And even less locations as ideally placed to enjoy both of these aspects than The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.
That also makes it a memorable address at which to enjoy an Eid staycation – lending a European feel to UAE opulence.
Alternatively, the surrounding rear garden extends down to the waters edge where a strip of private beach is serviced by loungers and hotel staff.
There are worse ways of idling away some time or unwinding than dipping your feet and watching the crabs contest for seclusion amid the mudflats.
You cannot help but notice the size of this Ritz-Carlton resort on approach; the hotel itself is huge and comprises several pastel facades which, at the back, tower above a large manicured courtyard.
Individual villas and ‘garden houses’, suitable for families seeking more discretion, flank the driveway up and sides of the main property.
Food and beverage opportunities in the main hotel are varied and plentiful, not least in Giornotte, the hotel’s Mediterranean all-day dining restaurant, offering an expansive choice, crossing several menu genres.
Regional and Lebanese recipes are showcased at Mijana, alongside shisha; steak rules at The Forge and Li Jiang is a south-east Asian food haven.
Elegant lounge, Alba, serves the Ritz-Carlton signature afternoon tea alongside salads, sandwiches and speciality cocktails while, for a bit of vibrant fun, Dolce is an Italian-style café focused on sweet indulgences such as crafted ice-cream.
And if you have access to the Club Lounge, there are prime views to be had of the river - aka grand canal - and the thoughtfully illuminated resort and pool.
Room styling is a mix of timeless materials, thick sumptuous rugs and dark woodwork, alongside modern and luxurious flourishes. Suites contain a lounge as well as a bedroom, both opening out to a long balcony.
The architectural star of the show is an epic main arrivals lobby enhanced by striking chandeliers, classic furniture and polished marble.
And then there is that view out of the large glass frontage of the hotel to the glorious Grand Mosque and, in the near distance, Wahat Al Karama (meaning oasis of dignity) imaginative and poignant memorial to the UAE’s fallen soldiers.
For the remainder of Ramadan, the food and beverage situation is effectively business as usual, although discretion and respect is called for.
And Giornotte makes good use of its space and the wide corridor beyond to offer the kind of expansive iftar you would expect of the Ritz-Carlton.
These are supplemented with huge tureens filled with slow cooked lamb and baby camel.
The corridor is decorated and very much part of the spread with corners set up for Moroccan food, including a full-flavoured fish masharmal, Indian dishes, pasta, Chinese tempters, Arabic-style cooked meats and Emirati favourites including rice-based chicken freekeh and yoghurt stewed lamb shakreyeh.
THE Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is in Al Maqta area.
UNTIL December 30, bed and breakfast costs AED 1045++ per room, per night.
OVERNIGHT accommodation in a garden house for two adults and two children, with dinner and breakfast in Giornotte and supervised activities in the Ritz Kids Club, starts at AED 1,500++ per night.
CALL 0281-888-88 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/abu-dhabi to book.