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Protecting the Environment
TDIC tirelessly strive to oversee both construction and operational activity to protect
the environment. In keeping with their policies in this area, resort development is
restricted to more than 60 metres back from the seaward edge of the coastal dunes to
create a safeguard between the turtles’ habitat and the construction process. With
strict guidelines for the Saadiyat coastal dune system, procedures to be followed by
construction contractors during the nesting season and rules for individual properties
to ensure the turtles are not disturbed, the plan aims to cut down on the number of
unnecessary turtle deaths and preserve these valued creatures. With the Hawksbill
Turtle in danger of dying out as a species unless great efforts are made to preserve their
environment and to put a stop to their capture, Viktor Bondarchuk’s selfless actions
represent a significant show of support for the TDIC’s Hawksbill Turtle Conservation
Plan. As Mr Bondarchuck sprang into action that day, little did he know what a sign
of unity he was showing to sustain a beautiful natural species. Having discovered more
about the animal he rescued, Viktor deserves to feel immensely proud of himself for his
worthy contribution to the environment. And as for little Vik, we wish him all the best
for a speedy recovery and hope he won’t find himself riding the waves again anytime
soon!
Unparalleled Service and Facilities
As one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Abu Dhabi, the St. Regis Saadiyat Island
Resort Abu Dhabi offers a fabulous range of unrivalled services and facilities allowing
guests to truly unwind and opens up endless opportunities to create some unbelievably
memorable moments – a unique hospitality experience from start to finish. Well-
travelled connoisseurs like ourselves have come to expect a lot when it comes to efficient
service and exceptional hospitality and our first impressions of the new St Regis Hotel
were of a remarkable and highly welcoming environment fully geared up to the needs of
the modern tourist.
At the heart of the brand philosophy is a firmly resolute devotion to providing every
single guest through the St Regis doors with an outstandingly bespoke service within
a beautiful setting where every request is met with speedy efficiency from arrival to
departure. It is this commitment to the customer experience which has seen the brand
flourish and ensures repeat business. It is with first- hand experience that we say they
are getting it very right, as we wouldn’t hesitate to make a return trip to this magnificent
hotel where we felt as though we were VIP guests throughout our stay. A shining example
of this complete dedication to the customer is the solicitous early and late departure
lounge. This unique facility caters for guests who are waiting to check in or leave the
hotel, allowing them to catch up on emails and correspondence, make use of the gym
facilities, take advantage of the entertainment, freshen up or quite simply take the time to
relax.
The St Regis brand has defined luxury for so long that they excel in all that they do and
the service they provide. With their legendary standard of excellence the hotel staff were
incredibly helpful throughout our stay – always quick to make recommendations and on
hand to make restaurant reservations on our behalf. The staff on the concierge desk were
eager to ensure our enquiries with dealt not only with smooth efficiency but with a range
of suitable options where appropriate. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, you
will be treated to the ultimate in comfort and luxury with fabulous amenities and friendly
staff to take care of your every need. Every single member of staff we encountered went
above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our stay was magnificently magical. This
fabulous high-end hotel experience is etched on our memories and has left us with a
fabulous lasting impression of all that the St Regis brand represents and values.
First Class Facilities and Services
Sports lovers and fitness fanatics will love the St. Regis Athletic Club with its state-of-
the-art gym, juice bar and 25-metre indoor lap pool. This exclusive fitness venue also
house two tennis courts, two squash courts and four outdoor swimming pools including
an adult pool with private seating bays and Jacuzzis and an exclusive pool for adults. Kids
are also well catered for with a fabulously fun children’s pool featuring not only a water
slide but a cave. Talking of children, in their commitment to the overall perfect customer
experience, the St Regis Hotel is dedicated to their provision for families to make
sure every family member enjoys a truly memorable holiday. The exclusive Sandcastle
Children’s Club offers parents a chance to relax while they children play in brilliantly
crafted indoor and outdoor areas with a range of exciting activities on offer including the
popular climbing wall. Catering for children aged one to ten years the Sandcastle Club is
available to all in-house guests.
A Sensual Spa for the Spiritual Soul
So, with the kids nicely occupied, take some well-deserved time out. Choose to indulge
your senses in the Iridium Spa with its 12 treatment rooms or re-invigorate your whole
being in the 25m indoor lap pool – you’ll feel all the better for the experience! Whether
you want to take the path to self-discovery or simply indulge your senses with pampering
the St Regis Spa experience is a positively enchanting one. The serene atmosphere marries
with internationally-commended treatments for an intimate and exclusive pampering
experience for the body and spirit. On entering the tranquil Iridium Spa, we were
greeted by a soothing water wall feature, welcomed by the friendly staff and the fabulous
range of traditional remedies, individually tailored treatments and modern technologies
were described to us in tempting detail. Jordana and I pride ourselves on a strong work
ethic, but also fully appreciate the importance of taking care of the body and soul, so
savour every second of or ‘down’ time. Rather than be pampered in one of the treatment
rooms, for a more personal rejuvenation experience, we opted to have our treatments
in one of three themed Spa Suites with its own private terrace and pool – total bliss.
Having savoured the experience of the Spa facilities at the St Regis Hotel we thoroughly
recommend taking the time to refresh your mind, revive your soul and revitalise your
body. Believe us when we say you will immerge from this spiritual experience feeling like
a new person!
A Choice of Sensationally Sumptuous Suites
It is hard to sum up in words the unparalleled level of tastefully unashamed extravagance
that awaits visitors to the St Regis Resort on Saadiyat Island. With 62 fantastic sea-
facing suites, this fabulously decadent accommodation represents the absolute pinnacle
of luxury. Every aspect of the hotel represents intimacy and tradition and you feel truly
welcomed and taken care of. Immaculate rooms with ornate furnishings and finishes
–such as elaborate wooden fans – provide the perfect setting for appreciating the finer
things in life. The calming colour scheme of serene creams and browns with splashes of
bright coral turquoise, made it easy to kick back and chill out. Our ocean-facing suite,
overlooking the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, designed by the legendary Gary Player
and the glimmering white sands and sparkling water beyond was the perfect place for a
few glorious days spent relaxing and unwinding, taking a break from the normal daily
routine. Our stunningly furnished 105sqm Ocean Suite with its well conceived interior
and distinctive decor was a true haven positively brimming with modern comforts and
all the treats associated with a care-free Mediterranean lifestyle. In this immaculately
planned and beautifully designed spacious suite we had a separate living room, dining
area and bathroom.
In the living room our contemporary entertainment console incorporated flat screen
television and an iPod docking station. Other much-appreciated amenities include
the ideally placed refreshment centre and the as Wi-Fi available throughout the suite.
With soft bathrobes and slippers at our disposal in the walk-in-closets, you are positively
encouraged to take things easy – it would be hard not to in such a tranquil well-equipped
and comfortably appointed environment. Deluxe king sized beds adorned with
plush baby-soft linen, feather-down comforters and feather pillows provide the most
comfortable night’s sleep you can imagine. The large bathroom was sumptuous with
a pristine suite incorporating an extravagant over-sized stand-alone oval bath, double
vanity units with twin sinks and huge mirrors, an incredible shower and with the added
bonus of a fabulous rain shower. We spent many indulgent hours relaxing on our private
terrace with a refreshing drink, whilst reading a book and taking stock of the glorious
ocean views.
The other accommodation available is just as opulent with superior sea view rooms, St
Regis Suites, Spa Suites and Majestic Suites all available to the discerning guest providing
unrivalled levels of luxury and service. The signature St. Regis Butler Services was the
grandly lavish cherry on the cake of this exceptional experience.
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