Today we have a review from our occasional contributor/expat at large, Dianna, on the Brunch in the Clouds at the St. Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi that she experienced last month. Read on and see if you agree with her that it’s the best brunch in Abu Dhabi.
My review in a word: Amazing. I’ve done a lot of awesome things in my time living in the Middle East, but Brunch in the Clouds at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi took the brunch concept to a whole another level. After years of hardcore brunching, I can totally say with complete expertise that Brunch in the Clouds is the best brunch in Abu Dhabi.
Where is the Brunch in the Clouds?
Brunch in the Clouds is held in the suspended suite between the two towers that make up the St. Regis Abu Dhabi. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is located on the Corniche with fabulous views overlooking the gulf. The suite is a duplex on the 48th and 49th floors. It’s the highest suspended suite in the world at 220 metres at sea level. With a total capacity for 50 people, it is held on the last Friday of each month.
Why Is It The Best Brunch in Abu Dhabi?
The luxe experience starts when your very own butler whisks you up your private elevator up to the suite. You get a quick tour so you know where things are.
You can continue to explore the 12,000 s.f. suite during the brunch. Wow! The suite is 3 bedrooms and 4 and 1/2 bathrooms and staff quarters. The pace was so big I realised I never got around to seeing the master bedroom. What I didn’t expect? The cinema, the bar, the spa, the jazz band serenade etc.
The table is exquisitely set with fresh flowers, crystal, china and silverware. Delicious food and champagne. And, the views over the city and the Gulf are to die for! The whole thing is a delightful extravagance which can only happen in the Middle East.
During the brunch, you have chef stations serving up food, a cocktail bar, candy in the cinema room, a cheese and desert room, a caviar bar and an oyster room. If you are feeling too content to get up and go to the buffet, there is also waiter service that brings around other (different) main courses to you at your table. It’s the best of both worlds – a buffet where no one is judging how much you take and the lazy person’s beautifully plated dishes.
Obviously you need great food to make Brunch in the Clouds the best brunch in Abu Dhabi. I felt though the fabulous spread was just an additional bonus to all the extras provided. I mean, of course, the food was great.
Spa Treatments and Other Extras
In between courses, you can step out for a manicure and a massage in the private spa room. The therapists are from the St. Regis Spa downstairs.
Practical Information For Brunch in the Clouds
Brunch in the Clouds started in April 2016 and has been so popular it already has a 6 month waiting list. I never plan anything that far in advance but I got lucky on the Friday before Christmas. It’s always worth a try if you are in Abu Dhabi.
Unfortunately, no kids are allowed in the Brunch in the Clouds experience. The prices are pretty reasonable for all that you get – AED 500 (approximately $136) or AED 750 (approximately $200). The brunch lasts a leisurely 5 hours from noon until 5 pm. Where else can you take a nap in the middle of your brunch??
I loved the suite so much that I bought a night in the suite at an auction 😂 Yikes. I have 6 months to use it and might throw a party for my birthday. The suite typically costs $30,000 per night. I paid a lot less and the money goes to charity (UNICEF). I consider that a win/win. Besides, I’ve got to get back to see that master suite! I’ve heard the walk-in closet is amazing.
Brunch in the Clouds is available at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi. Make sure it is the one at the Corniche and not the one at Saadiyat Island because there are 2 St. Regis hotels in Abu Dhabi.
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