Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
What We Love
- Extra perks such as 24-hour on-call butler service, a free city shuttle bus, outdoor beach activities and valet parking, as well as Mercedes bicycle rentals
- Two private beaches and stunning views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Abu Dhabi Creek
- A choice of eight dining and lounge options, including a Marco Pierre White steakhouse, a late night cocktail bar and the Al Naba’a Lounge for afternoon tea
What To Know
- Members of the Fairmont President’s Club receive free WiFi access; otherwise it’s $20 per day
- The health club offers aerobics classes, and hair, nail and body treatments are available at the beauty salon
- Lots of family-friendly activities (swimming classes, sand castle building, board games) but some of the restaurants have a minimum age
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Within easy reach of golf courses, restaurants and Abu Dhabi’s main attractions, the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is a luxe waterfront property with not one but two private beaches. The 369 spacious guestrooms start at 484 square feet and combine marble floors, walnut paneling and bamboo-flower-print fabrics, and most offer views of the Abu Dhabi Creek and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Amenities include LCD TVs, Fairmont bathrobes and slippers, bathrooms with Le Labo products, and minibar refreshment centers. Rooms in the Fairmont Gold collection, a “hotel within a hotel,” come with perks including continental breakfast, on-call butler service and afternoon tea. Hit the beach to relax, or try your hand at one of the many activities, including soccer, badminton and outdoor trampolining. The hotel has an Olympic-size lap pool (with an adjacent Jacuzzi) and a covered children’s pool. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to dining, too, from top-notch steaks by Michelin-starred British chef Marco Pierre White to chocolate tasting in the Chocolate Gallery.
In the Area
Kayaking and paddleboarding are available at the health club and beach, and kitesurfing and scuba diving can be arranged through nearby outfitters. There are four world class golf courses within 30 minutes of the hotel, including the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, a 27-hole championship course just a 10-minute drive away. Try horseback riding or catch an Arabian horse race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, which hosts as many as 16 races a year. Touring the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is a must on any visit to the city, and another memorable experience is a traditional dhow sunset cruise. Many of Abu Dhabi’s premier restaurants are located in high-end hotels, including Catalan for Spanish cuisine and Zuma for Japanese favorites. In the evenings the Skylite rooftop lounge provides a stylish setting and commercial house music.
How to Get There
I have just returned from a 2 week stay with my husband and daughter. This was our first time in Abu Dhabi, having visited Dubai previously. We had a great holiday. We stayed in a Gold View room and the benefits are well worth the extra charge. The rooms are spacious and clean and all of the staff are very friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. This time of year is quieter and there were no problems getting a bed by the pool or a table in any of the restaurants. Staying on a half board basis you have 180 dhs per person towards your food bill in the restaurants should you choose to not dine in the buffet restaurant. Drink is not included and is on the expensive side, as is food but everything is of the highest quality. Our favourite restaurants were Marco Pierre Whites and Frankies. We believe that water should be free with all meals at the very least where prices vary in at all restaurants and costs on average £7 a bottle.
If staying on a Fairmont Gold Package you have use of the Gold Lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea (1-3 pm) and happy hour (5-7 pm) where you can enjoy free alcoholic beverages and snacks. This package provides you with the equivalent of full board.
We made use of the hotels free shuttle service and used it on several occasions, visiting the Grand Mosque, Ferrari World, Yas Mall and the Marina Mall. Taxis are relatively cheap, costing 50 dhs for a 25 km journey (around £10).
There are plenty of sun beds around the pool or on the beach and water is provided free of charge by the pool. It does get busier on weekends (Friday/Saturday) when locals make use of the facilities.
Overall, we had a fantastic holiday and would recommend this hotel.
Amazing pool really nice to enjoy and relax.
We reached there unfortunatly noone was heloing us with anything. Towels we took and carried our selfes, struggeled with the unbrellas and unfortunatly no service at all to help us get setlled.
The pool restaurant was in the sun no fans, at all.. sitting and eating there was a night mare.
Service at the restaurant was quick and friendly, but the pricing for sitting in the sun without fan and comfort and paying 40 dhs for a fruit mocktail and 90dhs for burgers is ridiculous.
This prices make it really difficult to enjoy, when this arr prices you usually pay for a nice a la carte restaurant.
Salads were more than 80dhs - at the pool!
Service around the pool was non excistent, too many birds eating from left over food, leaving a really bad impression.
We will be back for sure for the great pool, but will also ensure to eat before and not spend a fortune while spending our day.
For many reasons, I'm torn writing this review... This is my 3rd visit to the hotel, staying for 18 nights and having stayed for a similar period last year, I was promised by the GM that everything would be perfect on my return - well, it wasn't, it was worse...
Yes, I was given a nice room, and yes, 99% of the staff are absolutely amazing, and this is why I'm torn, the staff deserve better from the hotel..
My first 8 days or so, the pool was not cleaned at all, resulting in me suffering an ear infection for the duration of my stay (first time ever) - the pool was eventually cleaned and became more refreshing. The pool area requires attention... broken/split decking area around the sunbeds, broken and loose floor tiles and for some reason, they decided to dig out around the trees in the pool area, however, they left it taped off for a week having dug the concrete out - why?? Poor planning..
Again, there was too much concentration on the Iftar tent.. For the first time ever, I actually lost weight on holiday - there is less choice around meal times and seems to be of a lesser quality than my previous visits.. The chef and supervisory team around meal times assisted, but the choice should be there rather than having a meal cooked separately..
I doubt very much that I will return to this hotel, which is a shame, because as I've stated, the staff are an absolute credit and deserve better.. I, as a guest, got the impression that staff are not treated with as much care and respect as they have previously been.. Staff are leaving in droves, and those staff will be missed.. There are 1 or 2 supervisors who perhaps should not be in position (having heard 1 of them talking in a derogatory manner towards staff in Quisine restaurant) but the others are amazing..
I missed my 2 boys on concierge, however, what can I say - Omar, Simon and of course, Michael (I'll see you in Kampala) are amazing too..
The guys around the pool - I think they are unsung heroes, the job they do cannot be underestimated, and their experience and knowledge is invaluable..
So.. My common theme, staff are amazing but seem to be undervalued, but the hotel seems to be deteriorating, in terms of quality and appeal..
Fairmont/Accor.... You should re-think your values... 3 times I've stayed and each time , your staff having been an absolute credit and the only reason you've had more than 1 star, yet the hotel goes down... Listen to staff, listen to guests - only then will things improve..
We really surprised with Roy exceptional services.He created a very nice towel art into monkey and dog.He is smiley,approachable and accommodating my needs at all times.I will definitely recommend Fairmont bab al Bahrain to my friends.
We stayed with family and friends in this hotel to avoid hassle while enjoying the Football match season.
Great sports bar with attentive staff.
The standard rooms are great but not ideal when traveling with baby, Bathroom space are so big. Great amenities.
Good breakfast with minimal selection but all staff are careful and attentive to all guest even its a bit busy.
Pool facilities suits all types of travelers, Very relaxing inspite of the very hot weather.