Staycation at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

One of the most opulent hotels in Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton is a grand property, inspired by Renaissance architecture with a distinctly Venetian feel, glistening chandeliers, marble floors and regal interiors.

Located within 10-Venetian inspired palatial buildings that form a crescent around one of the city’s largest outdoor pools, a Venetian village with waterfront dining options, eight restaurants, expansive gardens, kids centre, a holistic spa and breathtaking views, this property has everything you’re possibly looking for.


From breath-taking sunrises over Al Maqta Creek to sunsets that illuminate the Grand Mosque, every moment spent at the world’s largest beachfront Ritz-Carlton resort, reawakens the senses.

With a collection of suites, residences and villas, guests can enjoy views of the Grand Mosque or a canal-facing swimming pool and extensive lawns. There are 447 rooms and suites, and 85 private villas but each one has a charm of its own.

The hotel features eight dining options so there’s something for everyone. Each restaurant is different from the other and the food and quality is par excellence. From succulent steaks at The Forge, lip-smacking Middle Eastern fare with live performances at Mijana, irresistible Southeast Asian specials in a fine-dining setting at Li Jiang to an indulgent Friday brunch with views of the gardens at Giornotte – get ready to be spoiled for choice. Walk further down to the Venetian Village and there are several dining options facing the waterfront there too.

My husband and I decided to celebrate our first wedding anniversary at this grand property and it is by far one of the best resorts we have stayed at. We had a great time and were thoroughly pampered throughout our stay.

The service is immaculate with attentive and friendly staff who are always willing to go the extra mile for each guest. Rooms are nicely designed with lounging spaces and a balcony with panoramic views. The bathrooms are cozy with bath tubs and separate shower areas. The pool, one of the biggest in the capital is extremely welcoming and the spa that houses a plunge pool, steam and hammam room, is a short buggy ride from the main entrance.

Go with your significant other, with a group of friends, or with your family and kids, there’s something for everyone here. It is also a great place to celebrate special occasions or host large gatherings like corporate events and weddings.

If you’re looking to escape to a world of Middle Eastern opulence, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is highly recommended!

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