Review: Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi


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Experience effortless luxury at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, where casual elegance meets contemporary style, set amongst clear blue shores. Nestled next to swaying palms and soothing water features, falling into a blissful paradise will be an ease.

Why We Love This Hotel

With only a stone’s throw away from the silky white sands, and a 30 minute drive into the city, you’ll able to experience the best of both worlds when visiting the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas. The resort offers ideal options both suited for romantic couple getaways, and family adventures, fulfilling your luxury travel experience. We favour this resort for its sophisticated service, comfortable rooms, personalised touches, and timeless architecture.


Immersed on one of the Middle East’s largest and most beautiful natural islands, the striking Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is set on an outstanding 9km stretch of pristine white sands. Surrounded by idyllic beaches, that are home to indigenous Hawksbill turtles, as well as cultural and leisure experiences such as Louvre Abu Dhabi, the upcoming Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum. Dip your toes into the regal splendour of warm clear waters, sophisticated tropical vibes, and uninterrupted Arabian Gulf views, whilst still being only a short sway away from the modern city of designer shops, and luxe refinery.

Best Time To Visit

October, March and April are the best months for beaches when it is not too hot to be outside. During this time, expect to find the temperature ranging from 16°C – 32°C. Summertime starts from late May, with July – August swarming with intense heat, all the way up to 50°C. Humidity can still be very high all the way through to September, so if sunbathing is on the agenda, we recommend visiting during either October, March and April.

How To Get There

Direct flights go from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), on American, British, and Etihad Airways. Flight time can be a maximum of 7 hours, 18 minutes, with an additional 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi Airport to Saadiyat Island.

Style & Character

Striking modern Arabic architecture, with an inviting warmth for both families and couples. Although being a large resort, the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas offers personalised, and authentic touches such as the Islamic archways. With a modern, and lavish style, the Saadiyat Rotana Resort compliments the immense hustle and extravagance of the city, whilst mixing the true tropic island environment. It’s marble floors, spaciousness, and sandstone structure add to the luxury of the property.

Service & Facilities

There’s never a dull moment at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas. Guests can enjoy a wide range of pristine facilities to choose from, such as the Bodylines Fitness Club, spa offering a Turkish and Moroccan Hammam with 10 treatment rooms, outdoor pool, two tennis courts, mini golf, beach club, three fully equipped banquet and event rooms, an elegant ballroom and the Aladdin’s Cave Kids Club with lazy river, splash pool, cinema zone, water slide and more! Guests rate the service as exceptional and say that staff are friendly and accommodating.


Featuring 327 uniquely designed rooms and suites, as well as 13 beach villas with private plunge pools. Rooms are spacious and bright with contemporary furnishings and décor, designed to reflect the warmth of a beachfront home. In-room facilities include: Rotana’s signature bed, interconnecting rooms available, high-speed internet, room safe, complimentary tea and coffee, and so much more. Unwind into sensual luxury and bliss, with the echoing sound of soothing waves, deep sleep and views of the Abu Dhabi sunset.

Best Rooms

Indulge into the epitome of lazy-days and relaxation with the Premium Seaview Room. Relax and let the fresh sea air rejuvenate you when you check into your 40sqm Premium Seaview Room, with views of the white sands and lapping waves of Saadiyat Beach. Choose from king or twin beds with a modern open-plan bathroom and floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that lead to your private balcony.

Food & Drink

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is a dining destination with a difference. With eight modern dining options that promise fresh ingredients, authentic flavours, and new culinary experiences. Dive into the unique flavours of Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar, for Italian classics, Hamilton’s Gastropub, a lively nightspot serving brews along with British/American classics to Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, and so much more. Guests highlight that the rooftop bar is particularly special, and the ‘Hugo’ is a must try, when visiting.

If you would like to book a stay at this luxury hotel, or a business class flight, contact our luxury travel concierge to get a quote before booking. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, deals and special benefits.

Saadiyat Resort & Villas

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