I travel a lot through business and I usually stay at very good hotels. I have just organised a conference at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, which brought me into contact with a lot of people at the hotel.So I know a good hotel when I see one.
I looked hard, and tried and tried to find something to fault this hotel on. But I could not find anything at all to complain about!
All the staff from front desk, to the banqueting team, to the butlers, to the cleaners, the gardeners and beach attendants were polite, smiley and very attentive.
The bedrooms, even the 'standard' ones are spacious and extremely comfortable and well-appointed. They are also very homely.
The cuisine, in all outlets is amazing (and not necessarily too expensive). The buffet breakfast each morning is excellent and extensive. The Turquoiz restaurant on the beach is a lovely setting and always has a 'catch of the day' on the menu. The 55th and 5th is the upscale restaurant and exquisite, but the jewel in the crown is the Sontaya, the south east Asian restaurant. Oh my lord! I had to keep going back. The food is like nothing else I have tasted and the service was superb.
I have stayed at and visited may hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This is easily the best, with the best service and setting, being surrounded by a golf course and a wide long, white sandy beach with the bluest seas.
In addition, unlike many hotels in the Middle East, the decor and quality of the fixtures and furnishings is very high and 'understated', i.e. it is not the typical gaudy 'bling fest'. It's tasteful!
Across from the entrance to the hotel there is a new mini-mall of shops and restaurants opening up, for the residents of the serviced apartments and villas. This will give you a bit more variety in terms of food outlets and there is a supermarket there which is very useful if you run low on essentials. Plus you can have a bit of retail therapy, so that adds another dimension to the property.
And the conference centre is incredible.
Really, this hotel is flawless. Highly recommended! (can't wait to return)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St. Regis Saadiyat Island is your new address in Abu Dhabi overlooking either Saadiyat's pristine beach or the impressive Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the golfing legend, Gary Player. The resort provides unparalleled accommodations and service along with food and beverage outlets that provide sumptuous meals and refreshing drinks. ... more less
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