What an entrance! Inspired by the Titanic, no less, the lobby of the St Regis must be up there with those of the grandest hotels in the world. This opulent jewel on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s swish, city-centre coastline, has all the features you’d expect of a great hotel: grand piano, check; imperial staircases, check; designer chandeliers, check – they all make it clear you’re in one of the most elite stays in the city. Set on the top floors of Nation Tower, all suites have sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf, free-standing bathtubs and, of course, access to the hotel’s bespoke St Regis Butler Service. In-house dining includes the latest it-restaurant, Asia de Cuba, or there’s some of the city’s best restaurants a short stroll away. Any excuse to cruise that lobby.