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Splashing the cash at Sontaya restaurant

Splashing the cash at Sontaya restaurant

Sontaya, in the sprawling St Regis complex on Saadiyat Island, offers an arriving diner all the upscale charm we expect – but do not always quite get – from high-end hotel restaurants. As Sontaya offers South-east Asian cuisine, this takes the form here of sleek Asian-contemporary decor, a multinational staff to match, water views (in daytime, anyway) from every table and soothing Far Eastern elevator music.

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

Saadiyat Louvre to open in 2015

Saadiyat Louvre to open in 2015

The capital’s arm of the Louvre Museum is expected to be the first for completion, with an opening date of 2015. The Zayed National Museum will follow with an opening in 2016, and the Guggenheim is expected to open in 2017.

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.

Saadiyat: a new home is where the art is

Saadiyat: a new home is where the art is

The Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2011 opened the doors of its new home to guests last night in a lavish event. The opening attracted aficionados and connoisseurs from around the world to Saadiyat Island to peruse the 50 galleries spread across the two floors of the UAE Pavilion.

Hawksbill at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Hawksbill at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

When a restaurant is located a little out of the way, when you have to make an effort to reach it, the dining experience needs to justify the effort. Hawksbill at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Abu Dhabi and after a meal there last week, I am not entirely convinced that it was worth the trip.

Ancient wonders

Ancient wonders

Anyone who has visited the Splendours of Mesopotamia exhibition at Manarat al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, which ends today, will have been transported 5,000 years back to 3300BC, when the world’s first great civilisation was starting to evolve.