What is your winning formula for the perfect weekend? Mine goes something like this; relax in lovely hotel, enjoy beautiful views, fill face with delicious food and admire works of art.
As soon as we arrived in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers we knew we were onto a winner. Even if you haven’t visited Abu Dhabi you’ve probably already seen Etihad Towers. Remember the scene in Fast and Furious 7 when Vin Diesel is driving a car through the windows from one tower to another – yep this is where the hotel is and it looks completely stunning.
As soon as we walked into the sun-drenched lobby, we were blown away by the incredible views out over their private beach.
Our Deluxe King Room offered more stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Way down below us boats and jet skis zipped by leaving amazing patterns in their wake. Gorgeous view aside, the room had everything you could wish for including a huge comfy bed and a stunning bathroom with the kind of tub you take a swim in.
Wanting to see what else Etihad Towers could offer we made our way to the Observation Deck at 300 (that’s 300 metres high not the 300th floor by the way) with dinner plans already made we decided tea and cake would be the way to go, while looking out from the highest observation deck that Abu Dhabi has to offer.
Cocktails at Ray’s Bar on level 62 is how you want to start the evening. Unfortunately we just missed the sunset, but sipping on our drinks and watching the UAE’s capital lighting up as dusk fell was rather lovely.
Back downstairs for dinner; Li Beirut was an excellent choice for a Lebanese feast. As always with Lebanese food I opted for lots of different mezze dishes (a very vegetarian friendly option, rather than the meaty-heavy main dishes) washed down with a gorgeous bottle of red.
The service was fantastic, the food was delicious. Li Beirut had a cosy atmosphere and we spent a lot of time there finishing our meal and putting the world to rights before waddling up to bed.
Making the most of the wonderful bath tub and very comfy bed, we caught breakfast at Rosewater just before they started packing-up the buffet. Turns out we weren’t the only ones late that morning, the queues were long and the atmosphere was rather frantic. But the food very good and the service was great – even though the staff were very much outnumbered by guests.
After checking out we made our way to the Etihad Modern Art Gallery. An impressive space jam packed with works from local talent. We took our time admiring and discussing the work, my favourite pieces were Ufuk Kobas’s beautiful Mannequins, before making our way next door to the Art House Cafe.
This fabulous cafe is basically a work of art in itself, all of the decor is perfectly mismatched and eclectic; stools fashioned out of gas bottles, chairs covered in cuddly toys, lights made from buckets and tables fashioned from suitcases, tyres and logs. We spent time admiring our surroundings while we enjoyed our smoothies.
And just like that it was time to head back to Dubai.