Review: Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island


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Saadiyat Resort & Villas, offers a mix of casual elegance and contemporary style, set on a huge white sand beach and on the edge of the azur blue sea. Nestled amongst swaying palms and soothing water features, this hotel makes an ideal getaway.

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


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.

The hotel is only a stone’s throw away from the silky white sands and yet just a 30-minute drive into the city, so you’ll experience the best of both worlds when visiting the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas.

Cultural and leisure experiences include Louvre Abu Dhabi, the upcoming Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and Zayed National Museum, This modern city also offers a range of designer shops. But most visit this resort for relaxation. Dip your toes into the splendor of warm, clear waters, enjoy sophisticated tropical vibes and uninterrupted Arabian Gulf views.

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, and 18 minutes, with an additional 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi Airport to Saadiyat Island.

Style & Character

The striking modern Arabic architecture offers an inviting warmth for both families and couples. Although a large resort, the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas offer personalized and authentic touches, such as the Islamic archways. With a modern and lavish style, the Saadiyat Rotana Resort complements the immense hustle and extravagance of the city while mixing the true tropical island environment. Its marble floors, spaciousness, and sandstone structure enhance the property’s luxury.

Service & Facilities

Guests can enjoy a wide range of pristine facilities to choose from, such as the Bodylines Fitness Club, a spa offering a Turkish and Moroccan Hammam with ten treatment rooms, an outdoor pool, two tennis courts, mini golf, a beach club, three fully equipped banquet and event spaces, 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 the staff is friendly and accommodating.


Saadiyat Resort & Villas Features 327 uniquely designed rooms and suites and 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.

Indulge in 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 40 m² 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. Eight modern dining options promise fresh ingredients, authentic flavors, and new culinary experiences. Dive into the unique flavors of Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar for Italian classics, Hamilton’s Gastropub, a lively nightspot serving brews and British/American classics, 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.

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