For this month’s Exclusive Culinary Travel feature we visit the stunning Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is a 5-star luxury beach resort nestled along the pristine beach of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, just 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi’s popular Corniche. The resort lies on a vast stretch of environmentally protected white sandy beach adjacent to the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas boasts 306 spacious guestrooms with private balconies, including stylish suites and private villas featuring open-air plunge pools with magnificent ocean, garden or golf course views.
The resort offers a selection of elegant restaurants serving an array of cuisines which are nothing short of spectacular, guests can savor fresh flavors and local delights, all thoughtfully sourced and carefully created by the team of culinary experts at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and Villas restaurants and bars.
This exclusive sanctuary also features a luxurious spa, leisure pools, a dedicated adult only pool, tennis courts and a fitness center.
True to the Park Hyatt brand, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas offers understated luxury and gracious service in an intimate sanctuary, offering guests an experience that is distinctly inspiring.
As we arrive at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas we are warmly greeted by the team. Farrah, the Marketing Manager is here to personally greet us and escort us to our Private Executive Villa. Also, a nice touch to note is that the General Manager, Federico takes the time to welcome us and other guests when checking in. A professional start and a great first impression by the team at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas.
For our visit, we check into Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas Private Executive Villa. On arrival, we are welcomed at the entrance of our Private Executive Villa with a mint juice and cold towel, attention to detail at its finest.
As you enter the Private Executive Villa you walk into the open plan living room which features a large L shaped sofa, state of the art sound system and large dining table. The bathrooms feature an open plan Chinese lava wave marble, including dual vanity sinks, Hans Grohe walk-in rain shower and a deep soaking stand-alone Toto bathtub with soft bathrobes and Le Labo signature bath products. The two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, the other with two twin beds both offer French doors that lead out into the private outdoor area. The villa does also have a maid’s room with a separate entrance and separate bathroom plus a spacious outdoor area that can be used for private spa treatments. If this isn’t impressive enough wait until you see the private outdoor terrace, this boasts two sun loungers, a seating area, a relaxation area, a grass area, a private plunge pool and did we mention the spanning ocean views? If we were to call this Private Executive Villa breathtaking that would still be an understatement. It’s no wonder so many celebrities choose to stay here.
The villa also features pampering touches such as daily buffet breakfast, daily fruit, water and a newspaper. This Private Executive Villa is exceptional. The cleanliness, service and luxury that this villa offers is unparalleled.
The Park Bar & Grill
Tonight we are dining at The Park Bar & Grill, the restaurant offers a large variety of steaks and seafood from the grill. The menu is presented on one large page, making it easy to select our dishes.
For starters, I decide to try the tuna tartare with avocado, mango and lime my dining companion selects the prawn cocktail with king prawns, grapefruit and avocado. Both dishes are perfectly executed, the mango with the tuna tartare is a stroke of genius, it makes the dish light and zesty. The prawn cocktail is a classic but the slices of avocado make it more appealing to the modern-day foodie.
For the main course, I order the striploin bone-in greater Omaha, Nebraska, USA 270g with homemade BBQ sauce. For my side dishes, I order the steak fries, mashed potato and spinach with sundried tomato and pine nuts. The striploin is delicious, cooked as requested, the cut has just the right amount of marbling of fat to create a melt in the mouth moment.
My colleague opts for the cowboy steak greater Omaha, Nebraska, USA, 400g with chimichurri sauce. This was complimented by mushroom fricassee with garlic oil and a green salad. The cowboy steak is full of flavor and by far the one we would recommend. The cut has hardly any fat and offers bite after bite of succulent, delicious beef.
For our desserts, we order the warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and banoffee cheese cake. Both desserts are enjoyable but the banoffee cheese cake is amazing. Not too often do we find this on the menu.
The Café, Friday Brunch
The next morning we are up bright and early making the most of the private plunge pool before heading off to brunch. Friday brunch is held at The Café, the hotels all day dining restaurant.
This family friendly brunch features a range of international cuisine and even has dedicated food stands created especially for the little ones. As we wonder around the brunch we are instantly drawn to the selection of seafood available. To start we enjoy a selection of oysters, prawns, mussels and crab. Sticking with the seafood theme we then select the smoked salmon, salmon tartar and a few pieces of sushi. All are extremely fresh and enjoyable.
For our next helping we decide to try the Asian selection and have a small helping of tom yum soup, peking duck pancakes along with rice paper rolls, again all impress.
Being more of a savory person myself I choose to finish on a savory note and head straight for the cheese section, my dining companion on the other hand cannot resist the selection of tempting treats on offer. And from what I gather the cupcakes are not to be missed.
Whilst the brunch selection may not be the largest in the city, what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. Isn’t it better to do a few items well than a lot average? This brunch is perfect if you are looking for a chilled-out Friday brunch with 5-star food quality.
On our last day we decide to try the new breakfast menu recently launched at the Beach House. If you’ve never dined at the Beach House you must, the food is great and the views are beautiful. Renowned for its Mediterranean cuisine the Beach House has long been a favorite with residents, so we have high hopes for the breakfast. The weekend breakfast menu is served from 9.00am to 11.00am.
Reinventing the way guests experience eggs benedict, the menu introduces several takes on this breakfast classic from steak and egg benedict to berries benedict. If you are feeling slightly less adventurous you can stick with the classic or alternatively enjoy Belgium waffles or healthy alternatives such as mango and coconut chia pudding or gluten free granola.
From the benedict’s menu, I opt for the salmon dish, a toasted baguette, béarnaise, avocado, smoked salmon and salmon roe make for a delightful start to the day. My companion selects the breakfast in a pan, beef sausage, organic egg, datterino tomato, mushrooms and oregano. We both opt for a coffee however the menu does also offer a selection of teas, fresh juices and smoothies.
Worth mentioning is the evening menu at the Beach House. The menu features a range of Mediterranean delicacies and whatever you do you have to try the desserts. This is the only restaurant that does churros and cannoli the way they are supposed to be.
Before departing the tranquil Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas we decide we cannot resist a trip to the spa. The Atarmia Spa is located just to the side of the lobby making it easily accessible. The spa features yet another pool for guests to enjoy, slightly hidden this is the place to go if you want a pool all to yourself.
Treatments are categorized by Brilliance, Majestic, Lustrous and Opulence, each is designed to address your specific desires.
We opt for the 60-minute aromatherapy massage. As we enter the treatment room the room is dimly lit and smells sensational. We are shown to our private changing area. Before our treatment commences our therapists wash our feet, a relaxing start. The aromatherapy massage is soothing and calming. The therapeutic deep tissue work on our muscles, results in us feeling peaceful. The therapists are very professional and make us feel comfortable throughout the treatment. The massage treatment beds are very comfortable and the reclining features just added to the experience.
From the moment you arrive, to the moment you check out, be prepared to be treated like a VIP. The service, atmosphere and the cleanliness of the hotel are exceptional. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is ranked as one of the best Culinary Travel visits we have ever experienced. Keeping in mind, we have visited to date some of the best luxury hotel and resorts around the world so this statement isn’t made lightly. Attention to detail is evident in all aspects of the hotel and our overall experience was fantastic. The Private Executive Villa is highly recommended, with your very own private pool and stunning views, be sure to book a visit and experience what’s it like to live like a star at the stunning Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, 02 407 1234