Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi
I have never in my lifetime (as a child and now with children) seen such a red carpet rolled out for kids. This is one hotel that does not miss a single detail when it comes to the younger generation!
When we checked in, my daughter Ruby started asking me if I remembered to bring her floaties (arm bands). Of course, silly Mommy did not remember.Low and behold…we arrived at our gorgeous room, and right there on her very own child safe bed were ARM BANDS! I later discovered that this is a common trait at the Ritz, they will nearly move mountains for our tots.
The staff do their best to make an effort with each child and they were listening when Ruby asked me. It was like a mini miracle, I was totally gobsmacked. Not only do they offer child beds, they even have services such as: bottle warmers, strollers, steriliser machines and more! On her bed, sat two baby elephants made out of towels, a Ritz Kids plush teddy and a luxurious princess robe. I had one really happy kiddo in front of me; this was going to be a great stay!
Everyone was excited to explore our room. We had a living room area with a couch, Nespresso machine (bonus), ice flat screen TV, a desk, powder room and Ruby’s very own bed. Our bed with its Egyptian cotton sheets was perfect. I looked over at the bedside table…NO WAY! They printed a card with pictures of Ruby on it! What a nice personalized touch!
The view from our room at this beachfront hotel was beautiful, we could see the whole canal streaming through Abu Dhabi and the balcony was nice and spacious. The soaker tub and bathroom was one of my favorite features.
My husband recommended a trip to the lounge, or as they would call it ‘The Ritz-Carlton Club Level’ on the 7th floor and each had some snacks and bevvies. Ruby found the candy bar…of course! What a smart idea, they had little baggies which you could fill up with numerous varieties of sweeties. I later noticed this theme was carried about in the lobby too.
Another trip back to the room…ding dong, there was someone at our door! A welcome tray for Miss Ruby! Oh wow! A crystal plate with her name on it, a bowl of candy, cookie sunglasses, and a Minion made out of candy! That’s it! The Ritz officially blew me over the edge! They outdid themselves a hundred times over!
The Kids Club is open from 10am-6pm Sunday-Thursday and 10am-10pm on Friday and Saturday. The timetable is extensive, they have activities that change on a daily basis.
I dropped Ruby off at the “Kids Club”. After giving it a thorough inspection (what parent wouldn’t). I did not feel bad leaving here there, I knew she would be having a super time with all the kids and staff. Inside there were many tables with funky pods for the kiddies to sit on while doing arts and crafts activities. A nook to chill out and watch movies on the big screen. Very clean and child friendly toilet/amenities. Lot’s of nice toys. And outside, what got me most excited was the colorful and lively splash pads! Not something you find very often in the UAE, and children just LOVE them!
The kids spent the afternoon doing crafts; they painted sharks out of recycled paper rolls, went on a scavenger hunt across the resort and had a lavish lunch at Dolce: cotton candy, candy apples + candies!
We had 10 dining options to choose from, and later that evening, we decided on “Li Jiang”. This Mommy’s new favorite Asian eatery! I only wish Abu Dhabi was closer to my home! The food was to die for. The service was another added touch that could not go unnoticed. Superb indeed!
When we arrived back in our room, our bed was nicely prepared for bedtime. The sheets folded back and little chocolates placed on either corner. I love when they do that!
Soon it was time for us to say farewell. Ruby was NOT happy to be going home! She kept asking to go back to the Kids Club. I felt bad that we had to leave. Suddenly we were heading home with two zonked out kids in the back! A fun time had by all!
- Abu Dhabi International Airport – 22 km
- Beachfront Hotel
- Private Beach
- 447 Rooms & Suites
- 85 Villas
- 10 Restaurants & bars
- Fitness Centre
Guest post by Corrine Fuchs. Corrine is a Canadian expat blogger, wife and mama living in Dubai. She makes the most of each day with her daughter, Ruby (5) and son Nate (3). Mommy in Dubai has created a rapport for being a helpful and honest read for parents & tourists in Dubai. Read more about her at www.mommyindubai.com