Set in a prime position overlooking Saadiyat Beach, The St.Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is a true beachfront leisure address. Excellent views are had from most parts of the hotel, including the ground-level restaurants, across the resort to the sandy beach and aquamarine sea. The six-mile stretch of natural beach is great for walking, swimming and dolphin-spotting and all within a 10 minute taxi ride from the city’s bustling downtown.
The hotel’s architecture is Mediterranean in style with modern interiors and set over 8 floors with 377 rooms, seven bars and restaurants and several ballrooms. Inside, a grand lobby and accompanying piano music transport guests to a tranquil and opulent place. Rooms come in several categories and range from standard to the Royal Suite; all are luxurious and spacious with a good-sized balcony. Designer bathrooms come with separate sinks, giant rain showers and lovely sea views from the freestanding bath.
The seven bars and restaurants offer a wide range of culinary experiences from pan Asian in Sontaya to New York inspired grill restaurants. The more expensive, 55&5th, The Grill, is the St Regis signature restaurant. Go all-out with a tasting menu or feast on excellent steaks, foie gras or wagyu beef tartar. An extensive wine list is presented in an easy-to-use iPad app. The buffet breakfast in Olea is excellent, with a generous range of fresh cut fruits, juices, yoghurts, breads and cheeses.
The Iridium Spa, offers tailored treatments in themed spa suites with private terraces and pools. The St. Regis Athletic Club comprises a large state-of-the-art gym, a juice bar and 25-metre indoor lap pool inside. The outdoors includes two tennis courts, two squash courts and four outdoor swimming pools including an adult pool with private seating bays and Jacuzzis, and children's pool.