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Abu Dhabi continues hotel expansion

12 Nov 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Abu Dhabi is set to welcome six new upscale hotels next year, with brands including St. Regis, Westin, Park Hyatt and Rocco Forte.

The projects, developed by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), will add over 1,100 rooms and 500 residences to Abu Dhabi’s hotel portfolio.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (pictured below), a Starwood hotel and one of nine five-star hotels to line Saadiyat Beach, will feature 380 guest rooms and suites, eight themed restaurants, three lounges and over 2,800 square metres of conference and meeting space. Adjoined to the hotel will be 259 apartments with one to three bedrooms and 33 branded villas. With close proximity to the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, it will be a hotspot for golf enthusiasts. Click here for more information.

Westin Hotel & Spa Abu Dhabi will overlook the Abu Dhabi Golf Resort, featuring 400-person conference and boardrooms and a business centre. Designed after the iconic falcon-shaped clubhouse, its 172 premium rooms and luxury suites are organized in two wings for great views of the golf course. Other amenities include a ballroom, two squash courts, spa facilities, and five indoor and outdoor fine dining facilties. For more information click here.

The five-star Park Hyatt, developed by Abu Dhabi National Hotels, will be situated on the protected Saadiyat Beach, adjoined to Saadiyat Beach Golf Course and close to the Cultural District. For business it will offer state-of-the-art banqueting and conference facilities, plus spa and recreational options, more than 300 guestrooms and suites and 13 villas. For more information click here.

The eco-friendly Eastern Mangroves will operate as an Agsana luxury five-star hotel resort, marina, residential and retail destination located alongside the eastern shore of the protected mangroves habitat, 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. It will feature 220 apartments, 223 hotel rooms, a ballroom, state-of-the-art conference facilities, a luxury spa, three restaurants (Thai, seafood and all-day dining) and a rooftop lounge. For more information click here.

The Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi (pictured below), set in the commercial district, will feature 281 rooms with a 2,000 sqm luxury spa with seven treatment rooms, fully-equipped gym, 25-metre swimming pool, and a wide variety of F&B options including Chinese and Japanese restaurants and an a la carte Italian restuarant, tea and coffee lounge, mezzanine bar and Brazilian poolside bar. There will be extensive event and conference facilities with a reception, business centre, and executive lounge, as well as seven meeting rooms, 500-person ballroom, and a traditional Arabic VIP majlis lounge. For more information click here.

Finally two lodges will open in the Western Region on Sir Bani Island. The Al Yamm Lodge will have 30 one and two-bedroom villas with private pools, 15 of them on the beach and 15 in the green mangrove forests, with views of a saltwater lagoon. The hotel will feature two restaurants (an all-day dining Arabic restaurant and an Italian poolside grill), a library, pool, lounge and business centre. For more information click here.

Al Sahel Lodge will feature 30 chalets located in the Arabian Wildlife Park also on Sir Bani Island, with amenities including two restaurants (all day dining East/Southern African Safari styled restaurant and a South Asian pool bar and grill), a cigar lounge, pool and library. For more information click here.

For our four hour guide to Abu Dhabi, click here, and for a look at what the emirate is doing to turn its oil wealth into a lasting future, see Desert Dreams in the October 2009 issue of Business Traveller.

Report by Allie Conroy

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