This month’s exclusive culinary travel feature sees us journey to the newly opened Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. Positioned on the island’s pristine beachfront guests will be able to enjoy spanning uninterrupted ocean views. The 5-star hotel has been designed to resemble a summer house, with sophisticated interiors, offering a backdrop of refined island life and quiet understated luxury.
Culinary aficionados will fall in love with the dining options at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. The distinct dining options offer something for all palates, from Tean, for Arabic classics, Mare Mare for coastal Italian dining, Majlis for fine teas, delicious pastries and casual bites, The Lounge, a buzzing rooftop nightspot where guests are invited to enjoy social dining, to White, a chic international all-day dining restaurant.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort boasts a 2,700 square meter spa with 15 treatment rooms and three outdoor pools. Therapies range from organic spa rituals to innovative therapies and spa villas are available for those wishing to be pampered in the privacy of their own space.
The modern and light rooms feature expansive sea views and the panoramic suites offer floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to the sea breeze. All the villas offer private pools, for a truly exclusive experience.
The resort will provide solutions to eliminate the need for single use plastic. Guests are given complimentary reusable water bottles to minimize the impact on the island’s habitats, each guest will be encouraged to refill them at water stations. The hotel also serves local filtered water in glass bottles throughout the resort and has eliminated the use of plastic straws.
Ocean One-Bedroom Suite
For our visit, we will be residing in the ocean one-bedroom suite. The 88 square meter suite offers a large dining and living area which leads into the bedroom. The bedroom overlooks the pristine beach and ocean. The walk-in wardrobe provides ample space, great for those that don’t travel light. The bathroom is spectacular, the large bathtub is the main feature of the bathroom. The rain shower and his and her sinks simply add to the luxurious feel of the suite. The décor is influenced by Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resorts natural surroundings, beige, light browns and a splash of gold and teal are a nod to the glistening ocean waves.
Travelers will appreciate the optional power points dotted across the room. A working desk is at the bottom of the bedroom ideal for business travelers needing to catch up on emails. For those wanting to relax and watch a movie the ocean one-bedroom suite has two large TVs, one in the bedroom and the other in the living room, both have a wide selection of channels.
We take a buggy to the spa, as the spa is in a separate building to the hotel, this works well as it offers guests a quieter and more relaxing experience. The spa boasts 15 spacious treatment rooms, guests can experience a range of unique journeys from Sleep Support Therapy, a tailored signature program based on clinical research and ancient practices, to assist sleep concerns and insomnia to Emirates Hammam.
The team take the time to review our health forms which ask about our general well-being as well as how we are feeling today. After some discussion we decide to opt for the Saadiyat Revitalising Massage treatment, a deep tissue massage, featuring ancient therapeutic techniques, deep flowing movements, acupressure point stimulation and light stretching.
The treatment begins with a foot washing ritual, rose petals are sprinkled into the wash bowl, adding an element of luxury. After this we are led to the massage bed and our treatment begins.
The massage is performed perfectly. The deep tissue massage helps relieve tension and the light stretches leave us feeling unwound. Our therapists do well to incorporate the stretches into the massage, so it doesn’t feel disjointed from the rest of the therapy. We conclude our spa experience in the relaxation room where we are offered a selection of teas and dried fruits.
During the afternoon we stop by Majlis for a bite to eat. We pick a small table by the window and browse through the menu. The menu offers a selection of light bites from Lobster Buns to Free Range Eggs Any Style and pastries from Tarts to Eclairs. Eventually we both opt for the Eggs and Avocado, soft boiled eggs, avocado, pine nuts, on rye bread, a hearty dish. It arrives, piping hot and in no time at all. The eggs are perfectly poached, and the avocado is lightly mashed with a hint of lime. Majlis is a great dining option, I would recommend Majlis if you are in the Saadiyat area and looking for a light, healthy bite to eat. And for AED 55 its very well priced.
That evening we make our way to Mare Mare for dinner, the hotels coastal Italian restaurant. An outdoor venue, the restaurant offers a few tables, creating a warm cozy atmosphere. The menu is diverse and offers a wide variety of delectable Italian dishes. To begin we order the Carpaccio Di Branzino, seabass ceviche, citrus truffle dressing, black olives soil, Calabrian chili and pistachio along side the Burrata, fresh burrata cheese, heirloom tomatoes, cantabrian anchovies and basil pesto. The ceviche is light, fresh, yet flavorful a perfect dish to enjoy by the sea, the citrus offers zest whilst the black olives soil gives it a crunchy texture. The burrata is equally as enjoyable, the saltiness of the anchovies works well with the creaminess of the cheese.
Mare Mare offers a selection of sharing Italian experiences, wanting to try something apart from the pasta we decide to try Grigliata Mista Di Pesce, the selection of seasonal grilled seafood served with saffron polenta and sautéed vegetables. The presentation is beautiful, scallops, lobster, octopus and calamari fill the large wooden board. The seafood has been grilled and offers a slight charcoal taste, delicious.
For dessert my absolute favorite Cannoli Siciliani fresh ricotta, candid fruit and chocolate chips, outstanding. My dining companion opts for the Tortino Al Cioccolato, dark chocolate tart, with a sabayon mousse Nutella macaron, also enjoyable.
The next evening, we visit Tean serving Arabic classics. Arabic restaurants are a plenty in the city but don’t let that be the reason you miss out on dining at Tean. This restaurant excels where other Arabic restaurants fail. Tean offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Inside guests will enjoy the theatre of the open kitchen, watching the team freshly prepare the Saj bread is quite a treat.
To begin we select a variety of mezze, from Hummus, Tabbouleh, Stuffed Vine Leaves, Watermelon and Feta, Cheese Sambousek and Falafel, staples of Arabic cuisine. Our favorite dishes are the Watermelon and Feta, light and fresh, the juice of the melon is highlighted by the creaminess of the cheese and the Falafel, perfectly cooked its grainy texture flakes in our mouth.
For mains, Tean Fries, in Dukkah Spice served with Tahini Sauce and Samak Seabass Fillet in Olive Oil, Sage, Garlic, Butter Smoked Shallot and Tomato. The Tean Fries are lightly flavored adding just enough taste to the bite, the Seabass is exceptional, it flakes off the fork and melts in our mouth, the flavor is rich yet not overpowering.
We conclude our dining experience with Kunafa Cheese with Pistachio and Honey and the Rose and Pistachio Crème Brulee, both offering a sweet ending to a great dining experience.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is located just a stone’s throw away from Abu Dhabi city center, but its spanning ocean views, tranquil ambiance and polite staff will make you feel as if you have been transported to a world of relaxation.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without being totally cut off from the world, be it for an afternoon, weekend or longer, make Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort your destination of choice.
Jumeirah At Saadiyat Island Resort, +971 2 811 4444