From white-sand beaches to a luxurious desert resort and elegant cocktail bars, people-watching heavens to blissfully peaceful spas, Abu Dhabi has everything you could possibly want.From sunrise until well after sunset, this city will never cease to inspire you with its glamorous energy. Here is just a taster of what the elite Emirati capital has to offer a girls’ trip.
Brunch at Nahaam
Whoever once said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day had clearly never experienced brunch. Luckily for the enlightened, Abu Dhabi is home to some of the most scenic brunch spots the world has to offer. Perhaps the most signature brunch destination is Nahaam, the laid-back, poolside brunch capital of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Perfect for a stimulating start to the day, Nahaam offers an international selection of brunch favourites.
For the best Nahaam experience, book on Friday when the hotel’s award-winning restaurants join forces to offer diners a taste of their delicious, round-the-world fare.
Afternoon at the Beach
What better way to work off a Nahaam brunch than an afternoon spent soaking in the Abu Dhabi sun at one of the capital’s serene stretches of white-sand paradises? Its beaches are gorgeous, framed simultaneously by the azure shallows of the Arabian Gulf and by Abu Dhabi’s sleek, coast-facing high-rises. They’re also catwalks in disguise. All the big brands are out in force, strutted by supermodels and playboys alike. Relax in a palm-shaded cabana and drink in the spectacle or take to the sparkling sea for some high-octane water sports: the choice is yours.
The most blissful beach in all Abu Dhabi is on Saadiyat Island, 20-minutes from the city centre. Private, secluded and surrounded by natural mangroves, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort overlooks 400 metres of undeveloped shoreline, the ideal spot to lay back and lackadaisically watch the tide come in.
Treatments at Talise Spa
Whether you’d prefer a Rose Infinity Facial or an aromatherapy full-body detox, Talise Spa has all the treatments you could possibly dream of. The winner of the coveted Best Luxury Spa in the Middle East award, Talise specialises in eradicating travel stress. Its seemingly never-ending list of treatments include therapeutic styles from Sweden to Thailand. The emphasis however, is on local, Middle Eastern techniques.
Tantalising treatments include the hydrating Arabian Indulgence, where you’ll be layered with moisturising marine algae and body butter, jasmine, miru miru, ylang ylang, and rose. Or perhaps you might prefer one of Talise’s traditional hammam rituals, like the three-hour extravaganza that is the Royal Hammam Ritual.
Cocktails at Ray’s
To end a day well spent and start an equally adventurous night, head up to the 62nd floor of Etihad Towers. Here you’ll find snazzy, sparkling Ray’s Bar, Abu Dhabi’s favourite cocktail bar. Rotating DJ sets, chic, contemporary interiors, and a gorgeous view over the city’s glittering nightscape join forces for an overly Instagram-worthy night out. Oh, and did we mention the cocktails? Share the Rose My Darling, a double-whammy of smooth fruity flavours served in a Ray’s decanter.
Luxurious desert retreat
Discover the ultimate retreat in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s mesmerizing
desert at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. Opening soon, the quintessential Arabian-style property sprawls over 22,000 sq m of tranquil desert and comprises a destination Spa, villas with private pools, Arabian-style rooms, a vast pool, six restaurants and bars including a remote desert camp. The perfect place to relax with friends, the Resort’s spacious pool stretches out into the desert and expands into secluded inlets and coves, including a pool bar with in-water seating. The destination Talise Spa offers a sensory experience with 13 luxury treatment rooms and private terraces. Rejuvenation journeys include Turkish Hammams, snow caves, hot and cold plunge pools and crystal salt and cryo therapy rooms. There is also a dedicated yoga platform if you wish to find your desert spirit. Or adventure seekers can ride fat bikes through the dunes, join a guide on a desert trek or catch a glimpse of majestic birds of prey in action in the falconry displays.
Arrange your girls’ weekend at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers or Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi to guarantee a memorable, sophisticated and indulgent trip.