Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, located on Saadiyat Island, is a hidden gem of Abu Dhabi. We were here for a weekend and it was the perfect getaway– and the best part is that the drive is not bad at all, whether your coming from Abu Dhabi or even Dubai.
The check-in was really quick, the staff were incredibly friendly and we were swiftly brought to our room. The hotel itself is actually a lot larger than I expected, so there is quite a bit of walking, but the grounds are so beautiful that you don’t feel the distance at all.
Our room was on the ground floor, and we had quick access to the garden which we could see from our huge balcony. The room itself was spacious and well laid out.
There’s a long counter in the room’s hallway where the Nespresso coffee machine along with several different types of coffee pods, as well as gourmet teas are offered complimentary. Along with that, are the mini bar and several snacks neatly tucked away in the cabinets below.
The bathroom was separated into two: one room for the toilet and another large room for the shower, large bathtub, sinks and vanity area.
The closet space is also very generous, and comes with a safe for all of your important belongings, as well as an ironing board and iron, and super comfy robes and slippers!
The main area is beautifully laid out with a huge, soft bed, a very comfortable lounging couch, a work desk, and plenty of space for a toddler to crawl/walk around in. The outside balcony is also very spacious, and has an outdoor couch, table and chair.
The decor is beautiful, and although the hotel has been around since 2011, everything has been very well-kept. No wear and tear on the furniture, and everything was very clean. The decor is simple and elegant with a touch of arabesque designs.
Fresh flowers and fruits are sent to the room on a daily basis, and the staff really make you feel special. I didn’t have any issues during the whole stay. They were all so helpful and kind.
We quickly put our things away and walked over across the courtyard to The Cafe so we could enjoy the Friday Brunch. It’s one of the best brunch packages in Abu Dhabi and a must try whether or not you are staying at the hotel! The full review of the brunch is here: Friday Brunch at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi.
We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the grounds of the hotel and enjoying the pool. And by ‘pool’, I mean several different pools. I honestly don’t even know how many pools Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi has because there were so many to choose among. From what I saw, there’s a large shallow one (perfect for lounging by), there’s several family friendly pools, a toddler/kiddie pool, a 16+ pool, and also several different semi-private pools with their own lounging chairs. We’ve been to many 5-star resorts around the UAE but Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is definitely the best one if your looking for a weekend by the pool! Here’s a pic of Khalifa guiding his Baba (AKA Sea Horse, haha):
We also passed by the kids play area, but since Khalifa is only a year and a few months old, he was a bit too small to enjoy it. If you’ve got children a little bit older than that though, its such a great way to keep them occupied!
After spending some time waddling around the water with little Khalifa, we went back to the room to relax and freshen up. Although we had a dinner reservation made for Beach House, we were unable to go that night because of a familial obligation, so one of my husband’s friends, Rashid and his wife ended up going on behalf of us. Here’s what he had to say about it: Dinner at Beach House.
We got our chance to try Beach House the next morning. There’s several different places to have breakfast at in Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. If you are staying at the hotel, there is a huge breakfast brunch, but we had reservations made for the beachfront restaurant, Beach House. It’s seriously such a beautiful place to have breakfast, and your welcome to make a reservation whether or not you are staying at the hotel. To check out the full review of our breakfast, click here: Breakfast at Beach House.
After breakfast, we went down to the beach. Its a perfect white sand beach– I didn’t even feel like I was in Abu Dhabi, it was more like I was on a vacation on a beach in Thailand. Its so beautiful and the water is a gorgeous warm turquoise blue. Khalifa didn’t think it was the best thing ever though, so I didn’t get to spend too much time there.
We went back to the pool area, so he could play in the toddler pool. We spent a good couple of hours by the pool, before heading back to the room to wash up, take a quick nap and pack up our stuff. Speaking of wash up– the bathtub is wonderful! I put Khalifa to bed and took a long bubble bath. The amenities they provide smell so great and I loved the bath salts! Make sure you make use of the bathtub during your stay.
What I really like about the hotel is that they’re very thoughtful. The evening before your check out, they call and ask to make sure that you will be checking out, and then ask if you have any preferred time of check-out. We chose a late check-out at 2pm, and they didn’t bother us at all the morning of the check-out. At almost every other UAE hotel, the reception calls you up around 11am to get all of that information, so I really appreciated that they took care of this the night before instead of bombarding us with calls while we might have been sleeping.
We really enjoyed our quick weekend getaway to Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and I would so gladly come back here again. Its such a wonderful atmosphere, and it takes you completely away from the city– there are no skyscrapers in sight!
The price for one night is around 1200 Dhs (October 2015).
- Location: 5
- Hotel Ambience: 5
- Staff (Friendliness and Helpfulness): 5
- Rooms: 5
- Amenities: 4.5
- Housekeeping: 5
- Value for money: 5
Overall Rating: 4.9
To book at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, call +971 (0) 2 407 1234.