From romantic retreats to luxury hideaways, Abu Dhabi has a broad spectrum of options when it comes to choosing a hotel that values the Middle Eastern heritage.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort
Say “As Salam Alaykom” to the elegance carved at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort Anantara. Set on the calm dunes of Liwa Desert, this property is designed like a desert castle – featuring 205 rooms, villas, and suites. The interiors are adorned with jewel-embedded silver chandeliers, while the rooms provide a terrace or a balcony with sweeping views of the desert.
The resort practices sustainable methods to protect the environment by installing sink aerators and low-flush toilets for water conservation, using energy-efficient lighting for energy conservation, reusing and recycling waste, as well as purchasing products that are compatible with managing waste.
With a private beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi is the most expensive hotel in the world and like most hotels in Abu Dhabi, this seven-star hotel is no less of a treasure. Keeping the Arab royalty a high priority in its making, the interiors are furnished with gold, marble and glass mosaics – the suites are adorned with chandeliers made from Swarovski crystals. While you’re here, stay at the Palace Suite that delivers services like 24-hour butler service, access to the Palace lounge, and a limousine transfer to and from the airport.
To indulge in an outdoor experience, sign up for a 25-minute seaplane adventure to get a bird’s-eye view of the major landmarks.
Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri
Although the hotel is in close proximity to the international airport and the city center, it still feels like staying in a secluded retreat. The façade of Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beriboasts an Arabic decor that reflects in the swimming pool at the entrance. If you decide to hang around, grab a few pre-drinks at Al Hannah Bar followed by a romantic dinner at Shang Palace for Chinese or Bord Eau to savor delicious French cuisine. An enthralling addition is the Abra (Arabic traditional boat), where guests can enjoy a relaxed gondola ride through sweeping scenery including the sunset views of the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Yas Viceroy Hotel
From the outside of Yas Viceroy Hotel, you may wonder about the story behind the geometrical glass design that is carved from influences – especially the form inspired by traditional Islamic Art. During the day the roof reflects the sky, and at night, bright LED lights glisten the entire shell. The lobby is designed like the Arabian Mashrabiya. With plenty of events taking place at the Yas, guests will find it easy to stay occupied without even stepping out of the premises. Even if you decide to not stay at the Yas Viceroy, stop by for a delicious cup of coffee and pastries at their café.
It’s hard to pick a favorite when the capital is brimming with hotels created and designed down to last detail. It’s no surprise that Abu Dhabi is a true Arabian Fantasy where perfection is in great abundance.
This post is published as part of the Hipmunk City Love Project.