We've just returned from a 6 night stay at the St Regis Saadiyat Island.
We booked a superior sea view room which was beautiful, especially the bathroom which is so nice! We arrived very early at 8AM to be told that our allocated room wasn't ready. But during the check-in process a room became ready, but upon entering the room we found the view not to be exactly what we wanted, so we waited for the originally allocated room to become ready. Not a problem at all, because we could go for breakfast and change into our swimwear to head for the pool. We received a phone call when our room was ready, perfect service!
First of all, what an amazing beach, just like in the Maldives, with dolphins swimming only 1meter from the beach! The people complaining about the rocks exaggerate! Yes there were some small rocks, but not sharp at all, which didn't hurt.
The 55&5th (grill) restaurant had the best food of the entire property, absolutely delicious and the new French lady (the sommelier) does an impeccable job! Sonthaya (asian food) wasn't the best we've eaten, but still ok. The Turquoiz (sea/poolside for lunch and diner) was good but nothing spectacular. We booked a table for diner, but left because of the loud DJ music, which was a real pity. They had a DJ playing at already 7PM. Why don't you let the DJ begin at around 11 or 12 PM??? We found the food and drink menu for eating at the poolside very limited, we really missed a pizza on the menu and a wider choice of cocktails. Their mojito's however, were the best I've ever tasted!
The breakfast was also really good and you could order any coffee you'd like, which was included in the breakfast price. The bread selection was a bit dissapointing, the bread was not crispy, but chewy.
The SPA is beautiful and we had a very good massage, only a bit too expensive
The only issue:
The only but very annoying problem we experienced during our stay was the fly invasion at the pool. I know the property can't do anything about it, but it really gets you pissed off because of the flies always attacking you.
The staff are all very friendly and they remember your food preferences or allergies, which was a really nice touch.
Also well done, are the clothes of the staff. From gardener to waiter and supervisor, all had different styles of clothes, with these little turquoize details. It's very nice to see all the staff being so nicely dressed, never have seen this before and I travel a lot!
Overall, we had a very good stay and we will definitely come back!
Great job done St Regis Saadiyat team!