ABU DHABI – the capital of United Arab Emirates – is one of the richest cities in the world, and is particularly known for its luxury experiences.
Many flock there for the city’s fine dining and shopping experiences, and of course, its many five-star hotels that are comparable to some of the world’s best.
Nestled among the city’s many ritzy malls and towering skyscrapers, here are three five-star hotels that’ll keep you feeling absolutely pampered on your holiday.
Not only is the hotel located right at the heart of the city, this five-star wonder is also connected to the Al Wahda Mall, a prime shopping destination for both locals and tourists. Plus, it’s close to the city’s business districts and key ministry buildings, making it the perfect base from which to explore the busy capital as well as Al Mariah, Reem, Saadiyat and Yas Islands.
Rooms are modern and spacious, and are equipped with free WiFi, Ethernet access, in-room safes, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. We particularly like the Club Room, a sleek space with a comfortable working desk and a flat-screen TV. Guests that opt for this room have access to the Executive Lounge, where free buffet breakfasts, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served.
To rejuvenate after a day of work or exploring, head to Zayna Spa, where you can choose from an extensive menu of luxury spa treatments. Whether you opt for hot stone massage, a luminous C & sea facial or a chocolate and coconut body scrub, you’ll leave the spa feeling relaxed and reinvigorated.
There’s no need to step out for a fine meal in Abu Dhabi if you’re staying at the Grand Millennium. If you’re hankering for a hearty pub meal, kick back a few pints over fish and chips at Porter English Pub. Or if you’re after continental cuisine, Al Wahda All Day Dining does extensive buffet breakfasts complete with an egg station and freshly baked croissants. Read more…
In tune with the UAE’s fascination with grandeur, the Hyatt Capital Gate is an engineering wonder with a structure that inclines a record-breaking 18 degrees, and is also known as the “Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi”. Upon arrival, you’ll be whisked to the hotel reception on the 18th floor, allowing for a unique check-in experience.
All 167 rooms and 22 suites are finished with modern aesthetics, muted earth tones, and natural textures, all of which make for a calming, welcoming “urban oasis” in the city. The open-floor plans in all rooms also allow for a seamless transition between the living, sleeping, and bathing areas.
For a lush stay, opt for the Capital Suite, a coffee- and cream-hued space with a king-sized bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, and panoramic views of the city beyond. There’s also a separate living area, a deep-soaking tub, an illy espresso machine, and an MP3 docking station.
Make use of your down time at Rayana Spa, Abu Dhabi’s only “spa-in-the-sky”. Enjoy a signature two-hour Rayana massage where you’ll be submitted to a body scrub, a milky oil bath, and a renewal massage. The Desert Remedy is a creamy, honey-based package to keep you hydrated in the soaring temperatures.
Set on a hill between downtown businesses and the Corniche, InterContinental Abu Dhabi boasts glittering views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf. This beachfront hotel is set against a white-sand beach, a buzzing marina, and a scattering of restaurants overlooking the waters.
In particular, Byblos Sur Mer has an outdoor deck that overlooks the Gulf, so you can feast on grilled meats and Lebanese mezze while looking out to the breezy shoreline. The Yacht Club too has a marina setting, but transforms into one of Abu Dhabi’s best nightclubs by night.
Rooms wise, you won’t go wrong with one of the Classic Rooms; sleek and modern with large windows to let in plenty of sunlight. You can also make use of free WiFi, a coffeemaker, a minibar, satellite TV, and a standalone bath.
Business travelers and event organizers will have a field day at InterContinental with 25 equating to about 3,500 square space. The hotel’s Insider Collection provides an experience that’s tailored, seamless, altogether stress-free for delegates.
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