Five Luxury Abu Dhabi Hotels not to be missed!

Alix M Campbell

Senior Contributor

Abu Dhabi offers visitors a full experience – from cultural, artistic and architectural highlights to incredible shopping and dining. Pair your holiday with a stay in one of these luxury hotels and experience breathtaking views, first-class pampering, and mouth-watering cuisine at your fingertips.

The Abu Dhabi Edition

The five-star Abu Dhabi Edition in the upscale neighbourhood of Al Bateen overlooks the marina and is only a ten-minute drive away from local attractions like Corniche Beach and Khalidiyah Mall.

The exterior design of the Abu Dhabi Edition was inspired by the sails of an Arabian sailing ship, a dhow, while the interior impresses with wood-panelled walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and white marble bathrooms. The Royal Penthouse Suite offers guests a large private balcony and two living rooms as well as a private elevator.

In terms of on-site dining, you are spoilt for options with Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens overseeing this culinary experience. Visit Market for healthy cuisine or treat yourself to a burger at Oak Room. Mediterranean dishes are waiting to be sampled at Alba Terrace, while you enjoy panoramic views across the water. At the rooftop garden called Annex, you can get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, and Library Bar is always a good choice for after-dinner drinks. To book your stay click here.

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

If being bedazzled is on your bucket list, you must stay at the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi. This opulent hotel not far from the Marina Mall and the Louvre is a tourist attraction in itself, and just like Dubai’s famous Burj Al Arab it resides in a category on its own with seven stars.

The exterior of this palatial hotel already promises a magical stay, leading you down marble floors, through stunning archways and under ornate ceilings fitted with shimmering Murano chandeliers directly into an unforgettable experience.

Manicured gardens, landscaped pools, and a stretch of pristine beach perfect for a camel ride await to be discovered, while the attentive staff – including butlers – will cater to all your needs while you sit back and relax in your luxe Arabian-style room.

There are plenty of opportunities for extravagant dining onsite, and if you’re feeling fancy, you should definitely order a cup of Palace Cappuccino at Le Café, which is served with sprinkles of 24-carat gold leaf dust. To book your stay click here.

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

With a variety of first-class dining, shopping, and entertainment options nearby, the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island offers you a waterfront view within the commercial district downtown. Strolling along Maryah Island promenade you can enjoy views of the Arabian Gulf, and you’re only a five-minute drive away from the city centre.

This chic 34-floor hotel features neutral tones for an urban aesthetic with bespoke locally inspired details. And in keeping with its tasteful style, guests can even choose their preferred mattress and pillow type to ensure a first-class snooze.

Guests have the choice between six different restaurants and lounges like the steakhouse Butcher & Still inspired by 1920s Chicago, or Café Milano serving high-quality Italian cuisine. At Eclipse Terrace Lounge you can order from a healthy menu during lunch and dinner hours and listen to a DJ perform at nights. To book your stay click here.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Everything you need and more for an extravagant escape – the St. Regis Abu Dhabi successfully marries contemporary design with Arabian grandeur. The luxe, elegant guest rooms hug you with a pleasant palette of whites mixed with camel and grey tones and invite you to lean back and relax.

High ceilings adorned with chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning vistas will provide you with plenty of photo opportunities. All of this is only surpassed by the jaw-dropping Abu Dhabi Suite - the world’s highest suspended hotel suite - housed in a sky bridge. The lavish list of amenities includes an ensuite gym, a cinema, and a private spa.

The dining options at the St. Regis are equally luxurious, with restaurants and lounges to pick from for every craving during the day. Head to Crystal Lounge for a champagne breakfast and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Villa Toscana. More casual options include Cabana Beach Bar & Grill, as well as the Azura Panoramic Lounge for Mediterranean dishes, served poolside. To book your stay click here.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

Venetian-inspired buildings shape this five-star oasis in the heart of vibrant Abu Dhabi, just three kilometres away from the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is easily accessible for guests thanks to a complimentary shuttle. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal is as grand as it sounds.

Enjoy marbled bathrooms featuring a soaking tub and rain shower in the guest rooms, and villas equipped with outdoor showers, private plunge pools and a butler service. The hotel’s lavish Royal Suite offers guests private terraces for an unrivalled Grand Canal view as well as a jewel-studded bathroom and a colour therapy shower.

You’re spoilt for choice in terms of in-house eateries offering guests a trip around the world with cuisines ranging from Southeast Asian and Mediterranean to Lebanese. If you’re craving steak, The Forge has got you covered, while Visit Dolce is your go-to for decadent pastries and homemade ice cream. Ritz Carlton’s signature afternoon tea is served at Alba, where you can relish various desserts and freshly baked scones accompanied by a wide variety of teas. To book your stay click here.

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