Spoil yourself silly with these unimaginable luxurious experiences #InAbuDhabi


The Gold List: 5 Places To indulge your love of luxury #InAbuDhabi

With an ever-expanding range of fabulous hotels, world-class spas and boutique shopping experiences, the emirate of Abu Dhabi is perfectly suited to dedicated luxury lovers. From the mystical Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara to the iconic Emirates Palace hotel, boutique private island resort Zaya Nurai Island to a plethora of luxury brands at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, it’s the perfect place to spoil yourself silly. The emirate is also home to some of the world’s best golf courses.

If you feel like enjoying the good life with family and friends in an exotic capital city, here is a list of deluxe delights that will not only astound and amaze you but turn Abu Dhabi into your new favourite travel destination.

Zaya Nurai Island

The Gold List: 5 Places To indulge your love of luxury #InAbuDhabi

This boutique private island is one of the most luxurious resorts in the UAE, showcasing high-end accommodation and stunning beaches. The family-friendly property is home to special music festivals, incredible dining and luxury spa experiences. A short 15-minute boat ride from the shores of Abu Dhabi, this lush island is conveniently accessible from all major travel ports in the UAE.

Taken from the Arabic word ‘nur’ meaning ‘light’, this sun-kissed paradise on earth boasts azure waters, white powdery sand beaches, as well as stunning architecture and garden scapes. It’s a perfect destination for friends, solo travellers and families, and a place where luxury meets laid-back island style.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

The Gold List: 5 Places To indulge your love of luxury #InAbuDhabi

Housed in the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass, The Empty Quarter, also known as the Rub’ al Khali, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara reflects the region’s ancient cultural traditions, welcoming adventurers of all ages with warm, luxurious Arabian hospitality.

Like a mirage, the luxury Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara appears out of nowhere, a plush oasis just 200km away from Abu Dhabi city. This enchanting hotel is home to incredible views of the desert, as well as luxurious amenities.

Use the hotel as your base and discover the Rub’ al Khali by camel or fat-tire bike (a bicycle with 4.8-inch-wide tyres that can be deflated to tackle enormous dunes).
Adventurous ones can also enjoy other desert activities like sandboarding, quad biking, hikes, falcon and saluki shows, and much more.

Emirates Palace

The Gold List: 5 Places To indulge your love of luxury #InAbuDhabi

This lavish hotel is home to magnificent lifestyle offerings, including gourmet restaurants and a luxury spa. Indulgences including gold camel burgers, gold cappuccinos, gold spa treatments and a beautiful beach delight guests.

The palace is world-famous for its enchanting architecture. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace’s impressive design features 114 domes, with the central dome being an imposing 72.6 metres above the ground, meticulously crafted with gold, mother of pearl and crystals. The palace also possesses 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tons, with other photo-worthy features including two handmade wall displays portraying the palace in all its golden glory.

It’s hard to keep your eyes off the palace during the day when the hotel’s golden exterior perfectly contrasts with the surrounding greenery. At night, the colour of the building reflects different shades of sand found in the Arabian Desert.

After a day spent relaxing on the property or exploring the city’s many surrounding sights, satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s impressive restaurants. Emirates Palace is home to some of the world’s finest cuisines across 14 opulent restaurants that offer meals you won’t be able to resist. Diners can enjoy exquisite seafood at Sayad, served with a magnificent view of the Arabian Gulf. The palace’s Caviar Bar is famous for its world-class champagne menu and caviar selections.

The Galleria at Al Maryah Island

The Gold List: 5 Places To indulge your love of luxury #InAbuDhabi

The Galleria at Al Maryah Island is one of Abu Dhabi’s most impressive malls, set in the heart of the city. The mall was first opened in 2013 as a luxury and fine-dining destination, home to the world’s most popular brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Gucci, Dior, La Petite Maison, COYA and Zuma. Later, in 2019, The Galleria at Al Maryah Island expanded its offerings with 250 new stores. You will find over 400 stores today, including more than 100 food and beverage outlets and entertainment options for all ages.

The Galleria at Al Maryah Island offers a wide range of exquisite international cuisine at restaurants including Almaz by Momo, Zuma, Nusr-Et, Roberto’s, Loca, La Petite Maison and Magnolia Bakery.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

The Gold List: 5 Places To indulge your love of luxury #InAbuDhabi

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is the region’s first ocean course, with stunning vistas. If you want to experience golf in a unique and magnificent area, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is your place. A masterpiece designed by Gary Player, this golf
course respectfully captures the natural beauty of Saadiyat Island’s stunning white sand beaches for unique playing experience. Surrounded by five-star properties, this island and golf course are perfect for business travellers, families, solo explorers, groups or couples.

With the meandering, eco-conscious course providing stunning sea views, there’s also a chance to spot dolphins at play in the glistening Arabian Gulf! Designed to keep both amateurs and professionals in mind, carefully positioned tee boxes to ensure that the total yardage starts at 5,290, although the course can be extended to a whopping 7,784 yards for pros.

Planning your once-in-a-lifetime holiday…

Just a four-hour flight away from India, Abu Dhabi is the perfect family-friendly, luxury getaway. Here, you can indulge yourself in a city that’s not only famous for its warm Arabian hospitality but also its incredible sights, making for a truly once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

At a time when travel restrictions and lockdowns have hampered movement and flights worldwide, it’s not easy to travel the world. That is why the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has introduced its #StayCurious initiative that invites explorers across the globe to discover the adventure, culture and history-rich emirate, virtually, from the safety of their homes. So, even if you can’t fly right now, you can still discover the best the capital has to offer and enjoy an experience unlike any other.

Disclaimer: This article has been produced on behalf of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi by Times Internet’s Spotlight team.

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