The luxury island resort is welcoming Spring by revealing a special café for avocado enthusiasts, an exclusive Thai wine pairing dinner, complimentary fitness classes and pampering experiences for ladies
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is dedicating March to the strong and powerful women of Abu Dhabi and beyond. Alongside exclusive pampering experiences for ladies and mothers, Southeast Asian cuisine and wine connoisseurs are invited to join a sumptuous dinner at Sontaya, while fitness fanatics can discover new healthy recipes and treats at an avocado-inspired café Avobar, and take part in a series of complimentary workout classes.
The Grape Escape at Sontaya *new*
On Wednesday, March 16, Sontaya is hosting a special event that fuses the magnificent tastes of modern Southeast Asian dishes with expertly paired grapes and luxurious cocktails. Featuring uplifting grape blends sourced from some of Europe’s most famous vineyards, ‘The Grape Escape’ spans five incredible courses of spicy and aromatic delights.
Starting with a delicate platter of amuse-bouche, paired with the elegant hotspot’s signature Sontaya Mule cocktail, guests are eased into the sophisticated evening with fresh and healthy cold starters such as tuna tartare and spiced Thai slaw salad, accompanied by a glass of off-dry Dr Loosen Riesling ‘Dr L’ QbA.
Moving on to the hot appetizers, the juicy and aromatic char-grilled pandan chicken and black pepper shrimp skewers are presented with a fruity Gewürztraminer crafted in the iconic Hugel et Fils winery in Alsace, France and boasting notes of peach, apple and pear. The mains then feature sumptuous palate pleasers, including flat iron steak and confit duck red curry, paired with a light and perfumed German Spätburgunder.
Finally, the uplifting evening concludes with a sweet and decadent choconut dessert and an accompanying Thai Jewel cocktail, featuring the unique and blissful combination of tequila, coconut pandan milk and water chestnuts.
‘The Grape Escape’ is an unforgettable experience for anyone with a passion for Southeast Asian cuisine or refreshing wine. Taking place on Wednesday, March 16 from 7PM to 10PM, the experience is priced at AED 395 per person and includes five courses with five accompanying expertly selected wines and cocktails. For more information, kindly contact the resort at email@example.com or +971 2 498 8888.
Avobar by The Athletic Club
Presenting a cosy and bright indoor dining area and a welcoming outdoor terrace, Avobar presents a curated menu of nutritious and wholesome healthy snacks and drinks. Designed to provide all the fuel and nutrients that fitness and sport enthusiasts require for recovery as well as for general everyday rejuvenation, each tasty dish is inspired by the smooth and creamy tastes of avocado.
Made with garden-fresh ingredients and filled with vibrant colours and incredible tastes, the creative avocado-based options include coconut, avocado and yoghurt chia bowls, avocado cottage cheese toast, super bowls, turkey and avocado sandwiches and even guilt-free chocolate avocado fudge brownies.
A dream come true for fans of the trendy green fruit and wellness enthusiasts alike, Avobar specialises in fresh and creative beverages. This includes fruity smoothies such as Berry Delight, Orange Blush and Avolicious, plus make-your-own protein shakes, using quality natural flavourings such as dates, honey, mango, bananas and avocados, and expertly crafted special blends like Green Shake and Avocado & Peach.
Mother’s Day Week Special at Iridium Spa *new*
In honour of Mother’s Day, Iridium Spa has curated an incredibly therapeutic, full-body pampering experience specially for mothers and grandmothers.
Inviting the region’s kind, generous and hardworking mums to relax and look after themselves, the treatment starts with a cleansing full-body scrub before the expert therapists deliver a blissful tension-relieving massage, featuring aromatic oils of the highest quality. The journey is then concluded with a bespoke facial, seamlessly customised to suit every guest’s skin and designed to leave the complexion smooth, glowing and radiating health.
Ideal for those who are looking to say thank you to their mother or grandmother and show them how much they are loved and appreciated, the Mother’s Day Special is exclusively available from Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25. The tranquil experience lasts two and a half hours and is priced AED 1,100 per person.
‘Special For Her’ at Iridium Spa *new*
Throughout the month of March and in honour of International Women’s Month, Iridium Spa is treating ladies to 90 minutes of pure, blissful relaxation.
Created to celebrate both Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day, the ‘Special For Her’ treatment is designed to show the ladies of Abu Dhabi and beyond how much they are appreciated and admired.
Set within the tranquil oasis of the elegant spa, the indulgent journey begins with a revitalising signature food ritual, followed by a customised massage that can be adjusted to suit each ladies’ needs. Finally, the peaceful experience is concluded with a 30-minute luxury treatment of choice, further ensuring that every guest emerges from their voyage feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Extending the magic even further, ladies are invited to unwind in the Iridium Room after their treatment and enjoy a platter of fresh fruits with a refreshing juice or calming loose leaf hot tea.
The 90-minute ‘Special For Her’ treatment is available to enjoy until March 31, priced AED 790 per person. Reservations are available from 11am to 10pm, Monday to Thursday, or 10am to 11pm, Friday to Sunday. To book, please contact Iridium Spa at: Iridium.Saadiyat@stregis.com or +971 2 498 8996.
Complimentary Women’s Day fitness classes at The Athletic Club *new*
State-of-the-art fitness centre The Athletic Club is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 by hosting three fun and invigorating fitness classes throughout the week.
Set within the stylish studio and also out in the fresh air on the resort’s pristine private beach, the sessions cover an array of different exercise forms and enjoyable ways of boosting physical and mental health.
Taking place on Tuesday, March 8 at 7.30pm, the Barre Blend class is a low-impact, high intensity workout that tones and builds muscle whilst improving posture and encouraging weight loss.
Alternatively, those aiming to feel strong and powerful for Women’s Day will be instantly uplifted by the Just Peachy class, a resistance and strength workout that focuses on sculpting the glutes and the muscles of the lower body. Taking place on Thursday, March 10 at 7.30pm, it features engaging weight-based moves and a soundtrack of catchy tunes.
Finally, the enlightening Yoga on the Beach class invites the community to strengthen, stretch and lengthen their muscles out on the white sands of Saadiyat Island at sunset. Led by the Iridium Spa manager and yoga trainer Candra Ni Ketut, the exclusive class will span 50 minutes of therapeutic yoga moves on Saturday, March 12 at Sunset.