Staycation at Yas Island Rotana

Sometimes all you need is a break from your routine to rejuvenate your mind and relax your body, spend some quality time with your family in a luxurious space which still has the cozy feeling that feels something like home.

There are times when you cannot afford to take a break and travel for several reasons, including finance, work, leaves, school , commitments and so much more. At times like this a ”Staycation” comes as a rescue.

What is Stay cation?-A holiday spent in one’s home city/country rather than abroad. This has become very popular recently where people take breaks from time to time to even if it means it is for one night

This is exactly what we did one weekend to get away from the hustle bustle .We packed a bag with some essentials and zoomed to Yas Island Rotana ( one of the many hotels of the Rotana Chain). One of the best part about this hotel is the location. It is located in close proximity to Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi , approx an hours drive from Dubai.


Our check in was seamless, all the credit would go to the attentive service provided by the staff at the front desk. I could see that the hotel was packed but the staff did a great job to ensure smooth check in for the new guests and check out for the ones returning home. The front desk staff took our ID’s ( yes it is a must for all adults to carry original ID) and processed the check in within minutes. He took time to let us know about all the facilities the hotel provides. We had two rooms and were delighted to find out that both our rooms were upgraded to the Premium Room ( Priced at AED 625 inclusive of taxes per night)

If you wish to stay past the check-out time, the hotel might be able to accommodate this request depending on their prior bookings . I found this quite accommodating and flexible especially when you want to take it easy, have you leisurely breakfast , take a dip in the pool, and then check out.

The Room

We checked into the Premium Room, which has a spellbinding view of the Yas Marina Circuit and the pool of the hotel. As I walked in I had this very cozy feeling that surrounded me. The colors chosen for the walls, curtains, lighting, furniture, overall cleanliness , everything was just perfect!

Neat and clean washrooms are a must for me and I was not disappointed . Clean bath with fresh towels & cute toiletries. This is the first thing I look out for in a hotel!


I was surprised with a nice fruit basket and some exclusive gifts from the team of Rotana and a touching personal note. This personal and wonderful gesture had me in a second:)

Thank you team Rotana
                            Thank you team Rotana

There was complimentary high-speed Internet connection provided by the hotel which was a great relief, specially as these days many hotels around the world charge a fee for this service along with a 32 inch LCD TV, with satellite TV channels plus music channels. The room also had a stocked mini bar and free tea and coffee provisions.

Dining/Bar options

There are a lot of restaurants and bars to choose from in the Yas Island Rotana depending on your taste buds.

  • Choices -All day dining offering International Cuisine
  • Rangoli- Contemporary set up with indian Cuisine ( above pic)
  • Blue Grill- Steaks  and Grills
  • Y Bar- New York Urban Chic themed Bar
  • Aquarius- Pool Bar

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We had our lunch, dinner and breakfast the next day at the choices restaurant which had a fantastic buffet laid out with an array of food including salads, hot stations, egg stations, biryani, beef burgers, veggies, sushi counter, and the delish dessert counterHotel services and amenities

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My favorite part of staying in a hotel is the breakfast. The wide spread of breakfast instantly took my breath away. Eggs, Bacon,beans,mushrooms, variety of breads, cereal,fruits,and a lot of choices from the Arabic cuisine as well



Hotel Amenities:

Yas Island Rotana has a well equipped Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club with a wide range of exercise machines.  They also have 2 Outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool ,one for adults  with a pool bar attached to sip on some margaritas while you relax and the other for your kids right next. Adjacent to the pool is the Jacuzzi which was my favorite part.

View from our room
View from our room

Bodylines Wellness Club  is home to a wonderful spa providing tranquility. We were booked for a couples massage for 60 minutes ( Aromatherapy priced at AED 250). Entailed with soothing music, dim lights, comfortable and clean massage beds , I knew I was in for a treat. I was in bliss for an hour with one of the best massages I have had so far. Highly recommend anyone visiting here to book yourself.

The hotel is a few minutes away from the Yas Marina Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Marina, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Yas Mall and Yas Beach. The hotel also offers free shuttle service to all hotel guests, providing pick-up and drop-off at all attractions on Yas Island, including Yas Beach. We didn’t take up this offer considering the weather 🙂

My Verdict

(+) I give this 4 star hotel a 5 star rating due to many reasons including the close proximity to Dubai, the friendly and charming staff, the delicious buffet layout and many other choices to wine and dine, neat and clean rooms but above all the outstanding service from the hotel staff.  Everything that we asked for was sent our way within a matter of minutes.

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A must visit!

Location and Contact Details:

You can reach them at 800 7744( within UAE) or T: +971 02 656 4000
For bookings & more information, visit

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