Abu Dhabi may have gained prominence as the less-flashier sibling of Dubai, but as a holiday destination it has some very unique and breathtaking attractions and landscapes to be explored. The capital city of the UAE and one of the richest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi will sweep you of your feet with its pearl white mosques, tall minarets, traditional souks, jazzy malls, futuristic structures and sprawling deserts. Combine it with swanky hotels that promise luxurious stays and you have a perfect holiday. So, here are our picks of some of the best hotels in Abu Dhabi that you must consider for your next trip to the destination.
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
The iconic 5-star hotel, Emirates Palace, will pamper you with luxury at every step. Located on the West Corniche Road at Ras Al Akhdar in Abu Dhabi, the hotel is renowned for its picturesque location and mind-blowing architecture that is built like an Arabian palace. Stroll along its private marina that overlooks a natural bay, and sun bathe on its pristine private beach before splashing into the pools of the hotel. Enjoy its award-wining culinary offerings at any of its 8 in-house restaurants serving a variety of delicious cuisines – international, local, Italian, Chinese, seafood and barbeque – in beautiful indoor, poolside or open-air ambience.
Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi
The Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi promises to be your home away from home during your vacation. Located at Khor Al Maqta on Qaryat al Beri in Abu Dhabi, the hotel places you within minutes of major attractions including a kilometre long private beach, which offers spectacular views of the strait that splits Abu Dhabi Island and the mainland, the city’s Corniche, golf course, and the newly-opened Convention Centre. The hotel offers a wide range of beautifully decorated rooms and suites that include villas, serviced apartments and studios. Enjoy the facilities of the hotel, which include a luxury shopping mall, two fitness centres, five swimming pools and several fine dining restaurants and bars. At its in-house traditional Arabian marketplace or souk, you can browse for local handicrafts including artefacts, paintings, jewellery and clothes.
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is the only 5-star luxury hotel on the man-made Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Plush with luxuries, it will be a welcome respite for you after a day of adrenaline pumping activities at the nearby world-famous theme parks Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and the Yas Marina Circuit. A fascinating fact: Formula One race track of the Yas Marina Circuit runs through the hotel, offering lucky guests the convenience of watching a live car race from the comforts of their rooms! Sway to hip music or unwind at the hotel’s open-air Skylite rooftop lounge, take a dip at its two pools offering sunset views or shed work out at its fitness centre. The hotel also boasts of an elaborate luxury spa and wellness centre that features nine treatment rooms and separate steam rooms for men and women.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi
Touted as one of the premier luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi offers amazing views of the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This 5-star luxury hotel is located on Grand Canal in Abu Dhabi. You can take a stroll around the property’s lush gardens, fountains and Venetian-inspired building architecture. This beachfront resort is equipped with numerous facilities to ensure that you have a lovely holiday – it is decked with a huge world-class spa, a private beach, eight on-site restaurants, lovely lounges, high-end luxury boutiques and pool-side bars.