In order to break the routine and daily work life I decided to stay for the weekend at Shangri La Hotel Abu Dhabi. The chain of Shangri La hotels that originated from Singapore with its leading luxury flagship in Hong Kong and now they have now opened all over Asia, Middle East, America, Europe and Australia.
Shangri La Abu Dhabi is quite majestic in both its décor and services. It has warm Arabic décor vibes with an overwhelming serene exterior courtyard and interior space.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, is approximately a 10-minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport, five minutes from the golf course and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), and 15 minutes from the Corniche and city center. The hotel is overlooking Sheikh Zayed grand mosque and the beach.
The Horizon club room is an exclusive and personalized service granted to guests. Guests who booked can bypass the ground-floor desk reception for check in and go straight to the club for their checking in process. You can also have a varied array of services such as late check in and check out etc. But since I wanted to enjoy the large lobby I decided to check in from there.
The room was a delight after all the view was not to be matched with another. I had the entire beach to wake up to and the bed felt like lying on a cloud nine J. You could not find a better view overlooking the beach if you asked anyone.The perfect choice for a relaxed stay and my stay was an absolute delight.
At the evening we headed out for dinner to Pearls & Caviars. The restaurant is headed by the creative Spanish two starred Michelin chef Sergi Arola. I tried his restaurant Arola in Raffles Istanbul so was naturally curious if his restaurant in Abu Dhabi would also be great. Of course in any Spanish restaurant we start with tapas then go for paella and end it maybe with Crème Catalana. Nothing speaks louder than pictures; below is my experience:
The next morning went for breakfast at Sofra restaurant, I can’t deny my favorite experience at any restaurant is the visual of an open kitchen station and watching the process of preparing my dish, whether it is eggs or crepe with huge chunk of Nutella. What I loved the most is the variety of dishes and cuisines from Chinese to even Moroccan. I remember, what grabbed my attention is the harsha bread which is the Moroccan way of making pancakes made of semolina.
All in All
Loved the stay, the service and ofcourse the food; would definitely come back to the hotel to try more of its facilities and next time will try out the spa.