We drove to the resort and although it is sufficiently signposted to get there, we had one or two uncertain moments once inside the resort gates. This is because the route to the hotel goes past some of the resorts residences/villas and the hotel entrance is at the back of all this. The hotel's main entrance is only seen after passing the residences and a few other buildings on the resort.
Its a huge resort but despite this it is not intimidating. On the contrary it is very easily explored and tranquil (at least during our visit). The property is very new and being this new means that there are no stains on the carpets; the tiles on the walls still glisten and everything works. You walk into the hotel lobby and you are greeted by an expansive, softly decorated, light filled area with high ceilings and sweeping views out to the turquoise blue sea.
The hotel employs a color palette of whites, creams and browns throughout. In the bedrooms these neutral colors are interspersed with pastel greens/blues . Through the choice of materials (stone columns, wooden inlays, glass chandeliers) and use of colors St Regis has created an aura of understated elegance that is experienced from drive past the guard at the gate ... thru to the hotel room.
There is the usual valet service and greetings at the hotel entrance, seated check in at reception and staff escort to your room and then, there is the 'St Regis butler'. What does one get one's butler to do? Well there are the cups of coffees or teas to be made one; 2 items of clothing each to to be pressed compliments St Regis; packing and unpacking or even getting an arabic perfume from somewhere in town. For the business traveller there is the faxing, photocopying and scanning to be done whilst you work away from your dedicated work desk. And let me say - the coffee arrives to your room hot, is very nice and is complimentary.
Room 170 which was our first room is on the ground floor (one of my pet dislikes) and so we had a change of rooms. This room comes equipped with disabled facilities and a private garden area (shared only with the other guests on the ground floor at that part of the hotel). Limited views of the sea but absolutely ideal if you have a little one as it can be used as an extension to the room! The change over - seamless! I simply walked out of room 170 into room 686.
I will admit that I expected a bigger bedroom for my dollar but that aside the space is effectively designed. Almost a 3rd of the room is the bathroom and runs the full length of the room. The toilet and bidet is at the inside end of the room whilst a standalone deep, bath tub sits at the other end under a very large window. Being on the 6th floor - one can relax in the bath tub enjoying beautiful views across the resort and out to the ocean. The rain shower room is in the middle of all this. The freedom the rain shower room afforded ie being able to out stretch your arms without damaging yourself or the tiles was much appreciated. The location of the the taps at the other end of the shower room is also well thought out as it allows you to set the temperature of the water without getting yourself wet before you are ready to. The toiletries of choice is from Remede (I am not sold on them yet). I also liked the use of leather on things like the remote control holder, tissue boxes, coasters and everything has the St Regis brand embedded on it - no chance of you forgetting where you are. We also liked the listing of the channels in groups and noting the language beside each (News, Kids, Sports, etc) in the remote control holder - no need to search 66 unknown channels to try and identify whats what. There is also a standard UK 3 pin plug inside the door of the room safe so that you can charge your laptops, phones etc whilst being locked away.
Breakfast is from around the world - congee from China to porridge from Scotland. You are spoilt for choice in Olea restaurant. I especially liked the spicy crackers! and I especially liked the freshly squeezed green apple juice - clean and fresh! There were even pancakes and crispy duck for breakfast...
If you are a tea drinker - try the double happiness tea in the drawing room - its a treat for the eyes. Complimentary post cards in Concierge - get one to post to your friends - make them jealous!
Lots of opportunities to go swimming at this hotel, separate kids pool at the kids club (the kids club is resort in itself), separate family pool, secluded adults pool, more pools in the athletic centre and lets not forget that private white sandy beach.
The wifi was ok for checking my emails and social websites.
There is a Spinneys (supermarket) and a high end watch boutique on the resort.
Next stop - to purchase one of the residences!!! I'm making St Regis Saadiyat Island the resort of choice on my next visit to Abu Dhabi.
- 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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