We decided to give the hotel a second chance and again booked during Eid. We went for the Kasara Lounge and I have to say it is really worth it. We got to skip the breakfast in the super busy restaurant downstairs and had it instead prepared to order in the club lounge. The lounge had a light range of snacks available at all times- enough that we made meals out of them sometimes. There are endless hot and soft drinks, and the service is great. The lounge itself is lovely and peaceful with amazing views.
The rooms were pretty much the same as regular rooms, though I have so say that the balcony ones are smaller as they account for the size of the balcony and make the room smaller (not very nice when you're paying extra for it).
We decided to give the spa another chance- it is beautifully decorated but we didn't like our treatments. This is a shame as they charge much more than what other spas are charging yet fail to live up to the Anantara name.
We tried the Thai restaurant again and loved it so a big thumbs up.
Had a bit of a hassle at check in with finding the booking but finally figured it out. We didn't really mind as the check in is done in the lounge with drinks and a great view.
Over all a much better stay. If you are looking for a relaxing resort style break- go ahead and book !
- 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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