The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

“Take only memories, leave only footprints” – Chief Seattle

Some of the most memorable and special places I’ve visited have been discoveries while visiting other destinations. I had the opportunity to visit Abu Dhabi during a recent trip to the Seychelles since we flew through Dubai, and we’re blessed to have visited the majestic Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Main Pool and Spa

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is equally impressive outside featuring an incredible 1,600 square meter pool in the center of the property behind the hotel; which you can see in the main image above. 

The property’s Spa is likewise impressive, featuring a 21,500 square foot Bedouin-inspired wellness space; which offers a lovely sunbathing area off the men’s and women’s side spa areas. I enjoyed the lavish Four Handed Synchronised Massage with ESPA Personalized Facial at an indulgent 180 minutes. I dream of this treatment often, and it will be the first thing I do when I return to Abu Dhabi. 

Presidential Suite

We were quite fortunate to have the opportunity to see the property’s Presidential Suite, which is exceptional – oceans of stone and glass with resplendent appointments and views. 


The property features a number of flavorful Dining options, including Li Jiang, The Forge, Mijana, Giornotte, Alba, Sorso, and Dolce – both outside and inside all throughout the property. 

Closing Thoughts

The thrill of discovering new places is one of life’s purest joys. I’m asked for travel advice all the time, and one of my most common recommendations is to take a couple extra days during your trip to visit a place that you hadn’t originally plan to visit. 

If you plan to visit the UAE, Dubai or that general area, I urge you to discover The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal for yourself; a desert jewel that sparkles long after the sun sets. Take your time roaming its expansive grounds, enjoying its pools, spa and dining experiences, and you’ll wonder why it took you so long to visit. 

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Thanks so very much to everyone at the resort, to Monika for all of her help, and for the use of the high resolution images!

Please take note that the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal welcomed me as a special media guest, but that my opinions are, as always, entirely my own.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this article, and happy dining and traveling!