After an hour of driving in the sweltering heat from Dubai I found myself on Yas Island, I was immediately transported to what was a tropical oasis. Rotana Yas Island occupies prime location just a few metres from the Ferrari world and a stone’s throw away from the shopper’s haven of Yas Island Mall.
Arriving at valet was a breeze, I was greeted warmly and shown to the main reception which was beautifully contemporary chic in décor with a fresh citrus scent lingering in the air.
Check In- Check in starts at 2pm, however, it was around 3pm when I arrived. The hotel lobby was bustling with guests. I arrived at check in and was greeted very warmly by the gentleman behind the desk, his name was Zachariah if I remember correctly. Pretty impressive that my check in was complete in under 5 minutes and I was shown to the lift area to find my room. I was really excited and couldn’t wait to start exploring the hotel.
The Room- Rotana has 308 suites and rooms. I arrived to a vibrant dish of delicious juicy fruits, which made me think this is a great start to a healthy staycation,
only to turn around to find an equally tempting plate of pastries and chocolate. Tough decisions! Thank you Rotana for this kind gesture. I had to be fair so I naturally devoured both.
I was in Room no. 422 which had a balcony and pool views also boasting views of Yas Circuit and Ferrari World.
My room was a Twin classic room, spacious with cedar furnishings complimenting the earthy dark orange curtains and headboards. The color scheme and general set up of the room was well thought out as it created such homely and comfortable atmosphere.
The room had custom table and chair and ample cupboard space and a gorgeous armchair in case you wanna curl up and read or watch TV.
There is a neatly stocked minibar for when you are feeling like snackish. With a kettle, complimentary coffee, tea and water.
Bathroom The bathroom was well stocked with towels and came with two robes and slippers and well stocked with towels, soaps and shampoo. They even had a weighing scale, if weighing yourself on vacations and staycations is your thing then you’re sorted. There is also a hairdryer available.
The verdict on the bed is that I had a wonderful night’s sleep in that comfortable bed, I usually battle to sleep when I am not in my own bed but I was out like a light and woke up feeling refreshed.
Y-Bar is the hotel’s sports bar cum lounge situated on the ground floor and has themed nights for each day of the week with drink specials. Happy hour runs from 4-9 and they have buy one get one free special on most nights. I really enjoyed the chilled out vibe of the bar with soft music blaring in the background. The service was attentive and exceptional. Vincent was our waiter and I found him friendly and knowledgeable, he made sure we were well taken care of.
Choices- is the main dining restaurant serving international cuisine catering to every taste, this where breakfast lunch and dinner is served.
Blue Grill– this is the resident steakhouse opened from 6pm until 11:30pm. Blue Grill offers unappalled and cuisine that satisfies the biggest hungers. The elegant and sophisticated restaurant serving the best prime quality US and Australian cuts of beef will leave you speechless. The kitchen is run by German Chef Damian who is passionate about good food. This passion is clearly seen in the dishes that come out of that kitchen. Read my review here .
Rangoli – is a restaurant serving Indian cuisine. I didn’t get to try it but I hear good things about it.
AmenitiesOn the ground floor, conferencing facilities are available for meetings and conferences. They have 9 meeting rooms as well as some ballrooms.
They also have a business center for all your needs. They even have a gift shop selling various souvenirs. I really love convenience and so when I needed cash I was so happy to find that they have an ATM right there.
Gym– If you wanna go to the gym instead of lazing on the sun chairs by the pool then you’re in luck again. There’s a fully equipped gym with all the good stuff that gyms have to offer- me I pick the pool over gym anyday L:)
They have such a neat and tidy change room area, fitted with a Jacuzzi steam room and sauna. I loved the fact that it was clean, at all times, I came at various times and found the cleanliness very consistent.The Spa– If you are looking to get yourself pampered and rejuvenated, this place is it. The rooms are dimly lit with peaceful music lingering in the air. After my massage, I told my masseuse Melanie that she gave me the best massage I have ever had in my life. I told her I would drive all the way from Dubai just to get a massage and I really will. I have gone to plenty spas but this experience really surpassed any massage I have ever had, even my massages in Thailand. I had the Swedish massage and it left my mind, body and soul completely relaxed. I was so zenned out it wasn’t even funny.
Service The hospitality at Rotana was impeccable, I experienced dedication and excellence through everyone I met. From the valet to my check out the service was consistent and outstanding. Sajjid at the restaurant was so kind and attentive despite the busyness at breakfast time. There are countless of other staff I encountered, I sadly forgot their names but they looked genuine and happy to help.
Aquarius Pool The pool area is huge, comprising of a kiddy pool and adult pool with a bar. There are loungers to make sure you do absolutely nothing but enjoy the sun. The staff was helpful and friendly. You can order nibbles here too.
I also met the Executive Assistant Manager, Mr Luciano, who provided me with an overview of the hotel and amenities. Mr. Luciano was very helpful and interacted with guests very professionally. He informed me that the hotels occupancy is quite good, with both international as well as residents frequenting the hotel. The hotel is also very child friendly
Overall verdict: I big YAS. The service the amenities, the little extra touches and effort they make in making guests feel welcome goes a really long way. The room was fantastic with a bed so comfortable I didn’t want to leave. I love that the hotel has EVERYTHING you need, from dining to leisure to entertainment, you literally don’t have to leave the hotel. Thank you for an amazing stay I enjoyed every bit of my staycation!!
Disclaimer: I stayed at Rotana as a blogger on a complimentary basis. My views are my own. Book youre stay here