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Hotel Hotspot: The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Superior style at The Abu Dhabi EDITION.

The Abu Dhabi EDITION is easily one of the most talked about properties in the UAE capital due to its chic aesthetic and understated sense of luxury. It’s the first Edition hotel in the region (with another to follow in Dubai very soon) and not only is it sleek and sophisticated with a distinct boutique feel, but it also features several fabulous dining concepts along with a beautiful spa. 

The hotel overlooks the serene outdoor swimming pool and the Al Bateen Marina and the design of The Abu Dhabi EDITION is definitely a defining feature, with its latticed facade and stylish bedrooms. The five-star property features 198 guest rooms and 57 serviced residences. 

Abu Dhabi EDITION

The Abu Dhabi EDITION’s unique food and beverage outlets are all signature venues by British Chef Tom Aikens. There is also the very chic Library Bar, a pool bar and a three-storey nightlife venue, Annex. The hotel also boasts two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a spa with seven treatment rooms and over 900 square metres of meeting and event space, including several meeting studios, ballrooms and a boardroom.

The lobby offers a boutique feel with cosy corners and very modern furniture along with interesting pieces of art, such as a central installation that hangs from the ceiling above the gold pool table and moves succinctly throughout the day. The understated decor is a nice change with dark timber, soft beige marble, and modern greenery, unlike any hotel in the city. Dark wood-panelled walls, marble floors and luxe furnishings give the hotel a relaxed vibe. 

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This sleek modern approach continues into the rooms. We are staying in a Superior Suite, which is sophisticated and elegant in a very understated and minimalist way. There is grey oak timber flooring with solid pale khaki rugs in the main living area and an off-white marble feel in the bathroom. This room is very spacious and offers a private balcony complete with sun loungers and views of the marina, plus a spacious and living room. The bathroom is enormous with a large soaking tub and rainfall shower along with custom-made Le Labo bathroom amenities with signature Edition scent. Such a nice touch. 

Abu Dhabi EDITION

One of the main features of this hotel are the dining destinations. Michelin-starred British chef Tom Aikens is all about local ingredients to ensure the highest quality dishes. Alba Terrace offers locally sourced coffee, Mediterranean style sharing plates and decadent dishes in an opportunity to dine al-fresco in sunken booths located poolside.

The Abu Dhabi EDITION

The standout restaurant would have to be Oak Room. A hidden door off the lobby reveals a sophisticated interior of dark timbre accented by low lighting. The venue plays classic British rock n roll, which is the perfect touch to give the restaurant a fun vibe. Large, split pictures of British rock n roll stars of days gone by adorn the walls, and tables are simple with small vases of red roses. But the main focus at the Oak Room is the meat, the restaurant has its own expert meat sommelier, who will talk you through the various cuts, and there is a butchery display encased in glass. The menu offers up several fantastic steak options, alongside seafood and some tasty salads. This restaurant is a welcome treat to the Abu Dhabi dining scene with friendly and knowledgeable staff, fantastic food and chic surroundings. 

The Oak Room

If you love a good spa treatment then the Edition offers a refined and modern spa experience. The spa space, simply named, Spa, is what you would expect from the brand. Featuring muted grey tones and low lighting in sync with the hotel’s theme, the customised treatments featuring bespoke scent, sound, and touch, such as Himalayan Sound Bowl Therapy and a special hammam experience, alongside premium products.

Abu Dhabi EDITION Spa

The Abu Dhabi EDITION prides itself on embracing the generous spirit of Abu Dhabi, where hospitality lies at the heart of its culture. Tradition meets innovation and bespoke experiences carefully combine with the genuine warmth of the staff to ensure a memorable stay. Add to that a modern sensibility, fantastic food, chic surroundings, and an excellent location, and you’ve got a hotel that has it all.

Abu Dhabi EDITION

This summer, The Abu Dhabi EDITION has several exciting staycation packages for guests. Residents of the Gulf are invited to stay in style in the UAE capital’s forefront luxury lifestyle hotel, with an overnight stay experience in a contemporary Deluxe Room, including daily evening meal and limitless breakfast at the Fact award-winning Alba Terrace. Rates from AED 775.

For families looking for a luxury family retreat, loved ones can check in to a contemporary Deluxe Room with an interconnecting Twin room. The package includes an amenity surprise, kid’s teepee tent bed, access to the Family Lounge, chic swimming pool, daily breakfast in Alba Terrace and complimentary dining for kids under 12. Rates from AED 1,200.

GO: Visit www.editionhotels.com or call (0)2 208 0000 for reservations and more information.

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David Tapley - Editor
Dubai-based editor for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications across Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar. Specialised in food, hospitality, arts, culture, and travel-related content.

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