July 20, 2018

Park Hyatt UAE, Saadiyat Island

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Entrance

The Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is located on the beach of Saadiyat Island, an 11 sq ft. mile island off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.  The hotel is 22 miles from the Abu Dhabi international airport.  By taxi, the hotel is a 25 minute drive from the airport.  The Park Hyatt has 306 rooms, multiple bars and restaurants, a tennis court, an 18-hole golf course, 4 large pools, a full service spa, and a private beach.

Park-Hyatt-Front-Entrance
Park Hyatt Entrance
Park-Hyatt-Side-View
View of Park Hyatt from the outdoor pool
Park-Hyatt-Ocean-View
View of the open courtyard and ocean from the fourth floor

Hotel Details

Hotel: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
Address: P.O. Box 52007, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Temperature: 105 (F)
Reserved Room: Park King (AED 700 a night; $176 US)
Diamond Member Complimentary Upgrade: Sea View King (AED 1,100 a night; $299 US)
Upgraded to a Suite using 6,000 Hyatt points: Park Suite (AED 2,000 a night; $544)
Final cash cost for Park Suite: $176

Abu Dhabi Villas

The Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi has separate Executive and Royal villas available on the property.  Unfortunately the villas are not available upgrades for Diamond members.  During my stay, the Executive Villa was available for just 15,700 AED or $4,273 per night.

In case your were wondering what $,273 a night would get you, the Executive Villa is 200 sq meters (2,152 sq ft) and is located on the beach side of the hotel.  The villa includes a living room, full size kitchen (with a separate butler’s entrance), two bedrooms (one with a king-size bed, the other with two twin beds) and a maid’s room with a separate entrance and attached bathroom.  The villa also includes a large outdoor terrace with a private plunge pool and massage beds.

Booking 

I booked the room online as a king room for one night.  I used the Citi Prestige card to pay for the room because of the foreign currency transaction fee reimbursement with the card.

As a Hyatt Diamond member, I was upgraded to the Sea View King room.  Since it was a single night, there wasn’t any reason to use a suite upgrade, so I used 6,000 Hyatt points to upgrade into a suite (the suite upgrade certificates can be used for a stay of up to 7 nights, so you get the most benefit from them if you use them during a longer hotel stay).

Suite

The Park Suite was located on the 4th floor.  The hotel is much larger than it first looks on the outside.  Walking from the lobby to the suite took at least 10 to 12 minutes.  Since it was Ramadan, there were relatively few guests in the hotel at the time, it was a little strange walking through very long corridors without seeing anyone else.

Suite Living Room TV
Suite Living Room TV
Suite Living Room Sofa
Suite Living Room Sofa

King vs. Suite

King rooms are 50 sq. meters (538 sq. ft.) and suites are 100 sq. meters (1,076 sq. ft.).  A Park Suite includes a separate bedroom, living room, and two large balconies overlooking the Arabian Sea and Saadiyat Beach.   The suite included an open-plan marble bathroom with dual vanity sinks, Hans Grohe walk-in rain shower and a deep soaking standalone Toto bathtub.

Suite-Bedroom
Suite Bedroom
Suite-Bathroom
Suite Bathroom
Suite Walk-in Shower entrance
Suite Walk-in shower entrance
Suite Walk-in Shower
Suite Walk-in Shower
Entrance to outdoor balcony from living room
Entrance to outdoor balcony from living room
Balcony deck chairs
Balcony deck chairs
Balcony tables and view across Saadiyat Island
Balcony tables and view across Saadiyat Island
Entrance into suite from balcony
Entrance into suite from balcony
View of Saadiyat beach from the balcony
View of Saadiyat beach from the balcony
View of the beach and partial view of a beach villa
View of the beach and partial view of a beach villa
Edge of Park Hyatt golf course
Edge of Park Hyatt golf course

There were 2 TVs, one in the living room and one in the bedroom.  Additional amenities included: free premium internet access, complimentary fresh fruit & water, DVD player, and a coffee machine.  The hotel did not have a Regency Club so breakfast was complimentary at the Cafe restaurant.

2nd TV in the bedroom
2nd TV in the bedroom
Welcome Amenities
Welcome Amenities

The Park Hyatt suite was really impressive.  It was like staying at a beach condo with a really impressive view of the ocean.  The light switches in the suite were labeled so it was possible to figure out how to turn on and off specific lights in the suite (the unlabeled light switches were really my only compliant at the Hyatt Capital Gate).

Labeled light switches go along way when there are close to 20 in a suite
Labeled light switches go along way when there are close to 20 in a suite

Brunch

Hyatt Diamond members receive complimentary breakfast from the hotel only when a club lounge is not available.  There was no lounge at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, so breakfast was complimentary at the Cafe.

The breakfast buffet was extensive.  It included more American options, but there were also plenty of Middle Eastern flavors included as well.  Unlike the Hyatt Capital Gate, the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi had more guests and the buffet was crowded every morning.  Despite the restaurant being at capacity, the service was very good.

Buffet fruit
Buffet fruit
Buffet pastries
Buffet pastries
yogurt
yogurt
Various cereals
Various cereals
Multiple juice and smoothies
Multiple juice and smoothies
Various buffet hot plates
Various buffet hot plates
omelette station
omelette station

A dinner buffet was available at the Cafe after sundown (due to Ramadan).  The dinner buffet was even more extensive than the breakfast buffet.  Traditional Middle Eastern food was available as well as American options.  Choosing between the buffets at the Hyatt Capital Gate and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is pretty difficult as they were both excellent and easily among the best I’ve ever had.

Spa & Pool

The Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is a resort style hotel and the pool area is really its show piece.  Palm trees, day beds, and beach chairs are spread throughout the pool complex.  The pool area is so large that I think it would be really hard for someone not to find a spot at the pool even during periods of peak occupancy.

Pool with hotel in the background

Main pool area

Pool chairs

View of the center pool

Sun chairs

Sun chairs from across the pool

The entrance to Saadiyat beach is located by the pool restaurant.  Hotel guests have access to a private section of the beach which includes beach chairs and umbrellas.  The hotel offers food and beverage service for the pool and beach, but the service was temporarily suspended during Ramadan.

Sign in front of Saadiyat beach
Sign in front of Saadiyat beach
Saadiyat beach section for Park Hyatt guests
Saadiyat beach section for Park Hyatt guests
Path from Saadiyat beach back to hotel
Path from Saadiyat beach back to hotel

The Atarmia Spa is a full service spa which is located in the right corner of the hotel.  It’s a modern facility with a full range of Middle Eastern inspired treatments.  There is a separate gym located on the right side of the main spa entrance.  The gym is open 24 hours and has a basic selection of free weights and cardio equipment.

Pros

– Beautiful,  modern, and well maintained, full service  resort, close to the airport.
– Diamond members are treated well.
– Suite upgrades are honored at this property (some properties make it difficult to redeem suites).
– Food was excellent.  Breakfast and dinner buffets were extensive.
– The hotel staff understood and could speak English.
– Hotel suite was impressive, with fantastic views of the ocean.

Cons

– No ATM machine on premises.

Final Thoughts

The Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is a really impressive resort.  From the property, to the service, and the high quality suite, it’s hard to find anything not to like about the hotel.  Granted I was there during Ramadan, so I missed out on some of the available services during the day, but I certainly can’t fault the hotel for that and none of the major hotel facilities were closed during the day.  Next time you’re in Abu Dhabi, you can’t go wrong by staying at the Park Hyatt.

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