SAADIYAT ROTANA RESORT & VILLAS, ABU DHABI
Initially set to open in the winter of 2017, the Saadiyat Rotana Resort’s 327 luxurious rooms and suites and 13 private villas (each with their own plunge pools) will now see an early 2018 opening, although no date has been finalised yet.
The resort will cater to leisure travellers with facilities like a mini golf course, tennis courts, the Rotana brand’s signature Zen Spa and Bodylines Fitness Club, an Aladdin’s Cave kids club and eight F&B outlets. Thanks to the delayed launch, we now know exactly what the restaurants are – Sim Sim will be the all-day dining restaurant, Si Ristorante Italiano and Bar will be the first Italian eatery and gastro pub on the island, Turtle Bay Bar and Grill is a two-storey rooftop restaurant serving a surf ‘n turf menu and then there’s Hamilton’s Gastropub, an American/ British pub. The other three outlets are Nasma Beachfront Bar, the Pool Bar and Sama Lobby Lounge. In the capital for business? Three banquet rooms and a grand ballroom will sort you out.