Just back from a second visit to Abu Dhabi and a second stay at Al Raha and it is now safely in first place on my list of hotels. The new wing is amazing and the rooms are outstanding. The pool is fantastic and food at any of the restaurants worth a visit. With the Mall next door you have access to a supermarket to avoid mini bar prices if you so desire! Having visited Dubai last year if you expect the same you will be disappointed. If you want a week where you relax sun sea and being looked after its the place to go. The spa is reasonable and with a shuttle bus into the Malls it is a cheap alternative to a taxi although £12 for a 45km taxi ride is not to bad. Don't bother with expensive pick ups at Abu Dhabi airport. I did and it didn't show. Got a local taxi and saved money :-)
One thing I did notice for a few days high winds that was bearable until you got out the pool. I stil burnt though so was not exactly cold. Noticed on the last day the noise from Yas F1 track for the first time. Being a petrol head I loved it but the wife was glad we did not stay at the Yas Marina this time. Just a plus point for Al Raha though. It gets a top rating from me and I am a bit of a fussy rater if I am honest!
Special mention for Vivienne lovely to see you again :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in landscaped gardens along a stretch of white sandy beach, this palatial hotel is located on the Al Raha corniche. The property offers 254 rooms and suites including the brand new wing furnished with the ultimate in luxury. There are also 24 exclusive villas which have a choice of 2,3 or 4 bedrooms, located in a stunning seafront location adjacent to the main hotel building. The hotel boasts state of the art facilities, including the Body & Soul Spa & Recreation Club complete with temperature controlled outdoor and indoor pools, steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis as well as a high tech gymnasium. If variety is the spice of life, dining choices abound from International dishes to exquisite twist of Mediterranean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi