Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Al Maryah Island's statement piece

The first UAE outpost from the Rosewood brand, Rosewood Abu Dhabi offers a sumptuous stay with attentive service in the heart of the city. Well-situated on Al Maryah Island amid the international financial center and directly connected to shopping mecca The Galleria, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel puts you in the middle of the action without depriving you of those incredible Arabian Gulf views.

Featuring 154 guest rooms and 35 suites, the sleek 34-story glass tower boasts a modern design that contrasts with warm furnishings and colorful Arabian-inspired fabrics. With eight restaurants and lounges, an underground wine cellar with a cigar room, a destination pool, stellar shopping and a sumptuous spa, this luxe lodging is just the home base for your Abu Dhabi adventure.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Take a break from the searing desert sun and treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering in Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Abu Dhabi. The hammam cleansing rituals are a must at this serene spot.
  • Delicious dining is at your fingertips at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property. From Mediterranean cuisine at Aqua to classic Chinese at Dai Pai Dong, every craving can be satiated.
  • Al Maryah Island has a quiet atmosphere and excellent access to other parts of town. The Corniche on the main island and the cultural district on Saadiyat Island are each just 15 minutes away.
  • For fitness-focused business travelers, the large, state-of-the-art gym offers a “power lunch” during weekday office hours. Exercise during your lunch break then get a healthy takeaway meal to bring back to the office.
  • The staff is polished at the Al Maryah Island hotel. Requests are dealt with cheerfully and quickly, and the personable concierge is especially helpful with knowledgeable tips for you to make the most of your visit.

Things to Know

  • The sun exposure at the pool is limited, but there is a grassy terrace on the other side of the Abu Dhabi hotel for those who wish to work on their tan.
  • Manor Club rooms are worth the upgrade, giving you access to the executive lounge, where you’ll find a great breakfast spread each morning, a pleasant evening cocktail hour as well as top-notch service. A stay in one of the hotel’s plush suites also gives you club access.
  • Stays here are high-tech, but the in-room iPad controls can be a little tricky, so it’s wise to ask for an overview of how to use it.

The Rooms

  • An iPad is used to control much of the room, from the blackout blinds that shield the bright morning sun to the enormous flat-screen TV.
  • The bathrooms are sumptuous in size, with separate stand-alone soaking tubs and rain showers, his-and-hers sinks and Roberto Cavalli products, all amid luxurious gray marble.
  • With dark natural materials such as wood paneling and stone accents, the guest rooms have a somewhat masculine, business-like look. However, the spaces are just as suited to leisure travelers thanks to plush comforts, such as floor-to-ceiling windows with great views and a bed fit for royalty.

The Look

  • New York-based Handel Architects and award-winning design firm HOK give the luxury hotel a sophisticated and sleek look; the lobby is striking with water features and multi-textured walls.
  • The pool area is exceptionally chic, with artificial islands of palm trees, abstract tree-shaped metal structures with Arabian mashrabiya-like embellishments shading the lounge area and a poolside bar, aptly named Glo, that lights up the terrace come nightfall.
  • Work by local artists is displayed throughout the spa. At the entrance, you’ll find a layered, iridescent coral-inspired piece that is particularly eye-catching.

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Al Maryah Island, PO Box 41184, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
AUH (31 min)  
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