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Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa opens for business in Abu Dhabi

Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa opens for business in Abu Dhabi

Architectural design firm GAJ worked on the luxury desert retreat in the UAE capital

The resort's interiors are a mix between traditional and contemporary elements
The resort's interiors are a mix between traditional and contemporary elements

Continuing to grow its presence across the UAE, Marriott International has introduced its up-market The Luxury Collection brand to Abu Dhabi. Open this week, Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa puts its spa experience at the forefront.

Located 30-minutes from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa was designed to be reminiscent of a historic desert village. The 103-key property features both rooms and villas, with Arabesque design ques throughout and Bedouin finishes.

Architectural design firm GAJ worked on the luxury desert retreat in Abu Dhabi, which is Marriott’s first Luxury Collection property in the UAE capital.

GAJ described the hotel’s interior design as one that skillfully blends traditional Arabic décor with a contemporary twist.

Speaking to CID at the time, GAJ’s lead creative designer, Jacinda Raniolo, said: “Using the architectural simplicity as a backdrop and with neutral homogenous floor and wall finishes, elements of rich patterns and textures, such as traditional Persian inspired carpets and handcrafted metalwork of lighting and accessories, were added."

The design of the peaceful hotel aims to create an ambient space more reminiscent of a family home than a luxurious hotel. Intricate curated items of loose furniture accentuate this.

The property houses six F&B venues, including all-day dining at Bait Al Hanine, Emirati cuisine at Al Mabeet, Bedouin-inspired lounge Hayaakom, Italian restaurant Terra Secca, rooftop bar Al Mesayan and poolside Panache.

According to Marriott’s statement on the property, its spa is the pinnacle of the hotel. Nestled within a manicured garden, the spa features 11 treatment rooms, including a crystal salt sauna, Turkish hammam, a yoga pavilion, ice shower, steam rooms, plunge pools and snow caves.

The Luxury Collection sits at the top of Marriott’s list of brands, with hotels including Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai and Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman.

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