We spent a Staycation weened at this new city resort, and we've enjoyed every moment.
From a flawless, very quick and welcoming check-in (Thanks to Rizalyn "I'm from PILIPIIINES" ;-) to the spacious comfortable room, to a calming spa experience with highly professional and skilled therapists. Excellent Thai food (sadly with a rather poor selection of wines, most of which were not available on the evening), an amazing breakfast offering that borders on brunch with sushi, roast, dim sum and lots of other delicacies.
Following an amazing kayak tour crisscrossing the mangrove canals, a comparibly small pool turned out to be very relaxing - good choice of music and volume! - with beautiful views over the mangroves.
Special mention for the thoughtful offering of a good selection of glutenfree food for the growing number of celiacs - yes, I am one of those and I know the pain, trying to find suitable food in hotels. Not here: staff is trained and super supportive. Dimitra, chef at the Greek pool restaurant, made a point of changing cooking oil to prepare my fries!
Even if some of the service staff were rather junior, with poor English language skills and little product knowledge, they had a super-friendly can-do attitude, getting the information. The "super-friendly" was delivered with a good attitude, not even once have I heard this dreaded "yes, ma'aaam" dripping with obedience that is so typical for UAE service. Great Team!
Bottom line: We'll be back, hopefully very soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is ideally positioned along a stretch of Abu Dhabi’s protected Eastern Mangroves District. Only 15 mins away from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) or a short drive from downtown, the hotel enjoys a naturally stunning setting coupled with an extremely convenient location.Discover a haven of elite amenities that showcases Anantara’s distinctive luxury. Choose from 222 stately rooms and suites, characterised by abundant personal space and decor reflecting the splendour of the region’s desert and mangrove landscapes.A collection of impressive facilities provide definitive urban experiences and set the scene for extraordinary meetings and events. Dine on authentic Thai culinary delights at Pachaylen enhanced by authentic decor. Kick back and relax at Impressions, the stylish rooftop lounge offering million-dollar views and enjoy a showcase of culinary treasures at Ingredients with its masterful chefs on show. Unwind by the infinity edged pool with breathtaking views, while savouring Mediterranean cuisine from The Pool Deck or enjoy the luxury of a decadent afternoon tea at The Mangroves Lounge spread over two floors in the heart of the hotel.Relinquish every last sign of stress at Anantara Spa, where guests experience complete rejuvenation of body and mind and discover the healing powers of a traditional Turkish Hammam. ... more less
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