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Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

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Edit 30 Sep 2020-01 Oct 2020 (0 guests)

As one of just two hotels on Al Maryah Island, the Rosewood Abu Dhabi stands out. The gleaming thirty-four-story tower is perched right on the waterfront, its mirror-like glass windows reflecting lights from across the bay. The hotel is Rosewood’s first in the UAE and has proved to be a grand debut, perfectly blending ultra-contemporary architecture with just the right of opulence to create a vibe that feels chic and exclusive.

Within the tower are 148 rooms and 41 suites (in addition to 131 serviced residences), all exuding the sleek sophistication of the hotel’s façade. Expect plenty of glass, leather, dark wood panelling and large windows with stellar views. You’ll be able to customize the room’s features via iPad – the blackout curtains are particularly appreciated in the bright mornings. Everything is of the finest quality; beds are supremely comfortable and the bathrooms are decadently large.

As good as the Arabian Gulf views are from the guestrooms, you’ll be wanting to venture outside. The hotel’s pool is fabulous; enormous abstract metal sculptures intermingle with the palm trees, and the poolside bar is equally trendy. Fashionistas could not ask for a better location either – the hotel is directly connected to The Galleria, Abu Dhabi’s enviable shopping mall that boasts a plethora of designer boutiques and upscale restaurants. Back at the hotel, indulgent treatments await at Rosewood’s Sense Spa – have a Cleopatra Milk Bath or a Diamond Facial to truly feel like royalty.

If you’d rather stick around, you’ll have eight restaurants and lounges to choose from. Dine indoors or out at the international Aqua which is open all day. You’ll find a buffet breakfast in the morning, which is comprehensive enough but admittedly a bit underwhelming. Do go at least once though, as the views alone are worth it. The street food-inspired Dai Pai Dong is excellent and hosts a number of fun meals like Friday Hot Pot Brunch and all-you-can-eat dim sum (if you dare).

If you come across a teapot whilst exploring the hotel, venture past it. There’s a tea room beyond where you’ll find Dragon’s Booth: a speakeasy inspired by the 1920’s Shanghai jazz scene. Brass ceilings and antiques can be found within the delightfully secretive bar, along with a great assortment of cocktails. The underground wine cellar, La Cava, is also a must-visit; trying to make selections from over 1000 labels is overwhelming in the best of ways.

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    How to get here

    30 minutes by road from Abu Dhabi International Airport

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    189 rooms & suites


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