As the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi has a quite brilliant dining scene and some of the world’s greatest hotels. And to celebrate all those brilliant options, Time Out Abu Dhabi has teamed up with The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) for a very special six-week event.
Tastes of the Capital, powered by Time Out Abu Dhabi, has pulled together ten top hotels, which will be offering special deals on stays and meals until Thursday August 15.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
This Downtown hotel is offering a night’s stay for two for Dhs700. That’s not all either, included in the city staycation deal is a three-course set-menu lunch or dinner at either Spaccanapoli. There’s a 24-hour notice period for cancellation and no-shows will be charged in full. Fancy some great Italian food? You can expect everything from homemade lasagne to traditional Italian tiramisu.
Dhs700 (quote TASTE when booking). Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 616 6166).
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
Overlooking the eastern mangroves, this gorgeous hotel has a top deal where you’ll get a night’s stay for two for Dhs750+++. You’ll also get a four-course set-menu at Pachaylen, breakfast and 50 percent off spa packages. Dig into chicken satay, beef in Thai green curry sauce and more.
Dhs750+++ (not valid during Eid al-Adha, quote TASTE when booking online). Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara (02 656 1000).
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
With this deal you can stay at one of the most popular hotels in the capital with a room and meal for two coming in at Dhs550. All rooms must be booked 48 hours in advance and cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Hungry? You’ll get a three-course dinner at Italian restaurant Pappagallo, that will be prepared for you by expert chefs.
Dhs550 (plus taxes, not valid during Eid al-Adha, quote TASTE when booking). Le Méridien Abu Dhabi (02 644 6666).
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Take a trip to Saadiyat Island, where you’ll get a stay for Dhs750, plus a three-course dinner at Park Bar and Grill. There’s a vibrant Vietnamese menu on offer, with dishes including short-rib steamed buns, rice paper rolls and crab cakes.
Dhs750 (quote TASTE when booking). Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 407 1234).
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche
Stay at one of the most iconic hotels in the capital with a room and meal for two coming in at less than Dhs500. Reservations are subject to hotel availability and rooms must be booked 48 hours in advance. The meal must be consumed during the stay, a credit card is required to guarantee the booking and cancellation must be done more than 24 hours in advance. Included in the staycation deal is a three-course dinner at either Vasco’s or Bocca – which sounds like an excellent way to round off a day’s chilling out or sightseeing in the capital.
Dhs475 (plus taxed, not valid during Eid al-Adha, quote TASTE when booking). Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche West (02 681 1900).
Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas
This beautiful hotel has a special deal where you’ll get a night’s stay for two for Dhs750, plus a three-course set-menu lunch or dinner at Si Ristorante Italiano and Bar. Dishes on the menu include veal chop alla Milanese and pistachio lava cake.
Dhs750 (not valid during Eid al-Adha, quote TASTE when booking. Restaurant closed Sunday and Monday). Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
If you’re looking for a hotel in the capital with top views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque this is the one for you – and it’s an even more appealing prospect when you can get a one-night’s stay for two, with dinner for under Dhs700. Dinner is served at Shang Palace where dishes on the special menu include yellow chicken with sweet basil and ginger and wok-fried veg with Sichuan seasoning.
Dhs699 (not valid during Eid al-Adha, quote TASTE when booking). Shangri La, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8639).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
With this deal you can stay at one of the most popular hotels in the capital with a room and meal for two for just Dhs500. And there’s plenty of choice for dining too, as included in the staycation deal is a three-course dinner at either El Sombrero or La Mamma, or Friday brunch at La Mamma.
Dhs500 (plus taxes, not valid during Eid al-Adha, quote TASTE when booking. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche East (02 677 3333).
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
Meat-lover? This staycation in Downtown Abu Dhabi is offering up a meal in The Foundry included in the price. So for Dhs620, you’ll get a three-course meal including salmon and crab croquettes, honey-lime chicken and a choice of steaks including tenderloin or sirloin. There are vegetarian options, too.
Dhs620. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (02 818 4888).
Yas Island Rotana
Head to Yas Island to be near the theme parks this summer and you can book this special deal at Yas Island Rotana. This hotel is offering a night’s stay for two for Dhs729, which includes a three-course dinner at the Blue Grill, free access to Yas Beach, a shuttle bus to Yas Island attractions and kids’ club access. With each booking two children under 12 can also stay and dine completely free of charge making it ideal for a family getaway.
Dishes on the menu include seared king scallops, prime tenderloin and pan-seared salmon – as well as a melting white chocolate dessert with vanilla cheesecake, lemon curd, fresh berries, chocolate soil, raspberry crisp and caramel sauce.
Dhs729. Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island (02 656 4000).