Top 10 Abu Dhabi Luxury Hotels

Some of the world’s most unique and stunning hotels are located in Abu Dhabi, combing the best of Arabian hospitality with world-class luxury. Options include stunning beachside resorts, deluxe accommodation in the city and secluded hideaways in the desert.Whatever your preference, the UAE capital has it covered! With so many options, choosing where to start can be a challenge.To make your decision easier, we have listed our recommendations on some of Abu Dhabi’s leading five-star hotels.

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Emirates Palace *****

Emirates Palace

One of the biggest landmarks in Abu Dhabi, the lavish Emirates Palace hotel was developed at a cost of US$3 billion (AED11 billion) and commenced operations in 2005. Located on West Corniche Road, around 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport by car, the hotel offers 394 luxury rooms and suites, with many of the latter furnished in gold and marble. Onsite facilities include two swimming pool areas, two gyms, a luxury spa, four tennis courts, dedicated ‘energy’ and ‘kids’ zones, and water sport facilities for sailing, snorkelling and windsurfing.In addition, there are 15 dining venues, covering Emirati, Italian, Chinese, Lebanese and various other cuisine from around the world. As you would expect, the surroundings of Emirates Palace hotel are equally impressive, with a flawless private beach that stretches over 1.3km, in addition to 100 hectares of stunning landscaped gardens with 8,000 trees.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara *****

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Offering a relaxing escape from the city, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert, considered one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world. The five-star resort includes 206 rooms, villas and suites in total, together with a luxury spa, swimming pool, workout room, three floodlit tennis courts, business centre and library. What’s more, there’s a wide range of fun-filled activities onsite to keep you occupied, from camel trekking, biking and desert walks to archery, dune bashing and falconry, while youngsters will be entertained at the resort’s teen and kids club. Finally, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara has dining options to suit all tastes, including Suhail (international cuisine with a French touch), Al Waha (Middle Eastern and international cuisine), Al Ghadeer (light meals and Mediterranean cuisine) and Al Liwan (lobby lounge).

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort *****

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort *****

Situated on a pristine white beach and framed by a world-class golf club, the location of the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is considered one of Abu Dhabi’s most scenic. The resort, which has been designed with stylish contemporary interiors and Mediterranean-style architecture, includes 312 guest rooms and 61 suites, with stunning views of either Saadiyat Beach or Saadiyat Beach Club. Alternatively, to experience true indulgence, you can book one of three individually-themed Spa Suites (Moroccan, Thai and Contemporary) or reserve the majestic Royal Suite, a 2000 square metre duplex with five bedrooms, a private pool and ocean-facing terrace. Another highlight of the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is the region’s first Iridium Spa, while dining options include Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at Olea, Southeast Asian fare at Sontaya, and fresh seafood at the Turquoiz beach restaurant. The resort also features a 3000 square metre ballroomand four meeting rooms for conferences, meetings and other events.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi *****

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi *****

One of the most eye-catching hotels in the UAE capital, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi illuminates the skies with its impressive canopy, which uses 5000 LED panels to produce a stunning kaleidoscope of colours that reflect over the neighbouring Yas Marina Circuit after sunset. The futuristic approach continues inside, with modern and cutting-edge interiors throughout the five-star hotel. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi includes 499 guest rooms and suites, in addition to 12 dining venues and lounges, which showcase cuisine from around the world, from Mediterranean specialities and homemade Italian fare to Japanese teppanyaki and regional Indian delights. If you want to be pampered, the ESPA spa has nine treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, and the Viceroy Presidential Treatment Suit, complete with its own hammam, steam room and Kinesis fitness equipment. Other features of the hotel include a fully-equipped gym, boutique gift shop, executive lounge and business centre, and two rooftop pools.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri *****

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri *****

Hailed for its eye-catching architecture, the splendid exterior of Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri’s golden-white building is perfectly complemented by the Arabic-style decor inside. The setting is best appreciated onboard one of the hotel’s traditional abras (Arabic boats), which offer a scenic journey through its winding waterways, including a stop at the onsite market, or ‘souk’, where guests can purchase everything from artefacts and paintings to jewellery and clothes. There’s also a range of dining options to suit all tastes, including Pearls & Caviar, Shang Palace, Bord Eau and Al Hanah Bar. For those looking to unwind, why not book a massage at the spa, take a stroll at the one-kilometre private beach, or explore the recreation facilities such as a health club, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri comprises of 214 rooms and suites, 161 fully-furnished residences, and 6 four-bedroom villas with private pools, in addition to a business centre, ballroom and conference rooms.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr *****

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr *****

Offering traditional Arabic hospitality in a contemporary setting, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr features a combination of 369 guest rooms and suites. The five-star hotel has a beachfront location with stunning views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Abu Dhabi creek, which can be truly appreciated at one of its award-winning restaurants, such as Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, and Al Naba'a Lounge. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t missing The Chocolate Gallery, where guests can indulge in the confectionery delights of expert chocolatiers. In addition, the resort has state-of-the-art conference facilities, including six meeting rooms, a 945 square metre ballroom and outdoor event spaces, making it popular for corporate events. Finally, for health and fitness enthusiasts, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr offers an Olympic-length outdoor swimming pool, together with a covered pool for children, a mixed-use gym (plus a separate facility for women) and private sandy beaches.

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi *****

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi *****

One of the newest hotels in the UAE capital, Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi is located inside the iconic Capital Gate building, which has been certified as the world’s furthest-leaning manmade building by Guinness World Records. The five-star business hotel offers a total of 189 guestrooms and suites, together with four state-of-the-art Salons (boardrooms) and the Rayana Sky Spa, offering a “elevated oasis experience” on the 19th floor that complements the fitness centre, suspended outdoor pool and whirlpool. Guests also have access to numerous dining options, from international delicacies at Profiterole to signature Eastern Mediterranean cuisine at 18˚, while those looking for a more intimate setting can head over to the residential-style Lounge for afternoon tea or evening apéro. The Capital Gate Building was designed by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM) as part of the ambitious US$2.2 billion Capital Centre micro-city in close proximity to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara *****

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara *****

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers a five-star escape on Sir Bani Yas Island, long known for its natural and rugged beauty, with views over the Arabian Gulf’s shimmering waters. A total of 64 rooms and suites are offered to guests, who can participate in a wide range of activities both inside and outside the resort, such as mountain biking, archery and kayaking. The hotel is best-known for offering safari drives through the local wildlife park, which contains thousands of indigenous animals, including the Arabian Oryx, Sand Gazelle and Mouth Gazelle, as well as free-roaming predators and scavengers such as the cheetah and hyena. If you’re looking for rest and relaxation, opt for a signature treatment at the Anantara Spa, take a dip in the infinity-edge swimming pool or visit the onsite collection of restaurants, such as The Palm (international à la carte cuisine), The Lounge (hot drinks, aperitifs and cocktails) and Samak (beachside seafood grill).

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers *****

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers *****

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is a five-star hotel operated by the Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, offering 382 rooms and suites, in addition to 199 serviced residences. With stunning views of Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Arabian Gulf, the hotel includes some of the UAE capital’s largest facilities for corporate and social events, together with recreational facilities such as a private beach, fully-equipped gym, three swimming pools and the luxurious Talise spa. For mouth-watering cuisine, there’s a generous supply of dining options on hand, from the signature Li Beirut and Scott's restaurants to the casual Tori No Su, Brasserie Angélique and Rosewater eateries, to name a few. The hotel itself is a central part of the ambitious Etihad Towers complex, which also contains an office tower and three residential towers. Additional highlights at the flagship development include an observation deck (offering the highest vantage point of Abu Dhabi), two levels of boutique shopping and a women’s beauty salon.

Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal *****

Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal *****

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is located between Mussafah and Maqtaa bridges right across from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and just a 25-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The resort features 447 luxurious guestrooms and suites, as well as 85 private residential-style villas. Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens with its own private beach overlooking the Grand Canal, action-oriented enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities nearby to indulge in boating, fishing, motorised water sports, and swimming in a massive 1,600 square metre outdoor pool.Restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal include Giornotte (Italian), The Forge (steak and seafood), Mijana (Middle Eastern) and Li Jiang (Asian). For those who enjoy a more casual experience, there is Al Fresco, a breezy pool and beach restaurant, two poolside bars, and a Lobby Lounge and bar, all of which offer guests a great selection of drinks and bite-sized meals.