We just returned from a visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in October. We stayed at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island. We had a lovely and spacious corner room with a great terrace. Wonderful walk in shower! The pools were beautiful, as was the beach. We stayed for 3 nights but had daytime tours which left little or no time to enjoy the hotel and all it's amenities.
Service in the restaurants and bars was excellent -- everyone was friendly and attentive. As with every place in the UAE, the drinks were pricey and the wines really suboptimal for the price. Fortunately, there were plenty of creative craft cocktails to try.
We loved the Asian restaurant and bar as well as it's staff. The Manhattan lounge was a bit smokey for our taste, but again, it is not uncommon in the UAE. The breakfast buffet (of which I am not usually a fan) was ridiculous. Arabic, continental, Asian, Indian and Moroccan foods to try... and who can say no to fresh pancakes and waffles?
One complaint was that the butler (who was supposed to be available at all times) was conspicuously absent when we needed him.
The gym was excellent - one of the best I've seen in a hotel setting. Cardio equipment, good array of free weights and machines, plus a lap pool.
The location of Saadiyat Island put us at quite a distance from some of the things we wanted to see and do in Abu Dhabi. Still, the beach location was gorgeous. In years to come when they have completed the new Louvre, Gugenheim and Maritime museums on the Island, it will be quite THE destination.
Overall, really enjoyed the hotel and the service. Just wish we had more time!
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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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