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The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Al Bateen - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
+971 2 208 0000
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The Abu Dhabi EDITION

What we love: Sleek style and water views

The Highlights:
-Waterfront location
-Eats from a Michelin-starred chef
-East-meets-West spa and wellness offerings

The Review:
As with fellow Emirati cities, Abu Dhabi’s profile has been on the rise the last few years, thanks to its wealth of only-here attractions (think Ferrari World) and a booming arts and culture scene. With the opening of this EDITION outpost, the city now also has a hotel that represents the sleek, modern sensibility of contemporary Abu Dhabi (as opposed to the typical gilded luxury palaces.) Set on the waterfront along downtown’s Al Bateen Marina, the architecturally-striking lifestyle hub houses 198 spacious guest rooms, each with a muted palette of light woods and fabrics and amenities like Nespresso machines, free WiFi, Bluetooth speakers, custom Le Labo amenities, and both tubs and showers. (Some also have balconies, while views vary from bay to city skyline.) Beat the desert heat in the two pools (or just hang by the pool bar), or head indoors to the fitness center and spa; the later greets you with housemade tonics, then pampers with treatments that meld Arabic traditions with the latest technologies. Refuel at the three on-site restaurants, all overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Tom Aikens: the lively all-day Market at Edition features interactive stations; Alba Terrace serves bunch, lunch, dinner, and boasts an Aperol Spritz bar; and the elegant Oak Room strives for a “British rock-and-roll” approach to dining. There are also two sophisticated bars, and a three-story “social space” that goes from a ground-floor DJ lounge up to a rooftop garden serving Peruvian tapas with panoramic views.