Fairmont Bab Al Bahr – Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.)

The UAE has so many luxury hotels on offer, it’ll make anyone’s head spin! Every property looks just as gorgeous and offers some first-class amenities. Because we planned on staying in Abu Dhabi during the celebrations for the National Day and go on some excursions, we chose to avoid the busier hotels along the Corniche and pick an accommodation in a somewhat quieter area. We came across the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, where we stayed with the kids from 29th November to 5th December 2014. The property looked highly impressive and glamorous. This hotel offered the perfect setting for our 6 night fairytale, making this getaway to Abu Dhabi with the kids a hit!

A view of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi from the getty, with the setting sun reflecting on the windows and some waving palm trees and a winding path in front

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr trivia

Hotel identity: Belongs to the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts chain, part of the FRI Hotels & Resorts company owned by AccorHotels Group

Classification: 5*

Price in December 2014: around €300 per night breakfast included

Nearest airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) at 16 km (or 10 mi)

Type: beach hotel

Number of rooms: 369

Wifi: free

A location map for the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu DhabiTrumps for a stay with the kids

Room

  • Type Fairmont Creek View – 2 queen beds.
  • Extra bed available for AED250 / night (about €60).A room in the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi, with 2 double beds and a sofa in earth tones
  • Cribs available for free: these cots were fairly larger than the classic travel beds making it very comfortable for Jade, who was 2,5 at the time.
  • Cleanliness: very good and extremely kind, we found a personal and handwritten note every day from the housekeeper (we only saw gentlemen in the cleaning crew) aside from a towell-made animal.

A dog made of towels and a kind note, left for the CosmopoliClan on the bed by a room maid of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

  • The view from the room was picture perfect: Abu Dhabi’s eye-catcher would greet us with every glance through the window.

The view from our room at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi during the blue hour, showing the bay and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the distance

Food & beverage

  • Various restaurants are available. However, the 50% kid’s discount to the standard rate of  185 AED / diner (about €45) would only apply to the buffet restaurant CuiScene.

Cooks of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi cooking food in the open kitchens in the restaurant

  • We pass for an Italian restaurant in the U.A.E. because we prefer to familiarize the kids with the local cuisine. The on-site restaurant Cedar Lounge was a delish alternative.

Facilities

  • An olympic pool surrounded by some shallow pools and a jacuzzi.

CosmopoliClan's Jade playing with a bottle and buckets in the pool of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

  • The covered children’s pool. Unfortunately, during our stay it was just too chilly to be in the shades but the kids could have all the fun in the shallow, buoyed parts of the main pool.

An image of the children's pool in the Fairmont Baba Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

  • A playhouse with attributes. And the girls had it all to themselves!
  • The clean beach with soft sand and calm waters, which is perfect for little kids.

Two CosmopoliClan girls playing on the beach of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

  • The trampoline. Because of the low occupation during our stay, the trampoline was placed wherever we requested by means of a good example of teamwork. Oh, and as a bonus we scored free babysitting services!

Image of the staff members of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi that are moving a trampoline on the beach with the two CosmopoliClan girls in front

Two CosmopoliClan girls having fun while jumping on the trampoline against the backdrop of the pool of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

  • Free ice popsicles for the kids with our beachside order.

CosmopoliClan's Alegra enjoying a frozen popsicle on the beach of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

  • Smoothies with all possible fruits we could think of.
  • Prior to our arrival we had booked some water confidence classes for Alegra. She was 5 at the time and quite apprehensive in the water. It cost us 175 AED / 45 minute session (about €40).

CosmopoliClan's Alegra taking swimming lessons from a staff member in the pool of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

Lobby

  • The lobby was just magnificent, especially for two little girls who love their bling! Shine, sparkle, glitter and glam galore!

The silver accents of the grand lobby of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi, showing perfect symmetry

The colorful lobby from the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

Extra’s at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s concierge desk (always CosmopoliClan’s best friend)

  • Upon booking a guided excursion we asked for carseats to be put in the guide’s car. To our delight, these had been fetched and installed as we arrived. So, the hotel even guarantees your kids’ safety on the road.
  • The watertaxi leaving from the Bu Tinah Pier at the hotel beach. It connects this and 2 other hotels with the Souk Qaryat Al Beri, a pretty modern souk with nice restaurants. A beautiful, wooden boat takes you there for 20 AED / person (about €5) back and forth.

The CosmopoliClan father and his daughter smiling and posing while being on the water taxi with yellow and white striped cushions and some shopping bags by their feet

Conclusion

The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr checked all our boxes! Its first class service, neat facilities and luxurious surroundings allow every family to enjoy a relaxing vacation with plenty of excursion options in or near Abu Dhabi. The girls were spoiled as if they were princesses. And they were not the only ones because we indulged in the same impeccable service!

The two CosmopoliClan girls posing for the camera in a sparkling sofa in the lobby of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi

We enthusiastically recommend this hotel as a sunny hideaway to travel to with the kids in autumn or winter!

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