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This Abu Dhabi Hotel Is Like Venice in the Heart of the Desert

Epic Stays
by Matador Creators Jul 26, 2023

Abu Dhabi tends to play second fiddle to Dubai when it comes to luxury and lavish associations, but the emirate is quickly catching up to its neighbor thanks to hotels like the Shangri-La. Situated in the heart of the city of Abu Dhabi, the Shangri-La Hotel offers a blend of contemporary comfort and traditional Arabian charm, making it one of the best places to stay when visiting the city for the first time.

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@epic.stays Find this little piece of Venice at the beautiful 📍Shangri-La Abu Dhabi #UAE 🎥 @DiariesofaTravelista #traveltiktok #dubaitravel #luxurytravel #uniquetravel #hotelguide ♬ Venice, Italy – Brian Woodbury/Variety Orchestra

The Shangri-La Hotel also known as Qaryat Al Beri, is renowned for its 213 chic rooms and suites, all furnished to the highest standards with a modern Arabic style, the hotel promises a relaxing and indulgent stay. Each room offers stunning views of the city, the garden, or the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf.

One of the most captivating aspects of the Shangri-La Hotel is its location. Situated on a private beach with panoramic views of the strait in Abu Dhabi, the hotel offers experiences like Arabic gondola rides along the waterways of the Qaryat Al Beri complex. Indeed, if you don’t look too closely, you might even be fooled into thinking you’re in Venice. Its proximity to popular attractions like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi also make it a convenient base for exploring the city.

As for food, the hotel features extensive dining options, each offering a distinct culinary journey. From authentic Chinese cuisine at Shang Palace to French delicacies at Bord Eau, there’s something for everyone. The hotel also houses the award-winning Chi, The Spa, where guests can unwind with treatments inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies.

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