Settling into the shade after a refreshing swim and one of the poolside F&B team members arrives atop in-line skates to offer a chilled drink.
And that’s got to spell good news for families travelling with kids who are often thirsty and usually peckish.
Having introduced the concept successfully in Ras Al Khaimah, the Turkish chain brought it to Saadiyat Island with the opening of this impressive property last October.
A model more associated with European resorts, it works well here where bills can often mount up beyond the room rate, enabling guests to better budget their staycation or longer holiday.
Your car keys handed over, you enter a bright and detailed lobby that is as elegant as it is epic.
Where most modern five star entrances tend to favour neutral shades, the Rixos presents you with a blue stained glass arch, intricate flooring and boldly shaped and coloured furniture that channels an art deco vibe.
It's an impressive entry point to a large resort.
Once checked in, one of the reception ushers shows you to your room; in our case a garden-facing double with a deep and furnished balcony.
Brass fittings continue into the bathroom where a standalone tub is flanked by a generous sink and separate loo and shower cubicles, the latter with decent pressure and various settings.
All-inclusive embraces the minibar fridge; although with no spirits or premium beers featuring, the most exciting contents were arguably the canned soft drinks and tubes of Smarties.
That said, you’re rarely likely to go hungry of thirsty while on the grounds of this property, which opened on Saadiyat’s white sandy shoreline in October.
Several restaurants beckon and while your package includes all of them, you are advised to reserve your table at the a la carte options to avoid disappointment.
Also well worth a try, we found generous and well presented food at Mermaid, close to the resort pool with outdoor seating overlooking the wide beachfront for cooler evenings.
Inside features fresh decor and a nicely cooked range of Mediterranean seafood dishes, including stunning octopus, meats and salads.
The elegance of the lobby permeates L’Olivio, which serves pasta and pizza in a European ambience. Orient, meanwhile, traces a path through Oriental Turkish cuisine with stylish surroundings.
By contrast People’s is a bright and thoroughly modern casual dining concept with beach views with an a la carte menu.
That’ll provide enough energy to swim up to the Aqua Bar, set into the main pool area, or grab more nutrition at the Vitamin Bar.
Club House, meanwhile, is an exclusive F&B outpost that backs up the privacy requirements of guests staying in one of the resort’s short avenue of villas closer to the beach.
Among other accommodation options are garden level rooms with terraces that open onto a long shared swimming pool. And a handful of rooms offer larger balconies that look out over the pool and beach beyond.
Plenty of loungers with umbrellas face the waves and a wooden booth has cold drinks available to guests.
Back towards the hotel, the large main pool is serviced by a swim-up bar, plenty of loungers and - importantly if you have kids or simply a sweet tooth -a Baskin Robbins ice cream cart, as well as one issuing fresh juices and pretzels. And then there are those in-line skating waiters to ensure guests don’t get dehydrated.
Come sunset, measured illumination bathes the resort in warm lighting, with the large courtyard beyond the lobby and Lounge Bar a particular highlight.
At night, it is brought to life with live music and DJs rinsing guests with mellow sounds as groups share shisha (which you pay extra for) and conversation in a handful of sunken seating areas.
The all-inclusive concept was started at Rixos Antalya, in Turkey, in the early 2000s by Rixos Hotels founder and chairman Fettah Tamince.
“Rixos Saadiyat Island was the first to introduce the ultra all-inclusive model to Abu Dhabi and still remains the only one," Burcak tells MustDoDubai.
"Rixos has pioneered the luxury all-inclusive concept and has since positioned itself as the UAE’s first luxury multi-concept resort, with resounding success.
“Other establishments have started to jump on that trend but what they offer is a full-board eating plan, which is different from our concept. The value for money with our package makes it a very compelling offer, especially for families.
“What you set to pay upon booking with us is what you will pay at the end of your stay, while having had no restrictions with food and beverages during that time in the resort.”
And what about those speedy poolside waiters? They can’t be easy personnel to come by?
“We train them in-house, with our Head Roller Skater Waiter,” reveals Burcak.
Now all you need to do is go check all this out for yourself. Flip-flops or skates, the choice is yours.
A DELUXE Room Garden View costs from AED1034.55 (inclusive of taxes and including a GCC residents discount based on two people sharing, checking in next Thursday evening.
FOR four-12-year-olds (younger if accompanied by a parent), Rixy Kids Club offers a range of activities, from treasure hunts and magic shows to cooking classes.
TO book or learn more details, click on http://saadiyatisland.rixos.com