The Escape | Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

BY Sophie Stevens / Nov 14 2018 / 17:51 PM

Nestled in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, the recently opened five-star resort offers a decadent stay-cay that is just 15 minutes from the city

The Escape | Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Saadiyat Rotana
The five-star resort boasts its own 300m stretch of sandy shore

If breathtaking ocean views, lazy lunches and poolside pampering are up your street, a stay at the newly opened Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas could be just the ticket.

This one-of-a-kind five-star destination offers effortless luxury across 327 rooms and suites, as well as 13 beach villas with their own private plunge pool. Beautifully decorated throughout in modern Arabic architecture, floor-to-ceiling views of the Arabian Gulf welcome you as soon as you enter the property in the Sama Lobby Lounge.

Saadiyat Rotana Lobby

Stunning views of the Arabian Gulf greet guests as soon as they enter the resort

The palatial theme continues in the spacious rooms, with a Classic King sleekly designed in bright open-plan style complete with a balcony, while the outdoor area boasts a vast swimming pool (with a swim up bar, natch). For more active guests, the leisure options also include two tennis courts, Bodylines Fitness Club and a mini golf course.

Saadiyat Rotana Swimming Pool

Saadiyat Rotana

Saadiyat Rotana prides itself on its sumptuous F&B choices, with a total of seven unique restaurants and bars. A more relaxed dining option is available at the Roof Lounge & Bar with its stunning sea and sunset views, while Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar reinterprets classic Italian dishes in a chic setting.

Saadiyat Rotana Sim Sim Market Brunch

The Friday Market Brunch includes an impressive fresh seafood counter

The recently launched Friday Market Brunch is definitely worth a mention, held between 1-4pm at the resort’s sprawling Sim Sim restaurant. Dedicated to traditional international food markets, the family-friendly brunch sees a spread of live cooking experiences, with last week’s seafood counter boasting an impressive 150kg-halibut amongst the lobster and sea bream (we were told that a 500kg version graced the previous week’s selection).


Classic King Room at Saadiyat Rotana

A short walk from the hotel takes you to a 300m stretch of stunning sandy beach, with the island famous for its natural beauty and wildlife (insider tip – head down shortly before sunset for the chance to see the dolphins’ evening water jumps).

Saadiyat Rotana Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Rotana 

Of course, being on Saadiyat Island also means access to some of the world's leading cultural destinations. So if you can still move after the Friday brunch, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is just a short drive away.