JUMEIRAH SAADIYAT ISLAND RE­SORT, ABU DHABI

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In stark contrast to the Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers, a tow­er­ing sky­scraper that was the first Jumeirah prop­erty in the cap­i­tal, the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island will be a low-ly­ing, beach­front re­sort perched on the edge of 400m of pris­tine pri­vate beach. Both prop­er­ties have ar­chi­tec­tural firm DBI Aus­tralia in com­mon, which means the re­sort is ex­pected to be as stylish as its city coun­ter­part, al­beit with a ma­rine theme.

Its 293 sea-fac­ing rooms, in­clud­ing eight vil­las and 70 suites, will all be done up in serene, neu­tral colours and jewel-toned ac­ces­sories to re-cre­ate the ocean in­doors. How­ever, it’s the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Suites on the re­sort’s top-most floor that take the ar­chi­tec­tural cake when it comes to blur­ring the line be­tween the out­doors and the in­doors – the suites will have floor-to-ceil­ing glass walls that open up to let in the sea breeze.

The re­sort will have eight restau­rants – all-day din­ing venue White, Mare Mare, a re­laxed pool­side restau­rant serv­ing mod­ern Ital­ian cui­sine, and Zay­toune, a Le­van­tine-in­spired restau­rant that will spe­cialise in mezze and grills, are high­lights. There’s also a pool bar with in-wa­ter seat­ing.

As far as leisure fa­cil­i­ties go, the Jumeirah Saadiyat will have a cav­ernous 2,200sqm spa with 14 treat­ment rooms, hy­drother­apy pools, a salt room, and a tra­di­tional Ara­bic ra­sul (yes, mud!) room. There’s also a gym, a ten­nis court, a kids club and three out­door in­fin­ity swim­ming pools with a sep­a­rate chil­dren’s pool and an adults-only pool.

The Jumeirah Saadiyat Island is due to open in the sum­mer of 2018.

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