MT Business Traveller: Room service - Where Hugh Edmeades stays

FOR BUSINESS: I usually stay in the big monster hotels for work, but last year the Dubai Rotary Club organised a charity sale in Dubai, and put us up at the Burj Al Arab hotel. It's everything they say it is, a world of luxurious living where we were treated like royalty. Every floor has its own butler and mine spent about 15 minutes showing me around my room. It contained a work area with laptop, a large dining area and separate living area, and floor-to-ceiling windows. I was on the 23rd floor and had views of the new Palm Island development. At the time, the sand was in place and the building was about to start. The hotel has some great restaurants, including one under the sea. It also has the Sky Bar at the top, which is a great place to sit at night and enjoy the views.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Christie's was there to auction off 20 fibreglass camels, like the cows that appeared in New York. The charity auction raised $1.4 million, so we managed to earn our keep!

FOR PLEASURE: The Marina Hotel at Fowey in Cornwall has everything I feel I need. It overlooks the river Fowey and the ever-changing harbour, and is far enough from the town centre that you don't notice the hordes of tourists. It's a great base for coastline walks, and the more intrepid can hike across Bodmin Moor and lunch at Jamaica Inn. I've walked on the moor, but it's a pretty wild place in inclement weather. My first experience of the hotel was our wedding reception. It must be one of the few UK hotels where you can board a seaplane to fly you from your reception. They clear the yachts from their harbour moorings, so the plane can fly in. We walked to the end of the hotel grounds and took a boat to the seaplane, which flew us to Exeter airport. I probably wasn't the harbourmaster's flavour of the month, but at least he arranged the boat for us! We visit the Marina regularly, and usually stay in one of the rooms at the top with a private balcony.

- Hugh Edmeades is chairman of Christie's South Kensington, London.

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