Time Out Says
As relaxing bars go, Wakataua Terrace takes some beating. There’s no blaring music or strict dress code. You can just turn up as you are and unwind.
This is about as simple as a beach bar gets. A couple of tables are placed on terra firma, but everything else is on the sand. Your beverage choices are standard, and the food menu is a basic selection of Asian-inspired light bites.
But despite all this, or maybe because of it, Wakataua is actually quite romantic and welcoming. Faintly-glowing lamps provide the mood lighting, and the only sound is quiet lounge music, the murmur of chatter and waves lapping against the shore.
It’s not all perfect, though. To say the service is non-intrusive would technically be correct, and kind of fitting for the location. But it drifts too far towards inattentive. Having to frantically wave your arms for attention does break the relaxing vibe somewhat.
It’s also not a busy bar. This could be due to its position within the Le Méridien Village, where competition is fierce. After all, not many people walk past the Captain’s Arms without going in. And then there’s the slightly confusing name. It’s probably referred to more often than not as “that beach bar in the Le Méridien”.
These are all minor gripes, though. Once you’ve collapsed into your beanbag, most of your worries will wash away as you enjoy the breeze and watch the lights of Al Maryah Island twinkle in the water.
The bottom line
The perfect place to relax after a busy day.
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 29 Nov 2016
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