We have visited Abu Dhabi six times in the last year and a half, and the last four visits we have stayed at The Yas Viceroy Hotel, which kind of tells you that we love it and think it’s a great place to stay. On this our fourth stay we were celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday and they certainly looked after us and of course being repeat guests we were very much welcomed back.
Our 5 night stay during the Easter weekend started by being greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel in their BMW 7 series and welcomed to the hotel by the very friendly night duty Manager, Mohammed. After a hot towel refreshment and a very speedy and slick check-in we were escorted to our Suite overlooking the Marina. Landing at 7am, the fact that our room was ready for occupancy was excellent.
Having stayed previously stayed in rooms overlooking the F1 track (main building) and the Marina, we prefer the Marina wing as it is nearer to Longitude our preferred choice of pool as it is classed as a quiet pool. Latitude being the family pool located over the main building. Our Suite was lovely, clean and contemporary and very spacious indeed consisting of an entrance hallway, guest wc, separate lounge area, large bedroom and bathroom with a huge shower area and oval bathtub and a dressing area. The room boys are ever so friendly and do take pride in their work, ensuring the high standards of cleanliness were met every time they serviced our room twice a day.
As the hotel is located over the F1 track, it’s fascinating to watch the Aston Martins and F3000’s etc drive by, and you can see them from the pool and of course hear them. The initial engine noise often encouraged sun worshipers to peer over the roof and watch them whizz by, coupled with the planes passing overhead, you really feel like you are at the hub of transportation, but weirdly it does not spoil any ambiance or relaxation, in fact quite the opposite to us as we found it rather exciting.
Both pools have the same snack menu and a varied choice is available, the staff are really pleasant and friendly. The pool is so welcoming and the complimentary ice lollies are always a bonus to cool down in the hot Middle Eastern sunshine.
There is also the option to visit the Yas Beach, which is a privately owned fee payable beach. Complimentary entrance tickets are available from The Concierge Desk and a complimentary trip in the 7 series takes and collects you when you want to visit. Only a couple of minutes away in the car, it is nice but it was a little crowded on our visit and only a small bar and basic snacks being served, however, we understand there are plans to expand the facilities in the near future.
A fairly recent addition to Yas Island is the Yas Express shuttle bus that takes you to the main attractions, ie; Ferrari World, F1 Circuit and Yas Waterpark. We hopped on this and got the opportunity to see the huge Mall that is currently under construction close by to Ferrari World. When this opens, it will be a great addition to Yas Island.
Every evening we enjoyed the relaxing tunes from DJ Anya in Skylite Bar for pre-dinner drinks. Skylite has to be one of the coolest bars ever; open air and so chilled out and serving amazing cocktails, and it was no problem when we asked for drinks not even listed on the menu – fabulous Espresso Martini’s! It was lovely to meet up with LiLi who did a double take when he saw us on our first night, as it was only last November when we were last chatting with him. Smiley Ali and Binod also looked after us efficiently as well and are a credit to Cris and Dominik
We dined every morning in Origins, one of the best buffet breakfasts we’ve ever experienced. A very cool and spacious restaurant and like all the other restaurants at the Yas, there are tables outside with either views of the race track or marina. The food is extremely fresh and replenished frequently. The scrambled eggs are gorgeously creamy and the pastries are scrumptious!
Of the seven restaurants at The Yas, we have dined in four, Amici (Italian), Angar (Indian), Noodle Box (Chinese) and previously mentioned Origins. Check out my individual Trip Advisor reviews of each of these restaurants – a lovely experience of excellent food choices at each. A special thanks to Chef Andrea of Amici for making Mathew’s birthday extra special.
ESPA at The Yas is one of the most relaxing and super cool spa’s we have been too. The relaxing massages are divine and we always book a treatment each when we visit and are never disappointed.
An excellent hotel is often just deemed by its location and amenities, but the Yas Viceroy staff take it that extra bit further and are a credit to its success and it goes without saying to say a massive thank you especially to Niazy for making all the pre-arrangements from our room to the wonderful gifts for Mathew’s birthday, making it such a special and memorable occasion and treating us as VIP guests on every level. Huge thanks to all the Skylite guys previously mentioned and of course the friendly staff in ESPA and last but by no means least to Sujan (working in the lobby area)..... our special friend.
We are already planning our fifth visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Yas Island Abu Dhabi's premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 fantastic dining venues and lounges, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Guests marvel at the incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of colour and shade but also embraces the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit, defining the Abu Dhabi hotel as a landmark across Yas Island and one of the world's most extraordinary destinations. Delight in the art of cuisine at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Choose from a colourful host of eateries, from the freshest seafood and sushi to rustic Italian, regional Indian cuisine, and a stylish array of bars and lounges. For fantastic cuisine throughout the day, we have the perfect Abu Dhabi dining spot for every taste. ... more less
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