St Regis Saadiyat Island

This stunning hotel is more like a small village than a typical luxury resort. Everything about it feels grand and yet, somehow, attentive staff and the busy common areas like the pool and restaurants will make you feel at home. We wanted a staycation with our toddler and this beautiful hotel exceeded our expectations!

The Welcome

Just over an hour drive from Dubai, we reached the hotel and all said: “Whoooa” at the grand driveway and entrance.

There was a bit of a queue to check in, so we used the time to take photos and enjoy the welcome drink and cool towels given to us by attendants. When it was our turn, we found we had been upgraded to a suite because we are Starwood members! Yay!

Sweet Suite

Spacious and modern, the rooms are just what you would expect from the St Regis brand. The colors are warm and serve as the perfect backdrop to those sweeping ocean views.

The bathrooms have his and hers sinks and a lovely standalone tub.

Find Dining

As expected of a sprawling resort, the food is plentiful. First thing I think of – buffet!

The breakfast buffet was the stuff made of dreams, with made-to-order omelettes, waffles and pancakes, and an array of international, Indian and Arabic dishes. Even the pickiest eaters will end up piling their plates high.

For dinner, we opted to use the fantastic babysitter service. For Dhs 50 an hour, a lovely lady comes to your room to watch over your child so you can have an actual conversation over a dinner table with adults – this was a highlight of the trip for me 😀 The hubby and I opted for Thai cuisine at the majestic Sontaya, with fragrant curries and seating over water.

Just be sure to book in advance at this hotspot!


From a renowned spa to lovely pool and beach areas, there’s so much to do at this busy resort. Since we were traveling with our child, we spent a lot of time in the Kid’s Club, which is a major drawcard for the resort. From an indoor play area with books, games, toys and cartoons, to a fabulous outdoor water play area, it’s an easy way to entertain the kids – and tire them out so you can get some alone time in the evening 🙂


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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