Famous for its piercing skyline, glitz, glamour and face-paced lifestyle, it’s little wonder that Abu Dhabi welcomed the Grand Prix in 2009. The modern, bespoke Yas Marina circuit is a serpentine triumph of tarmac and floodlights standing proudly on a US$36 billion man-made island at the fringe of the Persian Gulf. Its world-class lighting architecture – akin to a five-star hotel – was the reason the circuit was allowed to host the first day-to-night race. If you’re going to experience one of the circuit’s most extravagant races, you should do it in style. LUXURY TRAVEL BUTLER has received some suggestions from Halcyon Events.
Think opulent concierge-style hospitality suite with ‘behind-the-rope’ access to the Formula One machine, hanging out with the drivers and access to exclusive parties.
Start by flying in – on a private jet if you prefer – to the elite Yas Viceroy Hotel overlooking the track, from where you can watch the races as you enjoy an open bar of fine wines and champagne. Sample the gourmet catering throughout the weekend and take away a high-end souvenir gift back containing signed memorabilia and luxury gifts. Instruct the concierge service to book hard-to-access bars, hotels and restaurants or help you make sure your bespoke F1 weekend goes without a hitch.
Take advantage of access to the pit lane and team garages for up-close and personal views of the racing occasion.
Feel the palpable crackle of anticipation behind-the-scenes as teams prepare for the race and finesse their machines.
Want to stay on after the race? Why not book a private yacht to sample the glittering azure seas to relax for a few days after the fanfare? Or indulge your partner in a suite at one of the region’s most hard-to-book hotels. Those on business could impress clients and colleagues with an appearance from a motorsport personality or access to the most coveted after parties.