Heading to Abu Dhabi? The capital city of the UAE is an excellent holiday destination for couples and families alike. Despite it being a little more conservative than its neighbor Dubai, you can still enjoy culture-rich activities, beaches, parks, and theme park thrills, plus much more. Luckily, there are also plenty of top-choice five-star hotels to choose from too, and many of them even offer private beach access. If the find the thought of sitting on a pearly white beach gazing at the Arabian Gulf with a refreshing drink in your hand tempting, then take a look at this curated list of five-star Abu Dhabi hotels with private beach access.

1. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

The St. Regis brand speaks for itself and here you can expect authentic Arabian hospitality combined with bespoke St. Regis tradition. 283 luxury rooms and signature suites boast magnificent views, alluring amenities, and exceptional service. Plush beds with 300-thread-count linens, serene marble bathrooms with spacious tubs and separate showers, and state-of-the-art technology enhance relaxing stays. A highlight is the signature St. Regis Butler Service offering an array of complimentary services from shoe shining, tea and coffee service, and garment pressing, available to all guests. This hotel is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche and offers direct access to the private Nation Riviera Beach Club located near sandy beach. The Beach Club is inclusive of a health and fitness center, kids club, and refreshing swimming pool. Retail therapy is readily available with the Nation Galleria Mall just adjacent to the property where you’ll also find a cinema and other entertainment options. Back onsite there’s an array of dining and drinking options: The Terrace on the Corniche is the signature restaurant plating up international cuisine, while there is a casual beachfront bar for light meals, and a swish Crystal Lounge serving the finest champagnes.

  • Guest Rating: 9.3
  • Address: Nation Towers, Corniche, P.O. Box 60476 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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2. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Palace is perched on the shores of the Arabian Gulf and overlooks its own private dazzling natural bay. Here you’ll find just under a mile of sandy private beach. Well-appointed rooms and suites are filled with luxurious bedding, private balconies or terraces, HD TVs with complimentary movies, spacious bathrooms, and 24-hour butler service. 14 food and beverage outlets offer variety to match all tastes and you can choose from à la carte menus or buffets serving everything from exquisite seafood to international smorgasbords. Highly recommended is Emirati restaurant Mezlai which has been designed to resemble an airy Bedouin tent and has a vast menu of dishes with ingredients derived from the sea, mountains, oases, and desert. Facilities include two expansive swimming pools, two fitness centers equipped with state-of-the-art Techno-Gym machines, a kids club, a hair salon, and barbers where we’d recommend getting The Emirates Palace Royal Shave. If relaxation is what the doctor ordered then there’s no better place than the award-winning Emirates Palace Spa where indulgent treatments aim to ignite balance and serenity. There’s also a traditional Moroccan Hammam, two hot tubs, two steam rooms, and an ice cave.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Address: West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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3. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

This beachfront property certainly captures the essence of Dubai and even overlooks one of its most iconic landmarks, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Absorbed in a stunning grand white building, you’ll be greeted by fine Arabic décor, impressive architecture, and a winding waterway serviced by traditional abra boats to connect the hotel. There’s plenty of room types to choose from including 213 rooms and suites, as well as six private villas, and 160 serviced apartments. Soaking up the sunshine can be done on the private beach, or poolside at the three swimming pools, or you can simply stroll around the lush hotel gardens. Seven restaurants and bars makes dining easy and we’d recommend trying the renowned Shang Palace where menus of authentic Cantonese cuisine is served in a traditionally decorated restaurant. Peaceful pampering is available at CHI, The Spa, and top of our list of treatments would be the Signature Asian Blend Massage, where skilled therapists use traditional Asian techniques including Thai pressure points, Chinese energy flow, and Balinese strokes. Hop on the abra boat and take a trip to the hotel’s souk, a traditional Arabian market where you can browse paintings, jewelry, clothes, and more.

  • Guest Rating: 9.0
  • Address: Between The Bridges, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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4. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl

Those with an eye for design will love this hotel that is positioned on the western end of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. Setting the scene for what’s to come, large statement pearls sit atop of the entrance to the hotel in a nod to the region’s pearl trade. Exuding extreme class, the follow-through is equally as spectacular with glass-blown chandeliers, textured accent walls, and artwork hand-picked by the owner peppered throughout. Light and airy rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of either the Gulf or the palaces, and bathrooms have freestanding tubs and Mooi amenities. Leisure facilities include a 24-hour fitness center complete with the capitals only outdoor gym terrace. There’s also a stunning infinity pool, hot tub, and small private beach. For an evening meal, Verso offers delicious Italian food with a full Italian wine and cocktail menu, and at the classy Lexx wine bar, you can indulge in classic cocktails, fine cheese, and cigars.

  • Guest Rating: 9.0
  • Address: West Corniche, PO Box 7309, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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5. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

This seductive Abu Dhabi address has direct access to a pristine private beach area. Based in an excellent location, it’s just a few minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and the Saadiyat Cultural District. Expansive rooms feature Mediterranean-style décor with luxury bedding, iPod docking stations, and luxurious bathrooms complete with rain showers, free-standing tubs, and Remède toiletries. Leisure time can be spent playing tennis, browsing the boutiques at the shopping area, or relaxing poolside at one of five pools including an indoor lap pool. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the 18-hole course which is just next to the complex. If you’re traveling with children, The Sandcastle Club has a range of indoor and outdoor activities to keep little ones entertained. Dining here is a culinary delight and you’ll find six restaurants spread across the resort including popular day-to-night Buddha-Bar Beach and Southeast Asian inspired Sontaya which overlooks the resort’s beach. Those with a sweet tooth should not pass up the opportunity to try The Drawing Room where you’ll find handmade sweets from the onsite pastry shop.

  • Guest Rating: 9.0
  • Address: Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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6. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Combining old-world charm with new-age culture, this hotel offers the best of both worlds. Modern rooms are decorated in soft colors with light flooding in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. They each feature spacious seating areas with 42-inch flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations, open-plan bathrooms, and views of the gardens, pool, or the Arabian Sea from your private balcony or terrace. Choose to eat at one of three restaurants and whether you’re dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner a selection of international dishes is available. If you’re traveling with younger guests then they will love Camp Hyatt, an exclusive facility hosting fun and interactive activities in a secure environment. Whilst the children are being entertained, adults can make full use of the Atarmia Spa which has nine treatment rooms, a 25-meter lap pool, a fitness room, and a stretching studio. Days can be spent catching the sun by the pool which is one of the largest in Abu Dhabi. It is surrounded by palm trees and manicured gardens with breathtaking views of Saadiyat Beach and the sea. Best of all, it’s situated on a stretch of private beach on Saadiyat Island which is over five miles long.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Address: Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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7. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi

This pick is a perfect option for families, but great for couples too. It’s located on the Corniche, right next door to the Presidential Palace and overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea. Boasting one of the largest swimming pools in the city, and a 200-meter private beach, there’s plenty of places to relax in the sunshine. The Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club is a fantastic place to take some time out; work out in the fully-equipped gym, indulge in a sumptuous treatment, or take a swim in the pool. The Flipper’s Kids Club is an exciting place for children where play areas and a dedicated pool await. Dining experiences range from casual snacks at Sunset Bar, to authentic Arabian flavors at Kamoon restaurant. At the end of the day, you can return to your contemporary style furnished room which is designed to maximize space and comfort.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Address: Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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8. Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas

Poised on 9km of pristine beach on the stunning Saadiyat Island, the Rotana is a one-of-a-kind. Nestled among palms and water features, the striking modern architecture with superb Arabian gulf views gives a regal presence to the property worthy of its five-star rating. You’ll find 327 rooms and suites, as well as 13 stunning beach villas to choose from, all effortlessly luxurious and uniquely designed. Seven venues are available to eat including lively nightspot Hamilton’s Gastropub which serves British/American classics, and Turtle Bay Bar & Grill fronted by a fabulous rooftop bar. Time your stay to partake in the iconic Market Brunch which takes place every Friday at Sim Sim where you can feast on the ultimate spread: think dedicated BBQ stations, a fresh salad bar, cheese and cold cuts, the finest seafood, and heavenly desserts. Make the most of your time in the resort with a whole range of activities including two tennis courts, mini-golf, a beach club, and an outdoor pool. Adults will love Bodylines Fitness Club to work up a sweat, or for something more calming, Zen the Spa at Rotana has ten treatment rooms, as well as a Turkish and Moroccan Hammam – bliss. A lazy river, splash pool, cinema zone, and water slide, plus much more are available for children to enjoy at the kids club, Aladdin’s Cave.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Address: E12 Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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9. Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

Defining a luxury experience, this resort on Saadiyat Island is set on a stretch of pristine, powder-white sand. Mediterranean in design, yet still in keeping with its Arab culture, you’ll find palatial colors, oriental court gardens, and water features. Accommodation consists of rooms and suites in a variety of configurations including inter-connecting options for families. There’s even a selection of villas with pool access. The all-inclusive concept includes all meals, snacks, alcohol and soft drinks consumed throughout the day and is applicable in selected restaurants and bars. Gastronomy offerings are strong too, so whether you’re after a romantic dinner or an assortment of foods to please your family at a buffet-style restaurant, you’ll find it here. Keeping fit on holiday won’t be too much of a challenge with quality facilities available, and classes such as Aqua Fit which will feel more like fun than a workout. You can then cool off and quench your thirst at the same time at the laid-back swim-up bar. Every guest is treated as a VIP at this resort, and children are no exception. The Rixy Kids Club is designed to ensure little ones are enjoying every moment of their holiday in a safe environment and offering parents a bit of respite too. Entertainment is also well-thought-out, with a specially curated calendar of activities, and performances from live bands, DJs, and more.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Address: Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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10. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Jumeirah is undoubtedly a highly acclaimed brand within the UAE, and this offering on Saadiyat Island is no exception. Exuding modern style but with a Middle Eastern warmth, natural fabrics, and glass-blown chandeliers are some of the minimalist décor features to expect. There are 293 rooms in total made up of eight private-pool villas, suites, and rooms, all of which have seating areas, flatscreen TVs, desks, private bathrooms, and complimentary toiletries. Choose to do as much or as little as you like with three outdoor pools and access to the private beach club to occupy your time. Sports fans will be at home with a Bodyism gym, tennis court, and Gary Player golf course, or for a more low-key option, you can watch all your favorite games at the Offside Sports Lounge. Culinary delights include contemporary Arabian cuisine at Majlis Saadiyat, Italian on an open-air terrace at Mare Mare, and divine grilled meats and seafood traditionally cooked the Levantine way at Tean. Blissful treatments to relax and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul, as well as a traditional hammam are available at the spa. This hotel gets serious plus points for taking their corporate social responsibility seriously too, being one of the first in the region to ban single-use plastics and make the most of minimal design.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Address: Saadiyat Island East, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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11. Al Raha Beach Hotel

The Al Raha is close to the business district so perfect for those looking for a base on a business trip, but there’s plenty to offer leisure travelers too. Rooms feature spacious marble bathrooms, satellite TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, plus more. We’d recommend choosing a Gulf View room as these picks feel light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Arabian Gulf. There’s also a range of suites: for an extra touch of luxury choose the Al Raha Suite which is located in a private wing of the new hotel extension, or spacious and sophisticated living in one of the villas. Several food and beverage outlets include Irish themed McGettigan’s bar and restaurant, and a beachside restaurant and café. The Body & Soul Spa is a top place to relax with a choice of treatments available, as well as a sauna, hot tub, and steam room. When you want to swim, you’ll find both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a private beach, and catering to children there’s also a water playground. Drive ten minutes away and you’ll be at the Yas Marina Circuit where the F1 races take place, or the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, while thrilling Ferrari World is a 15-minute drive, and Dubai a 40-minute drive.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Address: Al Raha Corniche, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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12. Bab Al Qasr Hotel

One of the highlights of this property is that it benefits from one of the capital’s largest private beaches, and the location is hard to beat too. Arabesque in style, you’ll know you’re in the Middle East as soon as you see the gold-tiled Bab Al Qasr and its noticeably authentic interiors peppered with Islamic artwork. 677 rooms come in various categories but all are spacious and decorated in a delightful mix of contemporary style and influences from Arabian, and even Moroccan culture. They all offer ample and comfortable amenities from seating areas with flatscreen TVs, large bathrooms with rain shower and tubs, complimentary toiletries, and minibars. Dining options are varied, and delicious, with outlets such as Rosemary standing out for distinct Mediterranean flavors and rosemary-infused mocktails, and the fact the head chef frequently likes to meet customers. Fresh Basil, the in-house delicatessen is also worth a visit. To enjoy a freshly brewed coffee, or Moroccan tea, visit the Morjana Lounge whilst admiring the hotel’s grand lobby. Lazy days can be spent by the 35-meter pool or the spa, but for active guests, there’s a fitness center available too. If you want to get out and explore, within the immediate vicinity you’ll find shopping malls, and the Corniche, Presidential Palace, and Emirates Palace are all within walking distance.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Address: Corniche Road West PO BOX 63410, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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13. Beach Rotana – Abu Dhabi

This urban retreat provides a little something for everyone, but most importantly, a little escape from the bustle of city life. You’ll be swept away by traditional Arabian hospitality here the minute you step foot in the lobby. Accommodation is relaxing and homely with 565 rooms, suites, and serviced apartments to choose from, all of which are impeccably designed and furnished with sumptuous beds, luxury linens, ample workspaces, seating areas, and excellent views of the city or water. A fully-equipped gym, tennis and squash courts are available for your entertainment as well as treatments such as signature massages and mud baths at Zen the spa. Cool off at the infinity pool with glamorous Beach Club, or on the 120-meter stretch of pristine beach. When it’s time to eat, with no less than 12 dining experiences including Indian fusion, fine steaks, French-Polynesian dishes, and authentic German cuisine to name a few, they’ll always be something you fancy. Outside of the hotel, you’ll find the Abu Dhabi Mall adjacent, and other leisure and cultural attractions such as the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Island, and the new Central Business District close by.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Address: 10th Street, Al Zahiya Area 45200 , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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14. InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Right on the waterfront in the heart of the city, this five-star pick couples a refined stay with excellent links to local attractions. 390 sophisticated guest rooms, in 14 different categories, have light-filled interiors bathed in panoramic views of either the marina or the park. They are designed for maximum comfort and well-equipped with modern conveniences. Allow your taste buds to travel around the world without even leaving the hotel, with a range of award-winning dining at the Marina Walk. Each restaurant commands a unique experience from fresh seafood cooked your way, to sipping your favorite brew at the Belgian Café. Alternatively, if you would prefer a quiet night in the comfort of your room, take advantage of the 24-hour room service from nine different restaurants and bars. If you wish to work out on holiday then you can do so while taking in Abu Dhabi’s skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the fitness center. On the beach, there’s beach volleyball, paddleboarding, kayaking, and more. Rejuvenating downtime can be spent at the spa, or as the waters of the Arabian Gulf are right on the doorstep, on a sunlounger at the secluded private beach. The Bayshore Beach Club also has a selection of pools, activities, and relaxing private cabanas. The personalized concierge service is a fantastic concept, ensuring you stay ‘in the know’ about Abu Dhabi’s goings-on and hidden gems.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Address: King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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15. Zaya Nurai Island Resort

To cast yourself away on a superb island escape away from the bustling city, look no further than Zaya Nurai Island. A quick 15-minute hop by boat off the shores of Abu Dhabi will lead you to this boutique private island resort, where nothing but barefoot luxury awaits. All accommodation is villa-style and ranges from standard one-bedroom beachfront configurations, to five and six-bedroom beachfront estate villas. All have spacious open-plan layouts with luxurious bathrooms complete with Molten Brown amenities, as well as comfortable lounges with Bose entertainment systems, and a temperature-controlled private pool. Of course, you’ll find the usual facilities expected of a five-star hotel. This includes a fitness center, kids club, swimming pool, and serene spa with no less than overwater floor-to-ceiling glass spa suites, but there’s much more too. Sunrise and sunset yoga sessions can be organized, there’s an outdoor movie space where you can watch films under the stars, a wave pool, and free bikes for guests to explore. Elevating the resort experience further are six food and beverage outlets where you can choose to feast on ocean-fresh sashimi platters at Ginger Mermaid, wood-fired pizzas, and refreshing cocktails at boho-chic Smokin’ Pineapple, or Mexican specialties at Dusk.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Address: Nurai Island, 44235 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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16. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

The blue glass exterior makes the Fairmont easily recognizable among the cluster of creekside hotels where it resides. Standout style continues on the interior of the hotel with Middle Eastern touches in the lobby and rich exuberance with statement furniture, textures, and detailing in the rooms. In total there are 369 rooms all of which are beautifully designed, have sitting areas, spacious plush bathrooms, and some have exceptional views of the creek and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. We’d recommend springing for the Fairmont Gold experience which entitles guests to private check-in, access to a library complete with reading room, complimentary snacks, and pre-dinner drinks, not to mention the specialist butler service – well worth it in our opinion. Water lovers will feel right at home here thanks to the Olympic-sized swimming pool, and the stretch of private beach. Seasonally inspired menus and international cuisines pave the way for gastronomic experiences with choice being the key: find hearty meals at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, or lighter bites at Café Sushi. If it’s something for the children you’re looking for then the Little Flamingos Kids Club offers activities for toddlers to teens including a LEGO wall, mini disco, movie time, and gaming stations, leaving parents with time to relax. Exploring the local area is made easy with the services of a free mini-van that does the rounds of various city attractions, as well as a traditional souk just up the road.

  • Guest Rating: 8.4
  • Address: Between The Bridges, Khor Maqta, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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17. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

This luxury picking set overlooking the Grand Canal is inspired by renaissance architecture and simply exudes Middle Eastern opulence. Cossetted within ten Venetian-inspired buildings, the resort features all the facilities you could wish for including one of the city’s largest outdoor pools in the center of the resort. Five-star accommodation stretches beyond the traditional hotel room here, and instead, you’ll find a collection of suites, residences, and villas to fulfill all your needs. Each one opens out onto lush gardens with direct views of either the pool, gardens, or the Grand Canal, and contains a range of mod-cons like satellite TVs, Nespresso machines, and minibars. The ESPA here is more than just getting a treatment, steeped in traditions of Bedouin culture with distinct local touches, going to the spa here is a restoring journey. The peaceful beachfront location features 16 treatment rooms, a plunge pool, a waterfall, and lush greenery to aid relaxation. We recommend the Oasis ritual designed to uplift the spirit and soothe tired muscles. Dining here is pretty special too with swish outdoor banquettes featuring twilight views of the Grand Mosque, premium steaks and seafood eaten with custom-made knives, and popular Friday brunch menus best enjoyed on the garden-facing patio. With it’s own private beach area, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi is the perfect hotel to kick back and relax.

  • Guest Rating: 8.4
  • Address: Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Map 5-stars Abu Dhabi Beach Hotels

With literately hundreds of excellent hotels in Abu Dhabi to choose from we know it’s a difficult decision. Personally, I’d choose the Emirates Palace where not only do luxurious rooms and friendly, helpful service including 24-hour butler service appeal, but the choice of facilities is second-to-none too. Not to mention nearly one mile of pristine sandy beach. Or, for something a bit different offering a subtle level of escapism Zaya Nurai Island couldn’t be more perfect. Also read:

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5-Star Abu Dhabi HotelsRatings
The St. Regis9.3
Emirates Palace9.2
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri9.0
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl9.0
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort9.0
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas8.9
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana8.8
Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas8.8
Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island8.7
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort8.7
Al Raha Beach Hotel8.6
Bab Al Qasr Hotel8.6
Beach Rotana8.5
Zaya Nurai Island Resort8.5
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr8.4
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal8.4
For all new cities, I go overboard on my itinerary, just to see every major attraction. Countries I've visited include New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand. Mostly Asian countries. Next target - Europe!


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