we stayed for 5 nights on a half board basis to celebrate our anniversary.
before i begin i should point out that we have stayed in many top hotels around the world so we know what to expect from a true 5* hotel.
check in was prompt, we were seen to immediately. a little disaapointed in that we werent offered any complimentary room upgrades like other guests,however when we were shown to our room we were not disappointed.
We were introduced to our Butler, who was very informative and offered all the usual services; unpacking etc, and he showed us around our room.
everything was beautifully set out as you would expect. the room had a large bathroom with a view of the sea from the tub, a large rainfall shower, 2 vanity areas with sinks and a separate WC and bidet. The huge bed was one of the most comfortable i have slept in and turndown service was given every evening.
we had a problem with the lights one evening, when they all suddenly turned on by themselves at 3am! however, within minutes of telephoning reception they had an engineer up to the room and the problem was resolved.
service throughout our stay was continually to a high standard. no member of staff could help you enough, everywhere you go, you're greeted with a smile, and the staff learn to remember your personal preferences whether its at the pool, the bar or the restaurant.
we ate at the Olea restaurant and 5 & 55th steak house. Starting with Olea, a buffet style restaurant. Breakfast was excellent with everything you could think of; fruit, seafood, eggs of every style, pastries, cereal, juices, meats etc etc, it would set you up for the day.
Dinner was just as good with food to cater for every pallet. The carvng station was particularly good with a different cut each night whether it be Beef fillet, lamb leg, salmon fillet, chicken etc.
The highlight of our stay at this hotel had to be the visit to 5 & 55th steak house. Yes its expensive; approx £250 for 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 drinks.... BUT i can guarantee this will be one of the best meals that will ever pass your lips! we had the Wagyu steak and it was out of this world. If you stay at this hotel you have got to try it. as it was our anniversary we were also presented with a beautiful bouquet of roses at our table and the chef created a canape of smoked salmon and caviar with black truffle which was a lovel surprise and again demostrates the exceptional service on offer at this hotel.
Outside, We spent a few days at the adult pool and again the staff were highly attentive and polite. The drinks aren't too bad, however the only place you can get draught lager is at the Manhatten Lounge. Its around £8 a pint plus taxes and is served in a silver tankard. This is the best value. Elsewhere in the hotel they only offer 300ml cans for 25 dh plus taxes. This is the only negative of the hotel, they really should offer draught facilities at all bars, as not everyone wants to drink champagne and cocktails all day!
we did visit the other top hotels on trip adviser to compare; the bab al bah- great drinks list but poor location situated on what appeared to be an estruary, didnt fancy swimming in that water; Emirates palace- lovely hotel however its in the middle of a building site and after a while the constant gold everywhere drowns you and the walls closed in! The St Regis is very light and airy and offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the constant construction which you cant escape. plus with taxis so cheap, we found it so easy to get around everywhere anyway- we were so glad we didnt choose the emirates palace which we very nearly booked.
Overall we would definitely return to this hotel and recommend to anybody who enjoys a bit of a splurge- but try and get half board if you can because you could spend a small fortune on food & drink
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- 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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