With much of the world still hesitant to travel overseas, a staycation close to home has never sounded better. Providing visitors with the perfect escape, Abu Dhabi‘s hospitality circuit boasts a welcoming combination of traditional charm and sophisticated modernity. Complete with beachfront properties, glistening views of the city’s skyline, and hidden gems tucked away in the surrounding desert, there is something for everyone in the nation’s capital. Whether you’re looking for a quick change of scene or a luxurious mini-vacation, here are six of the best staycations you can treat yourself to in Abu Dhabi.
Housed within a sparkling natural bay, Emirates Palace is one of Abu Dhabi’s most renowned destinations. Including a state of the art in-house spa, eight acclaimed restaurants and bars, a private beach with myriad activities, and legendary five-star service, the resort provides guests with an unparalleled experience of luxury. Replete with opulent hallways, breathtaking interiors and classic Arabian design, the only downside to checking into this resort is how hard it is to leave.
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Known for it’s “visionary destination and seductive Abu Dhabi address,” the St. Regis, Saadiyat Island Resort is every bit the luxury getaway. Overlooking the cerulean waters of the pristine Arabian Gulf, the Mediterranean-inspired resort is home to a private beach, three outdoor pools, a world-class spa facility and six destination restaurants and bars. Just five minutes from the famed Saadiyat Cultural District and downtown Abu Dhabi, guests can choose to relax in solitude or venture out in search of adventure; although, with each room boasting its own private balcony and signature St. Regis Butler service, we won’t fault you for choosing the prior.
Desert Island Resort & Spa by Anantara
Located off the coast of Abu Dhabi and wedged between a lagoon and the ocean, the Desert Island Resort and Spa is an immersive experience combining luxury with leisure. Home to free-romaing Onyx’s and a range of wadi wildlife, the resort boasts a number of unique experiences, including falconry, land sailing, archery and more. With the option of rooms, villas and suites to choose from, guests can enjoy the experience on their own terms, and at their own pace. Comprising a spa, multiple restaurants and a world of adventure, there is plenty to choose from at the Desert Island Resort and Spa.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Canal
Comprising ten Venetian inspired buildings, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is an intricate ode to Middle Eastern opulence. With one of the city’s largest outdoor pools, a selection of world-class restaurants and a holistic spa, the 23,000 square foot property is intended to reawaken and rejuvenate the senses. Located in close proximity to important Abu Dhabi landmarks such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre, the hotel provides easy access to adventures around town, while also hosting a multitude of activities in-house, particularly at their Ritz Kids club which is perfect for younger guests.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Capturing the true essence of Abu Dhabi, this beachfront haven is known as an “oasis in the heart of the Emirates.” Home to a pristine 1-kilometer long private beach and stunning gardens, the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri offers beautiful views of the Khor Al Maqta creek and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. In addition to the myriad facilities housed within the hotel, including seven restaurants, an infinity pool, and a world-renowned spa, guests can sail across the waterways of the Qaryat Al Beri complex, where a number of retail and culinary experiences await them.
The Abu Dhabi Edition
With an exterior that bears semblance to the lateen sails of an Emirati dhow boat, The Abu Dhabi Edition hotel is a vibrant celebration of culture through the sophisticated lens of modernity. Housed on the Al Bateen Marina, this luxurious getaway features three signature restaurants, two pools and fitness centers and a state of the art spa facility. Also including a three-story social space, the hotel invites guests into a realm that intends to serve as their home away from home; complete with elegant interiors and a sophisticated neutral palette. Situated next to a number of impressive landmarks including Yas Island, Saadiyat Beach Club and the expansive Marina Mall, the hotel is perfect for getting away from the bustle of the city, while also being fully immersed in it.