Suite dreams come alive at St Regis on Saadiyat Island

At Dh130,000 per night the new St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort royal suite costs almost as much as a brand new Ford Explorer.

The Royal Suite's private pool at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Courtesy St Regis
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At Dh130,000 per night it costs almost as much as a brand new Ford Explorer.

But then again a 4x4 does not come with four bedrooms, a team of personal staff, a swimming pool, cinema, billiards room and a private spa.

The 2,100 square metre St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort royal suite starts taking bookings from next week - and it has already received numerous enquiries.

"We have had a lot without even publishing it," said Marwan Fadel, the St Regis area director of sales and marketing for Abu Dhabi and Dubai new developments.

"We started having inquiries about clients coming over for Formula One. They heard that we had a royal suite. They asked is it available? We want to book it. That's why we are confident."

So what will guests get for their money?

They do not have to use the same hotel entrance as the rest of us, for a start. Separate doors take guests to a lift with direct access to the duplex.

Once inside, guests are met with a grand staircase and a living room with sea views and seating for up to 12 people in addition to a crystal chess set and Steinway and Sons piano.

Off to the side is a dining area and a pantry behind closed doors. On the same floor there is an office, powder room, swimming pool, terrace, a cinema with eight seats, a billiards room, a suite and a twin bedroom for staff.

The master suite is downstairs along with a private spa and a super large shower.

But if you only bring your husband or wife and therefore require just one bedroom you will get a discount, making the price Dh90,000 a night, said Mr Fadel.

"It's not going to be treated as a normal room in that the occupancy is [not] going to be 100 per cent," he added.

"It will be more quality rather than quantity. [But] coming into the high season, coming into the Russian vacation and coming into Eid we do expect a lot of requests"