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REVIEWED: JUMEIRAH AT SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT, ABU DHABI, UAE

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Take in the panoramic sea view and breathe in the fresh sea air, while experiencing world class understated luxury and sophistication in a unique, luxurious, family-friendly and environmentally sensitive resort.

The setting

Strategically positioned within a brief ten-minute drive from the heart of Abu Dhabi City, our initial approach to the property left us awestruck by its impressive contemporary architecture and expansive scale. The first moments upon arrival left a lasting impact; we couldn’t help but be captivated by the well-lit and spacious lobby adorned with a collection of intricately suspended glass ornaments from the ceiling.

The resort occupies a unique position along the pristine Saadiyat beach, one of the most exquisite shores in the Arabian Gulf. An exclusive 400-meter private beach, accessible via a picturesque promenade through natural sand dunes, seamlessly connects to a vast nine-kilometer stretch of pristine white sands. Each guest is treated to an exceptional front-row seat to awe-inspiring natural beauty and the opportunity to witness undisturbed wildlife, including hawksbill turtles, dugongs, humpback and bottlenose dolphins, flamingos, and gazelles.

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The experience

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The staff exhibited exceptional attentiveness, immediately putting us at ease with a seamless and efficient check-in process. Before long, we were escorted to our room, absorbing the breathtaking views of the meticulously landscaped gardens and the captivating cobalt blue sea through the expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Our accommodations exuded a modern, luminous ambiance, boasting a spacious balcony area that provided uninterrupted vistas of the sea. The room was generously adorned with contemporary, comfortable furnishings and luxurious high-quality linens. The elegantly marbled bathroom featured an indulgent standalone bathtub, expansive basins, and a contemporary rain shower.

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The resort’s reverence for its distinct location has led to a conscious choice of adopting a luxury “eco-conscious” ethos. In partnership with a local water treatment company, guests are provided locally-sourced, filtered still and sparkling water in eco-friendly reusable sports bottles that can be conveniently refilled at the resort’s water stations. Additionally, the resort has taken steps to eliminate the use of plastic straws, opting for straws made from recycled materials.

After settling in, we eagerly embarked on a leisurely lunch at Mare Mare, where we had the pleasure of sitting beside the infinity pool for adults, taking in the magnificent beach views and the sparkling sea beyond. Mare Mare stands as a haven for seafood enthusiasts, offering a delectable selection of the freshest seafood, heavenly pizza oven-baked creations, and Mediterranean delights. Notably, the seafood salad with raspberry dressing and fennel shavings, the sautéed mussels and clams with fresh tomato, and the seasonal grilled seafood ensemble come highly recommended. Our children’s faces lit up upon being presented with wood-fired Mickey Mouse pizzas from the kids’ menu!

Post-lunch, our children’s enthusiasm led them to the vibrantly adorned Kids Club, where they were warmly welcomed and engaged in various activities within the games room, soft play area, outdoor playground, and crafting space. The remainder of the afternoon was spent by the children in the outdoor kids’ pool and on the beach, while we relished a leisurely stroll along the promenade, immersing ourselves in the sea breeze, before settling comfortably on loungers for some well-deserved relaxation.

As the afternoon transitioned into evening, we were treated to a “Saadiyat Revitalizing Massage.” This full-body, deep tissue massage incorporated ancient therapeutic techniques, gentle flowing movements, acupressure point stimulation, and soothing stretches. The SPA experience itself was an sensory journey; NEOM organics essential oils diffused inviting aromas, immediately melting away stress as we sipped on invigorating ginger tea, enveloped in plush robes awaiting our treatment. The massage was truly exceptional, meticulously tailored to address our individual aches and tensions, leaving us in a state of blissful relaxation and rejuvenation.

For dinner, we chose “The Lounge,” a fifth-floor enclave offering exquisite sea views and a captivating open-air atmosphere. The culinary offerings focus on European cuisine, with a spotlight on flavors and innovative sharing platters, making it an ideal setting for either a romantic dinner for two or a vibrant social gathering. Notable highlights included the lobster tacos with spicy mayo and basil, the tuna poke embellished with edamame, sesame, ginger, and shiso avocado, the zesty shrimp complemented by mayonnaise, and, for dessert, the assortment of miniature fruit sorbet cones.

"the experience at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort transcends mere luxury – it's a harmonious fusion of nature's splendor, exceptional hospitality, and unparalleled gastronomic delights. ”

Our delightful gastronomic journey continued with our experience at the chic all-day dining venue, ‘White,’ where a rich blend of local and international dishes were artfully presented alongside interactive live cooking stations. The expansive open area was a pleasure to dine in, and we were captivated by the diverse array of culinary creations. The breakfast spread was truly exceptional, featuring a wide range of healthful yet delectable offerings, including vibrant morning health shots and a frozen smoothie station – a delightful way to enjoy all our daily nutrients in a single serving!

As the day turned to night, our family reveled in the simple pleasures of feeling the sand between our toes and the gentle sea breeze brushing through our hair as we sculpted sand turtles and watched the sun’s mesmerizing descent over the horizon. Together, we crafted cherished memories that will undoubtedly be cherished for years to come.

the rooms

The hotel boasts an exquisite collection of 293 modern, sun-drenched rooms overlooking the expansive ocean. Additionally, six panoramic suites offer captivating views through floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, while eight private two, three, and four-bedroom villas with their own private pools provide an exclusive retreat.

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Leisure & Well-being

The spa, an opulent haven spanning 2,700 square meters, envelops you in tranquility and understated elegance. Features include a grand Moroccan Hammam, 15 treatment rooms equipped with male and female facilities, saunas, hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms, salt rooms, experience showers, and a traditional Arabic rasul room. Guests residing in the four Spa Villas can indulge in pampering treatments in the seclusion of their private sanctuaries.

Engage in a selection of organic spa rituals and innovative therapies from the holistic spa menu. Couples can relish a shared treatment within the Deluxe Suite, accessible through a private entrance.

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

The resort provides a diverse selection of restaurants and lounges, each offering a refined array of culinary experiences, ranging from sophisticated Middle Eastern cuisine to casual poolside dining.

THE LOUNGE

The Lounge introduces a unique dining concept that fosters togetherness through innovative sharing platters. Creativity and ingenuity shine in every dish, bringing flavor and origin to each bite. The terrace provides a trendy setting for sunset moments, complemented by the ambiance created by DJs, while expert mixologists concoct refreshing beverages.

MAJLIS SAADIYAT

Majlis Saadiyat offers a charming oceanfront setting to catch up over artful latte, visually striking desserts, and light refreshments. This venue marries traditional Arabic flavors with a modern twist, offering an outdoor terrace for an immersive dining experience. Explore an array of Arabic-inspired mocktails for a distinctive palate, or elevate an occasion with an Arabian Afternoon Tea boasting seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.

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MARE MARE

The enchanting poolside restaurant specializes in authentic Italian cuisine. The name “Mare Mare” pays homage to the Italian word for “sea,” a fitting nod to its exquisite location with panoramic sea views. Evoking the ambiance of a rustic Italian abode, the chefs infuse classic dishes with the essence of “Mamma’s home cooking,” drawing from timeless ingredients to take diners on a culinary journey along the Italian coast.

WHITE

Medium_resolution_150dpi-Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort – White Restaurant Medium_resolution_150dpi-Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort – White Restaurant-2 Embark on a gastronomic voyage at the interactive White buffet, offering global dishes personalized to your preferences. This contemporary restaurant, with its sleek indoor and breathtaking outdoor dining settings, welcomes you throughout the day. The enticing lagoon pool and Mediterranean-inspired sun deck stand just steps away, surrounded by unforgettable sea views.

Explore the diverse array of interactive live cooking stations, engaging in conversation with the talented chefs as they craft dishes tailored precisely to your tastes.

TEAN

Immerse yourself in regional flavors and savor authentic Levantine dining culture, just moments from the sea. Tean prides itself on elevating traditional Arabic cuisine with a modern twist, enhancing authentic dishes with contemporary flair and impeccable presentation.

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FINAL VERDICT

In conclusion, the experience at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort transcends mere luxury – it’s a harmonious fusion of nature’s splendor, exceptional hospitality, and unparalleled gastronomic delights. From the moment of arrival, the resort’s modern architecture and expansive grounds set the stage for an unforgettable stay. The attentive staff ensures every need is met, while the breathtaking sea views and meticulously designed rooms create an atmosphere of tranquility and opulence.

The resort’s commitment to eco-conscious practices adds a sense of responsibility to its luxury, setting a precedent for sustainable hospitality. The private beach, with its inviting promenade and unspoiled natural beauty, offers a front-row seat to nature’s wonders. The Kids and Teens Club, engaging activities, and pristine outdoor pools cater to families, while the exquisite dining options, each with its unique flair, elevate culinary experiences to new heights.

The spa indulges the senses, and the wellness offerings mirror the resort’s dedication to holistic rejuvenation. From leisurely strolls along the promenade to tranquil moments watching the sun dip below the horizon, each memory crafted here leaves an indelible mark.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is more than a destination; it’s a treasure trove of experiences that uplift the soul, nourish the senses, and create cherished memories. Whether seeking respite from the everyday or embarking on a family adventure, this resort embodies the art of luxury living intertwined with the beauty of nature. Without a doubt, every moment spent within its embrace is a moment well-lived.

CONTACT INFO

For more information or to make a reservation:

 

For more information, visit the website


For reservations and more information, please call:

+971 2 811 4444

UAE Toll Free: 800 5863 4724 or email: [email protected]

 
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