An ideal winter sun escape, Abu Dhabi is a lively Arabian capital packed with amazing culture, striking architecture and world-class attractions. At the center of it all are luxurious hotels offering everything from suites overlooking an F1 race track to desert island adventures for the perfect sunshine getaway
A3P1 – Saadiyat Beach
The UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, is fast emerging as one of Arabia’s most compelling destinations. simply seven hours’ flight time from the uk, the eclectic emirate is within easy reach for a short break or longer stay. Abu Dhabi’s hotels are a luxurious yet affordable way to experience all the capital has to offer.
PARK HYATT ABU DHABI HOTELS & VILLAS
All eyes are on Saadiyat Island, where a trio of cultural icons are planned. Louvre Abu Dhabi opens at the end of 2017 and will be joined by Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National museum. set on Saadiyat beach, the Park Hyatt adds to the island’s appeal with more than 300 Arabian-inspired guest rooms, suites and villas. it’s the two- and three-bedroom waterfront villas that steal the show, though, with their large outdoor terraces and private plunge pools. there’s even a beach house rooftop terrace to take in Arabian Gulf views as the sun goes down.
ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT
It’s all about beachfront luxury at this five-star hotel, just 10 minutes from the heart of Abu Dhabi city. 3 outdoor pools lead to a private beach lapped by the Arabian Gulf. The beach and waters attract a roll call of local wildlife from hawksbill turtles to dolphins and if you are feeling active, the hotel has a great range of watersports to try, including stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. For a modification of pace, merely soak up the sun at Turquoiz Beach Bar & Lounge with your toes in the sand and a cocktail in your hand.
THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL
This five-star beach hotel is surrounded by colourful gardens with fountains and water features, where inviting pools and Arabian Gulf views set the scene for an unforgettable stay. The east-meets-west vogue draws on each local and international elements, from the grand Venetian-style architecture to the Bedouin-inspired beachfront spa. this is one of the best places in the capital for views of sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, and a feast at the hotel’s Li Jiang restaurant not only offers outstanding Chinese fare however also beautifully framed panoramas. There are seven other restaurants to choose from, with everything from Middle Eastern cuisine to steaks and afternoon tea on the menu, as well as the Al Fresco pool bar for cocktails and snacks.
JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS HOTEL
This is a hotel that stands out for its award-winning contemporary architecture. one of a cluster of 5 sleek towers, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is one of the city’s most stylish addresses. 3 swimming pools, a private beach and the excellent Talise Spa mean there’s no limit to relaxation, while the Observation Deck at 300 offers the highest views in town and is perfect for a spot of high tea.
One of the most recognisable buildings on the city’s skyline, Emirates Palace is the very definition of Arabian Nights-style splendour. Everything about this palatial property is grand. It’s surrounded by a private beach and landscaped gardens and there are 16 incredible suites to choose from, all bedecked in marble and gold, with a butler on hand to attend to your every need. The hotel’s Emirati restaurant Mezlai is one of the UAE’s best for fragrant local specialities.
THE ST REGIS ABU DHABI
When it comes to luxurious stays within the capital, it does not get much more spectacular than this. Right in the heart of the city, its plush rooms have views out to Abu Dhabi Corniche and the St Regis Nation Riviera Beach Club. The show-stopping Abu Dhabi Suite, positioned on a sky bridge high higher than the city, has some of the best views in town. it’s also the setting for the monthly Brunch within the Clouds, a decadent affair where butlers invite guests to a feast within the world’s highest suspended suite. Or indulge in the Helipad Sunset Supper: step out onto the hotel’s helipad to watch the sun go down over the city with a glass of Champagne in hand, gourmet treats and the melodies of a live saxophonist setting the scene.
YAS VICEROY ABU DHABI
The futuristic Yas Viceroy has a truly unique vantage point, overlooking the F1 track at Yas marina Circuit. this is the place to be during race week every November, and the hotel is also well placed to experience the island’s thrilling theme parks: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, as well as the forthcoming Warner Bros theme park in 2018 and SeaWorld Abu Dhabi in 2022. As you’d expect, the edifice has stylish suites dominating the track, while its dining options are some of the best in the city.
QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA
This remarkable desert hotel is set amid the famed sands of the Empty Quarter, and the surrounding landscape is simply breathtaking. but it’s not there just to be stared at through the suite windows or from one of the day beds: the Qasr Al Sarab offers plenty of ways to get out there and make the most of it with dune bashing, desert walks, camel trekking and falconry displays, while its dining and spa menus are second to none.