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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.

 TDIC’s construction village receives MEED award for sustainability

TDIC’s construction village receives MEED award for sustainability

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, was awarded the Sustainability MEED Quality Award for Projects 2012 for the Saadiyat Construction Village – a model of best practice that was built to house workers employed by contractors during the construction phase of the island.

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.

Hyatt enters Abu Dhabi with Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Hyatt enters Abu Dhabi with Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

The resort is adjacent to the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and minutes from the city’s prime business district and the Corniche. Catering to both business and leisure travellers, this stylish resort offers spectacular, unobstructed vistas of the turquoise water and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club from both restaurants and rooms.

TDIC slows roll-out of hotels on Saadiyat

TDIC slows roll-out of hotels on Saadiyat

The developer of Saadiyat Island is to delay several of the hotels it is planning to build there in an effort to make the multibillion-dollar project commercially viable, according to the company’s chief executive.

‘Pay for 2 Nights and Stay for 3’ AtLiwa Executive Suites

‘Pay for 2 Nights and Stay for 3’ AtLiwa Executive Suites

This summer book two nights at the ultra-luxurious Liwa Executive Suites Hotel managed by Coral Hotels & Resorts and enjoythe third night absolutely free.This amazing offer is valid until September 30, 2011.

NEW ACCOMMODATION TO BE UNVEILED IN ABU DHABI

NEW ACCOMMODATION TO BE UNVEILED IN ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi continues to evolve as a tourism destination with the addition of new accommodation options. And two new properties scheduled to open this year will add to the pool of existing luxury properties.