Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi marks 8 years of service

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is celebrating its eighth anniversary this month.

To commemorate the occasion, the resort will host eight days of celebration, from December 20 until 27, with exciting offers available at its dining and spa facilities.
Marwan Fadel, general manager, said: “Over the past eight years, we have established this resort as a leader in the hospitality industry, setting new standards of excellence for the competitive Middle Eastern market. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi has enjoyed the privilege of being the first property to bring many new concepts to Abu Dhabi and the region.
Not only were we the first St. Regis Resort, but ours is the first Iridium Spa as well to launch in the region. We are home to the first permanent location in the world for the famed Buddha-Bar Beach concept. And, most recently, we opened the doors to the first Mazi to open outside of London and this exclusive venue is the pioneering restaurant in the Mena region to introduce modern Greek cuisine. It is truly an honour to be at the helm of the resort’s operations at such an exciting time.”
The celebrations begin at the Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, Olea that is ideal for a relaxing dining experience with family and friends owing to its lavish indoor and alfresco seating options. Those who book a table for four for any of the venue’s sumptuous buffets during the birthday week, excluding December 24 and 25, need only pay for three people.
The award-winning Asian restaurant – Sontaya – joins the celebration by offering two complimentary passes to the resort’s luxurious pool and beach for every four people at a table. Meaning ‘sunset’ in Thai, Sontaya is a popular choice for Abu Dhabi residents due to its enchanting ambience offered by the floating pavilions and terraces that overlook shimmering pools.
The St. Regis Rituals are at the heart of the resort’s operations and service. The Drawing Room, located in the lobby, has its own version of the legendary afternoon tea experience named after Lady Astor, mother of the founder Colonel John Jacob Astor IV.
A festive-inspired afternoon tea will be served at the plush lounge all month long, featuring a selection of indulgent pastries like almond stollen, spiced gingerbread loaf and yule log in addition to the customary assortment of savory delights and scones. Guests celebrating the resort’s anniversary with this afternoon tea experience are in for a treat as they will receive a festive-themed favour bag.
With the endless dinners and parties that you will be attending in the festive season, it comes as no surprise that your body will need some time for pure relaxation. The Iridium Spa offers this with its incredible hammam experience by following the treatment with a complimentary 30-minute massage. Available throughout the celebratory week for a special price, this purifying ritual begins with the application of concentrated olive soap, infused with Argan oil that softens the skin, while the steam helps to open the pores and clear any congestion. The vigorous exfoliation with Kessa mitts awakens your mind and body, and is followed by back, head or foot massage to ensure complete bliss. The package includes full access to the spa’s wet facilities that includes a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Those committing to their fitness resolutions earlier than the rest can take advantage of the personal training at The St. Regis Athletic Club, which helps ensure you get the most out of every workout. With fitness routines tailored specifically around your individual needs, the expert personal trainers offer support, advice and motivation to keep you on the right track to get desired results. Those who book six private sessions between December 20 and 27 can enjoy two more free.
Alternatively, if a mix of fitness sessions is more to your liking, then go for the Activities package which guarantees great value. Available for the special price of Dh854 ($232.4), this package includes two squash sessions with a partner, two personal training sessions and access to four group classes.  
Setting the stage for an uncompromisingly exquisite stay, each of the intimate guest rooms and grand suites at The St. Regis Saadiyat Resort, Abu Dhabi combines Mediterranean-influenced architecture with expansive views of the glittering Arabian Gulf or the breathtaking resort from private balconies. For stays booked between December 20 and 27, the resort will offer a complimentary room upgrade depending on availability.  
Combining timeless sophistication with an unrivaled luxury, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is the city’s first true beach resort. Located on the pristine beach of Saadiyat Island, set by the doorstep of Louvre Abu Dhabi, and framed by the distinguished Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, this is the ideal destination for the discerning, well-travelled connoisseur.
The resort features 376 guestrooms, all with private terraces, offering panoramic views of the turquoise-blue sea, golf course, or gardens. Situated within the grounds are Iridium Spa, Sandcastle Club for children, tennis and squash courts, six restaurants and bars, and the 3,500-sq-m St. Regis Athletic Club. - TradeArabia News Service