UAE's Fairmont Bab Al Bahr resort named in TripAdvisor’s top 10 most picture-perfect hotels

Five-star Abu Dhabi hotel ranked among world’s most snapworthy stays

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Abu Dhabi's Fairmont Bab Al Bahr was named among the world's most picture-perfect by Tripadvisor.

The five-star resort was ranked 10th in the world for a snapworthy stay – where the best photographs can be taken – at the tourism platform’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Hotels were selected based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews posted last year.

In a separate category, Dubai’s red dunes and camel safari at Al Khayma Camp, operated by OceanAir, was named the best travel experience in the world.

Tripadvisor said all the finalists had "gone the extra mile" to create a "wanderlust-worthy" destination.

One traveller described the experience of staying at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr as “pure luxury”.

“The room was idyllic, with a view over the pool and beaches to the Grand Mosque, especially looking through the full floor-to-ceiling windows.”

Fairmont's website shows a one-night stay in a standard room costs Dh450 ($122), rising to Dh975 ($265) for a suite.

Abu Dhabi's Fairmont Bab Al Bahr was ranked among the most picture-perfect hotels in the world by Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor

The Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa topped the list for picturesque stays, while the Golden Temple Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Matera, Italy were second and third respectively.

Egypt's Makadi Spa Hotel, at Hurghada, which ranked 17th, was the only other Middle East and North Africa destination on the list of picture-perfect stays.

In the top hotels category, Hotel Colline de France in Gramado in Brazil was first.

The Hari in Knightsbridge, London, was ranked 21st in the world and the only British hotel on the list.

However, the UK dominated the top bed and breakfasts and inns category, with the Toulson Court in Scarborough coming top.

The Torcroft in Torquay was ranked third, while Dorset House in Lyme Regis was fourth.

Tripadvisor said the selected establishments went above and beyond service required, despite the effects of the Covid-19 crisis.

“Even during a global pandemic, travellers continued to discover new places and share their advice with other holidaygoers in 2020,” the company said.

“Despite significant disruption to the hospitality industry, hotels around the world still managed to wow guests and deliver top service.”

TripAdvisor's top picture-perfect hotels

1. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, Maldives

2. Golden Temple Hotel, Cambodia

3. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Italy

4. La Fortuna at Atitlan, Guatemala

5. Rocabella Mykonos Hotel, Greece

6. Wapa di Ume Sidemen, Indonesia

7. Cavas Wine Lodge, Argentina

8. Baladin Zanzibar Beach Hotel, Tanzania

9. You And Me By Cocoon, Maldives

10. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, UAE

11. Tam Coc Garden, Vietnam

12. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

13. Makanda By The Sea, Costa Rica

14. Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, Mexico

15. Haven Riviera Cancun, Mexico

16. W Koh Samui, Thailand

17. The Makadi Spa Hotel, Egypt

18. Wilderness Hotel Inari, Finland

19. Serrambi Resort, Brazil

20. Dana Villas & Infinity Suites, Greece

21. Outpost Hotel Sentosa, Singapore

22. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

23. Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka

24. Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand

25. Palumboreef Reef Beach Resort, Tanzania