Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Abu Dhabi, Middle East

The hotel

Luxury personified, The Ritz-Carlton is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking a pristine stretch of private beach. Inspired by early Renaissance architecture, every room is nothing less than sheer bliss with gorgeous views of the illustrious Grand Canal, stately gardens or breathtaking Grand Mosque from your private balcony. Enjoy a day by the canal or relax by the grand pool, soaking up the sun in peace. If you’ve children with you, they’ll be having the time of their lives at the Ritz Kids Club, there are activities galore to tempt them, including face painting and treasure hunts. Between the swimming pool and the beach is also the Splash Park, try and extricate them from that if you can! A very special venue, you’ll feel extra special as a member of The Ritz-Carlton Club, which combines intimacy, comfort and exclusivity with personalised service and attention to detail. Rooms on Club Level enjoy The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge offering a continuous steam of culinary offerings throughout the day, complimentary internet access and international magazines and newspapers – helping to make your stay a supremely memorable one. Also memorable is the hotel’s choice of restaurants – eight to be exact, featuring cuisine from around the world. Mijana, an Arabic Lebanese restaurant designed by the famous designer Super Potato from Japan. For seafood and steak, The Forge is stylish and contemporary or feast on Southeast Asian delights in an outdoor lounge with majestic views of the mosque at Li Jiang. Less formal dining includes the all-day dining restaurant Giornotte, built to resemble a classic Italian villa, or Al Fresco Pool and Beach Restaurant with a variety of Mexican dishes, healthy salads and cocktails, as well as Dolce for espresso and ice-cold gelato.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

Adjacent to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, overlooking the canal. Transfer time from Abu Dhabi International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

447 rooms and suites as well as 85 villas. All with air-conditioning, private balcony, 42” LCD TV, telephone, high-speed Internet access*, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe, iPod docking station, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, iron and board. Deluxe Rooms have garden, pool and beach views, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Half Board option: includes breakfast and lunch or dinner in Giornotte buffet restaurant.

Full Board option: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in Giornotte buffet restaurant.

Club Rooms with 1 king size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children. Rooms provide daily access to the club lounge where guests are entitled to the following benefits;

  • Breakfast, midday snacks, afternoon tea, light evening snacks
  • Evening hors d'oeuvres
  • Cordials and desserts
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Private check in
  • Dedicated concierge
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Personal computers for guest use
  • Complimentary pressing for two pieces per room per day

Please note: children under 12 years old are not permitted in the Club Lounge after 8:00pm.

1-Bedroom Villas with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

2-Bedroom Villas with 1 king-size bed, 2 double beds and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children.

8 unique restaurants and bars including; Giornotte (all-day dining Mediterranean restaurant), The Forge (steakhouse, open for dinner), Mijana (Lebanese cuisine, open for late lunch and dinner), Li Jang (Asian cuisine, open for dinner), Al Fresco (beach restaurant, open from lunch to sunset), Dolce (Italian-style cafe), ALBA lobby lounge, Sorso traditional bar and poolside bars. Grand (1600 sq m) outdoor swimming pool. Private sandy beach. ESPA* at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, a beachfront spa with 16 treatment rooms, steam room, hammam, outdoor plunge pools and hair and beauty salons. 24-hour fitness centre*. Ritz Kids' Club* (4-12 years) offering supervised indoors and outdoors activities. Babysitting* (on request). Retail shops. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. WiFi access*. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary valet parking.

* Denotes local charge.

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Apr 11, 2021 wayned276 Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We spent three lovely nights (Weds-Sat) and we were very fortunate to receive an upgrade to a stunning suite with amazing views over the Grand Canal. We used the gym twice and this was one of the best we have found, most hotels do not put much focus on their gyms, however this was extremely spacious, excellent equipment and the COVID protocols… Read more
We spent three lovely nights (Weds-Sat) and we were very fortunate to receive an upgrade to a stunning suite with amazing views over the Grand Canal. We used the gym twice and this was one of the best we have found, most hotels do not put much focus on their gyms, however this was extremely spacious, excellent equipment and the COVID protocols were extremely well managed. The Venetian Village is just a short stroll, we tried the Buddha Bar one night for some cocktails and appetisers, a lovely setting with outdoor seating on the Grand Canal. We also tried La Brasserie for lunch, excellent salads and reasonably priced. On our last evening we had dinner in the Li Jiang, very impressed with their authentic Thai dishes and great service from Leonardo. The pool was very relaxing, we chilled in one of the cabanas and received excellent service from Irfan and the rest of the team. Read less
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Apr 11, 2021 Rhoda A Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

We went to ritz carlton for a family brunch to celebrate my birthday so it means its a special occassion. Beautiful restaurant, the chefs are very detailed on their live statjon menu,Thank you ritzcarlton staff specially to Irfan who always assist us.. you make my day amazing you deserve 5 star Irfan. Highly recommended Giornotte..hope this review… Read more
We went to ritz carlton for a family brunch to celebrate my birthday so it means its a special occassion. Beautiful restaurant, the chefs are very detailed on their live statjon menu,Thank you ritzcarlton staff specially to Irfan who always assist us.. you make my day amazing you deserve 5 star Irfan. Highly recommended Giornotte..hope this review will help you make the right choice. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing staycation, will definitely be back!

Apr 10, 2021 lea_dxb Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My best friend and I stayed for two nights for our birthday celebration and we will most definitely be back. We were blown away by the staff from the moment we arrived until we left, every single staff member was so friendly, helpful and empowered in their own roles. The food was fantastic, from the surprise birthday platter in the room, to the… Read more
My best friend and I stayed for two nights for our birthday celebration and we will most definitely be back. We were blown away by the staff from the moment we arrived until we left, every single staff member was so friendly, helpful and empowered in their own roles. The food was fantastic, from the surprise birthday platter in the room, to the Friday brunch to the hotels own Chinese outlet, Li Jiang. There is also a great bar onsite, Barfly by Buddha Bar - which is fab for chill drinks. We witnessed at breakfast one morning the staff bringing over a lovely platter for a long stay guest whose birthday it was that day, we didn’t know her but she told us just how amazing the staff were and how everyone always goes above and beyond - and we most certainly noticed that in the two nights we were there too. Thank you to the entire team for making our birthday weekend one to remember. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Such a warm welcome and another memorable stay!

Apr 10, 2021 LEH_Abroad

We have stayed at the Ritz a couple of times now as my husband is a bonvoy member. Once again we were made to feel so welcome, it feels like such a happy place. Our favourite location in AD! The pool and splash pad are excellent and the beach is so safe for the children. Rafiq and all the team at the pool couldn’t do enough to make sure we were… Read more
We have stayed at the Ritz a couple of times now as my husband is a bonvoy member. Once again we were made to feel so welcome, it feels like such a happy place. Our favourite location in AD! The pool and splash pad are excellent and the beach is so safe for the children. Rafiq and all the team at the pool couldn’t do enough to make sure we were comfortable with the little kiddies. Li Jiang and all the restaurant staff are great (at breakfast too), an honour to meet the chef who cooks the awesome food. Can’t fault the service and cleanliness of the hotel, such a friendly housekeeping team too. We will definitely be back and are looking forward to it already! Read less
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Apr 10, 2021 Irfan H Dubai, United Arab Emirates

There are some hotels which give you great service. And then there are those who have exceptional service! Ritz Carlton is exceptional! We had a 3 nights staycation last weekend to celebrate my mothers 84th Birthday. Check in was smooth and we had the privilege of early check in and were even allowed a late checkout. The breakfast is divine! … Read more
There are some hotels which give you great service. And then there are those who have exceptional service! Ritz Carlton is exceptional! We had a 3 nights staycation last weekend to celebrate my mothers 84th Birthday. Check in was smooth and we had the privilege of early check in and were even allowed a late checkout. The breakfast is divine! Usually in a hotel buffet breakfast a few standard items are good and the rest are ok, but here, everything was great. The hotel has a huge pool which is great for social distancing and is big enough to do laps even in the daytime. Pool staff was good and looked after your needs very well. A nice touch is that they provide complimentary water in ice buckets to keep it chilled. A much needed necessity in the sun. A huge shout out to Christoforos, Giornotte restaurant manager who really looked after us and fulfilled all our "unusual" requests at breakfast. Also a special thanks Chef Annada Sankar Das who prepared a special breakfast for our dear mother as a birthday treat! Thank you! You will see us again! Read less