Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
The Designer Shops!
If you’ve got serious cash to splash, you’ll find plenty to please your inner shopaholic. The Avenue at Etihad Towers houses a host of high-end boutiques selling luxury fashion, jewellery, watches and gifts, including Hermès, Versace, Givenchy, Rolex, Tom Ford, Chloé and Carrie Bradshaw’s fave, Manolo Blahnik.
INFO: Podium Levels 1 and 2
Observation Deck at 300
Located on the 74th floor and towering 300m above the city, this is a splendid place to stop by for high tea. We gorged on cakes, cute sandwiches and scones washed down with fine coffee, exotic teas and the cafe’s signature Etihad Sparkler mocktail.
INFO: 10am-6pm daily, entry Dhs75, Dhs50 of which can be redeemed against food and drinks, Tower 2
Life’s a Beach
The beach was small, really well tended – whenever anyone made so much as a footprint, staff swiftly raked the sand smooth again. And there are three outdoor pools.
My one-hour Swedish massage made me feel as though I’d been stretched inside out and back again, most definitely in a good way. Fairly intense pressure was coupled with ginger, rosemary and invigorating black pepper oil, and I left on a natural high. One of the best spa treatments I’ve had.
INFO: Sports massage Dhs450 per hour or Dhs620 for 90 min, The Talise Spa at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, 02 811 5858, JADspa@jumeirah.com
Ray’s Bar is one of Abu Dhabi’s most popular hangouts, and with stunning city views and an extensive menu of cocktails, there are far worse ways to while away an evening. Grab a corner seat and kick back at this plush and pulsating nightspot. INFO: 5pm-3am daily, Level 62, 02 811 5666
A Place to Crash
Our high-tech Grand Deluxe Room had heaps of creature comforts – the iPhone dock was particularly handy. The bathroom was massive and the toiletries modelled on the building’s five towers were a particularly nice touch.
We ate alfresco at this upscale Lebanese restaurant, which puts a modern spin on standard Levantine cuisine. As well as mezze staples are Arabic twists on fine-dining dishes, from pan-seared scallops in pomegranate jus to yellowfin tuna with baba ganoush. I ordered dolmas – stuffed baby marrow and aubergine with tomato-mint sauce – while my better half opted for the za’atar-crusted rack of lamb served with parsnip purée, tomato jam and shaved black truffle. Even the hummus was a cut above.
INFO: Lunch 12noon-3pm daily, dinner 7pm-12midnight daily, booking essential, 02 811 5666, JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com
This fine-dining French restaurant features opulent decor and an indulgent menu to match. With meat, fish and fruits de la mer prevailing, it’s not one for vegetarians, but confirmed carnivores can knock themselves out with dishes designed to impress, From the foie gras confit, Wagyu and Armagnac-smoked veal to the Atlantic lobster lasagne served with truffle foam, Brasserie Angélique must have seen a fair few maxed-out credit cards. Formidable!
INFO: Lunch 12noon-3.30pm daily, dinner 7pm-11.30pm daily, booking essential, 02 811 5666, JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com
Etihad Towers on Film!
The hotel makes a special appearance in Fast & Furious 7, the latest instalment of the action flick franchise. In one scene, a helicopter flies between two of its towers; a few windows had to be removed so the stunt could be captured on camera. Famous former guests include ex-US President Bill Clinton <Kill Bill> actress Daryl Hannah, and tech billionaire Bill Gates; Princess Beatrice of York and actors Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel have also popped by.
INFO: Fast & Furious 7 hits UAE cinemas on Thu 2 Apr
Room rate per night: From Dhs1,100
Gym membership: Dhs7,000 per year for women, Dhs7,750 for men
Brunch: The Chill & Grill Brunch at casual-chic waterfront spot Nahaam features live barbecue stations and succulent seafood; 12.30pm-3.30pm Fri, Dhs285 with soft drinks, Dhs385 with hops and grape, Dhs495 with sparkling vino and premium French bubbly, 02 811 5666, JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com; all prices exclude 10 per cent service charge and six per cent tourism tax