Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
What We Love
- Nine restaurants including the Michelin starred Chinese Hakkasan
- Two temperature-controlled pools (one a river with waterfalls) and a white sand beach
- The Anantara Spa’s Moroccan-style hammam and ice cave
- The hotel’s helipad and marina
What To Know
- Airports transfers are available for a fee
- There’s a per-night charge for a rollaway bed
- The minimum check-in age is 21
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
There are a few ways to arrive at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi: yacht, seaplane, helicopter or plain old limousine. It’s important to make an entrance, after all, at this sprawling $3 billion Arabian palace-style property with 114 domes designed by architect John Elliot. The seven-floor building sits on nearly 250 acres of lush gardens beside almost a mile of private beach on the Arabian Gulf. The royal theme continues inside, with lots of gold and marble in the 394 rooms and suites, all with balconies and 24-hour butlers. The hotel’s nine restaurants range from fancy Chinese at Hakkasan to laidback Las Brisas, where you can catch a sea breeze beachside. This hotel goes way beyond typical sports facilities with two pools, a gym, soccer and rugby pitches, and a cricket ground.
In the Area
Abu Dhabi’s Corniche neighborhood runs five miles along the waterfront. It’s a family-friendly stretch with kids’ play areas, bike paths and cafes, as well as a Blue Flag public beach. Nearby there’s Marina Mall and Khalidiyah Mall, and Heritage Village, a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village. Other highlights include the white and gold Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques. Modern architecture, courtesy of Foster + Parters, can be seen as the UAE Pavilion. Originally created for Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo, this dune-shaped structure hosts the Abu Dhabi contemporary art fair.
How to Get There
Had a long layover at AUH, and booked the Emirates Palace from 8am to 8pm.
Great stay, enjoyed the perfectly appointed room for some zzz, and the beach for a nice swim.
Staff is impeccable.
The hotel gets a bit crowded with tour buses with tourists taking photos in the lobby/dome area.
For a longer stay, I reckon one isn't hanging around the hotel anyway, so not a big deal for a "normal" stay.
Def worth visiting. Huge hotel with lots to see: camels, Bedouin tent, marina, the beach, and ofc beautiful interiors of the palace. Tried their famous golden cappuccino and some sweets. Stephanie (at the reception) was exceptionally nice and helpful. That day there were no tours because of the Brazilian delegation, but she still managed to arrange a tour for us and even gave some small souvenirs. She is so sweet and def made the experience even more memorable!
Had a great time with the Traditional Afternoon Tea set. The savory items were simply delicious and the sweets were a good selection. The signature cappuccino with gold flakes topped the experience.
Service provided by Marshall & Khin made the experience that much more enjoyable. Will look forward to be back again.
The slight down side to it is the many tourist/visitors walking by the cafe and popping in to take pictures, a little disturbing to the dining guests.