Having stayed at the Shangri La in Shanghai, I had high expectations from this brand and decided to stay here with my best friend for my birthday weekend this year. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like VIPs. Everyone at reception wished me a happy birthday, we were given a private check in desk along with the anticipated and warmly served welcome drinks and dates. Additionally, we were allowed a late check out of 5pm the next day and were given a delicious, enormous (far too much for 2 people!), chocolate mousse birthday cake for free, which we subsequently took with us when we went home. There are three hotels on the site, one is the Traders Hotel, the other is the hotel residences and the third is the largest 'family hotel' where we stayed. We were able to use the pools and beaches of all three complexes which meant that even though the two main pool were always busy, it was very easy to find an empty, quiet pool by one of the residences. It made us feel like an entire beach and pool were ours alone! Naturally the lifeguard provided us with all the towels and cold water (in a coolbox) that we could possibly want. Later in the day we wanted to do some laps so we went over to the lap pool that is attached to the spa and fitness facility. Again there were only two other people in the pool (bearing in mind this was a weekend) so we did our laps and then went into the spa to use the jacuzzi and steam rooms. Everything is immaculate in presentation throughout the hotel. The breakfast is mouth watering and has an extensive variety of foods to choose from. The Souk which is attached to the whole complex is easily reached by Abra should you wish to take the free ride through the canals and there are plenty of great restaurants here to choose from if you don't want to have lunch or dinner in the hotel. We stayed at the Shangri La using the Entertainer Voucher discount and can't wait to go back! Did I mention that the view of the Grand Mosque from the room was breathtaking? We absolutely loved it and sent my mum there for her birthday the following month. Thank you Shangri La!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a one-kilometre stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland, the hotel is situated ten minutes drive from the city's international airport, five minutes from the golf course and the new Convention Centre and 15 minutes from the Corniche and the city centre. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, features 213 luxurious rooms and suites, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style. Each room also has a balcony or a terrace providing an ideal setting for viewing striking ocean sunsets and traditional Arabic domes and minarets. Accommodation choices also include six spectacular villas comprising four bedrooms and a private swimming pool. Regarded as an ideal hotel in Abu Dhabi for longer stays, the Shangri-La Residences include 161 spacious serviced apartments ranging from studios to four-bedroom units.The 8.5 Hectare hotel complex provides a wide range of facilities and services for the discerning traveller. These include the signature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, and a dedicated well-being zone comprising two gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a yoga room. In addition, there are four swimming pools within the grounds. The Souk traditional Arabian market built in a modern setting offers a variety of shops under one roof which are connected by a waterway featuring Arabic gondolas, or abras, which slowly meander through this unique architecture lush garden scenery. Supreme waterfront lifestyle enhanced with Shangri-La hospitality. Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, the Shangri-La Residences has all the features of the hotel at their doorstep. ... more less
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- Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Hotel Abu Dhabi