JUMEIRAH SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT, ABU DHABI
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.