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ST REGIS, CORNICHE ABU DHABI

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Home to one of the Emirate’s best beach clubs, a private stretch of sand, a host of amazing restaurants and breakfast until 3pm on a Saturday, a staycay at The St Regis Abu Dhabi sounds like a great idea! Standing tall on the city’s skyline, the twin towers bring all the class, tradition and style that the brand has to offer, showcasing distinctive St. Regis New York legacy with a touch of Arabian culture. Located at the heart of the Abu Dhabi Corniche, our staycation at the hotel, which is directly connected to Nation Galleria Mall, came at a fantastic time, offering an escape from the Dubai heat, sand and humidity.

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Predominantly a business hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to feel none of the typical sterile corporate tones on arrival at the soaring building. Greeted by beautiful scents, Arabic coffee, dates and a smiling team, our first sights were of the glorious dual staircase topped with glass-blown chandeliers, portraying the epitome of grandeur. There are no check-in counters in sight upon entry (which makes a nice change) just a collection of side rooms, complete with couches and chairs where you can check-in in style!

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From there, we were whisked up to our room and based on the standard thus far, I was excited to see what was to come. Situated between the 33rd and 49th floors, each of the hotel’s 228 guest rooms and 55 suites showcase timeless St. Regis characteristics without looking old or stuffy. With our room presenting magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf and the UAE capital, the space offered a huge bed (with the comfiest pillows!), floor to ceiling windows, and a beautiful marble bathroom, which really was the piece de resistance. Offered alongside the room was the signature St. Regis Butler service, providing complimentary unpacking and packing, garment pressing services, coffee service and 24-hour access to the eButler service.

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Another standout feature of this iconic hotel, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is also home to one of the world’s highest suspended suites. Situated 220 metres above sea level, the Abu Dhabi Suite adjoins the two Nation Towers, on the 48th and 49th floors and occupies a spacious 1120 square metres. The exquisite Abu Dhabi Suite is complete with four bedrooms, a private library, cinema, spa and captivating 360 degree views of the city and the Arabian Gulf.

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Another highlight of staying at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is Nation Riviera Beach Club, a haven of wellness and recreation. Featuring a 200 metre private beach, secluded cabanas, a spacious infinity pool complete with gardens and a swim-up pool bar as well as exclusive fitness facilities, Nation Riviera is always a good idea, regardless of the weather. Connecting to the hotel via a private, air conditioned, marble underpass that runs below the Corniche, check out The Cabana for lunch (the grilled prawns are superb) and make sure you stay for happy hour and sunset on the beach, whilst watching the world pass by.

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Dining plays a big part at St. Regis Abu Dhabi. The hotel features nine distinctive restaurants and lounges ranging from signature experiences at the iconic St. Regis Bar following in the tradition of St. Regis brand’s legendary New York hotel, to the exclusive Helipad Sunset Supper experience, 255 meters up, on the highest active helipad in the Middle East.  In addition The Terrace on the Corniche offers a fresh perspective on International cuisine from day-to-night, the renowned Friday brunch experience and Saturday breakfast to 3pm (New York style)) while Cabana Bar & Grill welcomes picturesque casual beachside dining. Our favourite however was the authentic, award-winning Villa Toscana, a low lit restaurant serving delicious pasta, pizza, risotto and meats. We loved the complimentary antipasti room, perfect for enjoying an aperitif before dinner and the prawn and lobster ravioli, which had us begging for more. Other options include, the time-honoured St. Regis Afternoon Tea, available at the Crystal Lounge, as well as Azura Panoramic Lounge, an alfresco hotspot overlooking the glistening Arabic Gulf and Abu Dhabi Corniche.

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Last but by no means least, the award-winning Remède Spa, the first in the UAE, offers an array of amazing personalized spa treatments. One of UAE’s largest spas at 3,000 square metres, Remède Spa offers 25 different bespoke facials, massages, body treatments, and spa packages for both ladies and gentlemen given by highly trained masseurs and aestheticians. Remède Spa houses 11 private treatment rooms, each decorated with natural materials and earth tones as well as candles with rich aromas, plush throws, wooden floors and hand-crafted tile mosaics. The treatment rooms, wet areas, relaxation lounges and other amenities are available separately for ladies and gentlemen.

A highlight of our summer so far, we loved our stay at the St Regis and are already excited about our next visit – a highly worthwhile trip!

Hotel Reservations can be made by calling 02 694 4444 or emailing reservations.abudhabi@stregis.com or visiting stregisabudhabi.com

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