loft-style room, at the foot of the world’s tallest building, a 120-square-metre LED screen clings to the wall.
The screen offers a sensational illumination inside Prive, an exclusive night club attached to the newly-opened Armani Hotel at Burj Khalifa.
With a minimum expenditure of Dh3,000 for a group, reservations-only entry, exclusive outdoor lounges, dramatic stairwells and glowing onyx bar table, Prive sets a new standard to city night life.
VIP tables can be booked at a cost of Dh6,000, Club Manager Manuel Ayas, a Spaniard, said.
The club resembles “the minimalist” signature style of Giorgio Armani, the 75-year-old Italian fashion guru, who lent his name to the hotel and was involved in every aspect of its design.
Classy guests willing to fork out Dh8,000 to Dh40,000 a night (depending on the season) for a top suite are sure to find their mother tongue spoken by one of its staff from over 40 nationalities.
Diners at the Ristorante, one of its eight outlets, will find utensils from Armani Casa, porcelain by La Tavola and Zwiesel wine glasses. For more privacy, they can opt for one of the three meeting rooms — each stocked with over 350 different kinds of wines.
“We have a selection of at least 20 grappas from Italy, France and the new world,” said Alessandro Selvatico, Ristorante head chef.
Exotic curries are offered at the Indian Amal restaurant, where guests are entertained by live performers against a 3D image (made of silk) of an Indian palace as the backdrop at the outlet’s main reception.
Milan’s famous Peck Deli has opened its first outlet outside Italy at the hotel and sells olive oils, mixes and pastas.
The Hashi restaurant fuses traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. Starters begin at Dh30 to Dh65 dirhams, while a plate of Wagyu Beef with Ponzu and Nori costs around Dh250.