Trying to decide where to stay in Abu Dhabi? This city is surrounded by lush blue beaches and decorated with modern skyscrapers, and filled to the brim with a variety of fantastic hotels. As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi was once the playground for the oil-rich and the influential; now, millions of tourists flock to this gulf coast city every single year. It’s also ranked as one of the safest cities in the world, making it perfect for a relaxing getaway. Whether you’re hoping to soak up that desert sun on one of the beaches, sample the best in Emirati cuisine, or visit iconic landmarks such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, you can do it all in what has come to be known as the Manhattan of the Middle East.
Outside the City
While Abu Dhabi has a plethora of places to stay in the city itself, sometimes you need a little bit of piece of quiet. Experiencing the city in the day and the vast desert at night is a magical experience. Surrounded by the expanses of shifting sands and endless skies filled with stars, you’re sure to love being outside of at all.
Anantara Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort
Located in the world’s largest sand desert, the Empty Quarter, Anantara feels like a mirage at first sight. But as you enter this magnificent resort, you will feel as if you have stepped into an entirely new realm. Consisting of 140 rooms, 14 suites, and 52 pool villas, Anantara simply redefines luxury. Plus, you get to enjoy the ultimate Arab life experience through their unique services of Moroccan Hammam and desert spa rituals.
Liwa Desert,Qasr Al Sarab Road 1, Jurayrah, United Arab Emirates
Magic Camps Abu Dhabi
Magic Camps are the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Arabian desert in all its glory. Request a private camp to be set up in the Liwa Desert’s red dunes for as long, or as little, as you wish. Complete with a private chef, dessert attendant, and driver, your every need will be taken care of. With the peace and serenity of the desert as your only companion, a true appreciation of the Arabian peninsular can be achieved. Staying in the Magic Camps will also give you a wider appreciation of city life once you’ve returned to the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi.
Magic Camps Abu Dhabi, Al Khatim, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
A secluded and stunning piece of natural splendor that’s home to a mangrove conservation center, Jubail Island focuses on a more connected style of living outside the city. Only 15 minutes from the city center, this lush paradise is the best place to stay close to the action and still be surrounded by verdant vegetation.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
An award-winning beach resort revered for its high-quality services, Park Hyatt once again does not disappoint. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, this hotel lets you enjoy nature and luxurious life together. It is the ultimate place for a destination wedding if you want to make memories with loved ones and celebrate the start of a new life.
Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Zaya Nurai Island
If you have ever dreamed of spending your vacation on a private island, then let Zaya Nurai Island fulfill your wish. This secluded resort gives you the perfect opportunity to have a relaxing vacation while its Michelin starred chef restaurants satisfy all your cravings with culinary masterpieces. You’re also invited to take advantage of the sprawling spa for the most indulgent holiday possible.
Nurai Island, 44235 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi’s Corniche
The Corniche is a snowy beach promenade that stretches along the coast of the city, with over 8 kilometers of play areas for children, dazzling fountain displays, upscale restaurants, and cycling lanes. One of the best spots in the city to watch the sun set, it’s equally beautiful during the day.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
You may not expect to experience a French-Arabian styled holiday in Abu Dhabi, but this is exactly what Sofitel Hotel offers. Elegantly styled rooms that emphasize peace and privacy along with smart business meeting rooms are the highlight of this luxe hotel. There’s also a serene pool and secluded spa for the perfect escape within the city. Don’t forget to treat yourself with their delicious French, Mediterranean, and Arabian cuisine at the end of a long day of seeing the city or meeting with colleagues.
Corniche Road East, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Sitting in one Abu Dhabi’s premier locations, this hotel is known as the jewel in the crown of the Corniche, and the Jumeirah strives to provide their guests with the highest hospitality standard. Look out over the waters of the Persian Gulf from the heady heights of the Etihad Towers with access to private beaches, a spa, landscaped pools, gardens, and one of Abu Dhabi’s premier tourist destinations, ‘the Observation Deck at 300.’ Filled with aesthetically rich designed rooms, you will instantly fall in love with each corner of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers the moment you have stepped into the hotel. Delicious Japanese cuisine in Tori No Su, panoramic sea view from the Lobby Bar, and an endless variety of concierge services make this the ultimate place to be.
Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Eastern Abu Dhabi
The Eastern section of the city is known for its unreal levels of luxury. While the whole city is known for its glitz and glam, the hotels housed in this area are some of the most luxe available, and surrounded by chic boutiques and glamorous restaurants.
Nestled along the half-a-mile private beach of eastern Abu Dhabi, the Shangri-La Hotel is an oasis among the desert city landscape. This deluxe hotel comprises of 213 rooms and suites, six private villas, and 160 serviced apartments. Guests can find themselves at the dining table of any of the seven hotel restaurants or cooling off in the soothing waters of the infinity pool. Gazing out over the cityscape, you can catch jaw-dropping views of the Khor Al Maqta Creek and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Catch a traditional abra boat and travel between the waters surrounding the hotel’s private beaches and waterways.
Between The Bridges, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hotel Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
This chic hotel is located in the east of the city. Perfectly situated, the hotel faces its own private sandy beaches and is the gateway to the famous cosmopolitan area of the city. Comprising 369 rooms and suites, the name Fairmont is synonymous with luxury and elegance, and this beautiful hotel offers award-winning hospitality, and includes eight succulent dining options, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and separate ladies’ and mixed-use gyms. If you want a hotel with a view, look no further: it offers breathtaking views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque will hypnotize you with its modern interior design while the quality of the service will make you feel like Arabian royalty.
Between The Bridges, Khor Maqta, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates