Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi

Photo: Ritz Carlton

Photo: Ritz Carlton

Visitors to the UAE will, most likely have a high expectation for their hotel. This is a country that prides itself on its luxurious surroundings and exceptional levels of service. We recently paid a visit to the Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi to experience it first hand.

The Ritz-Carlton certainly has the wow factor, not only when you visit for the first time, but in fact, every time you return to the hotel. It really is spectacular, with every bit of the glamour and luxury you expect from the name.

This is a really large hotel, newly built in a Venetian style on edge of the Arabian Gulf in several acres of beautifully manicured grounds. At the front of the hotel, a long, sweeping drive up to the hotel looks out across the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is quite simply one of the most awe-inspiring examples of modern architecture in the world. The rear of the building curves around the largest swimming pool in the UAE, and leads down to a sandy beach on the canal, where guests can enjoy the sunshine and relax in the warm, turquoise water.

The entrance to the hotel must be one of the grandest and most beautiful in the world, decked out in pale marble with spectacular flower displays, which makes quite an impression on arrival. Rooms absolutely live up to this standard, too. Acres of space, seriously elegant décor, fabulous views and complete privacy are assured.

If you are wanting to indulge in an even greater level of luxury, then an upgrade to the Club Level is highly recommended. The service is second to none in the exceptional club room, which enjoys the best views in the house up on the top floor. The staff up here really are the very best in the business and look after your every need, and, you are able to enjoy a huge range of excellent food and drinks throughout the day and night. What makes this extra special is the top-notch quality of the food and drink – it really is excellent – from breakfast, to ice cold drinks throughout the day, to the delicious Prosecco they serve in the early evening.

The food throughout the hotel is equally exceptional, too. Li Jiang oriental restaurant comes very highly recommended. There are so many delicious things to choose from on the menu, and everything we tried was fantastic. Food allergies are sensitively catered for, and the outstanding dish for us, was the must-try wasabi prawns which are unlike anything we’ve ever had before. Utterly fantastic and, incredibly, gluten free. Be sure to try one of their fantastic cocktails, too.

Mijana Lebanese restaurant was also an amazing experience for dinner. Sit outside if you can, as the views over the canal and fairy-lit palm trees are to die for. There is also live music every evening, which just makes the atmosphere even more magical. The food is brilliant, too. They even managed to make an incredibly delicious gluten free Fattoush for us!

There is plenty to see and do in Abu Dhabi, but this is a hotel you just don’t want to leave. Take your level of relaxation one step further, and visit the newly-opened ESPA spa on site. Set in a separate, deeply luxurious and private building, you are assured the most relaxing and professional treatments possible using gorgeous British ESPA products. Stay on a bit longer if you can, to enjoy the private relaxation facilities after your treatment.

A visit to the Ritz Carlton is truly, genuinely unforgettable and an opportunity to experience the very, very best in terms of luxury, hospitality, service, gastronomy and relaxation. Thank you to the Ritz Carlton for inviting me to visit.

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