Photo tour: inside Abu Dhabi's most palatial suite
There was quite a bit of travel news in the Middle East this week, from the announcement that Qatar’s upcoming $15.5 billion airport will feature two 100-room luxury transit hotels to the news that Gordon Ramsay signed his return to Dubai.
That was immediately followed by a staunch denial from Ramsay’s spokesperson.
The big hotel launches, however, were both from the St. Regis brand. The first was August 15 launch of the St. Regis Abu Dhabi, which won “One to Watch” at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Hotel Awards in Vegas last week, with the second being the St. Regis Saddiyat Island Resort's introduction of a new Royal Suite.
At 2,100 square meters, the Royal Suite is now the largest hotel suite in the United Arab Emirates. To see just how huge it is by comparison, check out our previous list on the world’s most expensive hotel suites.
Here's one example: the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms Resort in Vegas is a comparatively measly 836 square meters.
For 130,000 dirhams a night ($35,390) you get two floors, four bedrooms, a mini-cinema, a games room and a private swimming pool with sea views.
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; +971 2 498 8888, rooms start at $303
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