Marriott International has opened its first EDITION Hotels’ property in the Middle East, following the debut of The Abu Dhabi EDITION late last month.
With 198 guest rooms and suites as well as 57 exclusive residences, this new jewel of Abu Dhabi aspires to deliver the best of both worlds: polished with personality and perfectionism, and comfort with charisma and charm. A single iconic gem located on a prime site on the Al Bateen peninsula – 20 minutes from The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the beaches of Saadiyat, and just 35 minutes from Yas Island – the property enjoys breathtaking views of the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and the activity of the buzzing adjacent marina.
Strategically situated along the marina, the view on arrival is the distinctive and memorable exterior, reminiscent of the lateen sails of the traditional Dhow boats that the region was once famed for building.
The Abu Dhabi EDITION has three signature restaurants created by world renowned chef Tom Aikens, famed for being the youngest chef to ever have been awarded two Michelin stars.
Market at EDITION is an imaginative, healthy lifestyle restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its relaxed and interactive style and light, airy interior blurs the boundaries of traditional and al fresco dining. As with the theatre of a street-food market, the magic of an open kitchen restaurant lets guests dine solo or interact with chefs as they create dishes live in the dining room. With a focus on no-waste, farm-to-table cooking, each kitchen will make use of each ingredient to its entirety, alluded to in the design, with floor-to-ceiling shelves dressed with fragrant pots of herbs and traditional copper kitchen accessories. Organic coffee, raw juices and biodynamic wines will be served alongside the food.
Oak Room is a traditional English oak-panelled restaurant, celebrating world-class ingredients with British rock ‘n’ roll flair. Quintessential, considered and modern, the generous menu at this new-age steak house encourages guests to indulge in the very best produce, free from formality and pretense but always thoughtful and precise. The menu will consistently showcase signature British dishes, paired with a robust wine selection. Private dining is also available at Oak Room, with an intimate 10-person room available for group bookings.
The secluded sophistication of Library Bar awaits. A craft gin-led cocktail bar blended with EDITION classics, Library Bar is the ideal place for guests looking for a quieter more intimate place to socialise.
On the Marina side of the hotel, Aikens has created a serene, coastal Mediterranean-style restaurant, Alba Terrace, offering the finest locally sourced coffee, light lunches and sharing plates to linger over while bathing in the natural sunlight that streams into the space through the folding floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Upon arrival to Alba Terrace, guests are greeted by a large brass-clad aperitif bar.
When the sun sets, the hotel’s distinct, stand-alone social space comes to life. ANNEX, opening in late 2018, offers a three-floor space to socialise. This societal gathering space allows guests to choose between a sophisticated al fresco experience at the rooftop garden bar and a more refined social gathering space in the Den on the floor below, a space that encourages friends to unwind with their favourite beverage and a game of pool. Meanwhile, the ground floor will offer an energetic ambience with live DJs and an experimental cocktail bar. When it comes to food across Annex’s three floors, guests can expect small plates of Peruvian-inspired dishes along with curated cocktails.
EDITION Spa at The Abu Dhabi EDITION, opening in late 2018, will be the one of the most special elements of the hotel, embodying vibrant living by bringing together local, authentic healing practices and high impact treatments and wellness programs from around the world. The spa features separate zones for men and women, consisting of seven treatment rooms including two Hammams, a facial room and couples’ treatment suite. The women’s area also houses a beauty salon and relaxation lounge. The men’s area features a barbershop by Chaps & Co.
Opening rates starting from 750 UAE Dirham (US$205), including breakfast.