Rosewood Abu Dhabi UAE
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
Date of Creation
1st May 2013
Hotel General Manager
Roland Duerr started his career at one of Switzerland’s best, the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Le Vieux Manoir, before his journey continued at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. After a short stop at the Four Seasons Berlin, Duerr moved back to Dubai where he worked for seven years at Burj Al Arab as Executive Assistant Manager for Food & Beverage. In 2011 Roland Duerr transferred to Jumeirah Essex House in New York. The destiny of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts started in 2012 where Roland was appointed Hotel Manager at iconic The Carlyle, 3 years later Abu Dhabi called.
Unlike many chain operators, Rosewood believes that the creation of a new property is an art and not a science of standardization. Through its A Sense of Place® philosophy, Rosewood seeks to reflect each destination’s unique culture, history and geography in the design and operation of the hotel. Looking ahead, Rosewood will continue to focus on creating landmark hotels and resorts through ground-up development, redevelopment of existing structures, and re-positioning and re-branding of assets with ultra-luxury Rosewood potential.
ROSEWOOD ABU DHABI
History & Story
Rosewood Abu Dhabi first opened its doors in May 2013, marking the first presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand in the United Arab Emirates. Defining new standards, this five-star hotel offers locals and tourists a distinct and personalized luxury lifestyle experience in the heart of city.
The curvilinear architecture of the 470-foot-tall building is designed to suggest the movement in this vibrant city and the inspiration for the interiors of the hotel comes from the meeting of land and sea, desert and sky.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s interior, designed by the award-winning firm HOK former BBG-BBGM, warmly welcomes guests. The lobby is bordered on one side with a flowing water feature and on the other with a dramatic wall of art to draw guests into the space with warm tones, clean lines and sleek materials. The sophisticated design is juxtaposed with comfortable furnishings and flowing fabrics in warm colors reminiscent of a local souk, an open-air marketplace. Throughout the hotel, traditional Middle Eastern textiles and details are complemented with modern lines and sleek architectural elements. The hotel design is a study in contrasts and sets the standard for luxury design in Abu Dhabi.
As every hotel in the collection, Rosewood Abu Dhabi encompasses Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy by reflecting the culture, history and geography of its location.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Superb views over Abu Dhabi’s bay and the north skyline of the city
The Hotel is located on Al Maryah Island, financial district and new nightlife centre of Abu Dhabi
Directly connected to The Galleria Mall with many shopping opportunities as well as many restaurants and bars along the waterfront including award winning restaurants like Zuma or Coya
Directly connected to the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Directly connected to all four Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) office towers
One of the largest entry categories of the city
Very diverse dining possibilities with the buffet restaurant Aqua with Steak and Vegan nights, the Lebanese restaurant Sambusek and the Chinese
restaurant Dai Pai Dong, the wine cellar La Cava with wine and cheese evenings, The Hidden Bar with over 150 types of gin and the outdoor
sunset bar GLO
All conference space located on one floor with natural daylight and views over the bay
The luxury waterfront hotel is located on Al Maryah Island at the core of Abu Dhabi’s new International Financial Center, in the prestigious development Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, directly connected to The Galleria luxury shopping destination and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The island occupies a unique location at a midpoint between Abu Dhabi’s existing downtown district, the upcoming developments at Al Reem Island and the new cultural district on Saadiyat Island. Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere await visitors in Abu Dhabi.
Key sites/activities in the area
Fout more about Abu Dhabi’s religion and traditions with a visit to one of the world’s most impressive landmarks, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers, features 80 domes, over 1,000 columns, gold plated chandeliers and the world’s largest hand woven carpet. Since March 2019 for the first time, the Presidential Palace has also opened its door to visitors and lets them explore its stunning architecture.
Head to the Corniche and enjoy an impressive eight kilometers of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach. Beachgoers should also spend some time on the stunning Saadiyat and Yas beaches .
While in Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to get on the water or to the desert! From wake-boarding to surfing and parasailing, from cruising in a traditional pearling boat to kayaking through natural mangrove forests, from zooming to the pace of a speedboat tour to diving, cruising, snorkelling or swimming, the emirate’s waters are yours to discover. Dune bashing, traditional Arabic dinners, belly dancers or the art of falconry awaits visitors to the desert.
For a 360˚ entertainment experience, head to Yas Island where you can burn rubber at Yas Marina Circuit – home to the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ride the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, meet old friends in the Warner Brother World, have a giant splash at Yas Waterworld and relax on a white sandy beach.
Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, perhaps because it’s so diverse and tax-free: everything from luxurious and ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk-like shops where you can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets.
If you’re interested in culture and heritage, catch a cab to the Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater or the Quasr al Hosn, the old fort, and step back in time to a traditional desert lifestyle. Bargain with souvenir sellers and watch craftsmen at work producing pottery, weaving and metal work.
Diversity of experiences characterizes Abu Dhabi’s great golf offering – whether it’s championship-ready parkland, ocean or Links facilities, a gentle urban centre course, the sheer uniqueness of a world-class ‘sand’ course or a country course in the heritage heartland of Al Ain.
- Abu Dhabi means ‘Land of the Gazelle’ in Arabic as Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water on today’s main island of the city.
- Rosewood Abu Dhabi has approximately two employees per room.
- The Hotel has a secret bar which is not advertised and has only space for around 20 guests.
- Being a hotel group from Hong Kong, the hotel does not have a 4th floor as 4 is a number of bad luck in China.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi aims to provide family-centric fun for all, and that includes catering to its youngest guests. Rose Buds, the resort’s program for kids, is designed to provide children with a unique playtime experience in the UAE’s capital, offering a range of special services, amenities and convenience items aimed directly at their interests.
The Children’s Center in Abu Dhabi is the hub of all creativity. Encompassing an arts and crafts area, games room and reading center, it is led by experienced, fun-loving and caring staff, and provides a special emphasis on environmental appreciation. Here, children will learn about the heritage of the UAE, participate in UAE folk art and literature-sharing sessions, as well as make crafts and prepare local food. As fun and international as it is educational, this will offer a treasure trove of memories for every child.
The following items are available for all guests during their stays. Please request specific services when making reservations to ensure availability:
Baby Primrose skincare products
En-suite wireless baby monitors
Full-size cribs and linens
In-room baby proofing service
Lush velour terry child-sized bath robes and slippers
* Above mentioned products are subject to an extra charge in Rosewood Residences.
Guests can register at Rose Buds® to gain access to a world of fun activities. The program is designed for children over the age of three. Children must be out of diapers to participate in the program without a parent or nanny in attendance. Counselors will share details of the program at that time with parents or guardians. Parents are required to sign a registration/waiver form for their child before the program commences.
SCHEDULE & FEES
Rose Buds programs are complimentary. Charges apply for babysitting services, meals and special events.
As one of the premier family hotels in Abu Dhabi, Rosewood Abu Dhabi is pleased to offer babysitting services for guests. Sitters must be requested by the guests and paid directly by the guest at time of service. A minimum 24-hours’ notice is requested so the hotel may appropriately meet each family’s requirements.
- 112 Deluxe Rooms
- 24 Executive Rooms
- 12 Manor Club Rooms
- 6 Classic Suites
- 16 Deluxe 1-Bedroom Suites
- 14 Executive 1-Bedroom Suites
- 6 Deluxe 2-Bedroom Suites
- 2 Executive 2-Bedroom Suites
- 2 Rosewood 2-Bedroom Suites
- 1 Royal 2-Bedroom Suite
Sleek, spacious and styled for contemporary comfort, these 47 sq. m. well-appointed rooms are decorated with subtle tones of dark woods offset by contrasting fabrics. Warm lighting and an artful balance of natural materials including stone, wood and glass add to the ambience. All guestrooms are also fully equipped high-tech systems and ergonomically designed workspaces. The spacious bathroom offers a twin vanity, rain shower and oversized six-fixture tub. Twin options are available.
The spacious 54 sq. m. Executive Room offers rich and lavish décor in modern tones and a high-tech, integrated iPad room management system. The guestroom’s open floor plan design is thoughtfully outfitted with a sliding door partition for privacy if necessary. Set in fine Italian marble, the bathroom features a private rain shower and oversized tub. Twin options are available.
MANOR CLUB ROOM
Sleek, spacious, and styled for comfort, Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s 47 sq. m. Manor Club Rooms have space for work, play & are perfect for the business & leisure traveler with exclusive access to the Manor Club, Executive Lounge. Twin options are available.
The spacious Classic Suites offer impressive views of Abu Dhabi skyline. These Abu Dhabi luxury suites provide 57 sq. m. (average size) of sumptuous accommodation, with high ceilings, the carefully curated furnishings provide a peaceful haven whilst the marble bathroom features a deep soaking bathtub, two sinks and overhead rain shower.
DELUXE 1 BEDROOM SUITE
Suitable for business or leisure, each 78 sq. m. Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite offers an open-plan living space and precision lighting for ample comfort. It offers beautiful furnishings, a spacious living area as well as a prominent executive desk with a matching leather chair. The suite’s six fixture master bath features a separate dressing vanity and full custom-glazed partition. Suite guests receive complimentary access to the Manor Club Executive Lounge.
EXECUTIVE 1 BEDROOM SUITE
As one of the premier hotel suites in Abu Dhabi, the high level 105 sq. m. Executive One-Bedroom Suite is comfortable and striking in form and function. Commanding some of the most inspired use of space, the suite is decorated with dark woods balanced with spot lighting and warm fabrics. The décor delivers a sense of razor-sharp style and sophistication.
DELUXE 2 BEDROOM SUITE
The 130 sq. m. Deluxe Two-Bedroom Suites are ideal for the traveling family. They feature foyer welcoming the guests into a king-bed master bedroom and a second king-bed bedroom. With views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, the suites are tastefully appointed and elegantly decorated. Suite guests receive complimentary access to the Manor Club Executive Lounge.
EXECUTIVE 2 BEDROOM SUITE
Impeccably elegant and supremely comfortable, our Two-Bedroom Suites are spread out across a minimum of 170 sq. m of living space; the size of which varies depending on the Suite combination you choose. Entered through an eye-catching foyer, the suites provide a large, airy living room and two gracefully designed bedrooms, making them ideal for guests seeking extra space or privacy. With contemporary sophistication, the suite’s countless decorative touches allow for new moments of discovery on each stay. Suite guests receive complimentary access to the Manor Club Executive Lounge.
ROSEWOOD 2 BEDROOM SUITE
Opulent and distinctly arabesque, the Rosewood 254 sq. m. Two-Bedroom Suite is the perfect sanctuary for a visiting dignitary. The spacious two-bedroom suite is tastefully designed to reflect local culture and Arabian luxury. Suite guests receive complimentary access to the Manor Club Executive Lounge.
ROYAL 2 BEDROOM SUITE
Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s magnificent 370 sq. m. Royal Two-Bedroom Suite is ideal for guests to host visitors and relax in supreme comfort. The suite offers a large central meeting area with stunning views overlooking the Gulf, two bedrooms, a study area, a small gym and a dining room area. Finely balanced Middle Eastern design and tasteful regional art are complemented with the most thoughtful amenities and in-room technology.
Restaurants & Bars
SAMBUSEK (lunch or dinner included in half board or full board)
Capturing the true essence of Lebanese cuisine, Sambusek delights meat and seafood lovers with the quality and freshness of its ingredients. More than just a restaurant, it is a destination for family and friends to enjoy in comfort and style. Beneath the exterior, the restaurant is delightfully traditional. A popular choice for lunchtime or early evening, the finest meats and freshest fish are grilled to perfection and served to a fun-loving, yet discerning clientele. After nightfall, guests can enjoy the delightful atmosphere with a selection of beverages and delectable dishes.
DAI PAI DONG (lunch or dinner included in half board or full board)
Inspired by the street food movement, the menu showcases modern interpretations of classic Chinese dishes. Nestled where Rosewood Abu Dhabi meets The Galleria Mall, Dai Pai Dong is represented by a smoky Dragon and Phoenix. This authentic Chinese restaurant celebrates honest Cantonese cuisine and is a must-visit in Abu Dhabi’s growing dining scene. Savor Chinese delicacies such as homemade noodles and dim sum, as well as barbecued meats. Stunning design complete with Chinese artwork and artifacts, a live show kitchen and a stylish speakeasy bar create a welcoming ambiance. Discover the perfect locale amongst restaurants in Abu Dhabi for a relaxing lunch or dinner with friends and family.
AQUA (lunch or dinner included in half board or full board)
In a casual indoor atmosphere or outdoors on the waterfront terrace with family and friends, our Chefs at Aqua have created a menu with international flair. This picturesque Abu Dhabi restaurant offers a daily breakfast buffet, as well as lunch and dinner themed-nights, all served fresh from an interactive show kitchen.
The ultimate spot for a private, mysterious hideaway, this cozy lounge features cocoon-style seating with gliding veiled drapes and soothing music. Relax indoors or step outside to the comfortable terrace to experience beautiful views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. Guests can enjoy a collection of 150 gins and 10+ tonics and a large selection of home-made gin infusion.
Accessed via a circular wooden staircase and inspired by a rich history of wine-making, La Cava is an intimate and exclusive wine cellar featuring private dining in Abu Dhabi, with wall-to-wall cabinets housing 1,000 premium labels. Discover your inner oenophile as our expert sommeliers present a variety of wines, from boutique to classic vineyards. The Private Reserve caters to discerning palates, with the rarest of vintages offered in a highly secured part of the cellar. In addition, a walk-in cigar room and humidor, in combination with a prized whiskey selection, make for a snug cigar bar.
A funky and relaxed open-air bar, Glo takes its name from the venue’s striking signature lighting that illuminates the evening sky. Listen to deep house music and laid back beats while savoring a variety of refreshing mixed beverages and vintages. Glo is an ideal location for exclusive parties and social gatherings. Discover the refined side of Abu Dhabi nightlife.
MAJLIS LOBBY LOUNGE
Rosewood Abu Dhabi’s grand living room, Majlis, is the perfect gathering place to greet old friends and make new ones. The airy lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the water, making it an ideal location for early breakfast, a quick business lunch or an evening cup of tea. Serving delicious snacks, Italian coffees, sandwiches and the finest afternoon tea, it is one of the best spots to take in the stunning panoramic views of Abu Dhabi.
A HEATED OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL
Whether guests are looking for a refreshing summer dip or a more energetic workout, the hotel’s pool will help take the heat off Abu Dhabi days. Cooled in the summer and heated in the winter, our 25-meter outdoor Abu Dhabi hotel pool allows guests to enjoy refreshing swims any time of the day, whatever the season.
SENSE, A ROSEWOOD SPA®
In an exquisite environment of luxury and tranquility, Sense, A Rosewood Spa® offers an extensive range of indulgent therapies, treatments and services – including signature offerings that integrate local healing traditions with indigenous ingredients – delivered by practitioners who are masters in healing arts from around the world. Discover a sense of tranquility at Sense spa, offering an array of nurturing treatments and products from our spa brands; Maison Caulières, EviDenS de Beauté, Aromatherapy Associates & Natura Bissé. Offering a collection of luxurious, pampering services that are enhanced with state-of-the-art equipment, this spa in Abu Dhabi helps guests achieve a greater state of well-being.
A temple to physical well-being and strength, the second-floor Health and Fitness Club contains state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to a range of cardiovascular and strength training workouts. If guests want to develop their own personal training program during their stays, a team of fitness professionals will be on hand to help. Full amenities are also thoughtfully provided, including robes, bottled water and toiletries. Admittance to this Abu Dhabi fitness center is complimentary for hotel guests. Visitors must be at least 16 years of age to use the facilities; exercise shoes are required.
Corporate & Celebration Events
With an air of elegance and distinctive Arabian hospitality, Rosewood Abu Dhabi is the perfect venue for any special occasion. The waterfront hotel provides stylishly sophisticated settings for everything from small, private meetings to grand wedding banquets. Generous outdoor function space is available along with 17,808 square feet (1,650 square meters) of indoor space, making it a versatile and world-class venue for special occasions in Abu Dhabi.
- Tailored menus created by our experienced chefs using the very best ingredients, carefully sourced from dedicated producers
- The hotel’s professional planners making sure every aspect of every event is immaculately prepared and each detail is considered
- In every event space, high-speed internet and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and technology including in-built screens, ceiling projectors and sound systems to make each occasion even more eye-catching
- For large events or to add an extra wow-factor to a special occasion, individual stage sets and bespoke production solutions available through the hotel’s on-site production company
- Indoor meeting space including two spacious ballrooms, two meeting rooms, three boardrooms as well as private outdoor function space at your disposal
- Additional event options include: the wine cellar La Cava, Hidden Bar – a cozy gin lounge, GLO Bar to experience beautiful views of the Abu Dhabi skyline or Sambusek, an authentic Lebanese restaurant
The Rosewood Ballroom provides stunning pillar-free event space of 10,400 square feet (968 square meter). The natural available light from the glass frontage bestows a visual presence that is unmatched in Abu Dhabi. In addition, floor-to-ceiling walnut paneling adds weighty sophistication to the venue. The ballroom’s pre-function areas also provide a remarkable panorama of the Arabian Gulf.
The Yasmine Ballroom offers 2,400 square feet (224 square meters) of flexible meeting and event space. It is the perfect size for a seated event for up to 150 guests. Beyond the ballroom, there are two additional meeting rooms and four boardrooms, making Rosewood Abu Dhabi a desirable venue for corporate entertaining and social engagements including weddings.
The pool area and the surrounding sundeck provide an outdoor event area that is ideal for cocktail parties for up to 450 guests, Gala Dinner for up to 300 guests as well as fashion shows and creative occasions.
Extra Notable Features
Manor Club – Executive Lounge
At Rosewood Abu Dhabi, guests discover exclusive elegance at the Manor Club. This executive lounge was designed in a sophisticated, residential style.
Manor Club, Executive Lounge, elegantly fitted out in contemporary hues and the finest materials, offers a tranquil atmosphere for guests seeking a private urban refuge, a friendly drink or simply a chance to peruse the latest newspapers and magazines. Complimentary breakfast, lunch snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and tapas are available as well as refreshments throughout the day. Unique services and offerings separate Manor Club, Executive Lounge, from the rest.
With a lovely residential ambiance, the Manor Club, Executive Lounge, features comfortable lounge seating with natural fabrics. Wooden shelves and book displays line the walls, reminiscent of a private residence.
Below privileges are served in the Manor Club, Executive Lounge located on the second floor of Rosewood Abu Dhabi.
- Artisan Breakfast
- Refreshments and snacks offered throughout the day
- Afternoon tea, evening tapas and cocktails
- Manor Club Boardroom (one hour per stay, subject to availability)
- Early check in and late check-out (all subject to availability)
- 20% discount at Sense, A Rosewood Spa
- Complimentary pressing of up to 2 items per stay
- Complimentary Fitness Consultation with Personal Trainer
Manor Club, Executive Lounge guests may invite visitors, subject to availability, at a supplementary charge.
Children older than 12 years are welcomed in the Manor Club until 6:00 p.m. with adult accompaniment. Children under 12 years old are not allowed.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
- Glo, Best Pool Bar – 2019 Fact Dining Awards Abu Dhabi
- Sense, A Rosewood Spa, Best Hotel Spa – 2018 Fact Spa & Wellness Awards Abu Dhabi
- Dai Pai Dong, Favorite Chinese Restaurant – 2018 What’s On Awards Abu Dhabi
- La Cava, Best Wine Bar – 2018 Time Out Abu Dhabi Music & Nightlife Awards
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