Jumeirah At Etihad Towers: The Height Of Chic In Abu Dhabi
The jaw drops immediately upon entrance into Jumeirah At Etihad Towers. Spectacular though the lobby is, the stylish indoor space takes a backseat to the city of Abu Dhabi itself, spread out in a panorama through the floor-to-ceiling windows of what is more a grand entrance hall than a traditional hotel lobby. Taking a rather less bombastic approach to contemporary luxury than some of its competitors, the subtle luxury of Jumeirah At Etihad Towers extends into the other public spaces and even the lifts, where the alabaster floors are reflected in the extrawide mirror doors, creating the illusion of an avenue of colourful stone to lead the way to spacious guestrooms found along the noticeably wide corridors. No gilded furniture here; the impeccable decor is all business and all pleasure.
Located at the end of the famous Corniche in the Etihad Towers complex, Jumeirah’s one property in Abu Dhabi is an apt representative of the company ethos of excellence without ostentation. Its flamboyant flagship Burj Al Arab tower in Dubai notwithstanding, Jumeirah is one of the most discreet of the world’s luxury hotel groups; the Abu Dhabi property is the perfect embodiment of the dedication to impeccable service amid understated elegance. Its 382 rooms and suites are spacious, bright, and airy, as are the bathrooms where toiletries are presented in bottles in shapes to mimic the landmark towers of the complex in which the hotel is located.
The Abu Dhabi bar and restaurant scene has matured greatly in recent years, making fine dining an immensely pleasurable pursuit, and one of the most impressive of the Emirati capital’s establishments is Li Beirut, Jumeirah‘s sublime Lebanese restaurant. Complementing this venue are four others, each offering a different dining experience. Whether at Ray’s Grill, Nahaam, Bice, or Tori No Su, the food is as engrossing as the views.
If the sweeping views from the Jumeirah At Etihad Towers lobby and restaurants are not impressive enough, those seen from the observation tower certainly are. At 300 metres above sea level, the appropriately named Observation Deck At 300 is the highest point in Abu Dhabi, affording 360-degree views of a city that continues on its spectacular growth trajectory. The local government develops its islands one by one; it is interesting to compare the now built-up islands with islands currently devoid of any construction, awaiting their turns to be part of the urban miracle represented by the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Attached to Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is Avenue Mall, a suitable symbol of Abu Dhabi’s economic might. Not many malls have car dealers in them, but here Aston Martin has a shopfront alongside some of the most famous luxury brands in the world, from exclusive jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels to French food paradise Fauchon.
For travellers enjoying Etihad Airways flights between the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers makes an ideal base for a stopover in Abu Dhabi. Have you been to the Louvre Abu Dhabi yet? Well worth a visit. Abu Dhabi’s tourism authority, recently renamed Department of Culture and Tourism, provides a wide range of helpful information on its expansive website.