Abu Dhabi’s Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

 

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

Ritz Carlton is known globally for its sense of opulence and grandeur that it brings to the hotel experience and Abu Dhabi is no exception. What is unique about this property is its placement along a waterfront canal that gives it a resort feel while being very much in the city and its Italian renaissance theme which might have you thinking you’re in Venice rather than the Middle East.

Hospitality is always immanent

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

From the moment you cross the threshold into the grand lobby till the moment you check out there is always someone nearby on this massive hotel property to lend a hand or give you the much needed directions for the amount of space it covers.

 

Every Room With a View

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

The hotel high rise is expansive, wrapping around the central pool and canal front with balconies featured on every possible room. If you haven’t gotten a canal view you are still in luck as the opposite side of the hotel faces the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, arguably one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in the entire UAE.

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

Relax wide or high

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

We had the pleasure to be upgraded not to one of the main building’s 447 rooms, but to one of the property’s 85 expansive villas. These houses in miniature give an even greater level of privacy and indulgence and if you love strolling the grounds and having your own outdoor space to enjoy the cool evening air, this is a fantastic call.

An old world promenade

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

Right alongside the beach and waterfront an area called Venetian Village has been built with the theme of Venice’s Grand Canal that surrounds the entire hotel. Some might consider it a small hassle to have to walk outside the hotel building proper to access the spa, shops and restaurants but this oasis of calm and tranquility is intentionally constructed to be an ornate labyrinth of indulgence.

ESPA at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

 

What is unique to the ESPA experience here is that the outdoors is just as much a part of the experience as the indoors. There is a naturally lit sauna looking out into a garden space, expansive relaxation areas for men and women and a private beach. Some packages even include meal service at the closest pool restaurant.

 

The facials at the spa are some of the best we have ever had. They take time to analyze your skin and really create a bespoke treatment based on individual needs.

 

Abu Dhabis Luxury Urban Retreat: Ritz Carlton Grand Canal

 

 

 

George

George

I am a medical student and a world traveler native to Costa Rica, but I have lived in seven different countries and travelled to more than 100. I am vegetarian and a lover of wines. My favourite destinations always include the mountains, wild nature and places were I can bike.

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