Sponsored: Cooler temperatures bring with them a whole host of exciting offerings at the luxurious Corniche address.
There’s something about October – we stop complaining about the heat, head outdoors, and usher in the season of al fresco dining and beachside staycations. As for the ultimate address to do it all in the capital? The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, of course. Read on.
PINKtober at Villa Toscana
In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the hotel has launched a number of charitable initiatives as part of its PINKtober campaign. Empowering guests to contribute towards breast cancer research whilst savouring an elegant sweet treat, the opulent destination is raising funds for the global healthcare charity of Al Jalila Foundation. The seasoned pastry chefs at the always inviting Villa Toscana are serving up the delectable ‘The Pink Pear’ dessert, featuring a smooth chocolate hazelnut casing filled with the fabulous flavours of toasted hazelnut, Guanaja ganache and poached pears throughout the month. Every dirham raised through the sales of this perfectly crafted delight will go directly towards supporting the work of Al Jalila Foundation.
PINKtober at Catch at St. Regis
But that’s not all – seafood restaurant Catch at St Regis is also participating in the PINKtober campaign. Raising awareness of breast cancer and helping to raise funds for cancer research, diners at the beachside destination are invited to conclude their meal with a decadent serving of the specially curated ‘La Vie En Rose’ that combines a slice of rich and creamy cheesecake with vibrant red berry confit and tasty yuzu strawberry sorbet. And like with the aforementioned dessert at Villa Toscana, all the sales of this exquisite dessert will be gifted to Al Jalila Foundation at the end of the month.
A Journey of Scents and Flavours at Crystal Lounge
Stylish and elegant, Crystal Lounge is one of the most beautiful places in the UAE to enjoy afternoon tea. This month, the elegant destination has partnered with both The Library Fragrance Boutique and artisan tea connoisseurs Tchaba Tea to create a very special multi-sensory experience. Entitled A Journey of Scents and Flavours, the concept invites guests to explore the worlds of fine perfumes and aromatic tea blends, presenting a reimagined afternoon tea that is truly one-of-a-kind. Inspired by the perfumes of The Library Fragrance Boutique, Crystal Lounge’s exceptionally talented pastry chefs have created a spread of fabulous and distinctive treats.
Elevating the concept of the traditional afternoon tea, each creation is inspired by the floral, fruity and spicy notes of The Library Fragrance Boutique’s bespoke scents. Providing the most exquisite range of surprising and imaginative tastes, guests can sample palate pleasers like cardamon eclairs (inspired by cardamom notes), macaroon rose de petra (inspired by rose bouquets), jasmine mille feuille (inspired by aromas of jasmine), and many more aromatic cakes and pastries. Further complementing this lavish array is a vast collection of quality Tchaba Tea blends. Boasting 48 luxurious varieties sourced from the finest tea plantations from across the globe, each flavour has been curated to provide an uplifting boost for the mind, body and spirit. Pairing perfectly with the divine edible delights, the beverages accentuate the stunning recipes and add to the charming atmosphere.
Oyster Tasting at Catch at St. Regis
Staying true to its roots of serving the freshest seafood, Catch at St. Regis has unveiled an exceptionally special experience that combines fresh oysters with a series of distinct and delicate flavours. Incorporating rare and wonderful varieties of oysters sourced from the Arabian Gulf and across the globe, the Flavours of the Ocean tasting journey showcases how the natural, delicious tastes of this iconic shellfish can be further enhanced with citrusy, salty, spicy and fruity seasonings.
And in a case of supporting local, wild oysters gathered from the picturesque Dibba Bay in Fujairah will be part of the superb selection that’s sure to delight seafood connoisseurs. Included in the concept is a celebratory glass of bubbly, presenting the perfect accompaniment for expertly prepared oysters – and the ideal drink to enjoy whilst admiring the glittery views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Finally, the uplifting experience concludes with a fabulous palate cleanser of Bloody Mary juice, made using juicy red tomatoes of the finest quality and specifically crafted to offer the most blissful end to the relaxing evening.
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Wagyu VS Sushi at Catch at St. Regis
Catch at St. Regis is continuing to celebrate two of the finest things in life: steak and sushi. The picturesque restaurant presents a set menu that combines the complementary flavours of quality Wagyu beef with fresh and exceptional Japanese delicacies. Available every Saturday night, the experience begins with a refreshing welcome drink and edamame beans with yuzu salt. Guests are then treated to a light and flavourful Asian salad before the arrival of a vibrant platter of sushi and sashimi – California, crispy chicken, spicy salmon, blowtorch and dynamite maki rolls included. In addition to this showstopping spread, diners can feast on a sumptuous of Wagyu beef accompanied by truffle beef jus and cajun wedges before the evening is finally brought to a sweet conclusion (read: mochi ice cream).
The Project Brunch at Terrace on the Corniche
Offering perfectly crafted specialties from across the globe, Terrace on the Corniche has always been one of the capital’s top spots for a Friday celebration. Now, with the launch of The Project Brunch, the venue is providing a different culinary experience unlike anything else in Abu Dhabi. Presenting the option of dining on the newly reopened outdoor terrace or in the elegant dining room, guests are invited to sit back and relax as pass-around trolleys deliver a wide range of culinary delights directly to each table – think: Tomahawk steaks with foie gras, lobster and prawn thermidor, fresh oysters paired with Talisker Storm single malt whiskey, red prawns with scallop tartare, and creamy mixed seafood gratin
Meanwhile, beverage connoisseurs are able to enjoy a wide range of refreshing beverages, with a dedicated area for an aromatic premium collection of whiskey starting from smoky, fruity, floral, citrus and creamy for guests to experience raw whiskey tasting. Theres also a new selection of Monkey 47 gins available in The St. Regis Bar, where skilled mixologists will create a juniper based cocktails based upon personality of each guest. In addition, the buffet spread contains appetisers such as crunchy salads, colourful tapas, and fresh sushi, plus amazing dishes like homemade pizzas, Asian curries, grilled meats, and Indian specialties. And once diners have exhausted the mains, an incredible selection of sweet treats awaits. Did we mention that a dedicated chocolate room boasts ten different types of handcrafted milk, dark and white chocolate? Prefer a savoury conclusion? The cheese room houses 25 different creamy cheeses, chutneys and condiments, all ready to pair with a smooth glass of wine.
A Taste of Luxury at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Situated between the 33rd and 49th floors of the striking Nation Towers, the 55 suites at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi boast comfortable furnishings crafted from the finest materials, plus breathtaking views across Abu Dhabi Corniche and beyond. Providing a truly restful ambience that invites guests to forget their worries and take a time-out, every little detail has been carefully considered to provide the highest possible levels of luxury and bliss. Featuring timeless St. Regis designs and 24-hour St. Regis Butler Service, those who book a three- night stay in these magnificent suites can now enjoy a complimentary fourth night. Available until the end of year, A Taste of Luxury includes 24-hour access to the eButler Service Desk, access to the pristine beach, pool and fitness facilities at Nation Riviera Beach Club, plus the opportunity to unwind amongst the state-of-the-art features at Remède Spa.
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Escape and Relax at Nation Riviera Beach Club
But if checking in for the night is not an option, fret not – Nation Riviera Beach Club has put together the perfect experience for friends and couples alike, offering everything needed for a blissful day by the sparkling Arabian Gulf. The package includes an exclusive cabana for two, located either by the glorious swimming pool or pristine private beach. Refreshments are included of course, with guests invited to choose between either a bottle of wine or six bottles of beer and a fruit platter or ice cream. The Private Cabana experience is available to redeem daily, but be warned: reservations are mandatory.