Abu Dhabi Brings More Bling With Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
Apparently it's not the end of hotel development in Abu Dhabi as we wondered way back when, given news of the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa, which opened in June.
Guests immediately realize they’re in for an unusual experience when they’re greeted in the lobby by a falconer, offered local dates and traditional local coffee. The air permeates with heady scents dispersed from a burning bakhour.
The five-level hotel has 222 rooms that combines distinctly Arabian accents from mosaics to 18-carat gold fixtures. And while we haven’t heard much about the standard rooms, we’re gobsmacked by the description of the hotel’s the Royal Mangroves Residence, said to be the largest suite in the UAE. Designed for those “seeking the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity” the ten-bedroom suite boasts a private 33-foot rooftop pool with a swim-up bar, its own dedicated entrance and access to a limousine service, private chef, butler and a massage and beauty therapist. We so want to make friends with the person(s) who’ll call this place home.
Those not having their own private chef to cook for them can dine at Pachaylen, the hotel’s Thai restaurant. Those without personal masseuse will have to rely on the skilled hands of the therapists at the Anantara Spa, which has separate lobby entrances for men and women, but who can join together in what’s said to be the biggest traditional Arabic hammam in Abu Dhabi, at 1,420 square-feet.Located by a waterfront, guests have access to kayaks where they can explore the mangroves, or stroll along the promenade that leads to the city’s upscale Corniche district.
Rates begin at AED 600 ($165) for a Deluxe Balcony room.
[Photos: Eastern Mangroves Hotel &Spa]