We stayed for 6 nights & returned home on Easter Monday. Firstly Abu Dhabi is amazing, there is a lot of development going on but it was still a relaxing/fun place to be. The sky line will change immensely over the next decade.
The Yas Grand suite we booked was outstanding - we particularly loved the big bath tub, rain shower, Nespresso coffee machine (with complimentary capsules) & the balcony which had 3 opening doors & spanned the whole end of the hotel giving us views over most of the F1 circuit, downtown Abu Dhabi and the Marina.
Although we don't have kids we spent a couple of days around the family pool - holidays are all about fun & laughter, and the Life Guards & staff made it a pleasant and relaxing experience for all. Great that the WiFi is available pretty much throughout the hotel including the pool area (and the download speeds are awesome).
The Skylite bar is amazing & DJ Anya created a relaxed atmosphere with super cool lounge tunes every night - she even played some de-constructed lounge versions of some Guns n Roses tunes when GnR were playing in the arena close by.
There were some planes that flew over the hotel, but they were few and did not disturb us during the day or night. There was a little noise from the Aston Martins, F3000 and Radical cars on track on certain days, but it was during the day from mid-morning and did not disturb us or any of the people around the pool, in fact some even got up and watched from the pool balcony (including us - but we are huge F1 fans).
The Origins buffet style breakfast (which was an upgrade that we considered to be good value) was amazing with great quality food, some of which could be cooked to order. The other hotel restaurants were all up to a very high standard and we tried all of them - Japanese, Indian, Italian, Thai/Chinese, Arabian. Each restaurant had a set menu on a particular night (with or without alcoholic drinks) which we found to be perfect for us, as some of them included a taster menu showcasing the main menu. Overall the food was not cheap but we didn't mind paying for the amazing quality & service.
The staff are lovely - do interact with them! If you don't want to talk they will respect your choice but as soon as you do they talk they really are helpful and attentive. Starting with Elvis (yes folks he really is alive!) who greeted us at the airport for our transfer to the hotel, to Cris & Dominic and their staff in the Skylite lounge, and the pool & Latitude (daytime snack/bar) staff were courteous & professional and we really appreciated and enjoyed their hospitality.
The gym is well equipped & the bottled water and fresh towel on each machine is a great added benefit. We didn't have time to use the spa unfortunately, but we will certainly visit it on our next visit.
We visited Ferrari World & Yas Water World, they were both well organised, really clean and were staffed by friendly people who seemed passionate and knowledgeable about the parks amenities and geography, which made them a real pleasure to visit. There were a couple of downsides to the parks in that 1. the queues got a bit longer later in the day, and 2. some of the rides were closed for maintenance.
We are already planning to come back for the F1 race someday, as we couldn't think of a better place to spend a few days and get up close and personal with an active race circuit. This would also be a great place to stopover for a few days en-route from the UK to Australia/New Zealand or vice-versa.
We'll definitely return (although not as soon as we'd like to!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Yas Island Abu Dhabi's premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 fantastic dining venues and lounges, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Guests marvel at the incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of colour and shade but also embraces the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit, defining the Abu Dhabi hotel as a landmark across Yas Island and one of the world's most extraordinary destinations. Delight in the art of cuisine at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Choose from a colourful host of eateries, from the freshest seafood and sushi to rustic Italian, regional Indian cuisine, and a stylish array of bars and lounges. For fantastic cuisine throughout the day, we have the perfect Abu Dhabi dining spot for every taste. ... more less
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