By Lauren Kmec
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
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From its year-round sunny weather and beautiful beaches to its luxury shopping and cosmopolitan flair, Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is truly an up-and-coming global travel destination. Though currently best known for its oil reserves, Abu Dhabi has recently become a highly touted luxury vacation locale. Additionally, Abu Dhabi’s cultural institutions are rapidly growing and expanding to keep pace with the rapid development of this city as an international hotspot.

EscapeWizard.com encourages you to explore this Middle Eastern city on the rise. Summers in Abu Dhabi are incredibly hot, so we recommend visiting between November and April, when the climate is much more pleasant. Flights will arrive and depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), which has quickly expanded to become a major hub in the Middle East. Follow this link to make your flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). In addition, Abu Dhabi is becoming very well known for its five-star luxury hotels, but EscapeWizard.com can help you find accommodations to suit any budget (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

In terms of a can’t-miss destination in Abu Dhabi, EscapeWizard.com highly recommends Saadiyat Island, an area just ~500 meters off the coast of the mainland that is currently being developed into Abu Dhabi’s majestic new cultural district. Saadiyat Island boasts a multipurpose performing arts center and several world-class museums: a branch of the Guggenheim, focusing on modern art, the Zayed National Museum, built to honor the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and a branch of the Louvre, devoted to the fine arts. Saadiyat Island also features the Manarat Al Saadiyat—a stunning visitors’ center and cultural exhibit space—as well as a beach, marina, oceanfront golf course, and wetland reserve.

EscapeWizard.com also suggests visiting the Abu Dhabi Corniche, a 6-kilometer strip of land along the shoreline of the Persian Gulf that is linked to the Breakwater, which protects the mainland from turbulent seas. The paved walkway of the Corniche follows the coast and runs near a multitude of public parks and gardens to be enjoyed at your leisure. Walk or bike along the Corniche, and bring a picnic or stop for a treat at one of the many open-air cafes. When you reach the Breakwater, take some time to explore the Heritage Village, a replica of a traditional Bedouin village, where you can observe demonstrations in metal-working, pottery, or weaving. Then stop to browse the wares at the local market (aka the “souk”), or continue on Breakwater Point to take in spectacular views of the city.

In recent years, Abu Dhabi has become a true epicenter of the international shopping world, and EscapeWizard.com encourages you to do some shopping here, whether you are more inclined to spend a day wandering through a luxury mall or haggling at a local souk. If the former is more your speed, pay a visit to the Abu Dhabi Mall, an enormous complex with more than 200 shops, a cineplex, and a restaurant on every level. However, for a true taste of local flavor, EscapeWizard.com urges you to check out one of the numerous local marketplaces, where you can shop for everything from spices and perfume to gold jewelry and artful Persian carpets. Be sure to stop at one of the food vendors for a snack of fresh dates and traditional Arab sweets.

Finally, EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to one of Abu Dhabi’s most prominent landmarks, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques with a capacity of 40,000. Completed in 2007, this building is an architectural marvel, with 80 domes and ~1000 columns on the exterior; the interior features 24-carat gold chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-woven carpet. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque openly welcomes non-Muslim visitors, so EscapeWizard.com suggests taking a tour led by one of the mosque’s expert guides.

Don’t wait to discover the romantic mystique of the Middle East with a vacation to Abu Dhabi. Let EscapeWizard.com assist in planning your trip, and prepare to fall in love with this bewitching desert paradise.
Hotels in Abu Dhabi
By Sandy O\'Neal
Hilton Abu Dhabi
PO Box 877, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
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The Hilton Abu Dhabi is located just 10 minutes from lively city center where the shopping and entertainment districts are situated. If you arrive by air the hotel is just 30 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Check in is at 2:00 p.m. and check out is at noon. 

Your room choices include Guest Room, Guest Room Plus, Suite or Executive Room. Guest rooms include a magnificent garden view, marble bathroom, cable TV and high speed internet access. Guest room plus will give you a marvelous view of the Arabian Gulf. If you want to indulge in a Suite or Executive Room, you will enjoy the added benefit of a working and dining area, living room and Executive Lounge; and you will enjoy a complimentary Hilton breakfast and refreshments.    

You leisure time may be enjoyed by spending a lazy day at the beach, or enjoying a dip in of the three swimming pools.  If you are traveling with children, you will want to check out the kids’ club. The hotel also has two tennis courts and a fitness center so you can continue the workout that you are used to. After a grueling workout, you may want to pamper yourself with a visit to the spa. 

There are 15 restaurants and bars right on-site. You can enjoy your dining and cocktails in casual or casual smart attire and enjoy cuisines from all around the world. 

Conferences, meetings and group events can be easily accommodated in 13 meeting rooms. The rooms can be arranged in any number of ways that will make your event perfect. For the bride and groom to be the hotel is a spectacular setting for your nuptials. The Hilton wedding website will assist you so that your special day is unforgettable

Whether your travels to Abu Dhabi are for business or pleasure, the Hilton Abu Dhabi is an excellent choice that EscapeWizard.com is delighted to recommend. Book your next stay through EscapeWizard.com by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Abu Dhabi
By Christopher Karns
Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi, 126797, United Arab Emirates
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The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa is a sunny resort that’ll refresh the mind and soul. The Resort and Spa is located only ten minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) which offers a shuttle to and from the hotel for a fee. As a popular health resort, booking ahead of time is suggested to get the best chance to get in. Check in time 3 p.m. while Check-out time is 12 p.m.

Every room from the basic guest rooms, to the Presidential suites all share touches of luxury. Starting with the deluxe room, perfect sized for a family of three, and offers a breath taking view. The room also includes large ceiling to floor glass doors, both wired and wireless internet (fee), a 42’ LCD TV, in room cable and movies, coffee machines, mini-bar and more. Upgraded rooms offer even more services including happy hour for certain beverages in the evening. All rooms offer easy access versions needed for someone with a disability.

As the name suggests, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa offers both a large golf course and first class spa among a variety of themes restaurants. Abu Dhabi Golf Club offers what some would say are one of the most luxurious golf resort experiences within the Middle East. The hotel offers multiple courses, including a champion National course that is used by the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Championship. After a day on the grass, taking a dip in large swimming pools can relax sore muscles before taking a visit to the spa. With Heavenly Massages™, muscle relaxing mud wraps, and tropical bathes, no one will leave unrefreshed.

From Professional with a flavor of sophistication, to causal beach wear atmospheres,   Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa offers such varieties that anyone will enjoy. With six different locations inside the hotel, a night out has never been easier. The international to local menus even offer tastes from around the world, for anyone who wants a bite of home.

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa is a resort of beauty and peace that’ll refresh any soul who comes through the doors. EscapeWizard.com invites you to follow the link and take a step into heaven on Earth (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Abu Dhabi
By Jaclyn Bealer
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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On your next visit to the United Arab Emirates, EscapeWizard.com invites you to stay at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. Ideally positioned on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the resort features a breathtaking natural lagoon that leads to the Arabian Gulf as well as proximity to the shopping and business districts. If you’re flying into the area, the Abu Dhabi International Airport is only a 40-minute drive away. Check-in is at 3 p.m.

Stay in any of the 272 sophisticated rooms and experience true luxury. Most rooms come with a view of either the Arabian Gulf or the beach, setting this hotel apart from the rest. Book a Classic room and unwind in a marble bathroom with Indulgent Bliss© amenities and enjoy a perfect night’s rest on a Sheraton Sweet SleeperTM bed draped in the finest Egyptian cotton. Upgrade to a Club room, or any of the Suites, for exclusive access to the Club Lounge where you can find wireless Internet access, an international breakfast buffet, and a variety of refreshments--all complimentary.

When you’re not in your guest room, be sure to experience all that this resort has to offer including 3 swimming pools, water slide, and pool bar. All of these features are surrounded by gardens and the hotel’s private lagoon that offers a plethora of different water sports. If you’re more of a land-lover, take a dip in the Jacuzzi, indulge in a massage, or relax in the steamroom. Hungry? Treat yourself to Spanish tapas, Italian cuisine, Tex-Mex favorites, or an Asian buffet. There are also six on-site cafés and bars for you to explore.

Whether you are in the city on business or on holiday, EscapeWizard.com is sure that you’re experience at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort will be sublime. Let us help you plan your next trip to the Emirates. Click the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today!
Hotels in Abu Dhabi
By Keleigh M. Quinn
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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If you are looking for luxury while traveling to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, look no further than the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island is a natural island just 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International airport and 7 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi. It provides the relaxation and beauty of an island paradise with the convenience of a location close to everything you could need. Several museums are scheduled to be opened in the next few years, and the hotel is less than a ten minute drive from the Ferrari Theme Park and the Abu Dhabi Business District.

You can choose from seven different room categories, from the Superior Room, all the way to the Royal Suite, featuring five bedrooms, formal dining area, entertainment room, a private pool and a spacious terrace. There are also smaller suites available, each with separate living and sleeping areas. All rooms offer complimentary wi-fi and a refreshment center. The signature St. Regis Butler service is also available to all guests. To add to the feeling of luxury, all guests are provided with a soft robs and slippers to enjoy during their stay. Rooms also have a flat-screen television with in-room TV entertainment as well an iPod Docking Station.

Outside of your room, you will find even more luxury. You can visit The Iridium Spa for some pampering, or the St. Regis Athletic Club, complete with two tennis courts, two squash courts and four outdoor swimming pools including an adult pool with private seating bays and Jacuzzis and children's pool with a cave and water slide. The hotel is located on the pristine Saadiyat Beach, offering white sand and beautiful water; the beach is a nesting place for Hawksbill Turtles at certain times of the year and dolphins are often spotted swimming right off of the coast. You can also enjoy the exclusive Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, designed by golfing legend Gary Player.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is the perfect choice for a luxurious, relaxing stay while visiting Abu Dhabi. Just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Abu Dhabi
By Jessica Howell
Aloft Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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If you are looking for a truly one of a kind place to stay during your trip to Abu Dhabi, then EscapeWizard.com insists that you stay at the hotel that is anything but average:  Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel.  With a modern, swanky design, which permeates through the hotel creating an ultra-hip vibe, the Aloft Abu Dhabi is more of an experience than a hotel.  However, this hotel also offers the same comforts you expect while away from home – just with unique, contemporary flare. 

The most enticing thing about the Aloft Abu Dhabi hotel is that it is more a state of mind than just a place to stay.  Upon arriving at Aloft Abu Dhabi you will notice the modern design that adorns the hotel, and wide open spaces encourage guests to settle in and enjoy the experience.  After that long flight to Abu Dhabi, either grab a quick bite to eat at re;fuel – the hotel’s self-serve gourmet eatery serving up a variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks and other meals.  Feeling a little jet lag set in?  Fight that fatigue with a cappuccino that you can make exactly to your personal specifications at the make-your-own cappuccino station at re;fuel.  If you are feeling a more leisurely dining experience, then enjoy a meal at Mai Café & Restaurant. 

The party never stops at Aloft Abu Dhabi.  With the always pulsating w xyz bar and swanky rooftop bar Relax@12, you don’t even have to leave the hotel to find the party. 

After a fun-filled night partying at the swanky rooftop bar Relax@12, then retreat back to one of the hotel’s 408 spacious guest rooms or suites.  Fall into one of Aloft’s signature beds and drift off to sleep watching TV on the 42” LCD television.  Everyone will fall in love with the oversized showers and plush custom bath amenities by Bliss that grace every guest bathroom.  With ultra hip flare and luxurious amenities, Aloft Abu Dhabi is the only place to stay while visiting this thriving city in the desert.

If you are traveling to one of the world’s up-n-coming global hot-spots, then EscapeWizard.com insists that you stay at the Aloft Abu Dhabi hotel.  Visit the following link to book your stay at this awesome hotel today:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). 
Hotels in Abu Dhabi
By Doree Simon
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Hotel
Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, 46066 United Arab Emirates
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Nestled in the heart of the largest of the United Arab Emirates, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Hotel is a modern and luxurious lodging option for travelers in the Middle East. With an assortment of room sizes options, a set of shimmering swimming pools, and a fully equipped fitness center and spa, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi presents convenient amenities in a luxurious atmosphere that guests are sure to enjoy. 

This contemporary resort offers comfortable, warmly colored rooms with an impressive collection of modern amenities. The hotel's non-smoking rooms come standard with satellite service for 32" flat screen televisions, DVD/CD players, phones with international direct dialing and voicemail, safes, irons and ironing boards, full-length mirrors, air conditioning, hair dryers, complimentary newspapers, and spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Guests can start their morning off with a hot cup of Starbucks coffee from their in-room coffee maker and end the day with a refreshing nightcap from the mini-bar. Room service is available 24-hours a day to deliver food and snacks upon request, and internet access is available for a small fee.

The hotel ensures that its guests can stay active by providing a state-of-the-art fitness center, pool, and children's pool. Spend a relaxing afternoon in Le Méridien's jacuzzi, sauna, or beauty salon, and pick up some souvenirs I the gift and jewelry shops. Guests traveling for work can utilize the business center and secretarial staff to help their work run smoothly.

A friendly multilingual staff is available around the clock to help guests with any and all needs including arranging transportation to the Abu Dhabi International Airport or a nearby beach, reserving a disability-accessible room, exchanging currency, and helping with medical, dry cleaning, laundry and luggage services. Guests can check in electronically or with the staff.

If you want luxurious, picturesque accommodations and outstanding customer service during your next trip to Abu Dhabi, look no further than Le Méridien Abu Dhabi. Let EscapeWizard.com help you make your reservation today by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!