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  • Writer's pictureEla Reeves

Our Top Picks: Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi will be one of 2023’s most popular holiday destinations, with several brand new luxury hotels, Michelin star restaurants and lots of sites to see for tourists, is Abu Dhabi now trumping Dubai as the ultimate, luxury vacation?

Below, we list our favourite hotels in the area, from boutique getaways to family resorts, Abu Dhabi has something for everyone.

The Intercontinental

The InterContinental Abu Dhabi has a taste for the finer things, and lines up a stellar selection of restaurants. This place is foodie heaven – there are six gourmet eateries to tick off, ranging from a Brazilian churrascaria that focuses on grilled meats to a Belgian café, and an Asian fusion place. The hotel’s got a track record of royal and celebrity visitors, who are lured in by the swanky marina-front location and private beach club. TripAdvisor reviewers agree, and the hotel has a Certificate of Excellence to show for it.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr blends a globe-trotting food scene with two top-class beaches and a giant pool. You’ll find this mega-sized hotel on the banks of Abu Dhabi Creek, looking out over one of the city’s most popular landmarks – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. You can see it – and the rest of Abu Dhabi – up close using the hotel’s free shuttle bus. It’s easy to stay put here, too. An Olympic-sized pool, five restaurants and chic rooms with city or sea views – those are just some of the hotel's luxurious mainstays.

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

The first All Inclusive hotel of its kind in Abu Dhabi, the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island comes fully stocked with six restaurants, an aqua park and a top-tier spa. You’ll find this hotel pulled up along a private section of Saadiyat Beach. Plus, you can reach some of the city’s biggest attractions in 20 minutes’ drive – including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The hotel’s All Inclusive All Exclusive concept means meals, drinks and entertainment are part of your package. And, with six restaurants, a wave pool and the biggest spa on the island, you won’t be disappointed.

Conrad Etihad Towers

A globe-trotting food scene, three pools and a private beach are only a few of the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers’ highlights. This hotel’s bagged a spot in one of the Etihad Towers. These five glass-covered skyscrapers are a 10-minute drive from the Marina Mall – one of the biggest shopping centres in the UAE – and the whitewashed presidential palace. You’ve got free rein of the hotel’s private beach, which you’ll find a few feet away from a trio of pools. There are plenty of options when your stomach starts to rumble, too – this place lines up Japanese, Lebanese and Italian cuisine.

St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort has got a lot on the agenda, with a large pool scene, a state-of-the-art golf course and a hefty spa. Design-wise, this hotel goes against the grain in Abu Dhabi, where lots of hotels are set in ultra-modern skyscrapers. Instead, it's got the feel of a Mediterranean village, with pools, restaurants and freshly cut gardens spread throughout roomy grounds. The hotel also takes full advantage of its coastal location. You’ve got full rein of the private beach. There’s a PGA-graded golf course right by the sand, too. It was the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf.

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri

Nestled between a pristine 1-kilometre-long private beach and lush gardens, Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi is truly an oasis in the heart of the Emirates. Each room is elegantly appointed with modern facilities and Arabian architectural flare, and many offer breathtaking views of the Khor Al Maqta creek and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Traditional abra boats help guests travel through the waterways of the Qaryat Al Beri complex, where they can shop at the souk or visit the nearby Traders Hotel.

If these gorgeous hotels haven’t convinced you already to book the holiday of your dreams, reach out to Ela on for more information, inspiring and things to do in Abu Dhabi.


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