The palatial Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal sets new standards for luxury, even in this Emirate renowned for its opulence. Standing amidst superbly landscaped gardens, and facing the Grand Canal on one side and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on the other, the hotel consists of 10 stately buildings arranged in a crescent formation, complemented by artfully designed water features. Enclosed by the crescent, the sensational centrepiece of the hotel is the magnificent 1,600-square-metre pool, which stretches down to the private beach and the Grand Canal - the floor of the pool displays a stunning Italian art design, and after sunset it is illuminated with a host of changing colours.
The design of the hotel is inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture of the 15th-17th centuries, reflected externally by geometric cloister-style facades, and buildings painted in soft shades of terracotta and cream. The breathtaking entrance, through massive pillared arches, leads to a majestic three-storey lobby reminiscent of a Baroque palace, with Murano glass accents adorning the grand staircase. In a seamless fusion of styles, the mosaic tile patterns on the floor of the lobby, and throughout the public areas, are exact replicas of the designs used in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, whose lighting is echoed in the lighting of the lobby at night.
The hotel's 447 rooms and suites all have balconies with views of the pool, gardens or Grand Canal, and feature bathrooms with marble baths, separate showers and double vanities.
Measure 42 square metres, with a spacious balcony. They have one king-size or two double beds with sumptuous feather mattresses. Rooms are equipped with Nespresso coffee machine, safe, fully-stocked mini-bar, 42-inch LCD TV, wired and wireless Internet.
Measure 42 square metres with a spacious balcony. They have one king-size or two double beds with sumptuous feather mattresses. Rooms are equipped with Nespresso coffee machine, safe, fully-stocked mini-bar, 42-inch LCD TV, wired and wireless Internet, and include access to the Club Lounge with continuous food and beverage offerings throughout the day.
Measure 85 square metres. Feature huge balcony that can be accessed from both living area and bedroom, king-sized bed, separate living area, guest toilet, bathroom with deep-soaking bath and separate rain shower, luxury bath products, terry bathrobe and slippers.
Measure 60 square metres, and located within the multi-level Venetian Village complex. Feature spacious balcony, king-sized bed, separate living area, guest toilet, bathroom with deep-soaking bath and separate rain shower, luxury bath products, terry bathrobe and slippers.
Measures 126 square metres. Two spacious balconies overlooking the Grand Canal, spacious living room, dining room, kitchenette with butler entrance, king-size feather bed in bedroom, down comforter with duvet, full marble bathroom with unique colour therapy shower. Guests have club lounge access with food and beverage offerings throughout the day.
Measures 250 square metres. Spacious 2-bedroom suite with two bathrooms, two balconies overlooking Grand Canal, separate living room, dining room, kitchenette with separate butler entrance. Luxurious marble bathroom inlaid with semi-precious stones, Jacuzzi and colour-therapy shower combination, mirrored dressing room.
There are 85 one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas, which offer additional luxury, including outdoor terraces with African-teak timber pergolas. Villa guests benefit from private check-in at a dedicated villa chalet.