St. Regis Saadiyat Island

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The UAE is full of five star beach resorts with vast marble foyers, butler service and lavish dining spots, which make it hard to distinguish one experience from the other (it’s a hard life)... St. Regis Saadiyat Island is an exception and somehow manages to have every need covered, whilst still being unique. Bedrooms and suites offer tasteful interiors, with spacious bathrooms and huge bathtubs. The hotel is chic and minimalist-luxe, with a vast range of facilities that include; library, business centre, large state-of-the-art gym, a juice bar, 25-metre indoor lap pool, outdoor adult pools with private seating bays and Jacuzzis, a world-class golf course and the plush Iridium Spa (offering pampered guests an individually tailored experience). The beach is untamed white sand and rolling dunes punctuated with wispy grass (more like Nantucket than Abu Dhabi). And the fact that walking along the shore in either direction leads only to more open expanse, rather than another beach club, makes the whole experience feel like a real escape. Kids are catered to by the ‘Sandcastle Kids Club’ set within a themed cave, with its own reception and an entire compound including indoor and outdoor play areas, and a mini water park. Saadiyat Island’s host of lounges, bars, restaurants and private dining areas include the Sucré Patisserie, Sontaya (serving South East Asian cuisine) and 55&5th the Grill steakhouse. Turquoiz is a good spot for sundowners, complimented by a tranquil terrace.

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