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If it's a blissful escape you are looking for this Eid, then look no further than the beautiful, elegant and serene St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. This Mediterranean-inspired luxury beach resort nestled in the heart of what is destined to become one of the most sought-after leisure destinations in the world is the perfect spot to go to for a weekend of sheer indulgence and relaxation. Look forward to pristine white sand beaches and turquoise blue water at every turn of this awardwinning property which embraces the ocean throughout. Beginning with the three-storey high glass wall that offers unmatched views of the Arabian Gulf upon arrival in the hotel lobby to the dining venues and even the rooms, the ocean is your constant companion. So whether you are in the capital with family or friends, the tranquil ambience and lively tropical palette of the resort will make your stay and unforgettable one!
IRIDIUM SPA This ber-relaxing Iridium Spa which is the first in the region is another treat to look forward to at this stunning resort. As you are guided through the mysterious and beautiful corridors by their very friendly staff, you will enter the changing room which is a plush haven! The tropical rain showers, steam, sauna and Jacuzzi are state-of the art and extremely impressive. You will then be taken to one of the 12 treatment suites in the spa. Try out the onehour signature massage which will get rid of all those pesky knots and send you into a state of bliss! The tea served right at the end is created especially for Iridium Spa and is the perfect way to end your treatment.
THE ROOMS The rooms here truly are the epitome of luxury and feature a neutral palette of cool browns and creams, punctuated by the occasional burst of red, orange, and turquoise. Very cosy and inviting, indeed. The Superior Sea View Room is super spacious and has a beautiful airy bathroom with a window to let the sunshine in and is complete with his and her sinks, a massive rain shower and a relaxing sunken tub which overlooks the ocean and the beach. Not to mention the private terrace in the room which boasts of panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. We especially love the Mediterranean-inspired wooden ceiling fan in the room. Every room also comes with the signature St Regis 24 hour butler service who will unpack and pack for you, free wireless internet and a huge selection of TV channels to keep you entertained throughout your stay.Imagine all of this with impeccable service and you know that you are in for an experience like no other. Simply put, it's pampering at its best.
THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is a food-lover's dream come true. Choose from seven different dining options when you stay here. However, the South East Asian restaurant, Sontaya with a stunning outdoor terrace deserves a special mention. You really can't go wrong with what you order here, the staff is very friendly and helpful and the food is lip-smacking good! Olea, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant serves up a great breakfast! The scrambled eggs are divine and the fresh selection of bread, cheese and yoghurt and the yummy waffles are second-to-none. On a separate note, order the crme brle with chocolate tuile and fresh berries through private dining in your room – you will be blown away!
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR This achingly beautiful resort proudly features four outdoor swimming pools, two tennis courts, two squash courts, an indoor lap pool and a sandcastle club for kids. Needless to say, there is something for everyone to do! While you are there be sure to check out Sucre which offers handmade chocolates, delightful pastries and bespoke cakes. If you are a tea-lover then head straight to The Drawing Room which celebrates the signature St Regis Tea Ritual with unique beverages and light fare. Lastly, if you fancy a round of golf, the distinguished Saadiyat Beach Golf Course is a stone's throw away and you can even spot it from your room.
ROOM RATES There are 377 guestrooms and all of them feature private terraces. The standard rooms start at Dhs1,125 and the suites start at Dhs2,050. These rates include taxes and breakfast.
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INFO:The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 498 8888 www.stregis.com/saadiyatisland.