STILL a relatively young hotel but word is spreading about this near perfect property.
On one side is the E10, one of the main routes in and out of central Abu Dhabi island. On the other is an area of protected natural mangrove that lies between the hotel and downtown.
While the drive up to the entrance is impressive, and the lobby an immediately calming experience, the real seller for this place is the view from the back.
A well designed pool area, with dining opportunities, gives way to the lush greenery which contrasts with the skyline beyond. Jump in the pool and the infinity effect will have you wallowing for hours.
At night, the whole thing takes on a different charm again as the city skyline twinkles and wildlife provides its soundtrack from within the mangroves.
The hotel features some lovely dining and bar experiences, the latter on the rooftop level with views out back. Among the restaurant winners is the Thai (in keeping with the origins of the Anantara group) option, which is authentic, classy and has a couple of cute traits that make it stand out.
Rooms are modern, but with an eye on comfort and functionality. If you can get one with a view over the mangroves, you won't want to leave.
Look out for occasional art exhibitions, on the way to the spa and ballroom area from the lobby. And try to get a kayaking trip under your belt, taking in the ecology of the protected mangroves.
One of my Abu Dhabi favourites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is ideally positioned along a stretch of Abu Dhabi’s protected Eastern Mangroves District. Only 15 mins away from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) or a short drive from downtown, the hotel enjoys a naturally stunning setting coupled with an extremely convenient location.Discover a haven of elite amenities that showcases Anantara’s distinctive luxury. Choose from 222 stately rooms and suites, characterised by abundant personal space and decor reflecting the splendour of the region’s desert and mangrove landscapes.A collection of impressive facilities provide definitive urban experiences and set the scene for extraordinary meetings and events. Dine on authentic Thai culinary delights at Pachaylen enhanced by authentic decor. Kick back and relax at Impressions, the stylish rooftop lounge offering million-dollar views and enjoy a showcase of culinary treasures at Ingredients with its masterful chefs on show. Unwind by the infinity edged pool with breathtaking views, while savouring Mediterranean cuisine from The Pool Deck or enjoy the luxury of a decadent afternoon tea at The Mangroves Lounge spread over two floors in the heart of the hotel.Relinquish every last sign of stress at Anantara Spa, where guests experience complete rejuvenation of body and mind and discover the healing powers of a traditional Turkish Hammam. ... more less
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