St. Regis Presidential suite.
No matter how much I think Canada should apologize for Bryan Adams, it didn't stop me humming "Cloud 9" as I took the elevator to the Abu Dhabi suite on the 48th floor of the St Regis Abu Dhabi. Yessiree biters, today was the day when I finally managed to attend the post Ramadan edition of the Brunch In The Clouds.
Occurring only once a month, I have been trying to attend since June and must say the wait was worth it.
The suite is tastefully decorated and provides expansive views across the north and west part of Abu Dhabi. The experience started with a tour of the suite including master bedrooms, cinema, massage area and mani/pedi stations. At 40k a pop in peak season, it's clearly not for us plebs but is quite a sight.
The food was arranged in different areas of the suite and they also prepare some main courses which are brought straight to the table.
I really enjoyed the caviar station, seared tuna, sea bass and a feta and beetroot dainty. Also of note were the tea infusions served with Hendricks which were expertly prepared by the tea sommelier and were quite spectacular. The short ribs could have been juicier but weren't too bad.
A five minute shoulder massage from remede spa was really refreshing between courses but I missed the manicure pedicure experience. Lesson learnt-- show up early and stay till late.
A live band, excellent customer service and free beach access passes were well received by all guests. What would really take this experience to the next level is having it run till late evening so that guests can enjoy the nighttime cityscape of Abu Dhabi.
I understand that bookings are currently available for the October edition of the brunch so interested biters should make a move and book asap. It costs 400++ aed for the non-alcoholic package and 600++ for the alcoholic package. Zoom zoom biters.