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Top luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi

In Abu Dhabi, you're spoilt for choice for indulgent pampering and once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences. From world-renowned five-star hotels and resorts to unique and memorable experiences, Abu Dhabi caters to those looking for the best in hospitality.

Check into luxury at private island retreats, indulge in extravagance through your palate at gourmet culinary venues, experience nature's charm in comfort at unmatched glamping experiences, immerse yourself in the majestic aura of the desert or treat yourself to the highest of high teas at one of Abu Dhabi's most-loved hotels. With such a diverse range of lavish experiences, Abu Dhabi is the perfect destination for those seeking an unforgettable holiday.

Here's a guide to help you enjoy the best the city's luxury hotels have to offer.

Enjoy gourmet eats sprinkled with 24-karat gold at Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace is a magnificent architectural gem that symbolises opulence and luxury. This lavish hotel boasts impressive features, including a helicopter landing pad and 1.3km of private beach and marina. The hotel's interior is a feast for the eyes, with glittering chandeliers and elaborate domes embellished in gold, mother-of-pearl, and crystals. Treat yourself to plush suites that offer private balconies with tranquil views of the lush gardens, pristine pools or the stunning bay, or opt for the three-bedroom palace suite, which comes with the added extravagance of 24-hour butler service. With over ten dining options, including the famous seaside BBQ Al Qasr, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner will be extraordinary. For a truly decadent experience, try the signature Palace Cappuccino and the infamous camel-meat burger, both adorned with 24-karat-gold flakes.

Swing over the sea at the boho-chic Zaya Nurai Island

Dreaming of a luxurious tropical escape? Zaya Nurai Island is the ultimate place to be. Just a 12-minute boat ride from Saadiyat Island, this boutique private island resort features spacious sea-facing villas with private terraces and pools, all overlooking a stunning white-sand exclusive beach. Unwind in premium wellness activities at the resort’s lavish spa, or elevate your visit with exceptional seaside dining options. With its tranquil surroundings, pristine beach, and indulgent amenities, Zaya Nurai Island offers a relaxing and lavish break.

Dine among desert dunes at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Embark on a breathtaking adventure at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, where the mesmerizing splendour of the endless dunes of the Rub al Khali desert (the Empty Quarter) converge with opulent luxury to create a journey beyond compare.

Soak in the stunning sunset views from the comfort of your room's sun lounges or private terrace. Unwind in the exclusive Royal Pavilion Villas, accessible by either helicopter or a regal camel procession. Savour the surreal dining experience at the Suhail rooftop lounge or try the genuinely unique "Dining by Design" experience, set amidst the rolling dunes. Satisfy your thirst for adventure with thrilling desert activities or recharge and rejuvenate with a range of wellness offerings. Experience the epitome of luxury, surrounded by the raw beauty of the desert.

Fall asleep while star-gazing in Jebel Hafit Desert Park’s glamping domes

Embark on a journey of magnificence as you explore the unique wilderness of Jebel Hafit Desert Park in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi – the city of lush gardens. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the park boasts many attractions waiting to be discovered. Indulge in luxury with a five-star outdoor camping experience, where two options of unparalleled extravagance await you. Sleep beneath the stars as you gaze at the skies, wrapped in the comfort of your beautifully furnished dome tent, complete with all the details of a hotel suite. The minimalist bubble tents offer a sanctuary of serenity, with a four-poster bed, a private terrace, a fire pit, and an outdoor shower. Prepare to be swept away by the breathtaking mountain views from your patio.

Savour the highest of high teas at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers demonstrates the pinnacle of Abu Dhabi's luxury. Part of the gleaming, glass-clad sentinels of the five-part complex, this iconic hotel was featured in the Hollywood film Furious 7. The rooms offer contemporary luxury with breathtaking views of the city or sea, chaise lounge chairs, floor-to-ceiling glass, and marble-clad bathrooms. Indulge in the city's best dining options, including fine dining restaurant VaKaKa or enjoy complimentary access to the Observation Deck at 300, Abu Dhabi's highest viewpoint on the 74th floor and home to the city's highest of high teas.

Play golf and spot dolphins at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Looking for a luxury beach escape with the chance to spot some of Abu Dhabi's marine life? Choose The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort for world-class service and direct access to a private beach. Hawksbill sea turtles, the original guests on the island, continue to nest on its sweeping beachfront, which is a protected habitat. The accommodation boasts elegant Mediterranean-style décor, top-notch bedding and a freestanding bathtub.

Spot dolphins at play in the glistening Arabian Gulf, explore authentic flavours at a range of popular seaside culinary venues or wind up your skills at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player.

Surround yourself with luxury at the Four Seasons Hotel

The plush Four Seasons Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island is where leisure and luxury intertwine. Featuring 200 spacious rooms and suites with relaxing water views, dreamy beds and sleek bathrooms, this hotel is the perfect place to unwind after a bustling day in the city. Revitalise your senses and enjoy a wide range of quality wellness offerings at the hotel's Dahlia spa. Treat yourself to an extravagant shopping spree at The Galleria, which links directly to the hotel. Head to the 'urban sanctuary' for a quick drink by the luscious infinity pool before making your way to dinner at any of the hotel's top restaurants, including one of the most sought-after steakhouses in the city, Butcher & Still. 

Start and end your day with lavish entertainment at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Unwind in this luxurious resort which has action-packed attractions on its doorstep. Located on Yas Bay Waterfront's three-kilometre-long promenade, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island houses 545 beautifully designed rooms and suites with breathtaking views. The resort also features a large outdoor swimming pool, a delectable poolside restaurant, exceptional culinary options, and the first eforea spa in the UAE. Guests staying here can also enjoy complimentary access to a private beach club and some of the best theme parks in the world.

Embark on a unique wellness journey at Al Wathba Desert Resort

Escape to a serene oasis tucked away in the stunning desert landscape. Head to Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Hotel Abu Dhabi and soak in the natural beauty and tranquillity of the surrounding atmosphere. Make yourself at home at any of the boutique resort’s 103 rooms and villas, which feature inspiring traditional artwork and local accents. Pamper yourself at the world-class Talise Spa for an unmatched wellness experience, or indulge in a range of dining options surrounded by beautiful desert views. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and head to Al Wathba today for the ultimate wellness getaway.

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