Gulf royals, UAE government officials, executives and super-sized bank account owners all came to see it on Wednesday, when it was unveiled for the first time: UAE’s largest and one of the world’s biggest hotel suite.
At 2,100 square metres accommodation, taking over the top two floors, St. Regis Saadiyat hotel’s Royal Suite comes with private outdoors swimming pool, private elevator, free popcorn in the private cinema, complementary Bentley with driver, a master suite and three bedroom suites, all of which comes at Dh130,000 per night!
“The Royal Suite is a masterpiece that is perfectly suited for a visionary destination such as Saadiyat,” said Max Wiegerinck, hotel manager of St. Regis Saadiyat.
The hotel itself opened a couple of years ago on the beautiful white sandy beach of Saadiyat, a bridge away from Abu Dhabi’s Corniche and city centre. But according to its management, the Royal Suite took this long to open because of design logistics issues.
The interior design was left to the hands of UAE-based Enigma Design company, which treated the project with playful twists, without sacrificing the glitz and luxuries.
Occasionally, though, it may seem a bit too much. Imagine you are waking up in the morning and, while waiting for the butler to bring your coffee in bed, you press the remote button to let the TV screen standing at your feet, right at the edge of the bed, slide down into a sleek inconspicuous wooden box. The view right in front of you is heavenly!
A mix of solid wood decorations and light metal seems to be a common factor. Light coloured wood and plenty of glass walls and windows that allow the stunning sea views to flood the whole place keep most rooms light and joyful. Only the very quiet office, the spa-sauna-gym room, the private cinema room and the billiard rooms are kept ‘dark’.
The main living room comes with a Steinway grand piano and complimentary deluxe chocolate box and tiered fruit baskets. “Should the guest require, we will provide a piano player, as well,” promised Marwan Fadel, area director of sales and marketing at St. Regis Saadiyat.
“You cannot arrive by helicopter because we don’t have helicopter pads at the hotel so guests are not disturbed, but there is a private parking for up to four cars for the Royal Suite,” he explained.
A private elevator will take guests directly to the eight floor which has the living room, three bedroom suites, dining room, office and entertainment areas. A spiral staircase will take guests to the lower seventh floor, where the master bedroom suite takes up the entire floor.
“You can actually book just this bedroom suite with all the other rooms except the three bedroom suites on the upper floor for Dh90,000 a night,” said Fadel.
The place has made enough of an impression to already receive several bookings.
“It’s mostly celebrities, Shaikhs and surprising guests who have showed interest in the Royal Suite,” mentioned Fadel.
But, mind you, even for Dh130,000 a night, you’ll not be allowed to bring in Cheeky, your pet cat, or any other pet for that matter!