I've just returned from an 8 night stay at this hotel. Wish I was back there now! I've been fortunate enough to stay in some nice 5 star hotels and this one is right up there.
It is well worth upgrading to the horizon club for all the extra benefits, such as afternoon tea every day from 2 til 4 which consists of a lovely different selection of mini sandwiches, scones, cakes, fruit...it's lunch! In the evening you can sit outside on the balcony if you wish for your free selected alcoholic beverages 6 til 8 pm and also hot and cold canapés....the staff always come round asking if you would like another drink and advising you it's last orders.
The service at this hotel is outstanding in all areas, the staff are very attentive and anticipate your needs. They even have a guy who comes round and cleans your sunglasses whilst you are on the beach, lovely touch.
They even sent a man to meet me when I got out of the taxi going home at Abu Dhabi Airport to assist with the handling of my luggage and he didn't leave until I went through passport control carrying my bags...again, lovely touch.
I ate at 3 of the restaurants at this hotel and enjoyed all of my meals there. I will write a separate report on these.
Top tip if you are staying in Dubai or Abu Dhabi for about 4 nights or more...You must buy an entertainer book which you can buy on line and it takes a week to get delivered to the uk or you can buy it at any bookshop whilst you are over there. This book costs £60 to buy which sounds a lot but you will save loads of money In the long run. It's a large book full of buy one get one main meal free vouchers in loads of restaurants in the hotels all in Abu Dhabi or Dubai depending on which book you buy....and not just hotel restaurants...restaurants in the souk or in town. in the Abu Dhabi one there are also vouchers for yas waterpark, Ferrari world, golf days....and the list goes on....well worth a buy and actually all the restaurants in this hotel are in this voucher book so you can get to try them all out.
The rooms are spacious and well cleaned and they have L'Occitane shower products which is a bonus!
I just wanted a week chill out holiday with a friend, and I certainly came back feeling relaxed.
Ladies tip...if you look at Abu Dhabi time out magazine it will list ladies nights in various hotels where ladies drink free til midnight. In pears and caviar bar at the shangri la this is Wednesday and Saturday and this bar has a great atmosphere. Worth a visit.
I will be returning to this hotel and I can see why this hotel has fantastic reviews for the leisure stay and for business travellers.
- 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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