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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.
– No ATM machine on premises.
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.