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Can you ever have
too much luxury?
Given the range of sumptuous opportunities on offer in Abu
Dhabi, and their obvious attractions, that’s not a question you are
likely to hear too much from residents or visitors here.
But it’s one that – whisper it – we were beginning to consider.
No one could deny that we had been having a fantastic time. We
had, after all, had an absolutely opulent stay here in the Emirate
at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel, and been thrilled to watch
an unforgettable performance by Madonna at the superb Du
Arena. We had then flown to London, where we watched the
immensely powerful The Dark Knight Rises, and enjoyed the
brilliant party afterwards, before going on to experience the pure
class of the new Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge.
Every single one of these experiences had been truly exceptional.
But as we returned to Abu Dhabi, I hope you’ll understand if we
admit that we were just a little tired – well, exhausted! There was
no way that we wanted to let up in our pursuit of the finest
opulence. But we certainly needed to slow down and experience
something a little less hectic. So we headed to the new Iridium
Spa, which opened this year on The St Regis Saadiyat Island
Ideal choice
It turned out to be the ideal choice. The spa is only ten minutes
from the city centre, but after you get there, you very quickly
begin to feel as if you are in a different world. As soon as we
arrived, we were surprised to find ourselves being encouraged to
leave our watches and electronic communication devices in a
secure vessel. It was a surprising request, but we complied with
it. And we began to understand why. The friendly staff explained
that it was so we could give ourselves the rarest luxury of all: time.