The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Best Interior & Exterior Lighting
for a Hotel Project
(Light Middle East Awards)

Project Category: Hospitality, Mixed Use
Client: TDIC
Project Manager: MLD
Architects: Woodsbagot
Interior Designer: HBA Atlanta
Landscape Architect: LMS
MEP Consultant: CKR
Main Contractor: Murray & Roberts-HLG JV
MEP Contractor: BK Gulf7


St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, offers a new benchmark of luxurious hospitality for Abu Dhabi comprising of 380 hotel rooms, 33 villas, 259 apartments, retails outlets, restaurants, a spa, and a vast ballroom overlooking a pristine beach, the cerulean Arabian Gulf and the celebrated Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. This 5-star destination resort presents a serene escape and captivating wildlife just minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi. Boasting the island’s preeminent address, resort guests can rejuvenate at Iridium Spa, energize in the luxury indoor lap pool or three outdoor pools, or bask on the private Abu Dhabi beach before dining seaside at one of six destination restaurants and bars. Mediterranean-inspired architecture unites with contemporary interiors and tactile natural materials in the refined hotel rooms and suites, making this 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi the ultimate luxury getaway.

The St Regis Saadiyat Island’s rooms are decorated in a Mediterranean style giving it a real seaside flavour, with lots of turquoise and earthy colours. The spacious bedrooms, filled with daylight, are at least 55 square metres in size with large balconies. The hotel is traditional yet contemporary in design with high ceilings and beautiful views of the gulf. The hotel has a range of restaurants such as the relaxed seafood offering Turquoiz, which is located on the beach, as well as a number of lounges including the Drawing Room where the famous St Regis afternoon tea is served.

The hotel’s contemporary chandeliers create a lasting impression as they welcome guests into this oasis of perfect peace and tranquility. PRECIOSA Lighting partnered with Atlanta based design studio HBA which outlined fixtures representing the elements of water, earth, fire, and air. They had to be able to send visitors on a journey of serenity, lightness, and warmth as they move through the hotel’s spaces. The breathtaking entrance lobby piece, inspired by the sun and the sea, is made of hand-blown tendrils combined with fiber optics and crystal pearls, which together create the illusion of gently falling water droplets.

Lighting Design Scope: Master Planning, External Landscape, External Façade, Interior Spaces

Façade Concept
Public Areas Concept

Suites Concept
Rooms Concept

neoalpha global is owned by Alessandro Ayanian, Creative Designer and Managing Director, who has over 20 years of experience in professional lighting having worked on most project types all around the world from large hotel resorts and masterplans to bars, restaurants, government buildings, corporate offices, stadiums, and private residences.

What we do is closely related to our philosophy about the impact of light on the human experience. Our lighting design solutions are premised on an understanding of how light can change the human psyche in terms of wellness which means that it requires exceptional creativity to design and turn sophisticated design ideas into reality.

At neoalpha we believe in 5 core values: Creativity, Innovation, Quality, Passion and Delivery. Our passion to strive above and beyond is our way of life. Specific deliverables vary from project to project, but our design process is often similar. Though there is not a single or finite path to deliver our design, each process does follow a consistent set of core ideas.

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