Edition Hotels brings its signature, iconic style to the UAE with the opening of The Abu Dhabi Edition, an exclusive waterfront oasis spearheading a new movement in the city that never stands still. The first Edition to open in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi is a ground-breaking hotel concept brought to life by Ian Schrager, the visionary behind contemporary luxury as we know it, in collaboration with Marriott International. This powerful partnership brings with it the area’s finest hotel concept, offering the ultimate elevated experience in design, food, amenities and entertainment. In a city that embraces the bold, the new and the revolutionary, The Abu Dhabi Edition is a new kind of gathering place. 198 guest rooms and suites as well as 57 residences.
Edition’s collaborative aesthetic is in its approach to the modern lifestyle, seeking out the most talented individuals, from artists and designers to world-class chefs and musicians to create a new, experience-led destination for Abu Dhabi. “It’s about an attitude, about a feeling rather than a look,” Schrager says. “Sophisticated public spaces, finishes, design and details serve the experience, not drive it”.
A single, iconic gem located on a prime site on the Al Bateen peninsula, 20 minutes from The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the beaches of Saadiyat, and just 35 minutes from Yas Island, the property enjoys breath-taking views of the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and the activity of the buzzing adjacent marina. The Abu Dhabi Edition is not merely a hotel, but an elegantly designed, intricately interlinked complex of structures, spaces, and settings that together offer a new kind of resort environment, where every aspect of the traditional hotel has been re-imagined for the needs and desires of a new generation, every thought given to enhancing a guest’s stay: for leisure and for work.
Strategically situated along the marina, the view on arrival is the distinctive and memorable exterior, reminiscent of the lateen sails of the traditional Dhow boats that the region was once famed for building. Designed throughout by Ian Schrager Company and Wimberly Interiors, the cavernous five-storey lobby contains a dramatic, curved atrium with a sinuously shaped balustrade, echoing the movement of the water and mirroring the marine narrative of the development. The exceptional lounge area features a large-scale kinetic art installation “In 20 Steps” designed by art collective Studio Drift, produced by Czech glass company Lasvit.
Creating a social buzz and ever-lively atmosphere, the lobby is a place for guests and visitors alike to relax and unwind: there are both group meeting tables and a signature golden pool table, a world class bar and an expert barista station.
There are three signature restaurants created by chef Tom Aikens, famed for being the youngest chef to ever have been awarded two Michelin stars. Just off the lobby, guests will find Market, an imaginative, healthy lifestyle restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with street-food market, open kitchen restaurant to let guests dine solo or interact with chefs. With a focus on healthy, no waste, farm to table cooking, each kitchen will make use of each ingredient to its entirety, alluded to in the design with floor-to-ceiling shelves dressed with fragrant pots of herbs and traditional copper kitchen accessories. Organic coffee, raw juices and biodynamic wines will be served alongside the food using the best ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer. The planted terrace encourage guests to linger outdoors and enjoy the Market atmosphere and a private dining room with its own private entry is available for hire for larger groups, also with direct elevator access to the penthouses and a secure basement garage.
The Abu Dhabi Edition is also home to Oak Room, a traditional English oak panelled restaurant, celebrating world-class ingredients with British rock ‘n’ roll flair. The menu is consistently showcase signature British dishes, paired with a robust wine selection.
A craft gin-led cocktail bar blended with classics, Library Bar is the ideal place for guests looking for a quieter more intimate place to socialize. Taking design cues from its own name, the space features a collection of artworks that draw upon themes of language and the written word, in all of its marvelous literary forms.
Over on the Marina side of the hotel, Aikens has created a serene, coastal Mediterranean-style restaurant, Alba Terrace, that transcends day-to-night, offering the finest locally sourced coffee, light lunches and sharing plates to linger over whilst bathing in the natural sunlight that streams into the space through the folding floor-to-ceiling glass doors.
Each room features photography by the twentieth-century photographer Brett Weston. Grey oak herringbone timber flooring draws inspiration from local basket weaving techniques, whilst beautiful timber panelling adorn the walls, enhancing a feeling of calm and tranquillity. Signature imported linens are used throughout the guest rooms, whilst the bathrooms are finished in white marble, detailed in contrasting antique bronze, for a modern bathing experience with custom-scented Le Labo amenities as standard. Guestroom balconies take in the beauty and serenity of the Marina views and feature sleek, sophisticated outdoor furniture by Gandia Blasco.
The private Residences are located in a structure adjacent to the hotel with its own dedicated entry and lobby. Connecting to the main hotel via the sky bridge, this six-storey building will enjoy its own views of the water and Marina from each of the rooms. The private residences boast a living space of up to 92 square meters with separate bedrooms, lounge area and kitchen with their own service entries. The top two floors of the private Residences are reserved for larger two and three-bedroom apartments, each with a large private outdoor balcony and the best views overlooking the Marina.
The spa features separate zones for men and women, consisting of seven treatment rooms including two Hammams, a facial room and couple’s treatment suite. The women’s area also houses a beauty salon and a relaxation lounge. The men’s area features a barbershop by Chaps & Co. For fitness enthusiasts. The Edition offers two gyms equipped with free-weights, yoga mats, exercise balls and premium cardio equipment by Life Fitness. The property also boasts two beautifully white-tiled swimming pools, one connecting to the main hotel and the other in the private residences.
The Abu Dhabi Edition
From 205 $, including breakfast