Appealing to Abu Dhabi’s forward-thinking visitors, the hotel brand EDITION chose Al Bateen Marina as the location of its eighth boutique property. As a completely plastic-free hotel, the property has a fresh outlook on the future of sustainability in hospitality that sets it at a different level to its more traditional neighbours.
Attention to detail is evident throughout but particularly in the lobby, with the hotel’s five floors wrapped around a wooden atrium overlooking the dynamic space. The focal point is a kinetic installation, which gently repositions its glass cylinders every few minutes to create a new work of art.
Created by Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriott, all of the EDITION hotels are designed with sophisticated glamour at their core. This Middle Eastern property is no exception.
The 198 spacious hotel rooms offer a modern haven within which guests can unwind and recharge. Each has a neutral colour palette, without a single ruffle or tassel in sight. There’s a show-home feel to each room, without coming across as clinical.
On the ground floor, a golden pool table dominates the lounge, lending a communal feel to the space. Step outside to find a celestial-blue infinity pool, surrounded by chic wooden sun loungers topped with deep white cushions. All three of the EDITION’s signature restaurants are curated by acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, giving guests fine dining principles in relaxed settings.
Each offer a different aesthetic: steakhouse Oak Room is famous for its Galician blonde beef – cattle that live up to 17 years old before being slaughtered – whilst healthy offering Market is all about the buddha and acai bowls.
Finally, the EDITION Spa’s seven treatment rooms offer contemporary relaxation. Opt for a room with floor to ceiling windows, and melt into the poolside view.
IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Abu Dhabi’s artistic (inside and out) marvel, The Louvre, is a 20-minute drive away and contains Rembrandt and Mondrian treasures. New experiences have also recently been introduced, such as nighttime kayaking trips around the museum’s moat. EDITION recently launched its own nightclub, Annex – the ground floor offers a vibrant addition to Abu Dhabi’s flourishing nightlife scene.
From US$272 per night / editionhotels.com/abu-dhabi