The luxurious Southern Sun Abu Dhabi hotel has a prime location in Al Zahiya, formerly known as the Tourist Club Area. As the name suggests, it’s the perfect place for first-time visitors to Abu Dhabi. Packed with restaurants, malls, bars and a buzzing nightlife – make it your base to discover the very best of the area.
A modern and stylish hotel that delivers glamour, comfort and fine dining accompanied by smooth service. The Southern Sun Abu Dhabi has comfortable and spacious rooms with top quality amenities. Whether you’re lounging in the rooftop pool or working up a sweat in the fitness centre, you’re promised the perfect stay.
Six restaurants and bars let you sample the flavours of the globe, from popular sushi nights to sizzling steaks and a lively sports bar streaming the latest events.
Business travellers are well catered for, with a business centre providing your very own out-of-office workplace with staff on hand to provide their services. There are also six rooms ideal for conferences, meetings and events.
The location is key, with Abu Dhabi Mall and the silky sands of the Corniche only a short stroll away. The best rooms in the hotel have views of the beach, the perfect sight to wake up to each morning.
Couples who want to be close to the beach and business travellers looking for world-class facilities.
The plush rooms, Arabesque interior, glamorous pool, fantastic steakhouse and the short walk to the beach.
The 353 rooms at the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi start on the 10th floor and rise to the 26th, meaning your room is guaranteed a sensational view – whether of the city skyline or the golden sands of the Corniche.
All guest rooms are understated, elegant and smart, whether that’s a Deluxe Room or the Presidential Suite. Each benefit from walk-in closets, windows with sound dampening, blackout curtains, pillow menus and USB outlets for charging your devices.
There are 280 Deluxe Rooms, with cosy beds to sink into, flat screen TVs and a desk for work or catching up on emails. The 32 Executive Rooms benefit from extra space to relax and work in.
One bedroom suites have a separate sitting room and kitchenette, ideal if you’re staying for longer or want some home comforts. Finally, three huge Presidential Suites sleep four people each. Perfect for families, they come complete with dining area, lounge and a private office.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi is a dining destination in its own right, largely thanks to the hotel's award-winning steakhouse, The Foundry.
Beef carpaccio, oysters and lobster bisque are all great ways to start a meal here, followed by perfectly-cooked steaks with foie gras butter. Friday’s ‘Raising the Steaks’ brunch is an Abu Dhabi fixture, while Wednesday's offer unlimited fresh sushi.
Kahraman’s soothing Arabic décor and varied menu takes you from authentic local mezze through to pizza and pasta staples.
Sports fans will gravitate towards Blu Sky Lounge and Bar, which combines big-screen events with a grill menu of steaks and burgers.
For a quick drink or a meeting, pull up a seat in Filaments Cafe, the hotel’s comfortable lobby spot with an afternoon tea experience, or enjoy sensational views at Hytes Bar, the 27th floor rooftop bar.
Last but not least, Balcon Lounge & Terrace delivers another experience altogether, with flavoured shisha and DJs setting the tempo as you sit in the lounge or your private cabana.
Sunbathing by the pool or cooling off in a cabana is all well and good, but what if you want to do something a little more active? At Southern Sun Abu Dhabi you don’t need to trade in those dreamy 27th floor views when you want to work out. Here the gym looks out onto the same unforgettable vistas.
Gaze out at the Arabian Gulf as you use the latest fitness equipment, exercise bikes, free weights, exercise balls, mats and resistance machines in a spacious gym. Fresh towels and water are provided, and guests can access the gym 24 hours a day. There are discrete showers and changing rooms, so you don’t have to return to your room to freshen up.
You can also work up a sweat in a sauna or steam room – with both male and female rooms available.
The stylish rooftop pool at Southern Sun Abu Dhabi oozes glamour. Comfortable loungers with plump cushions line the sides of the pool, along with private cabanas perfect for sun or shade.
Poolside snacks are premium quality with an extensive menu of snacks, mocktails and cocktails served at Hytes Bar as you take in sprawling views of the city and the beach.
That view, of course, takes in the Corniche, which you can walk to in about 10 minutes. When you arrive, you’ll find a pristine, Blue Flag beach, backed with the legendary Corniche Street promenade.
Take a stroll or sink your toes into the soft sands. The beach is separated into different areas, and you’ll find children’s playgrounds, beach volleyball games in action and a huge variety of places to eat and drink.
Make a splash in the warm waters or hire a lounger and kick back on the sands. The Corniche is a safe place to swim, with lifeguards on hand. There are numerous places to change and shower, so you can rinse the sand from your feet to walk back to your hotel in time for dinner.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi is surrounded by stunning skyscrapers with just a short journey to the glittering Corniche, in the heart of the business district.
Walk (or cycle – the Corniche’s promenade is perfect for exploring by bike) to be greeted by inviting sand and welcoming, turquoise water. Visit the Corniche in the evening when the cooler temperature and gentle sea breezes make it the perfect spot to cool down after a day in the sun. You’ll be in the company of locals and visitors strolling along the seafront.
If you want to go a little further afield, Saadiyat Beach is one of the prettiest and cleanest in all the UAE. Speak to your concierge and they’ll help you arrange transport, a packed lunch and beach towels so you can make a day of it.
The hotel sits in a vibrant, lively area with streets full of cafes, shops and restaurants. The nearby Corniche beach offers not just sunbathing but diving, snorkelling and water sports, with numerous providers.
Walk across the breakwater to the fantastic Marina Mall at the south-western end of the beach. This is more than just a retail experience, with a multiplex cinema, bowling alley and the Bounce freestyle playground. Shoppers will find hundreds of stores over four floors, with both local and international brands.
There’s plenty of casual dining options too, with dozens of restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets. If that’s not enough shopping, you’re only two miles (three kilometres) from the impressive Abu Dhabi Mall.
Just five minutes’ drive away is one of the UAE’s most stunning and iconic attractions, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Here you’ll find masterpieces of art and an innovative program of exhibitions housed in a beautiful and unique building.
Wowing visitors since 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi has a stunning exterior designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, and a mind-bogglingly broad collection inside. Global culture is captured by art, sculpture and artefacts that range from Arabic to Pop Art.
Free-jumping for the kids, serious shopping for the grown-ups and a nine-screen multiplex for all the family – the Marina Mall ticks all the boxes. For perfect city views, take a ride on the Marina Eye Ferris wheel just outside the mall.
Out on the Marina breakwater, Abu Dhabi Heritage Village is a reconstructed village that gives a glimpse into traditional Gulf life before it became the modern phenomenon we love today. Craftsmen and camels, Bedouin life and traditional homes provide a fascinating insight.
The Southern Sun Abi Dhabi hotel is approximately 30 minutes’ drive away from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Taxis are available or you can choose to arrive stress-free and in comfort with an Etihad private transfer. Your very own car and driver will be waiting for you when you leave the airport.
In the business centre you’ll find everything you need to complete your work with ease. There’s a range of private workstations, comfortable workspaces, a printer, scanner and photocopying facilities all available. Tea and coffee is provided with the support team on hand to help with any queries.
Some guests are unable to buy local currency before they arrive in Abu Dhabi, so the hotel can arrange foreign currency exchange for you if you need it. Speak to the concierge or reception staff who will be happy to help you.
Yes, the hotel provides cots free of charge for children up to age one. Please contact the hotel when making your reservation and they’ll make sure one is ready and waiting inside your room. Extra beds for children are also available for a small fee.
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