May 21, 2013
Burj Al Arab, the world-famous sail-shaped luxury hotel in Dubai, has just begun offering 24-carat gold-plated iPads to its in-house guests. I repeat: 24-carat gold-plated iPads. As noted by Business Insider, the gold iPads are given to guests to be used as a "virtual concierge," containing information on the hotel's restaurants, housekeeping services, and other amenities. If guests wish to take them home, they can buy the gilded tablets at the hotel's boutique. The gold iPads are fashioned from third-generation iPads by Gold & Co. The London-based manufacturer of gold-plated products says of its partnership with "the world's only seven-star hotel":
The 24-carat Gold Plated iPad is the ultimate in luxury accessories so it’s only natural that we wanted it to be paired with Burj Al Arab, the world’s finest hotel. The symmetry is obvious: Both the Gold Plated iPad and the hotel are unique in terms of quality, mystique and dare we say: Decadence. Quite simply, there is no hotel in the world like the Burj Al Arab and there is no accessory quite like the gold plated iPad. The multi layer 24 carat gold plating breezes past all known quality control checks, just like the Burj Al Arab and soon, we envisage wealthy individuals all over the world clamouring to get their hands on our world class product.Indeed, if you can afford to stay at a hotel whose rates range from $1,500 to $19,000 per night, you can probably get your hands on and take home one of its 24-carat gold-plated iPads. But if a gold-encrusted iPhone 5 is more to your liking, then check out the luxury handset crafted by Liverpool-based Stuart Hughes.