Located in the central part of Abu Dhabi, overlooking the neighbouring seaside Corniche is the St. Regis Abu Dhabi.
As expected from a brand with so much heritage (St. Regis is known for their signature butler service), the entire experience was nothing less than premium. The lobby is very regal looking and the staff are very attentive.
I spent a lot of time at the beach – located an air conditioned walk away, the Nation Beach Club is all kinds of dreamy. What I really liked about it was that the sun loungers were elegantly interspaced, in other words there was a fair amount of healthy distance between ourselves and the neighbours. My biggest pet peeve is the congested beach clubs of tourist trap destinations like the Canary Islands. Exclusivity is all gone when the beach resembles a morning metro ride.
The highlight of the trip was the Italian brunch at the Veranda restaurant. Served at the table (no manky buffets in sight); the food came on chefs recommendation. There was an aged Chianti in the picture too, exclusive for the hotel that elevated the experience to fuzzy new levels.
An unforgettable weekend / XXX