It must first be said that we were not originally booked at The Shangri La but, luckily for us, we were moved from Traders along with our travelling companions.
We had purchased an upgrade at the Traders and this was also honoured on our move to The Shangri La which was itself, in any case, an upgrade.
The hotel, services, facilities and staff were nothing short of excellent. The room and it’s fixtures were excellent with tremendous attention to detail; the cleaner even arranged all our toiletries, every day, on a separate towel – very tidy. The only difficulty was with the light switches and even with a degree in electrical engineering I never did figure out the different combinations!
The Breakfast which we took in the Club where we were welcomed by name every day was superb. We began to note the names of exceptional staff but the list got too long.
The view from all areas is fantastic and the photographs are treasures.
A slight query with the credit card details, which seemed to be from IKEA, was quickly investigated and when we lost a gold ring (since found) the whole of the management and security department got involved with fingertip searches. On the beach underused staff were employed to deliver complimentary cold juices and even a glasses cleaning service, with a smile.
Having said all that it was supremely relaxing and at no time did we feel staff were over-bearing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a one-kilometre stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland, the hotel is situated ten minutes drive from the city's international airport, five minutes from the golf course and the new Convention Centre and 15 minutes from the Corniche and the city centre. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, features 213 luxurious rooms and suites, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style. Each room also has a balcony or a terrace providing an ideal setting for viewing striking ocean sunsets and traditional Arabic domes and minarets. Accommodation choices also include six spectacular villas comprising four bedrooms and a private swimming pool. Regarded as an ideal hotel in Abu Dhabi for longer stays, the Shangri-La Residences include 161 spacious serviced apartments ranging from studios to four-bedroom units.The 8.5 Hectare hotel complex provides a wide range of facilities and services for the discerning traveller. These include the signature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, and a dedicated well-being zone comprising two gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a yoga room. In addition, there are four swimming pools within the grounds. The Souk traditional Arabian market built in a modern setting offers a variety of shops under one roof which are connected by a waterway featuring Arabic gondolas, or abras, which slowly meander through this unique architecture lush garden scenery. Supreme waterfront lifestyle enhanced with Shangri-La hospitality. Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, the Shangri-La Residences has all the features of the hotel at their doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Hotel Abu Dhabi