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Staycation Spotlight: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi is a five-star property with enchanting architecture, sophisticated décor and palatial surroundings that provide every guest with a sense of luxury living. 


They had us at ‘each of the 214 rooms feature a balcony or terrace with a breathtaking view of the canal’ – but then we walked into the Horizon Club Deluxe Room and were in awe of the elegant archways and Arabian architectural flair; from the sophisticated bathroom style to the comfortable bedroom, and the picturesque balcony. This room type is particularly great for a weekend break because it comes with homely features and added benefits. Guests receive personalised check-in and check-out but, best of all, for us, was the complimentary canapés and cocktail hour in the Horizon Club Lounge – a welcomed respite to snack and chill out from sunbathing or a day out visiting the city’s many tourist hotspots! The furnishings are contemporary, the exclusive privileges abundant, and the staff incredibly helpful. If that wasn’t enough, you have everything from a safe to a well-stocked mini bar. The beds are super comfortable, and the deep bath tub is the perfect way to relax after a long day. 

If you want to opt for something extra special, the hotel offers four different types of suites, each with plush living areas, grand bedrooms and a host of luxury amenities and extras. If that’s not enough, and if you want to stay with a group of friends or extended family, go for The Villas, which embody first-rate luxury with distinct privacy, The Villas by Shangri-La provide an exclusive sanctuary for the most discerning guests seeking unique exclusivity with loved ones. Named after a different region in Abu Dhabi, each of the six four-bedroom Villas is tastefully furnished with Asian, Arabic or contemporary décor and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, with highly-trained butlers providing discreet yet convenient service. 


What’s more perfect than a sandy beach and lush greenery to escape the bustle of the city? If you’re staying at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri for the weekend, and getting your fix of vitamin D is top of the agenda, look no further than the sprawling private beach dotted with comfy sunbeds. There are also several swimming pools to choose from, all surrounded by beautiful palm trees and perfectly- trimmed green grass; in simple terms, a completely serene setting where you can unwind with a glass of something cold! You can hop on the hotel’s traditional wooden abra boats, transporting you around the winding waterway to the adjacent souk. If you’ve already spent the day sightseeing or shopping, take a front-row seat to an exotic sunset with magnificent views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque over the canal’s glittering waters – how’s that for a stunning end to the day? 


As far as food goes, the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri has so much to offer with variety and quality being the top priorities. Diners can indulge in a range of international cuisines; pamper your palate with authentic Chinese food at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Shang Palace, or award-winning Vietnamese restaurant, Hoi An, whilst the all-day dining restaurant and recent Fact Dining Award-winning Sofra bld is an excellent spot for Friday brunch or a lazy breakfast poolside.

Every first and third Friday night of the month brings Arabian Night’s to Ess Lounge, where guests can indulge in a truly Arabian majlis experience on the sandy shores of Khor Al Maqta. Dine on authentic local dishes such as hot and cold mezuzah, oven-fresh manakish, chicken mandi, mixed grills and the Emirati lamb ouzi. Guests can also enjoy back-to-back Arabic movies in a spectacular setting, complemented by breathtaking views. 

Given the current climate, the team at Shangri-La have implemented the gourmet escape package which allows diners to elevate something unique into the truly extraordinary. Dine from either Shang Palace or Hoi An in the comfort of your room with a set menu of signature dishes and experience fine dining without having to leave your personal sanctuary.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, is precisely what you would want from a lavish and quality hotel that will impress on every level. 

GO: Visit www.shangri-la.com or call (0)2 509 8888 for reservations and more information. 

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As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publication, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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