Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts continues to realise their dream to maintain its vision of maintaining a sterling reputation as an innovative luxury hospitality brand. Employing 13,500 staff at 22 properties in 8 countries, they break new ground with their first luxury “eco conscious” resort, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, set on the pristine shores of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
“This Resort is a place like no other. Located next to one of the most spectacular beaches in the Arabian Gulf, every aspect of the resort’s design has been influenced by the beauty of this location,” said Linda Griffin, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, General Manager.
Set amongst the backdrop of undisturbed wildlife including Indo-pacific humpback whales, bottle nose dolphins, green or hawksbill turtles and dugongs, which live in the Saadiyat Mangroves the resort is committed to preserving the island’s protected sand dunes. Inland, gazelles, socotra cormorants, grey herons and greater flamingos are also known to visit.
“We are also continuously trying to minimise the impact that guests have on this environment by bringing in our own environmentally-friendly solutions and working with partners who are dedicated to employing sustainable, ethical practices in their businesses, ” continued Griffin. Jumeirah has partnered with Dubai-based Trust Your Water to reduce single-use plastics. Guests are offered locally-sourced filtered still and sparkling water in their own personal reusable bottles and the resort has also eliminated plastic straws.
The beautifully designed sunlit rooms overlook the water and the panoramic suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows and have balconies. There are three infinity pools, a kids’ pool and Bodyism Wellness Centre, the first to open in the United Arab Emirates. The 2, 3 and 4-bedroom duplex villas also offer private pools. The 2,700 square metre Spa is a haven of tranquillity and includes a Moroccan Hammam, 15 treatment rooms (male and female facilities), saunas, hydrotherapy pools, steam and salt rooms and a traditional Arabic rasul. Guests staying in the Spa Villas can enjoy pampering in the privacy on their own room.
Jose Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group, said: “We are proud to bring Jumeirah to Saadiyat Island and open our second luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi. The opening is a significant landmark in achieving our strategic expansion goals worldwide and is our sixth Jumeirah hotel to open this year. We are confident that Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort will further enhance Abu Dhabi as a distinct and diverse tourist destination, and we look forward to welcoming guests from the local community as well as international travellers. We anticipate it will be a very popular and welcome addition to Saadiyat.”
The Resort offers traditional Arabic cuisine at Levantine-inspired TEAN, long poolside lunches at the pool bar and Italian al fresco dining at Mare Mare. The all-day dining restaurant White offers local, international dishes and live cooking stations. Majlis Saadiyat offers the warmth of Arab hospitality and a premium selection of refreshments and delicious pastries.
Saadiyat Island is undergoing a transformation into a world-class destination. The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened last year and will be joined by the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The resort is 10 minutes away from Yas Island, home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World.