The level of opulence was truly stunning. So it’s hardly surprising that within a
few hours of our arrival, we were already convinced that our stay at the Shangri-
La Hotel was going to be absolutely unforgettable.
Our suite made a memorable first impression. But perhaps the best aspect was
that the better we got to know it, the more exquisite it seemed. It was clear that
no detail had been overlooked in the pursuit of the highest degree of luxury.
The room was equipped with cable TV, while bottled water and state of the art
facilities for making tea or coffee – alongside a deluxe tray full of refreshing fruit
ensured that we were never hungry or thirsty. The hotel’s staff had also
considered our comfort in the utmost detail. A pillow menu, for example,
allowed us to choose precisely the right model to ensure an excellent night’s
sleep. It’s the little things like this that really make all the difference.
We can’t resist going into more detail about the marble mosaic covered
bathroom – which had a separate rain shower, bath, toilet and bidet. While the
room itself was opulently decorated and fantastically spacious, it was again the
small details that really persuaded us that this was something out of the ordinary.
For example, the room was equipped with a full range of luxurious L’Occitane
branded amenities. There were incredibly comfortable bathrobes and slippers
for both of us – and on top of all this, a superb flat screen LCD TV.
All in all, the suite enabled us to enjoy a truly opulent lifestyle – you could even
call it presidential. And from speaking with the management and the other
guests, we were aware that we weren’t the only ones to have been living in this
kind of style. Alongside the two presidential suites, the hotel also has sixteen
executive suites, four garden suites and four speciality suites. We heard glowing
reports of all of these, and we were delighted to be shown around some, too.
We’re now in no doubt that every single one of them provides an experience of
the very highest luxury.
The sixteen executive suites – located between the 2nd and 6th floors – have a
spacious king bedroom, an exquisite lounge and a fabulously relaxing seating
area. The four garden suites, meanwhile, are located on the hotel’s first floor.
Alongside a bedroom, spacious lounge and dining area, they each have a private
garden and, naturally, stunning canal views. And in addition to these, there are
four gorgeous speciality suites. Covering a total of 135 square kilometres, these
suites each have one king bedroom and a large seating area. They also boast
balconies and sublime canal views.
We’re sure you’ll agree that it all sounds fabulous. We were bowled over by the
quality of our suite, and we’d have loved to be able to stay there long enough to
sample all the others, too.
But the suites, stunning though they are, are just one part of what this glorious
establishment has to offer. Alongside them are almost 200 sumptuous rooms.
Depending on which one you choose, you’ll benefit from amazing features
ranging from canal views to terrace access. But whichever one you go for, you
can be sure that opulence will come as standard.
Arguably the crowning glories of the Shangri-La, though, are its six spectacular
villas – which each cover an impressive 600 square metres. With their private
gardens overlooking the sea, these are truly the epitome of luxury, grace and
The villas have been individually designed by Simon Black from South Africa.
This supremely talented designer has used his magisterial skill to make each
villa unique and memorable. Two of our favourites have been decorated in
tasteful grey and cream shades. On our tour of the villas, we felt that these would
be perfectly suited to a family stay. These villas both had fabulous terraces facing
the splendid Sheikh Zayed Mosque – the ideal location, surely, for a relaxing
evening meal in the sunset.
The other designs are equally stunning. Two more villas show a strong Arabic
influence in their design, with wonderfully rich and striking tones. And the
other two are decorated in a really fun and vibrant style, that would make them
the ideal location for hosting magnificent social events.