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Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa 4.5

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Pros

  • Scenic setting next to mangrove lagoon
  • Easy road access to beaches and two airports
  • Spacious rooms have Nespresso machines and balconies, some overlooking mangrove
  • Outstanding spa with Turkish bath and treatment rooms
  • Infinity-edge pool and hot tub overlooking the water
  • On-site marina with mangrove access
  • Two restaurants and two bars, including an uscale Thai restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Road-facing rooms prone to traffic noise
  • Breakfast not included in most rates
  • Not on the beach

Bottom Line

The Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa is a luxury resort set in a sleek mixed-use retail and apartment building overlooking Abu Dhabi's Mangrove National Park. Despite its location just off the highway, the hotel's mood is hushed and serene, particularly at the pool alongside the lagoon. Rooms are sleek and spacious, featuring Nespresso machines and balconies, but those facing the road are prone to traffic noise. Facilities score high, with the spa and dining facilities being two real highlights, though there's not much for children. For a more family-friendly option on the beach, check out the Al Raha Beach Hotel

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Scene

Serene resort with elegant interiors and mangrove backdrop

While the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa is not the most visually arresting hotel, the property still makes a grand impression with its large palm-tree-adorned water feature and imposing columned portico marking the entrance. The lofty lobby is particularly attractive, with soaring Arabian arches, mashrabiya-style paneling, patterned tiling, and a glistening chandelier. Although the hotel is part of a larger retail and apartment complex, its vibe is secluded and surprisingly serene, helped by wide, low-lit corridors and immaculately furnished public areas. The property's real advantage, however, is its position next to a broad swathe of picturesque mangrove, and on-site marina to access the waterways. This resort-style hotel tends to attract the usual mix of business guests during the week and well-heeled leisure travelers -- both couples and families with kids -- on weekends.

Location

Set between Mangrove National Park and busy E10 highway

The hotel is located in the center of a large shopping and residential complex, just off the busy E10 highway that connects to the Abu Dhabi Airport in 20 minutes. The Mangrove National Park forms a particularly scenic backdrop to the hotel and can be explored by boat or kayak. There's little to explore on foot in the immediate area, except the promenade and neighboring shopping mall. The sandy Corniche Beach overlooking the Persian Gulf is under 20 minutes away by car, as is the Louvre Gallery. The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The small Al Bateen Airport is an eight-minute drive away.

Rooms

Sleek, spacious rooms with lagoon- or city-view balconies

The hotel's 222 spacious rooms are decorated in a modern styling that includes sleek wood furnishings, traditional Arabian artwork, a palette of earth tones with gold and teal accents, and mangrove motifs in the carpeting and headboards. Amenities are suitably high-end, with free Wi-Fi, large flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Nespresso coffeemakers. Impressive bathrooms feature walk-in rainfall showers, separate tubs, thick bathrobes, and a range of toiletries. All rooms open to furnished terraces, around half of which have views over the mangrove lagoon. The other half of the rooms, however, face the main road and experience inevitable traffic noise.

Guests staying in the Kasara rooms and suites have access to the Kasara Executive Lounge, where food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served during certain times throughout the day.

Features

An infinity-edge pool and hot tub next to the water, plus an outstanding spa and two restaurants

An extensive buffet breakfast is served in the hotel's main restaurant -- Ingredients -- though it's not included in all room rates. This waterside eatery also offers all-day dining, with freshly baked bread, a sushi bar, and an alfresco terrace. A second, more elegant restaurant serves Thai dishes for dinner. Poolside service is also available. There are two bars: Impressions is the sleek rooftop lounge and Mangroves Lounge is a two-story venue that overlooks the pool and lagoon. 

The infinity swimming pool is pleasant, lined with lounge chairs and overlooking the lagoon. There's also a spacious hot tub adjacent to the pool. However, it's the hotel's seriously impressive Anantara Spa that really stands out; it has 15 treatment rooms, saunas and steam rooms, and a superb Turkish bath. Additionally, there are a few meeting and event spaces on-site.

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Address

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa By Anantara Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan St, Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Also Known As

  • Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa By Anantara

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