With sustainability ever more in the spotlight, and rightly so, we should be considering the impact our daily lives have on the plant. Including our holidays. For those looking for an eco-friendly escapade close to home, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi may be the answer. Natural beauty surrounds the resort where rolling sand dunes offer the perfect refuge for nesting turtles. Seven species of sea turtles call the beach home including the endangered Hawksbill, with approximately ten nests, visited two to three times a year. With this in mind, the resort takes sustainability even more seriously.
Upon checking in guests are gifted a reusable water bottle. In partnership with Trust Your Water, a water management company based in Dubai, the resorts aim is to eliminate the need for single-use plastic. Dotted around the resort are refill stations and in rooms, local filtered water is available in glass bottles. Education is key with the resorts very own Marine Biologist on hand to offer educational sessions explaining the resorts various eco-conscious initiatives, encouraging guests to continue these practices at home.
A staycation wouldn’t be complete without a wellness centre primed for some exercise and relaxation. Taking a holistic approach, the first Bodyism Wellness Centre opens in the region offering retreats that combine nutrition, fitness and therapeutic remedies. For those just looking to use the gym, it is fully equipped with cardio and weight training equipment with several classes occurring every day. The Spa, on the other hand, is primed for resting with 15 treatment rooms, a sauna, hydrotherapy pools, steam room, salt room, Jacuzzi and traditional Arabic Rasul room.