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Restaurant review: KOI at The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Restaurant review: KOI at The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Before visiting KOI, the contemporary Japanese restaurant at The Collection in the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, I’d already heard plenty about it. Most notably: the service is poor and it has the best food I’ll ever taste. My verdict? Neither is true.

Celeb Fave Koi Restaurant Opens at The Collection on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Celeb Fave Koi Restaurant Opens at The Collection on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi outlet joins the brand’s other venues in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Bangkok where the guest list reads like the who’s who of Hollywood. Celebs including Jessica Alba, George Clooney, Leo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey (the list goes on…) have tucked into the restaurant’s top-notch collection of sushi and Japanese dishes.

Endangered Hawksbill turtles hatching on Saadiyat Island

Endangered Hawksbill turtles hatching on Saadiyat Island

Two resort employees spotted hundreds of baby turtle tracks on the beach of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi last week, which led them to the discovery that endangered hawksbill sea turtles were hatching on the island. The duo were quick to alert the environment team of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) which monitors the turtles under its Hawksbill Sea Turtle Conservation Programme.

Eastern Mangroves opens in Abu Dhabi as hotel brands rush to UAE

Eastern Mangroves opens in Abu Dhabi as hotel brands rush to UAE

The Eastern Mangroves hotel is managed by the luxury operator Anantara and was built by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company. There has been a flurry of luxury hotels opening their doors for the first time in the past year, including resorts on Saadiyat Island. Properties expected to open this year in Abu Dhabi include a Ritz-Carlton hotel and a St Regis hotel on the Corniche.

As Saadiyat Island's future takes shape, life retains simple pleasures

As Saadiyat Island’s future takes shape, life retains simple pleasures

Saadiyat is about to boom. Its museums may have been delayed but its luxury residences are rapidly filling up. Yet a tour of the island chain shows that tranquillity – and the sound of the waves – still rule. Words by John Henzell, photos by Christopher Pike

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort now open

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort now open

Starwood’s first St. Regis-branded property, the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi, opened on December 26. The hotel, which was initially scheduled to open in November, is the sponsor hotel for the Volvo Ocean Race, which comes to Abu Dhabi on December 31.

Al Musharrekh brothers put their stamp on Saadiyat golf tournament

Al Musharrekh brothers put their stamp on Saadiyat golf tournament

The Al Musharrekh brothers made their presence felt, clinching their respective ties with ease. Ahmed, who plays off a plus-three handicap, combined with Rory Blincow to beat Rod Gilmour and Oliver Carr 3-and-2, while Hassan, paired with James Sayer, accounted for Brogan Townend and Lesley Atkins 3-and-1.

Coastal living on an Abu Dhabi island

Coastal living on an Abu Dhabi island

From the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf to the emerald lawns of the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, one is immediately struck by spectacular views at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort residences in Abu Dhabi.