A cluster of the glitter and gold adorns this city just like Dubai. Expansive hotels inhabiting skyscrapers are filled with all mod cons. A few design driven unique boutique hotels tucked away in deserts or Arabian wildlife offer comfortable and luxurious stay. The top five boutique hotels in the gleaming emirate include:
The Village, One to One Hotel
A small chain of resorts with unique décor, the Village is an escape into tranquility located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. Landscaped gardens with lush palm trees surround this hotel with 127 rooms. Special facilities include state-of-the-art spa and private rooftop pool. It is Ideal for business travelers seeking a peaceful ambiance. The hotel has seven restaurants called the Village Club, 18 oz American Bistro, Resto, T-Garden, Sennara, Paparazzi and Terrazza. The restaurants feature Asian, American, French, Lebanese and Italian cuisines. The restaurants also entice the crowd with live entertainment during the summers. Cube is quite popular for its signature cocktails. Located just off Al Salam Street, it is within walking distance of the business and shopping districts of the city. The hotel is 25 minute ride from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi
It is like a small city overlooking the Yas Marina Circuit. The hotel is unique in its own right with swirling LED canopy encasing which illuminates the dining venues, the lounges, the bars and 500 rooms. Yas Viceroy is a boutique hotel on steroids offering an amazing culinary experience with restaurants serving modern Italian, fresh seafood, Middle Eastern and regional Indian fare. Be it a relaxing dip on the hotel’s rooftop pools or sunbathing on Yas Beach or relishing a sweet treat from the patisserie in the lobby, the hotel is an epitome of comfort and luxury.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort
This resort which resembles an Arabian Palace is tucked away in the Liwa Desert. The resort offer panoramic views of the sandy dunes of the desert which you get to traverse on the dune buggy. Stroll the desert on a camelback and come to quench your thirst from the terracotta jars at the entrance. The swirling freeform swimming pool is one of the main highlights. This oasis is surrounded by towering palm trees and sand dunes.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
The Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa belongs to the same hotel group as Qasr Al Sarab Resort. Its location in the heart of Abu Dhabi makes it more accessible. Abu Dhabi city center is a five minute walk from the hotel. The décor features Arabian interiors with arched entrances, lofty corridors and traditional inlay. Deriving its name from the tropical mangroves surrounding the hotel, this hotel offers great facilities including 200 rooms, infinity pool, a rooftop lounge, a Haman and a spa. You can explore the city and then come back to the hotel for a relaxing stay.
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas Resort
Hotel Anantara Al Sahel Villas is located on the Sir Bani Yas Island. The Arabian Gulf surrounds this 5-star resort offering spectacular views of the glistening waters. It is located 155 miles away from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The customers can reach the resort via a complimentary boat travel or a chartered flight.
The hotel has 30 luxury villas, stables, water sports center, the workout room, tennis courts, Anantara Spa, swimming pool and fully equipped gym. There is a saltwater mangrove lagoon as well. Its location in Arabian Wildlife Park offers plethora of activities including wildlife walk, kayaking or snorkeling. The dining options include Italian, African and Arabic delights.
The guests can relax in the private pools or enjoy sunbathing on the beachfront daybeds. Other recreational activities include horseback riding, hiking and diving.
Aloft Abu Dhabi
This hotel is located in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC). It is the ultimate destination for business travelers. Modern designs and fluorescent colors predominate with plethora of facilities. There are 408 suites, a rooftop pool, high-tech meeting rooms and tree-lined Splash Garden. Re:fuel offers great dining options while W XYZ bar features signature cocktails. Relax@12 offer panoramic views of the city while you sip wine at the rooftop bar.