Abu Dhabi's sleek waterfront stay
168 Rooms / 32 Suites
Situated just off the main island of the archipelago capital city, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island puts you smack-dab among the attractions. It’s adjacent to both the Abu Dhabi Global Market and the designer-packed Galleria mall.
Entering the waterfront hotel, you’ll be simultaneously greeted by an eye-catching fresh flower arrangement and an attentive staff who endeavors to whisk you through the check-in process as efficiently as possible. The Four Seasons has a buzzy atmosphere where business people, local residents and chic holidaymakers mix as they pass through the lobby.
Contemporary and glossy, this urban property is replete in white marble and pearlescent accents (harking back to the UAE’s pearl-diving heritage) with thoughtful design throughout that takes into consideration its environmental impact and the Emirates’ culture.
The hotel’s exterior, inspired by fabrics in a souk, is aesthetically striking while reflecting 80 percent of the region’s harsh sunlight. It showcases the property’s dedication to eco-sustainability.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• Indulge in the hotel’s Dahlia Spa, perhaps with a rejuvenating Jet Lag Recovery treatment or the ultimate relaxation: Dalia Spa Time, a service that will tailor four hours of bliss to your needs.
• Four Seasons’ chief concierge, Abdulaziz al Marri, is the first and only Emirati member of the esteemed Les Clefs d’Or concierge organization and is well worth testing for tips and access to the city’s most elite or unusual spots.
• For those unfamiliar with Abu Dhabi, the hotel may seem out of the way, but it’s ideally sandwiched between the business center and recreational destinations, like Saadiyat Island.
• Check out the hotel’s stunning 2,000-piece art collection. Start with the seven column-like pieces in the lobby representing the seven emirates of the UAE.
• Cool down with a view of the Abu Dhabi cityscape at the pool. Grab one of the lavishly large, partially shaded lounges where staff will hurry over with your own mini-cooler full of ice and bottled water.
Things to Know
• While the hotel is predictably quiet during Ramadan days, after sundown the restaurants are brimming with diners and a lively atmosphere.
• The Four Seasons’ eateries and lounges are not just popular with hotel guests — they’re city hot spots, so book in advance.
• Forget to pack swim or workout gear? The Abu Dhabi hotel has you covered with disposable bathing suits, sneakers and the like available upon request.
• The family-friendly hotel offers the Kids For All Seasons program to keep younger guests busy with activities.
• While all accommodations in the luxury hotel have water views, opt for one of the deluxe rooms to bathe in a soaking tub alongside floor-to-ceiling windows.
• Filled with creamy tones and art deco accents, each room feels like a sophisticated haven. But the specialty suites are showstoppers with touches such as luxurious silk wallpaper.
• The signature Four Seasons Beds are ultra-soft. But should that not be to your liking, options to customize to your preferences are available.
• Take advantage of the in-room private bar complete with espresso and tea makers, a stocked mini-fridge and a curated selection of sweet and savory snacks.
• Marble bathrooms come with a glass-enclosed rain shower, a standalone oval tub, Ferragamo bath products and a TV-embedded mirror.
• Cigar and cocktail aficionados must try Euro-glam Zsa Zsa. Look out for Sergey, who shakes a mean martini.
• At Adam Tihany-designed Café Milano, an outpost of the D.C. restaurant, tiled floors, billowing white curtains and succulent octopus dishes transport you to the Mediterranean.
• Butcher & Still goes the distance with its 1920s Chicago steakhouse theme. Executive chef Marshall Roth has created a menu that focuses on dishes — such as lobster Thermidor — that were popular at that time.
• Crust serves healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, along with a Friday brunch starring Middle Eastern, Western and Asian dishes and flowing champagne.