Swathed in thousands of LED lights, this futuristic building by U.S. architects Asymptote is edgy, aerodynamic, and all about spectacle. Straddling Abu Dhabiâ€™s Formula One racetrack, its striking exterior is matched by a seamless white lobby punctuated by plush purple lounge chairs, and a sleek rooftop pool shaded by the buildingâ€™s glass canopy. The 499 gray and tan guest rooms are just as high tech, with a remote control to operate gadgets and generous bathroom amenities by OhnÃ©. Situated on man-made Yas Island, the hotel is well outside the city, but right in the thick of the islandâ€™s US$40-billion development, which counts among its tenants the fire-engine red Ferrari World theme park and a 296,000-square-meter mall. With 14 lounge and dining options, including Levantine restaurant Atayed, Yas is a destination unto itself
Yas Mariner Circuit; 971-2/656-0000; theyashotel.com; doubles from US$490
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