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It’s necessary that we all take out time from our daily routines and indulge in a luxurious staycation over the weekend. The region has some of the best places to enjoy a short break and return to work rejuvenated! I am a big fan of staycations and it’s all the more wonderful with kids. What could be better than a mini holiday with family right here.
Today, I would like to share with you my experience at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana located right at the heart of Abu Dhabi's Corniche area. The five-star property offers splendid rooms and suites, the beautiful beach and pool, massage treatments, a salon and dining options. Their design is modern and it complements the values of the contemporary Arabian culture. You can expect a weekend of total detox with sun, beach and family.
I particularly loved the Beach Club that has a private beach sweeping around the lagoon, and also offers several water sports options. The beach club has two outdoor pools catering to all ages and are temperature-controlled. The kid’s pool is shaded, so your young ones can have lots of fun and could enjoy a sun-free environment, located right beside the adult pool. Right next to the kid’s pool there is a kid’s play area. While you relax by the pool, you can watch your kids enjoying equally. My son Nirvaan had a gala time at the Beach Club. Later, we ordered for some exotic mocktails from the Sunset pool bar. It also serves snacks, Tapas and tempting desserts… lazy day and relaxation.
The Beach Club is equipped with a massage centre and I did notice a lot of guests opted for a head and shoulder massage right beside the pool for just Dhs50 for 30 minutes. I opted for an hour of aromatherapy massage and it easily is the best one I've ever had, as Lady “TA” is unbelievably good. If you visit the hotel, you must try the massage for sure. Highly recommended.
Rooms are beautiful, clean and comfortable. One can sit by the balcony and enjoy the amazing view of the beach and pool for hours.
For dinner, we opted to dine at Kamoon that serves authentic Arabic cuisine located at the beach front. Lovely breeze, sheesha and good Arabic food sums up Kamoon. You can arrange for a romantic dinner as well for your partner as they do amazing settings by the beach and provide exclusive space for the two for a candlelight dinner.
Horizon is the main dining venue that serves international cuisine. We had our lunch buffet at the restaurant and it was again very good. They also have the option for indoor and outdoor dining by the poolside. The buffet was widespread with good options like Chinese, Italian and Indian food with a decent variety of desserts. After the lunch it was time to check out and I quickly ran for a manicure and pedicure at the salon Hairwaves by Charbel. They specialise in hair services including other beauty needs.
Beach, pool, massage, amazing food, pampering and a great time with the family is what sums up my weekend experience. I would rate the hotel 5/5 for adding some good memories to my lifeline.