Following a substantial renovation, Al Ain Rotana is redefining hospitality with a brand-new look and setting that adds to its appeal as an urban retreat
Nestled in the heart of Al Ain – Abu Dhabi's oasis city – the five-star Al Ain Rotana brings an elevated touch to the emirate's hospitality scene. Since welcoming its first guests in 1999, the hotel has become a firm favourite among residents and visitors alike. The property has recently undergone a significant renovation and is now welcoming guests to experience its all-new look and setting.
Al Ain Rotana is a stone's throw away from the district's famed sites, including Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain Zoo, Al Jahili Fort, Jebel Hafeet and Al Ain Adventure. Al Ain International Airport is 25 minutes away, while Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport are at distances of 120 kilometres and 160 kilometres respectively. Its central location makes it a convenient choice for travellers, yet, with its urban retreat-like setting, amid boundless greenery, it feels like an escape from the bustle of the city.
In with the new
Al Ain Rotana's extensive renovation incorporates the property's contemporary design, as seen throughout its main building. The fit-out features an even more impressive entrance lobby, with the same aesthetic mirrored throughout the hotel's new guest rooms and suites, studios, chalets and two-story bedroom villas.
The hotel's new wing presents over 100 rooms, chalets and villas with contemporary European-style furniture and in-room balconies that overlook the expansive pool. And while the new look and feel, with unrivalled comfort and top-of-the-range modern facilities, is certainly impressive, the team's commitment to delivering the highest levels of relaxation and hospitality is at the heart of everything.
Dining with a difference
Al Ain Rotana features six award-winning dining experiences catering to a variety of tastes and preferences. Guests can savour authentic French Polynesian flavours at the renowned Trader Vic’s restaurant, sample Lebanese and Middle Eastern fare at Min Zaman and enjoy the convenience of all-day international dining at Zest.
For a vibrant evening, Moodz – the hotel's sports bar and lounge – features a games arena as well as supersized screens to catch live matches. Capturing the essence of the tropics, the poolside venue Aquarius offers vibrant cocktails and delicious bites. Rounding it off is the Atrium Lobby Lounge, which serves up a selection of beverages with sweet and savoury treats. This extensive dining offering is complemented by 24-hour room service for guests.
A healthy start
With the host of health and wellness amenities available, hotel guests can wake up to the enchanting views of stunning greenery and start their day with a swim at the pool, a workout at the renovated Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club or book a relaxing spa treatment.
Zen the Spa, located in the hotel's Falaj wing, has exquisitely designed treatment rooms, a hammam, Jacuzzi, saunas and more.
The hotel's expansive offering is equally suited to business travellers as Al Ain Rotana features top-level executive meeting rooms for seminars and conferences, fully equipped with audio-visual equipment, including LCD projectors, monitor speakers, channel mixing consoles and complimentary WiFi to conduct all business needs.
Discover Al Ain
Abu Dhabi's garden city is set amid date palm plantations which are nourished by natural springs, making Al Ain a true oasis in the desert. Once a significant stop along the trade route linking Oman to the rest of the Gulf, it is steeped in history, which is evident across its UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Al Ain holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the late Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, while the Al Jahili Fort served as the summer residence of the ruling family during the 1800s. Depicting the history and heritage of this land and its people, Qasr Al Muwaiji contains fascinating exhibits that also highlight the origins of the fort itself.
The city's central oasis, Al Ain Oasis, contains around 150,000 trees of around 100 varieties, which are fed by the 4000-year-old falaj system, all of which can be easily viewed while walking through its meandering pathways. Yet another natural wonder, the rugged Jebel Hafeet mountain offers great trekking opportunities with the chance to spot local fauna. The area is also home to Hili Archaeological Park, which is dotted with 5000-year-old single-chamber domed tombs, part of Al Ain's UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Completing the offering is Al Ain Zoo – the region's largest of its kind and inhabited by various indigenous and exotic species. The chaotic Al Ain Camel Market is also a popular sight, with guests able to view the intense trading and haggling that takes place here. Finally, for adrenaline enthusiasts, Al Ain Adventure Park offers whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing along with aerial activities including an airpark, zipline and climbing wall.