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Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas in Abu Dhabi received its first paying guest last month

Rotana Hotels and Resorts is celebrating the soft launch of the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas in Abu Dhabi. The official opening will take place in September this year, but guests are being welcomed to the five-star property which has 340 guest rooms, suites and villas, plus seven dining venues, a kids' club, a fitness centre, spa, tennis courts and swimming pools.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas in Abu Dhabi received its first paying guest last month

The Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas received its first paying guest last month after it celebrated its soft launch. The luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi will officially launch in September 2018, three years after its scheduled opening in 2015.

The five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi has 340 guest rooms, including 33 suites, one royal suite, two ambassador suites, 11 one-bedroom villas, and two two-bedroom villas. The villas sit on the pristine beach, and there are also Club Rotana executive rooms that offer guests exclusive access to the Club Lounge. Accommodation boasts private balconies with sea views, and amenities such as 49-inch flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary wireless internet, minibars, air conditioning and bathrooms with separate tubs or walk-in showers.

Situated on a nine-kilometre stretch of beach on Saadiyat Island, the upscale resort has an array of facilities that cater for all ages. Guests can work out at the Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, enjoy a tranquil treatment at Zen the spa at Rotana which has a Turkish Hammam and 10 treatment rooms, swim in the outdoor pool, play tennis on the two courts, enjoy a game of mini golf, or unwind in the beach club. For younger guests, there’s the Aladdin’s Cave kids’ club with a lazy river, splash pool, water slide and cinema zone.

During their stay at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, travellers can savour delicious cuisine at the hotel’s seven dining venues. The Si Ristorante Italiano and Bar serves authentic Italian dishes, while Hamilton’s Gastropub is a lively venue with British and American classic dishes. The Turtle Bay Bar and Grill offers a rooftop setting, Nasma Beachfront Bar has sushi, cocktails and DJ sets, Sim is an all-day dining buffet restaurant, and Sama Lobby Lounge has light meals, pastries, teas and coffees.

Saadiyat Island is a 27 square-kilometre island located 500m off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The destination is world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub that is under development in several phases up until 2020.

The natural island is home to luxury hotels and resorts, iconic landmarks, marinas with berths for up to 1,000 boats, two championship golf courses, leisure facilities, more than three million square metres of office space, and privately owned sea-view apartments and upscale villas. Travellers can enjoy access to attractions including the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the soon-to-open Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a performing arts centre, and the National Museum, and a protected mangrove and wetland reserve sanctuary, which is home to endangered hawksbill turtles.

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