Stay-cation. I never quite understood that word. Where did it come from? Who invented it? In the dictionary, it clearly states “A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds at night.” Makes absolutely no sense however, I do hear it a lot and people seem to love saying it, still, I can’t get myself to stay it. A quick getaway, like a quicky, in however terms you would like to use it, is a simple a quick getaway. Our stay…scratch that, our quick getaway to Park Hyatt Abu dhabi Hotels and Villas… was not a short distance drive but a good hour drive from where we live. Nevertheless, whether it was an hour or more, being in a hotel is always pleasant and it always feels like a nice break.
There are many criteria that anyone could argue with on what makes a hotel special and your stay a memorable one. It could be the grand entrance, the bell boy who took your luggage to the room with a charismatic character. The 24 hour room service, the big balcony, I can go on and on… but there always have to be these certain aspects that you look for. Especially when you have high expectations. Every significant detail to me, might just be unnoticed to others. But there is always a fine line where everything can be noticed, once we walk into the lobby of a hotel, the way it’s lit, the way the doors open, who greets you, checking in… then, the grand finale is when you walk into your room. Everything else come in secondary and here is where a hotel should impress you more with their service and food. Otherwise, a hotel property that only has the pretty looks is just useless. Beauty is really from within.
Our stay at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi was short but sweet. Considering we had a small tantrum with the little 2 year old by the end of the day.
Here is a short review
Location 1 hour way from Dubai – (Depending on how you drive of-course. With a toddler in the back it takes a while)
Entrance + Lobby Quite a dull and dark entrance which made my curiosity of rooms wonder if dull is a constant factor.
Service Check in was smooth, but there was only us at that time. Had our breakfast at 6:30am thanks to Chloe being over excited and waking up at 5am! There’s a point where at lunch time, I got furious at the server, Chloe had fallen asleep on my lap and her food arrived and they hesitated to keep it in the kitchen and when asked for a take away box for her, (Since she hasn’t woken up even after we had finished our lunch) I was given a tiny plastic box with her veggie pizza squashed and crammed and all the cheese and toppings melted onto each other and it was just unbearable to see and when asked why they did that… no response. Poorly managed.
Food + Dining The food was good at The Beach House. We had Lentil Salad with pumpkin and Tuna Salad. Breakfast was not the biggest we have seen but it had the things opt for a healthy breakfast with pastries and delicious fruits. Lunch, we did not go for the brunch menu, but opted to order a la carte. You could also order by the pool deck, but it was too hot to stay and eat out of the water. We did not have a chance to try the rest of the dining options.
Rooms Very comfortable, big King Size bed, decent size room if you would like to add a crib. Open showers (Which for me only looks pretty but by the end of the shower water was everywhere on the floor, which caused me to slip a little). Not recommended if you want to add another bed, then it gets too tight. They had put in a crib for us which was very well presented with a blanket and a small cushion. They also made sure that Chloe had her own amenities such as a Dino toothbrush and shower gel/shampoo/cream. It was very sweet. Our room was sea view.
Make sure you get a light switch 101 before they leave your room. Internet was free that’s a bonus! If you are here for business and need to use the desk, it’s an average size but yet again, you are not here on business so scratch that comment.
Property It’s a beautiful hotel, 2 adult pools and 2 ‘all ages’ pool. The Beach Bar is perfectly facing the beach, at night, lights are dimmed in order not to disturb the sea turtles. We did not have a chance to go to the beach though. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotels and Villas is definitely recommended to honeymooners or couples. They do have a small kids club, but at that time we were amongst the very few ones that had children. It is a very quiet and relaxing place to be, to unwind, to relax by the beautiful settings of the pool!
Tip We had forgotten the milk at home, luckily Spinneys was down the road and made everything easy. There is also a 3 minute drive pharmacy.
Will we come back again? Probably yes, but not in the near future and definitely alone. The beautiful Park Hyatt Abu dhabi hotel is recommended for honeymooners, singles, couples, friends.