Coastal living on an Abu Dhabi island

By Angela Boshoff Hundal, InsideOut magazine

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.

    *  Image Credit: Tourism and Development Company (TDIC)     * "I don't know many other residences where one can watch dolphins playing in the surf" says Rashid Al Suwaidi of TDIC.

* Image Credit: Tourism and Development Company (TDIC) * "I don't know many other residences where one can watch dolphins playing in the surf" says Rashid Al Suwaidi of TDIC.

According to Rashid Al Suwaidi, the Tourism and Development Company’s (TDIC) director of sales and leasing, residents can also look forward to true luxury.

“The residences, which are part of the St Regis hotel and currently for sale, are the first branded St Regis residences in the region and offer homeowners privileges on an à la carte basis,” he says. “These include housekeeping and maid services, an in-residence personal chef and catering, a butler service and personal assistant, secretarial and translation services as well as a car valet service.”

The villas, built on plots ranging from 900 square metres to 1,750 square metres, come with a “fully landscaped garden area and private pool with built-in massage jets, as well as access to the St Regis hotel, spa, health club and high-end shopping complex,” Rashid says. The design of the 32 unfurnished villas currently available on the island “was influenced by Mediterranean-Spanish architecture,” Rashid says. “Inside the villas, traditional displays of Eastern opulence are omitted in favour of exclusivity, modern simplicity and understated luxury.”

Energy efficiency was extremely important in the construction of the villas and each home features “passive solar controls including deep overhangs, deep window insets, exterior trellising over living areas and operable windows for cross ventilation.

“Keeping the hot local climate in mind, the villas were painted a light shade that reflects the sunlight rather than absorb it. Each home’s private swimming pool – which varies in size depending on the villa – utilises salt water, which is far healthier and more environmentally friendly than chlorine,” Rashid says.

Indoor-outdoor living is a main component of the St Regis lifestyle. Large, shaded terraces adjacent to the interior communal areas create flow between the inside and outside spaces and each villa boasts a beautiful private terrace under a pergola in the garden, perfect for al fresco dining.

The pool has a generous amount of deck space for outdoor lounging in the gorgeous winter months and there is even an outdoor shower. The front garden opens onto the street, which creates an inviting feeling among the residents, while the private and staff entrances underscore the exclusivity and luxury of the community.

With regard to the practicality and convenience of living in the St Regis residences, Rashid says, “Saadiyat is a convenient five minutes away from Abu Dhabi’s city centre and in the near future residents can expect public transport to be introduced across the community.” More info

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