Abu Dhabi, often overlooked and overshadowed by the more popular city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, is a city that epitomizes luxury hotels. With some of the nicest hotels in the region, the Emirates Palace, by Mandarin Oriental, definitely takes the cake on redefining a 5-star experience.
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As Abu Dhabi’s most recognized landmark, this Arabian palace sits on 1.3km of beautiful white sandy beach and a stretch of over 100 colourful domes representing the culture and heritage of the Emirates. A palace for the people, they call it, and it’s known to welcome guests from all over the world including some of the most recognized political leaders and royalty.
Emirates Palace is the only hotel in the world to have a Gold leaf Specialist as part of its in-house team. The Gold Specialist preserves and maintains the palace’s gilded ceilings and the 24-carat gold leaf that stretches across over one million square meters.
A Look Inside
Arabian culture at its finest, the Emirates Palace is superior niche luxury. Welcoming travellers from around the world, Emirates Palace offers an unforgettable and unique experience in Abu Dhabi with grand luxurious rooms, suites, and facilities complemented by the uncompromised, stellar service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned.
Stately suites are designed for the ultimate luxury featuring private dining and sitting rooms, a
terrace or balcony, expansive private baths and dressing rooms, and plush sofas and beds
adorned in soothing blues or muted golds.
Designed to cater to guests’ every whim, the resort features thirteen award-winning restaurants, cafés and lounges offering cuisines from around the world. The resort also features a spacious luxury spa and hammam, professional barbers for gents and expert stylists for ladies, tennis courts, two outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, 6km of running paths, a modern marina, free bicycles and two 24-hour fitness centres. Young guests can enjoy the Palace Kids’ Club with its schedule of entertaining and educational activities, game room and attentive team on hand to direct full days of fun thus leaving parents time to truly unwind.
Emirates Palace is the premier meeting and conference destination in Abu Dhabi, attracting
business leaders and influential decision-makers from around the world. With a total meeting
and conference space exceeding 23,000 sqft, Emirates Palace has hosted spectacular events, such as global forums, international film festivals and major sporting events.
Grand staircases usher guests down past enormous glistening chandeliers and into luxuriously appointed ballrooms, making them the perfect setting for fairy tale weddings or unforgettable galas accommodating up to 2,400 guests. The regal glamour of the ballroom is enhanced by ornate marble and gold features, complemented by three Swarovski crystal chandeliers.
Emirates Palace is centrally located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, close to major visitor attractions and the main business areas of the city. Just 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 90 minutes from Dubai Airport, Emirates Palace is perfectly situated for both leisure and business travellers.
Abu Dhabi offers a yearly calendar of major cultural and sporting events including major
concerts, Formula One racing, international triathlons, yacht races, and art exhibitions.
Major attractions such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the
Marina Circuit are all within a short drive. Visitors can also easily escape the city and explore
the natural beauty of Sir Bani Yas Island, the Arabian Wildlife Park, or Jubail Mangrove Park.
Abu Dhabi’s modern shopping malls such as Yas Mall, Marina Mall and The Galleria at
Maryah Island offer a world of choice when it comes to shopping.
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