Anantara Eastern Mangroves: A green expanse in Abu Dhabi
Images of Abu Dhabi, the bustling capital of the United Arab Emirates, bring to mind flashy cars, luxurious shopping malls, and most of all highrise architecture. In a place where verticality defines the cityscape, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa is decidedly horizontal. The lowrise building is well suited to its location on the edge of Mangrove National Park, a pocket of dense greenery in the trousers of Abu Dhabi’s urban development. Like the other Anantara properties in Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island resorts and Qasr Al Sarab desert resort, Eastern Mangroves occupies a special setting.
With 220 rooms and suites, Anantara Eastern Mangroves welcomes business and leisure visitors to enjoy the hotel both in their rooms and in the many public spaces. Guests in executive rooms have access to the Kasara Lounge on Floor 5, while the Mangrove Lounge on Floor 2 is open to all guests. A well-equipped gym is appreciated by the more athletically inclined, who may also enjoy the location more intimately by hiring a kayak and exploring the mangroves independently. Waterskiing and other aquatic pursuits, as well as tours in motorised boats, are available through Wake Evolution at the small marina directly behind the hotel.
As in all of the company’s properties, Anantara’s Thai origins are never forgotten. Though Middle Eastern cuisine is exceptionally delicious, the wonderful Pachaylen restaurant provides the opportunity to enjoy a change of culinary pace in the form of authentic Thai cuisine. Chef Khun Sakphon works his magic in the kitchen, providing an extensive menu of appealing dishes preceded by a traditional miang kham betel leaf snack that is a popular welcome for guests in Thai homes. Ingredients, the international restaurant at Eastern Mangroves, gives the option to mix and match a variety of cuisines, perhaps starting a meal with Arab meze and following them with Malaysian, Indian, Japanese, or European dishes, depending on one’s inclination.
No stay at an Anantara property is complete without a spa treatment from a company renowned for its deluxe spas around the world. A comprehensive variety of treatments and massage styles is available at Anantara’s Eastern Mangroves property; aside from further confirmation of the company’s Thai roots in the Essence Of Thailand spa package, there is everything from sand scrubs and anti-wrinkle facials to Indian head massages and the Anantara Signature Hammam treatments, expertly administered. Rivitalisation comes in many forms here. For passengers on a stopover between flights with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, a few days at Anantara does wonders for the body, mind, and spirit before continuing one’s journey.
Situated between the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, Anantara Eastern Mangroves makes an excellent base for exploring the city. Information about these and Abu Dhabi’s other attractions can be found on the website of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi.