We picked st regis to try something new from the dubai beach hotels. Family with 2 young children so we were after something luxurious, relaxing with great food while a fun, safe and happening place for e kids. St regis saadiyat provides all that. I can really recommend it. Probably one of the three best places we've been to (in terms of beach resorts).
One thing to highlight, the hotel has only been open for three months. So, they are still working on it (main pool not yet open etc), there are plenty of small niggles they are fixing and the staff is not yet a well run machinery - BUT - assuming they progress in true st regis style over the next 6-12 months this should cement a place as a true world class beach resort for any traveller.
So my review takes the fact that a lot of work is still going into account but I havent discounted for it. Especially as we knew about it and didnt have much problem with it during our stay (although the kids drooled over the new main pool that wasnt open..)
Resort: fabulous mediterreanenan architecture. Massive place with hotel, villas, apartments and shopping centre. Right on a natural beach with great beach club and dolphines swiming aroun in the persian gulf.
Pools: two pools open and we spent all our time in the west pool which is great. Built on two levels and is almost like a club in itself. Restaurant, lounge, 3 pool sections and private cabanas. 34 degrees in the water, very good service..heaven!!
Rooms: excellent standards, spacious and very nice open plan bathrooms. We had a deluxe room, with balcony facing the ocean and this was def big enough for four of us. Go for an ocean suite if you want a separate room besides the bedroom.
Restaurants: generally very good. Een the buffe restaurant was good, sontaya the asian one we thought had excellent thai food. 55 and 5th (new york style steak house) on a different level. Super fine dining with great food and wine list. Try the short ribs..you will be surprised. Comes at a price but worth it.
So, all in all a great place that we will come back to. I think it wil get even better with time. The only negative thing i have to say is the cleaning wasnt 5 star but like other niggles i am sure the management will sort that out quickly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St. Regis Saadiyat Island is your new address in Abu Dhabi overlooking either Saadiyat's pristine beach or the impressive Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the golfing legend, Gary Player. The resort provides unparalleled accommodations and service along with food and beverage outlets that provide sumptuous meals and refreshing drinks. ... more less
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