Welcome to the high-life
Abu Dhabi continues to revel in its position as the sophisticated older brother of the UAE. While not as ‘showy’ as Dubai, the capital thrives on offering the same level of lifestyle, leisure and luxury…but with a bit more panache.
Nowhere is this more evident than within the Abu Dhabi’s upmarket business and lifestyle destination, Al Maryah Island. The dynamic development in the city’s centre is also home to the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi.
With its grand opening last month, the city’s first Four Seasons has been a long-time coming and was met with tremendous acclaim. The towering landmark houses 200 luxury rooms (including 38-suites), a world class spa, a dazzling rooftop pool and some of the most impressive new dining concepts in the Abu Dhabi.
The striking 34-storey glass tower is characterised by bright and open spaces. It is clear that a great deal of consideration has been put into exhibiting the hotel’s unique location, with expansive views of both the city skyline and the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
As we’ve come to expect with Four Seasons properties, there is much more to the hotel than just a good view. The residential-style rooms are fully equipped with high-tech specs (including a 55in TV), while the spa-like bathrooms include rain-showers, free-standing tubs, Ferragamo amenities and, unquestionably, the softest bathrobes you will have ever tried.
With any Four Seasons property we’d be amiss not to mention the beds. Customisable with three types of mattress toppers (plush, signature and firm), it is touches like this that elevate the Canadian brand to that five-star level.
Although there are numerous choices for dining and drinking within walking distance of Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, those who wish to “stay in” have plenty of choice, with four venues currently now, and two more (Butcher & Still and Café Milano) to open later this year.
In what is being named ‘the living room of Abu Dhabi’, the Al Meylas lobby lounge (yes, they have a coffee and tea sommelier) leads the hotel’s offerings and is already becoming popular for its afternoon teas. Elsewhere the cocktail bar, Zsa Zsa, the market-inspired restaurant Crust, and Eclipse Terrace Lounge round-off the hotel’s offerings.
Having recently left the world-renowned Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, Christelle Besnier takes the reins at the Dahlia Spa. With eight treatment rooms (and a couple’s suite) the spa offers organic treatments by Sodashi, highlighted by a series of holistic facials for men and women, and Swiss Perfection Cellular Anti-Ageing therapies for face and body.
In celebration of its grand opening, the Hotel is offering a Bed and Breakfast package, and will soon unveil a family-friendly Summer Season package. For reservations, call +971 (2) 333 2222 or book online.