After arriving from New York, I had two days in Abu Dhabi which I was really excited about. 90% of my travel is a quick transit and I don’t leave the airport but this time I was going to stay in the city and have a ‘relax’. I’ve stayed at the St. Regis at the Corniche and I loved that property but this time I wanted to test out Saadiyat Island’s property.
I arrived at the hotel around 8 pm and it was surprisingly quiet. I found out that the property was only half full which explained why I received a nice suite upgrade. The room was a St. Regis suite and the one above that is the Ocean view suite.
I was assigned room 408 on the 4th floor. The hotel isn’t tall but rather spread out. This is because the property is more for relaxation and the view of the water instead of business.
To enter the room, there’s a touch panel on the wall where you swipe your room card.
Inside is the same type of setup with a do not disturb button and a button for room cleaning.
At the entrance of the room, you’ll find the minibar and desk.
There’s also a Nespresso Pod coffee machine. The coffee Is alright but if you’re at a St. Regis hotel, the butlers can bring you freshly made coffee and it’s a lot nicer.
There’s also a menu on top of the bar showing the prices for the drinks, snacks etc.
In the first draw, there’s a bottle of red wine and some glasses.
And in the second draw are all types of candy and snacks.
The mini bar section is pretty standard with juices, soft drinks and energy drinks.
And here’s the alcoholic selection:
The room is quite open which I know a lot of people either hate or love and in this case, I really liked it.
There’s a nice living room area at the front of the room:
The welcome gift was pretty nice with a bottle of red wine, fresh fruits and some pastry type of things.
The room does lack light at night but during the day the natural light is more than sufficient.
The extremely soft King Bed was definitely what I needed!
The room uses a Bose sounds system which is fantastic quality if you use it.
And at the back of the room is where the storage are and the second desk is found.
The bathroom is quite large and is all beautiful white marble.
They also feature Remede Spa products which are quite nice. There’s also no shortage of water in the rooms which is another thing I love about St. Regis hotels.
The view at night was pretty cool but I was really excited to see what it would be like during the day.
The next morning I woke up at around 5 and went around the hotel taking photos. This is because there’s a lack of guests around but the downside is security get quite weird about it.
The hotel has 13 meeting rooms and spaces that can fit 1500 people for weddings etc.
Just before the lobby area, there’s a heap of seating sections.
There’s also two libraries in the hotel, each one is located at ends of the building.
Directly before the reception area, there’s a travel desk, concierge desk and small cafe area.
The cafe area also has various types of cakes and other types of sweets available.
The lobby is quite large and open, I also love the polished marble.
This is the second library which past reception, It’s also quite a lot larger.
Also next to the library is where the ATM is found.
At about 6:30 I went down to Olea which is the main restaurant in the hotel and it’s located on the first floor. It’s more a buffet type of setting rather than a menu.
At 6:30, I was the only one in the restaurant which made taking photos 100% easier.
There are a few different types of stations which all have different things to eat. The one pictured below is the drink station:
The next one has all different types of cold meats etc:
This station had hot food as well as a chef for omelettes etc.
There’s one section just for fresh fruits, muesli and cereals etc.
And this area is just for bread, pastries and freshly made pancakes:
I always love the St. Regis branded butter:
The restaurant has seating both inside and outside. All together there are 5 restaurants at the hotel.
As you can see the hotel isn’t very tall but is rather wide.
The concierge desk is located just left of the entry to the hotel.
The small cafe also sells pots of honey which is quite unique.
And this is the view from room 408 during the day. Just beautiful!
Every room in the hotel has a balcony and is given a pretty fantastic view. Also pictured below is the pool which got quite busy, especially with 40-degree heat.
I loved my 2-night stay at the St. Regis Saadiyat island and would love to return. This hotel is ideal for people wanting to relax and has a more relaxation type of holiday where as the Corniche property is more for business people or people wanting to be more central to the city.