Stayed here for 5 nights recently having visited before but wanted to experience staying here and enjoy what looked like the best hotel beach in Abu Dhabi. Loved it. We had free half board which saved a fortune. This was meant to be lunch or dinner in 5 differents restaurants. Having arrived late at night on our first night and missed dinner, when I asked if we could have lunch the next day instead we were told no which seemed strange as I don`t know when you were meant to fit in a possible lunch if check in time is 3 O`Clock. Reception then reluctantly said we could or on our last day but we did not bother as it seemed they were giving us a favour!
Having been shown to our room during the night when basic room information is too much when you are shattered,I was surprised that having read all about butlers here that we never encountered one during our stay. Our room was lovely as expected. As the hotel was very very quiet I was a bit dissappointed that we were given a room with a car park view - not that we used the balcony much anyway. Housekeeping was great.
The hotel is very big. We never did find all the restaurants we could have eaten at but chose to use the buffet one which was fine. Good if you like spicy foods. You might struggle here is your taste is for plain foods. You might have to visit the kids selection. I liked the salads though. The choice was wide and varied and all foods were very well labled. Lovely cakes etc but was dissappointed that there was no ice cream here. Breakfast was lovely too. The staff made this restaurant special. They would greet you by name and new your room number after a couple of days.
The beach was lovely. Only one end was being used which was fine for us as it was the end we were staying in and both pools surpassed my expectations. Lots of lawns and shade. It felt that you were in your own private garden at times. Lovely swim up bar for cocktails and lazy river. A jacuzzi that would have boiled you was very surprising especially in 40 plus heat. Lots of little treats during the day given out by staff.
Best part of this stay was going to see the camels on the beach and having a camel ride. There was a baby one too. There were really beautiful sculptures beside the beach too.
The hotel itself felt very empty and lacking in atmosphere but is very beautiful just to wander around. Its close by to the Marina mall which you need a taxi for as there is a hugh amount of building work and road works around the hotel which we knew about but did not affect our visit.
As much as I loved my stay I don`t think I would rush to go back. It was a great experience.
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