With the amazing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as its unique backdrop, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal takes some beating when it comes to location in Abu Dhabi. Sitting proudly alongside a stretch of private sandy beach, this Abu Dhabi hotel is reminiscent of a Venetian hotel from the outside; step inside and discover a luxurious and chic decor, resplendent with water features, chandeliers and abundant on-site facilities.
The 1600 square metre outdoor pool is the star of the show during the daytime. The water's edge is lined with spacious sun-lounger filled terraces for chilled out days soaking up the sunshine. The on-site spa is an oasis of calm where top to toe pampering is top of the agenda. The Ritz Kid's Club is jam-packed with fun and games to entertain younger guests. The dining venues lead you through an eclectic journey of culinary wonders - from the legendary Ritz-Carlton afternoon tea to Italian, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Arabic and Asian specialities to savour.
No trip to Abu Dhabi would be complete without some time spent exploring the local environs - the hotel offers a luxury shuttle bus service to the nearby Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the Manarat Al Saadiyat Centre, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and The Galleria Mall are all well worth a visit too.
The Five-Star The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal presents a total of 447 guest rooms, villas and suites. Expect a neutral and opulent colour palette and all the modern touches that enhance your stay; from air conditioning and a 42 inch LCD TV to a Nespresso machine, high speed internet access and an iPod docking station.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal has all of the amenities you'd expect from Five-Star luxury holidays in Abu Dhabi, including a large outdoor swimming pool, private beach, five restaurants, lobby lounge, cafe, bar, 24 hour fitness centre, beachfront spa, kids club, luxury bus shuttle service to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, babysitting on request, Wi-Fi internet connectivity, 24 hour room service, and concierge.
Food, drink & entertainment
The on-site restaurant and bars offer a world of flavours to tickle your tastebuds. Giornotte restaurant offers all-day dining with a Mediterranean twist. The Forge steakhouse is open at dinner for steaks accompanied by fine wines. Dine at lunch and dinner time on contemporary Lebanese fare in the Mijana eatery. Li Jang features an open kitchen and serves up Southeast Asian style cuisine for dinner. The Al Fresco beach restaurant is open during daylight hours for light meals and beverages. The Alba lobby lounge serves speciality drinks, sandwiches, light salads and a signature afternoon tea experience. The Italian style Dolce Cafe offers homemade ice creams, cakes, light snacks and speciality coffees. Sorso bar features a rich decor and serves a full menu of drinks and light snacks.
Sport, games & activities
Keeping up your fitness regime during your stay is easy; the Health Club offers a state of the art 24/7 fitness centre with all the latest gym equipment and fitness exercise classes. The Ritz Kids programme offers abundant child-friendly activities, an overnight camp and a special kids dining menu. The 2000 square metre ESPA Spa is reserved for over-16s and has 16 treatment rooms, a Turkish hammam, steam room, outdoor plunge pools, separate male and female relaxation areas, and beauty and hair salons for top to toe pampering.
The accommodation options at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal range from Deluxe Rooms to One and Two Bedroom Villas, and Executive, Venetian, Venetian Executive, Venetian Two Bedroom, The Ritz-Carlton and Royal Suites. Deluxe Room highlights include a private balcony with pool, garden or sea view, king or two double feather beds, Egyptian cotton linens, pillow menu, marble bathroom with bathtub, separate rainforest shower, hairdryer and luxury Asprey bath products, Nespresso coffee and tea machine, in-room safe, laptop and phone charger, mini bar, iron and ironing board, 24 hour room service, complimentary overnight shoe-shine, housekeeping twice daily, complimentary local newspaper, laundry and valet service, 42 inch LCD TV with local and international channels, high speed wired and Wi-Fi internet connection, and a dual line telephone with voicemail and data line connectivity.
Combine a sophisticated city break with a dreamy beach holiday in glamorous Abu Dhabi. This modern metropolis is home to gleaming skyscrapers, palm-lined boulevards and so much green space that it's known as Garden City of the Gulf.
Go shopping in futuristic malls or old fashioned souks, where you can pick up exotic spices, textiles and gold. Take advantage of world class spas, top notch golf courses and delicious cuisine. Check into some of the most impressive hotels on the planet, relax and enjoy impeccable levels of service. The coastline here is as pristine as the accommodation, with strips of white sand lapped by bathwater-warm seas. Head out of the city and find yourself in spectacular desert landscapes that have to be seen to be believed.
All this and year round sunshine make Abu Dhabi one of the world's most up and coming holiday destinations – time to discover it before everyone else does.
Abu Dhabi's desert climate means it's warm all year round, but it can get really hot in the height of summer. Visit from November to March for comfortable highs of around 25°C.
There's so much to do on holiday in Abu Dhabi; from shopping to snorkelling, sandboarding to golfing or strolling along the seafront Corniche. Head to the atmospheric souks for a traditional local experience, or go straight to the malls for designer treats. Find your own hideaway with a boat trip to the gorgeous secluded islands off the clear coastline, or head under water and discover stunning coral reefs. Visit the Heritage Village for falconry and lessons in the Bedouin way of life.
The food and drink in Abu Dhabi is first class – and so is the service. Most hotels offer an excellent choice of international cuisine in-house. Elsewhere, the local food is aromatic and incredibly tasty. Coffee are integral to life in Abu Dhabi and many also serve up shisha pipes.
Abu Dhabi remains quieter in the evenings than its nearby neighbour Dubai, but there's still plenty to do. Many hotels have on site bars and clubs and there are an increasing number of late night venues elsewhere in the city. Start an evening with a stroll along the atmospheric Corniche and you'll find somewhere to suit your mood – whether it's a chilled out meal on the seafront or a late night out. Please keep in mind that alcohol consumption is allowed only in bars and on other designated premises and that drinking on the street or in other public places is strictly prohibited.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.