Weekend Getaway: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Haven’t got the time for an exotic long haul holiday but want to escape the daily grind and recharge your batteries? Then opt for a weekend break in the region’s capital – Abu Dhabi.
There is something utterly decadent about packing a weekender bag with the essentials and hitting the highway for an escape with a difference, and what better way to spoil yourself than with a short drive to this city, sure to give you a much needed culture and creativity fix?
The luxury five star bolthole, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, is perched on the prestigious Saadiyat Island on a nine kilometre stretch of environmentally protected white sand beach.
Open for little more than a year, the hotel is popular with both locals and out-of-towners, and has already managed to cement its name on the jam-packed hotel scene as a winning favourite among guests. It was recognised as one of the Best New Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler 2012 and received a gong for the resort’s spa, Atarmia, which was also selected as one of the Best New Spas in the World by Conde Nast.
The hotel exudes decadent understated glamour and as soon as guests walk through the doors, they are greeted by a dramatic vista. The expansive windows offer a glimpse of twinkling blue water, swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches – a scene that instantly calms and relaxes holidaymakers.
This luxury getaway features 306 contemporary guest rooms, most with unrestricted views of the beach, including 39 luxury suites and four private villas. Our advice is to splurge on a villa – holiday makers have the choice of both beach and garden views – which offer the chance to perfectly soak up the ambience at this stunning getaway.
These spacious enclaves offer everything needed for a romantic secluded escape –the interiors are crisp and cool featuring a contemporary edge so take time to enjoy the decadent surrounds. You could quite easily spend an afternoon in the hotel’s white fluffy bathrobes, reclining on the plush sofa, while the amenities are simply stunning. Take a rain shower to indulge the senses, soak in the deep tub to soothe away your cares or enjoy the great outdoors in private thanks to an area off the living room that opens onto a spacious, sun-drenched terrace.
This is the perfect way to spend a day, so pack a great book and while away the hours on the deck, lazing on a sun lounger and taking a dip in the temperature controlled plunge pool.
There is nothing better than enjoying a long lunch by the beach with friends and hearing the lull of the waves lapping in the background. Luckily for guests, this hotel has taken full advantage of the magnificent views and casual laid back seaside vibe by opening The Beach House, nestled in between the landscaped gardens and hotel pools. Enjoy the laid back relaxed vibe and order a Mediterranean platter that is perfect to share as a light lunch. This favourite is open daily for lunch between 12pm – 3pm and dinner from 6pm onwards.
As the sun goes down, amp up the glamour level with an evening of intimate and sophisticated dining at The Park Bar and Grill Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in two-storey bar with a long showpiece staircase. The menu is filled with an array of delicious charcoal-grilled meats and seafood, along with Asian inspired dishes, and you can keep an eye on the chefs cooking up a storm in the open plan kitchen. Make it a night to remember at the restaurant, open from 7pm – midnight.
For those that fancy a long Friday lunch, book into The Cafe and enjoy a selection of Arabic and international dishes. Indulge in the buffet, which features slow roasted rib of beef and Wagyu burgers, along with Omani lobster and oysters. Finish off your meal with a sweet treat – decadent pastries and an irresistible chocolate fountain.
The Middle East is renowned for its stunning beauty retreats and Atarmia Spa is the perfect place to check-in for an afternoon of complete blissed-out rest and relaxation. Located over two floors, the spa offers nine spacious treatment rooms, including a VIP couple’s suite, and three rooms with outdoors terraces, complete with personal rain showers. The award winning space has a decadent list of treatments that follow four powerful philosophies: Brilliance, Opulence, Majestic and Lustrous. Our advice? Book in for the Diamond Lift Facial and discover why it was recently named as the region’s Best Signature Facial at the Middle East Spa Awards. This unforgettable 90-minute facial is renowned for delivering visible results, tightening, lifting and redefining the facial contours. Lie back and relax as the experts deliver a facial massage with shiatsu and firming techniques, using aromatics that penetrate the skin. The Diamond Ice Lifting experience delivers on its promise and will keep you glowing for weeks!
SPECIAL SUMMER OFFER
Guests visiting Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi can enjoy a free night with any booking of two nights and more until September 14, 2013, as part of the hotel’s special Summer Promotions. The deal allows up to two children under the age of 12 to stay free of charge in any of the five Hyatt hotels in the United Arab Emirates when staying with two paying adults. They are also entitled to complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner when accompanied by two paying adults. In addition, a 20% discount is available in all restaurants bars and at Atarmia Spa. For details visit: www.abudhabi.park.hyatt.com