The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri is a five-star luxury hotel that hit all the checkmarks I was looking for when planning my trip to Abu Dhabi! The beachfront hotel has over a kilometer of waterfront property with breathtaking views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The hotel is conveniently situated near Abu Dhabi's city centre and central to the cities highlights (the new Louvre Museum is a short 15 min drive away). From the minute I entered, my senses were spoiled with beautiful Arabic decor, impressive architecture and heavenly scents. The spoiling didn't end there. Upon entering, I was immeditaly greeted with delicious Arabic coffee and local dates leaving me both refreshed and wanting more. The hotel offers amazing Arabic hospitality with a very warm and attentive staff. Everyone I met was very helpful and went out of there way to make my stay memorable!
Making my way through the grand lobby, I found myself on an enchanting terrace. The terrace overlooks a beautiful infinity pool that perfectly aligns itself with the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the distance. This is one of three pools at the hotel and is the one I spent the most time at, definitely a highlight! I couldn’t wait to take a dip and take in the scenery. The pool had a bar called the Mojito lab that served up the best cocktails. I suggest ordering a sage and blueberry mojito as it's delicious and refreshing:) At night time the pool reflects the lights from the mosque creating an even more magical view. The beach is located on either side of the pool with comfortable chaises and cabanas to meet anyone's needs. We took full advantage of the beach by lounging on plush pillows, enjoying a shisha and snacking on delicious morsels while the world stood still around us. There are countless palm trees spread throughout the resort combined with the lush landscaping make you feel like you’re in a true desert oasis. optimal time to visit the beach and pool area would be at sunset. The sky sets with a beautiful pink and orange hue that is mesmerizing to experience.
Another highlight of the hotel is their Abra Experience. The abra, a traditional Arabic boat, took us on a serene journey through the waterways snaking throughout the resort complex intertwined between the different buildings and market. This was a perfect way to see more of the hotel’s unique architecture while also getting to admire the gardens from a different perspective. The boat ride ends at the hotel’s souk, an arabic market, that was filled with treasures, clothing and hidden gems. A perfect way to spend the afternoon :)