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Renowned Butler Service
The St Regis brand dates back more than 100 years and all the staff are unrelenting in
their pursuit for excellence. In order to provide the most personalised service possible to
each and every guest, the celebrated St Regis Butler Service builds on its long standing
commitment to the customer experience transforming a fabulous stay into a truly
unforgettable stay. The world-acclaimed butler service is one of the hallmarks of the St
Regis brand. As a key feature of their flawless service, the quality of the butler service is
at the heart of all they strive to achieve. Established as a distinctive legacy to offer the
finest experiences imaginable to discerning guests, the St Regis Butler Service offers a
standard of attentive care beyond expectation. Having heard all about the legendary St
Regis Butler experience, we were incredibly excited to learn it was making its mark in the
Middle East and even more thrilled to have the opportunity to be waited on throughout
our stay. Guests at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort are now sampling the delights of
the century-old St Regis Butler Service which is now making its distinctive mark in the
UAE.
Fulfilling every possible request, the Butler Service is as dedicated today as it ever was.
Your attentive Butler can sort last-minute gifts or find your favourite book for an evening
read. Nothing is too much trouble no matter what the hour. What we found most
noteworthy about the superlative services of the St Regis Butlers is that it affords guests
at the resort the precious commodity of time, seeing to their every need – upon request –
around the clock.
The Director of Butler Services at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Noriko Kibar
threw herself into the role by visiting the St. Regis New York to experience the legendary
service in action at the address where it all began. Witnessing the first-class service and
attentive standards of care the Butlers afforded each and every guest she returned to Abu
Dhabi to immerse herself completely in the brand’s service standards and was meticulous
in preparing her team for the resort’s opening. Seeing the fruits of her labour in action
– as we did throughout our stay – it was clear her hands-on approach has paid off as the
Butlers work tirelessly in keeping with the St Regis legacy to ensure guests receive the
finest experience, 24 hours a day, just as it was conceived in way back in 1904.
Enthusiastically summing up her role Noriko Kibar says;
“I’m so happy to be part of the team that is bringing this century-old tradition to the Middle East. The
St. Regis Butler is the Ambassador of the brand and is the foundation of everything that we stand for.
The smallest details have been considered and we are ready and committed to provide guests with great
service when they stay with us.”
We fully enjoyed the benefits of the legendary butler service throughout our stay taking
advantage of the chance to order complementary refreshments when needed as well
as the additional services that felt like we were really pampering ourselves. Extremely
friendly, helpful and courteous, on being shown to our sensationally sumptuous suite,
our lovely Butler took the time to explained the facilities available to us and make sure
we knew where everything was, without imposing on us or outstaying his welcome.
In fact, he seemed to know exactly when to withdraw from the room to return with
much needed and appreciated afternoon tea. Already feeling at ease and relaxed by the
exquisite ambience of such outstanding surroundings with grand staircases, glittering
chandeliers and lavish furnishings, we were delighted to take advantage of the unpacking
service offered by our Butler and returned from a look around the hotel to find
everything folded and hanging in perfect order. It is also great to know that your Butler
can assist with folding your clothes upon your departure.
Far from feeling intrusive, it became a treat to be greeted by our Butler every morning
with tea, coffee, a morning paper and a warm smile, offering to draw back the shades
and letting us know the weather forecast for the day ahead. No request appeared too
trivial and no item unattainable, no matter what the hour. If either of us had a request,
we simply dialled from our guestroom phone and our Butler was promptly on hand. It is
such a welcome and convenient service for business travellers and tourists alike who may
arrive late at the hotel to discover they have forgotten something or simply feel in need
of refreshment without having to venture out. The complimentary in-room beverage
service is available to guests throughout their stay and we found we made really good use
of it. Whether in or out of the hotel, the unique butler service was also readily accessible
at any time via email which we found most useful while out and about when we decided
we’d like to make a restaurant booking.
Having been reliably informed that the pressing of up to two garments is complimentary
it would have seemed rude not to take advantage of the service! He even presented me
with my perfectly pressed suit and insisted on shining our shoes before an evening spent
at the 55 and 5th Grill – all part of the remarkable St Regis Service. Full of enthusiasm
for the service they provide, passion for the St Regis Brand and warm accessible
knowledge of the local area, it wasn’t just our Butler, but every Butler we came across was
a pleasure to deal with and a real testament to the uncompromising standards of service
they have become so famous for.
The resort’s General Manager, John Pelling sums up his innate pride of the Butler Service
at Saadiyat which follows the St Regis traditions;
“At St. Regis we believe luxury is all about choices and Noriko and her team of Butlers are here to make
whatever guests choose happen seamlessly and perfectly. A lot of hotels have Butlers but I believe guests
who stay with us will see that at St. Regis we take the art of service very seriously.”
Let us support John Pelling’s absolute belief in the exceptional service provide by the St
Regis Butlers in Abu Dhabi by saying that our entire stay at the resort was made all the
more beautifully indulgent thanks to their incredibly attentive service – both seamless
and perfect!
Sensational Soirees
As one of Abu Dhabi’s most exclusive and sought-after beach resorts, the St Regis Island
Resort provides an unrivalled range of first class facilities and services to all its guests
for a truly memorable stay. The expansive outdoor terrace with breathtaking coastal
views provides the perfect setting for weddings and private functions that demand
the absolute finest venue and facilities and resort’s flawless banqueting service makes
special celebrations even better. A fabulous setting for conferences, exhibitions, grand
occasions and VIP events in Abu Dhabi is the well equipped and magnificently lavish
Regal Ballroom. The breathtakingly impressive Regal Ballroom at St. Regis Saadiyat
Island Resort takes a remarkable 3000sqm of space and throws down the gauntlet for the
most lavish and extravagant events you could dream of. With a meticulous attention of
detail paid to not only the opulent decor, but to every single finishing touch, the Regal
Ballroom is the place to be to create a striking event to remember. With up-to-the-
minute lighting and sound technicality, the venue also features an impressive boardroom,
four meeting rooms, a majlis and an events office. Balls, banquets and major occasions
are all catered for in unrivalled fairytale style within this majestic and magnificent room.
The ideal venue for grand social events, exhibitions and business conferences alike, you
will certainly leave your guests with fabulous lasting memories in a stunning 3000sqm
function room that also boasts an outstanding adjoining ocean-view terrace which
can’t fail to take your breath away. Since the resort’s opening the Regal Ballroom has
already gained a fantastic reputation as the city’s largest and most lavish events space and
everyone wants to be seen in this beautiful expansive ballroom.
As John Pelling the resort’s General Manager enthuses;
“This venue has every facet to be the city’s best be it business or social, opulent or intimate. With our
commitment to service excellence, the personalised menus created by our experienced chefs and the
distinct St. Regis experience, The Regal Ballroom is tailored for success.”
With the added appeal – as if one where needed! – of being located just a short drive
from Abu Dhabi International Airport and the downtown district, the Ballroom features
a separate entrance within the resort offering exceptionally convenient access to guests.
A compelling choice of venue for a business visitors or a couple seeking the ultimate
bespoke wedding, the Ballroom is destined to become a magnet across society when
it comes to high profile events in the city. With a dedicated bridal arrival area with
separate bridal salon, what bride-to-be could fail to start another love affair – with this
idyllic wedding venue! And when the last guest has reluctantly left the ballroom, the
lavishly appointed Bridal Suite is the perfect romantic icing on a breathtakingly stunning
wedding cake. The dream venue for weddings and private functions, at full capacity, the
Regal Ballroom, can cater for a gala dinner for 1600 persons but offers the flexibility of
being divided into smaller events areas to accommodate 300 to 500 guests for the more
intimate gathering that still demand the finest standards. Even the ocean-view terrace
caters for up to 600 guests for the ultimate cocktail reception. For anyone wanting to be
the ‘Belle of the Ball’ or hoping to throw the party to end all parties, the Regal Ballroom
is the place for all sensational soirees.
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