We check into this well-known hotel in the capital which has stood the test of time and offers a superbly luxurious experience…
The Beach Rotana is pretty much known to everyone in Abu Dhabi. Anyone that you speak to in the capital has without a doubt dined at the hotel or stayed there. The
property may be one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest but it’s certainly one of the city’s best which is why it’s held its popularity and continues to get better with age. The 565-room hotel is attached to the Abu Dhabi Mall which is perfect should you want to do a spot of shopping during your stay and it overlooks the beach which gives it a lovely resort feel.
Our room is luxurious and comfortable and we’re excited to be spending the next few days here, right in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Tourist Club area. Rooms range from a Classic Room to spacious Royal Suites, and all have flat-screen TVs and well stocked minibars. The hotel really caters to everyone from couples, families and business travellers. If you want to take your stay to the next level, we suggest checking into
the Royal Suite. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the Royal Suite exudes luxurious comfort in all corners. Featuring elegantly furnished bedrooms and spacious living and dining rooms, the suite has two private balconies overlooking the clear blue waters of the Gulf.
You can enjoy a jacuzzi bath, gazing out onto the sea and guests of the Royal Suite also enjoy 24 hours access to the Club Rotana Lounge with complimentary
breakfast and evening cocktails.
The private beach is large and has great views over the water looking onto Al Maryah Island. There is a fabulous Beach Club which boasts a pool and beach bar for adults and a temperature controlled kids pool. You can also pop by Bodylines Wellness & Fitness Club.
Should you feel peckish during your stay, you will be more than spoilt for choice. There are 11 restaurants at the hotel with a wide variety of cuisine options. On our first night, we dine at Prego’s. An Abu Dhabi institution, Prego’s serves up tasty Italian fare with a lovely terrace and is usually quite heavily booked so be sure to get in early. We take our time to pour over the long menu and finally settle on the lasagna which is delicious and filling. Prego’s is located in a prime position; so should you want to do a business lunch or leisurely lunch you won’t be disappointed.
After inducing ourselves into a carb coma, we feel it’s best to head to Zen the Spa for a treatment. The spa’s concept derives from Holistic Asian Philosophies with an added contemporary twist. The aim of the Spa Team is to provide each guest with “me time” to simply rebalance and rejuvenate- allowing you to be transported away from your busy life to a retreat of tranquility and calm. This sounds good to us! The spa consists of 10 treatment rooms, two tranquility suites and a lovely relaxation area. The varied selection of treatments being available, includes relaxation, body, facial,
hand, foot and massages.
We’re booked in for the Rasul Mud Treatment (one of the spa’s most popular treatments) and a 60 minute Aromatherapy Massage. The aim of the Rasul Mud Treatment is to soften the skin, so the treatment starts with dry brushing to exfoliate and remove surface layers of dead cells. After this, our whole body is smeared with four different types of mud. White mud on our face, yellow mud on our body, grey mud on our arms and a darker mud for our legs. Different muds are used as different parts of your body need more or less exfoliation.
While the mud is doing its job, we are left in the room while it fills with steam and our mud then sets. After about 30 minutes, a cool shower then comes on and we rinse the
mud off to reveal super smooth skin. It’s then time for our Aromatherapy massage which starts off by our therapist asking to take three deep breaths into some heady essential oils. Our therapist works on our body and the massage is strong yet relaxing just as we’d asked for. We leave the spa with a spring in our step.
If we had to pick a standout part of our stay, it would be our visit to Finz. Just like the hotel, Finz is a very popular spot in the capital that has continued to be a consistent
venue. It’s recently undergone a beautiful renovation and has kept all the great things that the restaurant is known for (service, ambiance and great food) while giving it a modern twist. The menu is still focused on seafood and Mediterranean but has elements of North African style that adds something different. The new look of the venue is bright, elegant and chic with gorgeous lighting and lots of white.
The restaurants has managed to create an amazing indoor-outdoor feel with its lovely terrace and has also perfected the feel of a laid-back vibe. We’d recommend an aperitif on the front deck which offers beautiful views both day and night. Beach Rotana has certainly held its own in the capital and it’s a very well kept hotel that continues to thrive. Well worth a visit.