I visited Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi a couple of years ago, and one of the standout memories from my previous visit was the breathtaking beach: expansive white sands and a turquoise sea that would rival any Indian Ocean island vista – so vast and so empty. I love open spaces and sweeping horizons in general, especially on holiday, where my idea of hell is to be jammed on a sun bed six inches from the next. For me, heaven is to stroll along an empty beach or watch a sunset in peace and tranquillity.
So here at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi I found my nirvana. It is the sense of space and scale that I love most about the hotel (its footprint is huge) – from the lobby and pool area to the bedrooms. There’s no feeling of impersonal grandeur that you sometimes get at other hotels in the region. There is the standard Arabian use of gleaming marble throughout, but with understated colour schemes, subtle use of local design features and zen water features in the lobbies that create a more sophisticated, contemporary and unfussy environment, which I find gentle on the senses.
Set between the beach and the Saadiyat Golf Club, the hotel does not feel surrounded by other buildings – a rarity in the UAE – and the location on Saadiyat Island is perfect for a fast transit to the airport or into town. It offers a best-of-both experience, but if you are simply looking for a beach-holiday vibe, this hotel fits that bill in full.
With 306 spacious rooms and suites, three pools, a beautifully appointed spa and gym, a kids’ club and several dining and bar options, the hotel manages that tricky balance between luxury and child-friendliness, and activity and relaxation. Better yet, the growth of the exciting new Saadiyat Cultural District nearby, which includes the new Louvre museum, makes this location even more appealing to travellers.
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