JUST HANGING AT ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND.
It was February. January had been long and drawn out. I had managed to make January fabulous by dragging out all my birthday celebrations but now it was Feb, it was still grey, wet and cold and we badly needed some winter sun.
AT THE OUTDOOR POOL AREA AT ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND.
I scoured the internet for weeks searching for a hot-spot in Feb. The canaries were too cool temperature-wise, Asia was too far away, America in the age of Trump wasn’t bearable. Someone suggested Dubai, then they said Abu Dhabi was more sophisticated so after researching long and heard I came to choose the uber opulent ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND for its stunning hotel grounds.
I am a fussy traveller and require a pool, beach, spa and fabulosity and the St Regis provided all that and more.
THIS IS THE MAGIC BUTTON THAT YOU PRESS AT THE POOL FOR A WAITER TO CATER TO YOUR EVERY WHIM!
It was an amazing week and delivered above and beyond my expectations. We had booked a superior room via Kenwood Travel in the UK …(much cheaper and as efficient than all the usual holiday package bookers that i have used in the past!)…and were aware a superior room is the lowest ranking at the hotel, but on arrival found to our delight that it was huge, palatial and classy. From the moment we arrived, until we left everything was perfect!
PRESSING THE MAGIC BUTTON MAKES THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN…FRESH FRUIT BY THE POOL WHILST CHILLING!
The garden view room was stunning and classically decorated with two separate sink and toilet facilities with a gorgeous rain shower wet room and tea/coffee making facilities.
We chose not to have a sea view too this time as we barely spent any time during the day in the room as the pool/beach were so delightful.
JUST ME ON A COMFY CHAIR ON THE BEACH IN ABU DHABI.
The three butlers assigned to us were a total surprise…..yet attentive and helpful and genuinely seemed keen to make our stay comfortable with nothing being too much trouble. They brought twenty extra hangers immediately and took our clothing to be pressed daily- complimentary!
DAILY FRESH ORIGAMI TOWEL ANIMALS IN OUR SUITE!
There was more than enough fresh bottled ST REGIS branded water provided daily as well as a lovely lot of flowers, chocolates and even origami towels in shapes of love hearts and animals. A lovely way of showing attention to detail which made us smile daily.
THE CLASSY PIANIST IN THE LOBBY PLAYING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC EVERY EVENING…FROM BRAHMS TO BRUNO MARRS , SHE HAD IT ALL!
The hotel was stunning both outside and in. The dramatic entrance with palm trees and fire flames, the shiny marble lobby with stunning flower arrangements and evening pianist were all classy touches.
The hotel grounds are beautifully kept, secure, clean and as pretty as a picture. There is a photo instagram shot around every corner!
The food buffet was the most impressive. I was concerned after reading reviews but the variety and standard of fresh food dishes from across the world were breath taking and every morning at breakfast and at night for dinner the variety and choices were more than enough.
ONE OF OUR BUTLERS- LI!
There is a huge selection of salads, fish, chicken, meat and vegetarian option dishes as well as a fresh dessert counter with the most beautifully presented sweets and fresh pancakes and waffles with the ever dangerous chocolate fountain!
One day they even had a fresh honeycomb dripping honey into our breakfast bowls. The chefs were all super attentive and glad to make off-menu requests too. Truly sensational service!
The pool staff were so professional and very helpful.
Whilst we were staying, an elder lady with a prosthetic leg was helped daily in and out of the pool by the kind life guards, the waIters delivered fresh water, menu’s, drinks and fresh fruit and cold flannels each afternoon too.
The 4/5 pools were a lovely touch. Having the option to choose on the calm, quiet, shady adult pool or the more fun, active children’s pool overlooking the ocean was lovely. The adult pool area has it’s own cafe, loungers, lap pool and sunbeds IN THE WATER!
VIEW FROM A PRIVATE LOUNGER BY THE ADULT POOL.
Each pool cascading into each other looked dazzling! The beach facilities were impressive. Personal cabana’s, hammocks and numerous sun loungers to choose from and the most stunning white pebble-free beach! Heaven!
The food delivery on the beach was speedy and delicious too and the beach staff couldn’t do enough to help with umbrellas, drinks, golf buggies and more.
ONE EDGE OF THE ADULT POOL WHERE SUN BEDS ARE IN THE WATER! BLISS!
Honestly I have stayed at many hotels globally- all proclaiming to be 5-star- even at St Regis in Aspen and New York, and this was by far the best service. No sniffy, haughty, judgemental attitude, but all smiles and genuine warmth by every single staff member.
FLOATING RESTAURANT BY THE POOL.
I also had an incredible Royal Thai massage experience in the open-air cabana on the beach which is something dreams are made of.
KOY DOES A GREAT JOB MASSAGING, PULLING, KNEADING AND SOOTHING.
Koy the therapist from the IRIDIUM SPA was attentive, patient and the deep stretch massage was magical.
HOT TUB IN THE IRIDIUM SPA AT THE ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND.
I have been raving about my trip to all my friends and I WILL BE BACK with the ST REGIS on SAADIYAT ISLAND again for more very soon!
PRIVATE BEACH ST REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND.