The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Date Completed: 2012 - February
Located on the white natural beach of Saadiyat, this 380-room hotel is a landmark and choice for discerning, well-traveled connoisseurs. The pristine Saadiyat Island, just 20 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International airport and seven minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, overlooks pure white beaches and the warm azure seas of the Persian Gulf and is currently being transformed into the new cultural center of the Arabian world.
St. Regis Saadiyat Island promises more than a respite from the urban -- it promises a freedom from concerns. The purpose of a seaside resort is to invite the guest into relaxation, pleasure and comfort. At the St. Regis Saadiyat Island, design is more than visual enrichment -- it is essential to the guest experience. Inspired by the legacy of the Astor family from the New York's Gilded Age, the hotel combines a modern interpretation of the finest levels of service with the local heritage of Abu Dhabi. For the hotel, HBA took inspiration from their surroundings and created a contemporary Mediterranean interior design with Arabic influences. The style was further enhanced by the interesting use of local products and elements. The overall pallet has a strong connection to the island and is very light and airy with a number of natural and earthy materials, colors and shapes including sand roses and sea swells.