Over the last decade Abu Dhabi has become an incredibly popular place to visit. If you are visiting Abu Dhabi, you simply must make time for a trip to Yas Island, which is only 30 minutes away from the main city. The island is filled with things to do such as Ferrari World, Waterworld, golf courses, wonderful shops or simply lazing on the beach. The Crowne Plaza Yas Island is ideally situated close to all of the main attractions, so you won’t have to travel far to explore the island. That is of course if you even want to leave the hotel!
Rooms at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island
I had a standard room booked at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island, but since I am a Platinum member of their IHG Rewards program, I was upgraded to a suite because they had one available. I certainly wasn’t complaining! The “room” was huge and I have to say far bigger than my apartment in New York. You get a kitchen, huge living room, private bedroom and bathroom with both a shower and a separate bath.
Amenities at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island
There is a fitness center with everything you need for a workout (so they tell me 🙂 ), including a swimming pool. However, if you just want to relax, the Crowne Plaza Yas Island is the right place to do it! The pool is stunning, it is set in an open atmosphere, overlooking a beautiful scenic view. If you don’t want to get out of the water, you can swim up to the bar. That is my kind of bar! There is also a standard walk up bar and sitting area, if you prefer it.
As I had my IHG Platinum Membership, I was offered two free drinks. which is a really nice little perk. Sipping wine by the pool is not a bad way to spend a vacation! I was also able to come back the next morning before I left, because I was given a late 2pm checkout. It was perfect, as I had enough time to eat breakfast and go for a swim before heading back to my room to prepare for my journey back to the main city.
You can hangout and eat by the pool or go to one of the four other dining options in the hotel. I had the option to upgrade myself to gain access to the Club Lounge by paying a little extra, since I had my IHG membership. It was completely worth it! I went in the afternoon, as I was informed that they had some snacks, so I stuffed myself with mini sandwiches and desserts. That was enough to fill me, so I did not need to go out for lunch. I love a nice afternoon cat nap, so after my snacks I crept back to my room for a lovely nap in my deliciously comfy bed!
Once I had awoken from my nap I went back up to the Club Lounge for happy hour, which serves a variety of alcoholic beverages and a mini dinner buffet. Choices included chicken skewers, fries, tacos, and plenty of dessert. Plus, you get a great view of the sunset from the lounge’s balcony.
I ate my breakfast the next morning at Jing Asia, which is buffet style, with a wide variety of foods to choose from. I could have eaten in the Club Lounge, as well but I chose to eat downstairs to switch things up a bit.
I was sad that I only stayed a single night, as I definitely could have enjoyed their amenities a few more days. My stay at the Crowne Plaza Yas Island was incredible thanks to the supremely friendly staff and luxurious accommodations. In addition to that, I must say that my IHG Rewards Card helped make it even more special! I would highly recommend staying here if you want to explore attractions on the island or just want to get out of the hustle of the city and relax in a nice peaceful environment.
**Thank you Crowne Plaza Hotel for hosting me. My opinions, as always, are my own.