From stylish inner-city hotels to island resorts…
It’s been a huge year for Abu Dhabi, with the arrival of some major new attractions (the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Warner. Bros World Abu Dhabi, to name just the obvious ones). So it makes sense that the capital’s hotel landscape would also see a few new five-star additions.
Here are five luxe new hotels you can check into in Abu Dhabi…
1. Abu Dhabi Edition
Abu Dhabi Edition at Al Bateen Marina opened in November, and is the Edition brand’s first hotel in the Middle East. Designed by boutique hotel pioneer Ian Schrager, the waterfront property features 198 guest rooms and suites, and 57 residences. It’s also home to three signature restaurants created by British celebrity chef Tom Aikens, a three-floor social space with a rooftop bar and pool lounge, and a spa.
2. Rixos Saadiyat Island
Turkish hotel brand Rixos opened its Rixos Saadiyat Island resort in October. The resort is all-inclusive, which means all guests’ food and drinks are included in the room rate, with 10 restaurants and bars to choose from. The resort also boasts a waterpark with a wave pool for all ages, and a children’s aqua park. The spa, Anjana, is inspired by the wellness customs of Turkey – we’re pretty sure it will be one of the best places in the city to treat yourself to a hammam.
3. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Another new hotel on Saadiyat Island is the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, which opened in March. The resort contains 327 rooms featuring contemporary decor with Arabian accents throughout, as well as an Emirati-inspired artwork collection. Dining options include the signature Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, a rooftop lounge, and a beachfront bar. Zen the Spa, which has its own private entrance, features 10 beautifully-designed treatment rooms.
4. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
Located in the West Corniche district between Bab Al Qasr hotel and Jumeirah Etihad Towers, this 428-room hotel opened in June. Four out of six of the hotel’s restaurants and lounges are currently open, including Italian restaurant Verso, market-style restaurant Sahha, gentlemen’s-style bar Lexx and the Pearl Lounge, which features an outdoor terrace. There’s also an infinity pool boasting some incredible views over the Arabian Gulf.
5. Jumeirah Saadiyat Island
From November 30, there will be yet another option to book on Saadiyat Island as Jumeirah is set to open its Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort. The beachfront resort will be home to 293 rooms, including eight villas with private pools. There will also be six panoramic suites with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Seven restaurants and bars will open in the hotel, as well as a spa centred around a grand Moroccan hammam, with 14 treatment rooms.