3 ways to experience Abu Dhabi: Dreamy 
resort hotels

Get washed up at these blissful island hideaways

1. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort: Home to mangroves, dolphins and Hawksbill turtles, the castaway-style Saadiyat Island is brimming with nature. And if sustainability is top of mind, this new kid on the block (the property, pictured, opened in November 2018), will win you over with its efforts to cut plastic usage. Overlooking the sparkling waters and protected sand dunes, it’s an idyllic place to unwind, with three infinity pools to splash around in, sunrise yoga sessions and bicycles available so you can explore at your own pace. 

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2. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara: Fuel your adventurous side at Sir Bani Yas Island, a protected wildlife sanctuary located just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Home to free-roaming animals, including the endangered Arabian oryx, its blend of wild luxury will make you feel far removed from the mainland. The resort itself is nestled on the north shore between a lagoon and the sea, with rooms and suites overlooking the Gulf. There are plenty of ways to discover the island’s bounty, from family wildlife drives to exploring the ancient ruins and rock formations on horseback. 

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3. Zaya Nurai Island: This boutique island resort, just 10 minutes by boat from Saadiyat Island, has accommodation to suit all types of travellers, from the bijou one-bedroom Beach Villas to the family-friendly six-bedroom Beach Estates, which each boast a private stretch of sand. Be pampered in an ocean-view spa treatment room and take part in tai chi overlooking the gardens. Dining options stretch from modern Mexican to sushi, with private dining serving up the romance.

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