Open from 6am until 10pm in the evening, the Cabana Beach Bar & Grill is a gorgeous oasis of calm in the middle of Abu Dhabi. The St. Regis Hotel is well-regarded for having a number of great restaurants, but if you don't want to drag yourself away from the beach to get some food, why not just get food at the beach?
The St. Regis Nation Riviera Beach Club is incredibly popular with hotel guest and locals alike, but did you know you can rent your own private cabana? Book a private little beach hut for two and you'll have it all to yourself for a whole day, as well as getting some drinks and a choice between a fruit platter or some ice cream. There's no better way to soak in some sun and enjoy that stunning view out into the Arabian Gulf and nearby Marina Village.
As well as all that, the Cabana Beach Bar & Grill also offers a solid lunch and dinner menu packed with international favourites. The lunch menu focuses around the sorts of dishes you prefer to eat on a hot day - there are fresh salads (a classic Caesar, and a quinoa and passionfruit bowl with cherry tomato and walnut, for example) as well as ceviche, sandwiches and wraps, and burgers for those who want something a bit more filling. There's plenty more fruit on offer as well, and homemade gelato if you just want to chill with an ice cream.
The dinner menu is a bit more substantial, but a lot of the same dishes remain, alongside some comforting mains - try the sea bass salmon baramundi with sauteed pak choi, potato and squid ink sauce, or a grilled meat or grilled seafood platter for the table, which includes the best produce available, cooked over charcoal and served with your choice of sides.
Nation Riviera Beach Club offers lots more besides, including daily swimming lessons, summer memberships and personal training sessions at the gym in the hotel.