Hotel Review: Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Hotel Lobby at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Quick Summary

  • Luxury beachfront resort with private beach
  • Eco-conscious hotel with modern interiors
  • Located on the best part of Saadiyat Beach which is absolutely pristine
  • Suitable hotel for couples and families
  • 3 pools, 7 restaurant and bars
  • 293 rooms, suites and villas
  • Gym, spa, tennis court, water sports and golf course
  • Kids and Teens club on-site
  • No pets permitted. No smoking permitted.

Background Information

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort view from the jetty

In 2018, the international luxury hotel chain Jumeirah opened UAE’s first eco-conscious resort on the prime part of Saadiyat Island Beach.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island overlooks 400 metres of pristine low lying beach and undisturbed wildlife where guests can sometimes spot dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

If this is your first time travelling to Abu Dhabi, you might have questions around the appropriate dress code. Based on our experience, we recommend to dress conservatively (e.g women to have their shoulders and knees covered) when exploring outside of hotel grounds. However, within your hotel grounds, your regular/casual attire is accepted but out of respect do avoid wearing swimwear in the restaurants/dining areas.

Alright, let’s get into our hotel review based on our 3 night stay here in June.


Location

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is located on the eastern part of Saadiyat Beach, next door to the popular Saadiyat Beach Club, about 10 minutes from the City Centre and 20 minutes from the airport.

Although everything is close and easily accessible, the most you’ll hear from your room is the hypnotic sound of the crashing waves making you feel like you’re somewhere completely secluded.

The view from our room overlooking the beach and the resort

The 400m stretch of Saadiyat Beach which the hotel occupies is private for hotel guests and we felt absolutely spoilt especially during sunset hour because boy were the sunsets here picture perfect!

Sunset on the beach at Jumeirah Saadiyat Island

The Hotel Room

The hotel has a total of 293 rooms, suites and villas and we stayed in the Ocean Deluxe King Room located on one of the upper floors fitted with a glass wall and balcony with sweeping views of the resort and beach. Here is an Instagram Post taken on our balcony:

Inside our suite was a cloud-like King bed and sprawled across it on our check-in day was a welcome message, rose petals and towels folded into kissing swans – it’s always so special when hotels go above and beyond!

Ocean View King Deluxe Bedroom

The bathroom had twin sinks, beauty mirror, bath tub, shower, toilet and luxury bath amenities by Appelles Skin. The shower and bath tub stream and temperature controls were perfect and we were also glad that they had a hairdryer and ironing facilities available too.


Swimming Pools

Main Pools

The main pool area (next to the pool bar) is where we spent majority of our time during our stay at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort.

But there are 3 swimming pools in total to choose from. In the Instagram Post below, the pool on the left is the shallow pool (better for the little ones) and the one on the right is the regular pool which is also right next to the restaurant and bar.

When we first saw the pool, we darted straight to the cabanas because based on previous experience, hotel cabanas are almost impossible to reserve (people usually wake up at the crack of dawn and leave their belongings on the cabanas). Surprisingly many of the cabanas and the deck chairs were free for most of the day which really took the stress out of pool time.

Main Swimming Pool
Swimming pool cabana

Lagoon Pool

The third pool, also known as the ‘Lagoon Pool’, is located in front of the Italian restaurant Mare Mare (which we will get to in a minute). This pool is smaller than the main pools BUT during sunset it is absolutely stunning:

Will enjoying the sunset view from the Lagoon Pool
Annie at the Lagoon Pool
Annie infront of the sunset at the Lagoon Pool
View of Mare Mare restaurant and the Lagoon Pool at sunset

The temperature of the pool water was just perfect, our bodies didn’t need to acclimatise at all and we were lounging in them literally from sunrise to sunset. The water was always clean and despite the size of the resort, it never got too crowded.

Saadiyat Beach

The jetty to Saadiyat Beach

And of course, nature’s swimming pool is just a jetty away and definitely deserves another mention. The beach here had incredibly soft sand and water that was just the perfect temperature all throughout the day.


Restaurants & Dining

Breakfast Buffet

Salads, fruits and cold mezzes & cuts area of Breakfast Buffet

In our opinion, Breakfast Buffets can really make or break your overall hotel experience.

During peak season, breakfast is also served at the White Restaurant. However, during our time here, the breakfast buffet was located at The Lounge which was a very short walk away from our room.

As we approached the restaurant, the smell of freshly baked homemade donuts wafted through the corridor and we don’t normally have donuts for breakfast, but we just HAD to make an exception this time around. We were definitely hooked after that and ended up trying all their amazing pastries throughout our stay.

Homemade Donuts and Spreads at the Breakfast Buffet

The staff at breakfast were also extremely attentive and kept refilling our coffees and offering fresh smoothies and acai bowls which you could order from the a la carte menu but we were definitely too occupied with our buffet options to order off the menu.

Salad section of the Breakfast Buffet

There was also an egg and pancake station and a section just for a selection of different types of honey and teas – the works!

Mare Mare (Italian Restaurant)

Iced tea at Mare Mare

We had lunch at Mare Mare, which is the Italian poolside restaurant that proudly boasts “Mamma’s home cooking” type dishes and it really took us back to coastal Italy.

We ordered the Tagliolini Lobster Pasta and the Gnochhi (this is an appetiser dish but I requested it as a main and they kindly accomodated to this). Both dishes were just al dente and we highly recommend them!

Gnochhi from Mare Mare Restaurant
Lobster Tagliolini from Mare Mare Restaurant

The seafood is very fresh, sauces of both dishes were just to our taste and we couldn’t have asked for more refreshing drinks too. We were so impressed by this lunch and didn’t realise that this was only the start to our big food adventure here at Jumeirah!

The dress code here is casual and the restaurant opens between 12pm to 11pm daily. The menu changes seasonally but you can see the June 2019 menu here.

Tean (Arabic Restaurant)

We were really excited to dine at Tean to experience the traditional Arabic flavours of the region.

Tean prides itself authentic dishes with a modern edge and with the recommendation from staff, we decided to try the Homemade Manti for the first time. We discovered that manti is a yoghurt turkish dumpling dish with pine nuts and coriander and we completely polished off this dish and the fattoush salad on the side.

Homemade Manti Dish at Tean

The restaurant is open for dinner from 4pm to midnight daily and Shisha is served at the Summer Tent in front of the front entrance too. The menu changes seasonally and you can find the June 2019 menu here.

The walkways in front of White Restaurant

Other Dining Options

With a total of 7 restaurants, your other dining options here are:

  • The Lounge: European food on an open-air terrace.
  • Majlis Saadiyat: Arabian Afternoon Tea dishes in the lobby.
  • White: East meets West buffet in the restaurant area.
  • Pool Bar: Western food and drinks by the poolside.
  • In-room Dining: Food can also be ordered to the room.

Summary

Balcony view from the main lobby

We honestly felt like our 3 day stay was simply not enough. There is so much to explore around the hotel that we would have loved to have a few more days to take advantage of the beach for just a little longer and try all of the restaurants and the wellness facilities.

This was by far one of our highlights of our time in Abu Dhabi and we can not wait to be back again!

One Comment Add yours

  1. divya says:

    Hello guys,this is useful information for me.i love this blog.It’s not easy to get such quality information online nowadays. I look forward to staying here for a long time.

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