I have a top hotels list. It’s quite a short list and there are pretty harsh requirements for hotels to make it onto the list.
St Regis Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi has made it on. It is that good.
The plus side when you work in travel is that you get to stay in amazing hotels all over the world. The downside is you get to stay in hotels all over the world – so you end up thinking you’re some sort of hotel expert!
This summer we drove from Dubai on a Friday morning and just over an hour later we were on Saadiyat Island, on the winding road down to the St Regis resort. We got there just before check in (obviously we stopped for coffee on the way) and it was busy, busy, busy! The hotel is always popular so if you do plan to go then I would recommend booking in advance. We were shown to a lounge with plump sofas and a range of snacks as well as a line of shiny nespresso machines as our room wasn’t quite ready. It was actually the nicest way to start to the trip after a drive, it was just like a little home away from home. Within half an hour we were shown to our room (AMAZING) and given a voucher as an apology for the wait!
That is just one small sign of what the St Regis service offers, nothing is too much trouble but the hotel team seem to move seamlessly through the resort and so you never feel you’re being waited on. The perfect balance.
The beach was just a bit too toasty for us, we tried it…for about an hour…roasted and schlepped our way back up to the pools – only to find an adults-only pool. Now I am not anti-children at all. I love children. Mostly just our nieces and nephew but still…
When you’re on holiday though and only have a couple of days break from the busy working week, there is nothing quite like a quiet (silent) pool to read a book in.
This is definitely somewhere I’d love to go back.