Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

Saadiyat Island’s family-friendly retreat

The sand-hued, palace-like exterior of Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas seems like it could be the setting of an intriguing Arabian fairytale — only instead of being hidden away among golden desert dunes, this grand property is on one of Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful natural islands.

The lobby, while surprisingly contemporary and bright, offers a strong sense of place. A philosophy of environmental protection and sustainability is at the heart of Saadiyat Island — an ethos reinforced by slender gazelle sculptures inspired by the indigenous wildlife that moves about freely on the island. Beautiful handmade carpets hang on the walls and an exhibit showcases sand from each of the UAE’s seven emirates.

The resort’s 327 luxurious rooms and 13 beachfront villas afford unrestricted views of the Arabian Gulf’s turquoise waters, while no less than seven dining options turning out a variety of cuisines from authentic Italianto high tea.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas’ convenient location allows you to explore the best of Abu Dhabi. Its island perch puts you within arm’s reach of cultural destinations like Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat art gallery, UAE Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi as well as leisurely pursuits at Saadiyat Beach Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
  • From a sea-view pool to a nearly 1,000-foot white sand beach dotted with loungers and two volleyball courts, there are plenty of ways to soak up the sun at this island hotel.
  • Aladdin’s Cave holds a treasure trove of adventures for kids. Not only are there educational and fun activities on tap, there’s also a mini waterpark (complete with lazy river, splash pool and water slide), a movie theater and a dedicated zone for teens.
  • Enjoy some Arabian-inspired pampering at aptly named Zen the spa at Rotunda. Try the Himalayan Pink Stone Healing massage that uses mineral-rich Himalayan rock salt crystals for a toxin-eliminating deep-tissue rubdown, or opt for locally inspired hammam treatment.
  • The luxury resort’s Friday Market Brunch is a lively affair at chic buffet restaurant Sim Sim. The weekly indulgence features live cooking stations, gourmet dishes, free-flowing beverages and live music.

Things to Know

  • Get your workouts in at the 24-hour Bodylines Fitness Club that has top-notch functional training equipment and fantastic sea views. If you prefer to sweat outdoors, sign up for a gratis beach yoga session.
  • If you’re visiting with the family, take advantage of the two tennis courts and nine-hole mini golf course.
  • The beachfront hotel’s location on Saadiyat Island is just far enough away from the city center, yet close enough to drive to Abu Dhabi’s main tourist sights and attractions in less than 30 minutes.

The Rooms

  • Each of the spacious and contemporary accommodations are filled with natural light from floor-to-ceiling doors that lead to balconies overlooking the Arabian Gulf and gorgeous resort grounds.
  • Neutral tones with vibrant touches of blue and a clean design with arabesque details come together to create tranquil, homey spaces. The open-plan bathrooms come with chic freestanding bathtubs and separate walk-in rain showers.
  • With its spacious dining and living areas, the luxurious two-bedroom Saadiyat Suite is ideal for large families or for entertaining.
  • For a romantic retreat, One and Two-Bedroom Beach Villas provide direct access to white sands and plunge pools and sunbeds on large sea-facing terraces.

The Restaurants

  • Feast on authentic Italian dishes in a laidback setting at the warm and inviting Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar. An open kitchen, pizza oven, vintage art on the walls and a romantic bar area make this a great restaurant for date night.
  • Enjoy British and American pub grub and crafty cocktails at the trendy Hamilton’s Gastropub. Try your hand at snooker (similar to pool), watch sports, play board games or simply enjoy the lively music while noshing on the juicy Hamilton’s Burger or veal bratwurst.
  • Tuck into fresh catch alfresco at Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas’ popular bi-level surf-and-turf restaurant. The seafood mixed grill with Maine lobster, king crab, jumbo pawns, scallops and the catch of the day comes highly recommended.
  • Admire Arabian Gulf views as you sip on Caribbean cocktails, smoke shisha and enjoy ceviche, tacos and quesadillas at Nasma Beachfront Bar.
  • Savor afternoon tea, scones with clotted cream, tea sandwiches, caramel truffles, chocolate fondue and artisanal confections at Sama Lobby Lounge.

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Getting There
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
AUH (24-35 min)   DXB (1 hr 15 min-1 hr 40 min)   AZI (22-35 min)  
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