Farida Zeynalova checks in to one of modern-day Baku’s main attractions for a stay — and view — like no other
The three mammoth, flame-shaped towers have been piercing Baku’s skyline since 2012. One of them is the five-star Fairmont Baku Flame Towers hotel, encompassing the country’s ‘Land of Fire’ moniker and oozing splendour. You could say that this five-star hotel’s location is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it’s within walking distance (around 20 minutes) to all that Baku has to offer, but on the other, it’s situated on top of a hill, surrounded by a spaghetti of roads that aren’t always pedestrian-friendly. I’d advise getting a taxi (which costs around 5AZN/£2 from the city) if you don’t fancy the climb. When we arrive at check-in, our rooms aren’t ready, so we head to Nur Lounge next to the lobby, where we have tea and light snacks. The service here is flawless, and there’s a piano in the corner which makes for a perfect evening of classical music and cocktails. The lobby area itself feels very grand — think high ceilings, giant pillars and a 20ft, custom-made chandelier shaped like a droplet in the middle of it all. There’s even a small shop selling traditional Azeri souvenirs.
Our deluxe room is on the 11th floor (there are 36 in total), with floor-to-ceiling windows offering sensational views of the Caspian Sea and the city’s ever popular boulevard. The king-size bed, with down pillows, is comfortable beyond belief, perfect after a long flight and a day on foot. The room comes with all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel — including a Nespresso machine, a spacious marble bathroom with Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries, and a desk and seating area right in front of the panoramic sea views.
The spa and treatment
In the evening, I head to the SPA at Fairmont Baku, which is set over two floors, and was created by Susan Harmsworth, MBE, a leader in the spa world. Among the spa’s long list of impressive amenities are a hammam, 14 treatment rooms, a sun deck, two vitality pools, a state-of-the-art gym and sleep pods. The lobby area is decorated with comforting tones of amber, bronze and gold, and the receptionist is very welcoming and upbeat. I head to the upper floor of the spa, where I prepare for my treatment, a 30-minute Express Facial. The changing rooms are peaceful, comfortable and offer essentials like hairdryers and lockers. In the treatment room, which once again comes with spectacular city views, my therapist explains what my facial will entail. Using ESPA skin products, she starts by cleansing my face, followed by soft exfoliation, a toner, and a moisturiser. A personal highlight for me was the head massage at the end, which led me to sleep like a baby when I returned to my room.
Le Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with views of the pool and terrace. At dinner, we order a selection of dishes to share, including lamb kebab, aubergine salad and rice, which are all made in front of us and very rich in flavour. As with any meal in Azerbaijan, we end our dining experience with black tea. Come breakfast, I’m very impressed with what’s on offer — fruits, cereals, Azeri cheeses, cooked options and a variety of hot and cold drinks.
Perfect for those seeking utmost luxury in one of Baku’s most iconic attractions.
Rooms start from £116 per night.
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