We decided we would break up our trip to the Maldives with a couple of night en route in Abu Dhabi. There are a lot of different hotel options in the city and I opted to stay at the Radisson Blu Yas Island. Yas Island is close to the airport and houses a bunch of different hotels along with the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 circuit and some entertainment attractions such as the Ferrari World theme park and the Wadi Water Park. We figured the kids would love Ferrari World (figured correctly as it happens!) and it was close to the airport so a great choice.

I forgot to mention this piece in the introduction so this stay cost us a total of 76,000 Club Carlson points for two rooms for two nights. We decided to get two rooms so we had enough room to relax properly, and given both my wife and I have the US Bank Club Carlson Card (insert annoying credit card ad here) we were able to book a room each and “pay” for one night and get the second night free. There are two hotels next door to each other, this Radisson and the Park Inn next door which is a little cheaper at 28k a night. Having stayed previously at the Park Inn I wanted to try the Radisson and due to all the old promos we are literally swimming in Club Carlson points so the extra 10k each per stay was fine.

On arrival in AUH we were able to get two cars from the Etihad chauffeur service to take us to the hotel which was really nice after a long flight. The reception area was nice, modern and welcoming:

Radisson Lobby

Check in was relatively smooth and we were given the option to pre-pay for breakfast which we chose to do for the first morning only as the second morning we’d be leaving early for our flight to the Maldives where we’d have lounge access. Shame Club Carlson doesn’t have a free breakfast benefit! 🙂

The rooms themselves were very nice – again very simple style but done well:

King bed

Desk area

Wider view of desk area

Modern bathroom

We had requested and received inter-connecting rooms one with a king bed and the other with two queens so that was perfect for our needs.

We spent most of our one full day in Abu Dhabi at the Ferrari World theme park, but then when we got back in the early evening we had a nice time hanging around the hotel pool area which was nice. While I think of it as just a stopover destination it seems a lot of people come here to actually vacation! Anyway we had a very pleasant evening here:

Pool view

It must have been 5 O’Clock – Mojito Time!

Enjoying the sunset

Pool view with the hotel in background

Kids had a lot of fun in the pool

Pool at night – was a little cold for night swimming!

After having some good fun around the pool we got changed and went to the main hotel restaurant for dinner. It was an Indian buffet style and like most buffets I found it was overpriced and underwhelming, but that said given our short stay it is not likely I would have wanted us to venture out further.

After a second night of pleasant sleep it was time to head off to the airport for the next flight, but not before getting a couple of cool shots of the Formula 1 arena from the room window:

Formula 1 Arena just before sunrise

…. and just after sunrise

I would definitely recommend this place if you wanted to be near the Yas Island attractions or are just over-nighting near the airport. If you are just there over-night maybe the Park Inn is perfectly sufficient. If you have a longer stay or are interested more in Abu Dhabi itself you may be better off looking at one of the many other options. But all in all we had a great stay at this Radisson and it was a very decent use of points.

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