Everything in Abu Dhabi seems to be bigger and better than the last thing you saw. Yas Island is home to the fastest rollercoaster in the world, the glistening white marble mosque has space for over 40,000 worshippers and at Emirates Palace you’ll find an ATM that dispenses solid gold bars. This magnificent city, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is also home to stylish designer boutiques, swathes of sugar white sands and lavish hotels with five star dining and immaculate service. Abu Dhabi is contemporary, cutting edge and vibrant, yet beyond the awe-inspiring glass skyscrapers and post-modern architecture it’s also full of intoxicating Middle Eastern flavour.
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi
A palatial style retreat in the Liwa Desert, part of the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world – Anantara Qasr al Sarab is a picture of adventure and romance in an oasis of unequalled tranquillity. Soak up the relaxing and private atmosphere in great comfort, while marvelling at the alluring colours of the shifting sand dunes rolling into the distance. The hotel is understated, yet regal; adorned by lush fabrics with earthy hues, gilded mosaics and decorative glassware, there are even jewel-embedded silver and bronze chandeliers adding to the opulence of this luxury desert retreat. At night the hotel is beautifully lit up with torches and the sense of peace under the twinkling stars is mesmerising.
Relaxing in the cool swimming pool is never dull with these views and the serenity of the Spa’s Vichy shower room or marble Moroccan Hammam is hugely enticing. However, adventure is at every turn here and a drive across the sand dunes is an awesome experience - truly unforgettable. Waking early for a sunrise walk in the desert is simply stunning, and guests can try camel trekking, archery, sand boarding, fat biking and even falcon shows during a stay full of excitement.
Dinner at Al Falaj is a must for a unique Bedouin-style dining experience under the stars.
5 nights from £1,119 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Garden View Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 35%
The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
This grand, Renaissance revival hotel brings the Ritz Carlton’s effortless style and superior service to the heart of Abu Dhabi and both families and couples will be enthralled by everything from the Venetian inspired architecture, to the superb à la carte restaurants and elegant atmosphere. The hotel has its own private beach, but you’ll also be just minutes from the city centre with everything you could wish to explore right at your fingertips. We think the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is well worth a visit and we can arrange a private guide to escort you there.
5 nights from £769 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 30%