Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort opened last week as Jumeirah Group‘s first luxury “eco-conscious” resort, second location in Abu Dhabi and sixth opening of the year for the upmarket hotelier.
The luxury beachfront resort overlooks 400 metres of beautiful white sand on the Arabian Gulf and offers beautiful scenery and undisturbed wildlife. Guests may catch a glimpse of Indo-pacific humpback and bottle nose dolphins, green or hawksbill turtles and dugongs, which live in the Saadiyat Mangroves. Inland, gazelles, socotra cormorants, grey herons and greater flamingos are known to visit.
Eco-conscious practices at the resort go beyond preserving the island’s protected sand dunes; Jumeirah has partnered with Dubai-based Trust Your Water to reduce single-use plastics. Guests are offered locally sourced filtered still and sparkling water in their own personal reusable bottles. The resort has also eliminated plastic straws.
“Our commitment to protecting the natural sand dunes and sea around this hotel means that we are also continuously trying to minimise the impact that guests have on this environment by bringing in our own environmentally friendly solutions and working with partners who are dedicated to employing sustainable, ethical practices in their businesses,” said Linda Griffin, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort GM.
Located 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi centre, guests can explore nine kilometres of mesmerising white beach and the crystal-clear waters. Golf aficionados can enjoy Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront course.
Sunlit rooms overlook the water and the panoramic suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows and have balconies. There are three infinity pools, a kids’ pool and Bodyism Wellness Centre, the first to open in the United Arab Emirates. The two-, three- and four-bedroom duplex villas also offer private pools.
The 2,700-square-metre spa is a haven of tranquillity and includes a Moroccan Hammam, 15 treatment rooms (male and female facilities), saunas, hydrotherapy pools, steam and salt rooms and a traditional Arabic rasul. Guests staying in the Spa Villas can enjoy pampering in the privacy of their own room.
The resort offers traditional Arabic cuisine at Levantine-inspired TEAN, long poolside lunches at the pool bar and Italian al fresco dining at Mare Mare.
Saadiyat Island is undergoing a transformation into a world-class destination. The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened last year and will be joined by the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The resort is 10 minutes away from Yas Island, home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World.