One of Abu Dhabi’s most visited hotels, The InterContinental, has stood the test of time in the capital due to its excellent range of F&B outlets and comfortable rooms…
Situated in the heart of the diplomatic area on top of one of the only hill in the capital, InterContinental Abu Dhabi is conveniently located twenty minutes from the International Airport and a short taxi ride from Abu Dhabi’s most popular sites. The hotel has maintained its popularity throughout the thirty-two years it’s been opened.
The hotel was the first hotel in Abu Dhabi to have a stretch of white sandy private beach and pool as well as a grand ballroom. When we enter the hotel, the hospitable staff warmly greet us and instantly make us feel welcome. We are booked into the Club Lounge for our stay, allowing us to have breakfast served to us in the Club Lounge and lots of other complimentary treats.
What we love about this hotel is that no matter what your needs are, the staff really go out of their way to provide them. The hotel’s 390 rooms include 54 suites, and all come with wifi which we love. Day or night you can take advantage of InterContinental Abu Dhabi’s 24-hour room service, laundry facilities, and valet service which makes it the perfect place to stay for a business trip and the property is equipped to meet the needs of even the most demanding business traveller.
One of the main things we love about this hotel is that you when you are staying here there really is no need to leave. It boasts a beautiful beach club, gorgeous marina and loads of amazing restaurants. With a constant flow of new ideas supported by some of the city’s longest-running success stories, the hotel’s reputation for great food and fantastic service is second to none. Whether you are staying at the hotel, planning a celebratory dinner or simply looking to wind down after work, InterContinental Abu Dhabi has something special on the menu to appeal to even the fussiest diner.
One of our favourite venues would have to be Circo. Circo’s atmosphere, reminiscent of the old-style European circus tents has inspired the restaurant’s name. With locations in New York and Las Vegas, Circo offers Italian flair built upon a foundation of signature Tuscan recipes from the kitchen of Maccioni matriarch Egidiana and prepared by Chef Matteo.
If you want to dine at Abu Dhabi’s hottest new restaurant, Byblos Sur Mer is a must visit. Byblos Sur Mer offers a spectacular variety of mezzeh, grills, traditional Lebanese dishes, prepared by expert chefs. Set over two floors with spacious terraces, this contemporary restaurant overlooks the spectacular marina and was recently host to The FACT Abu Dhabi Dining Awards (our brother publication) where Byblos Su Mer won Best Newcomer 2016.
If you thought all-day-dining restaurants were all the same, think again. From its vantage point on the third floor, Selections boasts one of the most spectacular views around. Sit down to breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy the beauty of the beach and marina from almost every table. To keep things interesting, the chef and his team spice things up with regular theme nights and a fabulous Saturday brunch.
Another must visit is the The Belgian Café. Enjoy steaming mussel pots, chunky frites and creamy mayonnaise, served up with a choice of exclusive Belgian draught brews. The venue has a classic European setting and when the weather is right sitting outside overlooking the marina is just glorious. The Belgian Café is a little piece of old Brussels right in the heart of Abu Dhabi. The Yacht Club is also worth mentioning and is just as lovely sitting outside overlooking Abu Dhabi’s most picturesque marina. We love the contemporary interiors, Asian cuisine and the unlimited imagination of its bar staff. Prepare for cocktail creations, unforgettable sunsets and much more.
If you want to get some exercise in after all that eating, The Health Club offers the latest in state-of-the-art facilities with cardio machines, weight training machines, jacuzzis, steam rooms, sauna, fully equipped 24 hour gym, indoor pool and an outdoor heated pool on the 3rd floor with a breathtaking view of the Marina.
The Bayshore, is the hotel’s private beachfront destination to relax, rejuvenate and refuel. Located within InterContinental Abu Dhabi’s marina, the Bayshore is a fantastic beach and health club. It combines the best in health, relaxation and entertainment with 300m of natural beachfront, infinity pool, swim-up bar, separate children’s pool and play area, premium health and sports facilities, day spa and restaurant.
Guests are invited to relax in sun-loungers on beach or in one of the seven private cabanas complete with butler service, before dipping into the cool infinity pool with a swim-up bar overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The Bayshore also features a large outdoor jacuzzi as well as a separate, shaded pool for children with a fun waterslide and play area. For refreshments, the expert team of chefs and mixologists at the new Bayshore Bar have put together a creative menu with everything from healthy snacks to classic cocktails and Wagyu Burgers, which can be enjoyed at the bar or from the comfort of the sun-loungers and cabanas. Water sport facilities can be accessed from the Bayshore’s beachfront and members also have access to squash and floodlit tennis courts on the property.
The Bayshore’s state-of-the-art gym has dedicated cardio and strength areas with inspiring views over the pool, garden and beach areas. For guests looking for a less
strenuous way to unwind, the day spa offers multi treatment rooms for massages as well as a full range of face and body treatments. With a full suite of health, fitness and relaxation facilities, and with its own private marina.
So, if you are booking in for a leisure trip with your family or coming on a business trip, the InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel will offer you everything that fits your needs and requirements. When you’re planning your next trip or staycation, this hotel is a must.