Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa opens for business in Abu Dhabi

Published: 12 August 2020 - 6:45 a.m.
Marriott International has introduced its up-market The Luxury Collection brand to Abu Dhabi after taking over the management of Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa.

Just 30-minutes from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa was previously operated by Jumeirah.

The resort is designed to be reminiscent of a historic desert village. It has 103 rooms and villas, with Arabesque design hues throughout and Bedouin finishes.

There are six restaurants and bars including all-day dining at Bait Al Hanine, Emirati cuisine at Al Mabeet, Bedouin-inspired lounge Hayaakom, Italian restaurant Terra Secca, rooftop bar Al Mesayan and poolside Panache.

According to Marriott, the spa is the key feature. Nestled within a manicured garden, it has 11 treatment rooms, including a crystal salt sauna, Turkish hammam, a yoga pavilion, ice shower, steam rooms, plunge pools and snow caves.

“We are delighted to welcome Al Wathba, Desert Resort & Spa to our ensemble of hotels that define the destination and offer our global explorers an authentic desert experience alongside warm Arabian hospitality,” said Guido De Wilde, COO, Middle East, Marriott International. “Abu Dhabi’s legacy as an international cultural destination with a rich history and heritage, together with the diversity of its dramatic landscapes, offers a unique opportunity for us to guide our guests on transformative journeys that touch their spirits and enrich their lives.”

Other Luxury Collection hotels in the UAE include Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai and Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman.

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