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Saadiyat Island is arguably the centrepiece of Abu Dhabi's rulers' vision for the Emirate, and the St Regis is the place to stay on the island.
Sometimes referred to as the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat is expecting offshoots of the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and even the British Museum to open in the next couple of years, but aside from the cultural attractions in the pipeline, there's one attraction that's already there, and just as alluring - a six mile long pristine white sand beach, sitting pretty on which is the St Regis.
The hotel has 377 tastefully designed room and suites, all benefitting from butler service and overlooking either the beautiful beach or the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by golfing great Gary Player.
The Mediterranean design and vibe extends to Olea restaurant, which offers a wide selection of fresh seafood and grilled delicacies. The Friday Brunch here is a local favourite, and guests can enjoy tapenades, traditional tomato bread and live cooking demonstrations. Meanwhile, Sontoya restaurant concentrates on South East Asian specialities, the al fresco Turquoiz serves seafood, and finally 55&5th, The Grill, is close to carnivore heaven.
While there are (pretty good) children's facilities at the St Regis, of all the hotels we recommend in Abu Dhabi, this hotel should also appeal to couples looking for a shorter haul dose of winter sun. They can make the most of the golf course, the immaculate Iridium spa, the adult only pool or That Beach.
Why we love it
The beach at the St Regis is so unspoilt that extremely rare hawksbill turtles still come to lay their eggs here every April to June. Long may that last.
Ra, Original Traveller