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A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky

I was asked about my favourite night’s sleep while travelling.  Recently, my hands-down favourite place to bunk down was the guest bedroom in my friend’s flat in Abu Dhabi.  The flat is part of the St. Regis Abu Dhabi located on the Corniche which has both a hotel and residential apartments.   Most, if not all, the apartments are rented out to Western expats working in Abu Dhabi.  The view from the flat was spectacular!  You fall asleep to the twinkling lights of the city and wake up to the sun glinting off an azure blue sea.

view over Abu Dhabi

view of Abu Dhabi

My friend had moved to Abu Dhabi for work a couple of months before our visit and was sounding uncharacteristically chirpy and happy.  I wasn’t sure if she was putting on a brave face for her friends and family back home and so the children and I decided to visit during October half-term last year.  Because that is what good friends do… especially if there is a luxury apartment involved 🙂

The flat, a duplex overlooking the city with floor to ceiling windows, is so high up on a 50+ floor that no window coverings were needed. We arrived at night and the lights of the city were sparkling.  My children were so enthralled, they stood mouth agape at the front door.  Unfortunately, none of my photos of the night view came out well.

My friend’s two cats love sitting and watching the view and chasing each other around the apartment.  Marble floors make it extra slippery.

If you live in the St. Regis Towers, you have membership benefits at the hotel.  There  is an amazing pool (with waiter service naturally), a spa, restaurants and bars.  Of course, I had to try out all of them.  If you live in a building with an elevator down to a spa, of course, you would have to try it out right?


The week I was there, the King of Morocco was visiting the even more luxurious Emirates Palace nearby.  He put his overflow staff at the St. Regis hotel so there were important-looking men and security guards everywhere.

Some of the complex is still being built, like the Beach Club across the street and the Lamborghini dealership downstairs.  I’ve joked around that next time I visit I’ll order a Lamborghini for my friend and stick it on the tab for her flat.  I expect Abu Dhabi is exactly the sort of place where you could do that.

I was happy to report to our mutual friends that my friend was indeed loving life.  After experiencing her fabulous flat and the expat lifestyle in Abu Dhabi, I know some of the reason why.

This post is part of a blog hop on a memorable night’s sleep from a group of travel bloggers I have gotten to know.  Check out the rest of the posts on Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, a New Zealander’s adventures living in England travelling around the world (but always with good accessories!).  My kind of lady!

13 thoughts on “A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky

  1. Molly S

    Wow. I’m not usually one for big cities, but that looks amazing! I wish I had friends like that…I usually end up on a sofa in a cramped living room! Great photos, too 🙂

  2. John Donovan

    Traveling to a fantastic city is one thing. Getting to call that apartment your home during your stay really ups the game! For me, a fantastic view is one of the most impressive things any apartment can have. Even a smaller space with a great view feels like the penthouse!

    1. nylonliving Post author

      I completely agree about the view opening up a space. This apartment wasn’t that big (about 1000 s.f) but it felt bigger because of the huge windows.


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