Abu Dhabi - If Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte could get their glam on in Abu Dhabi, why shouldn’t you?
Ditch all thoughts of desert dunes and camels. With over 200 islands, shopping galore and the world-famous Ferrari World, there’s plenty to rev your engines if it’s time for the girls to go wild.
Think sunset island cruises, live Jazz nights and sundowners in beautiful surrounds. Here are our top five picks to make you feel like a new woman…
Set sail in Abu Dhabi. With over 200 islands from which to choose, Abu Dhabi is a water baby’s delight. Board Belevari Cruises for an island hop on the biggest open air boat in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Sunbathe and enjoy the city skyline and warm Arabian Gulf waters as you journey to your private island. Snacks and drinks are provided on board, crank up the volume and watch the sun set over your very-own private island retreat.
Life’s a Beach
Our top pick for beach retreats in Abu Dhabi is Saadiyat Beach Club, just 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. If crystal-clear infinity pools, comfy daybeds and cocktails are what the doctor ordered, this island is for you. Enjoy the private beach facilities on a Blue Flag eco label beach where Hawksbill turtles have nestled for years, or pamper yourself at the on-site spa. The Beach House at Park Hyatt Saadiyat Island is one of the best places to enjoy sundowners in Abu Dhabi. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Yes to Yas!
Yas Island is entertainment central in Abu Dhabi. Home to Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, trendy Yas Beach and the massive Yas Mall, this self-contained island of all things fun is a must-visit for any girlie getaway. You don’t need to be a petrolhead to enjoy a visit to the second-largest indoor amusement park of the world. The fact that it bears the name Ferrari is completely incidental to the fun adrenalin seekers will enjoy on the world’s fastest and steepest roller coasters. Our personal favourite is a day spent frolicking in the water at Yas Waterworld or relaxing at Yas Beach. And if shopping is on your agenda, Yas Mall is the second-largest mall in the United Arab Emirates… Go on, get lost!
Abu Dhabi knows how to look after the ladies and Tuesday nights are the designate night for ladies to paint the town red. There are a range of venues across the city which offer discounts and entertainment tailored specifically to glam gals, including Stiletto Night at Jazz ‘N Fizz and the Latino-themed night at Y Bar, Yas Island Rotana.
If you think all that glitters is gold, you’d be right when it comes to the seven-star extravaganza that is Emirates Palace on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. Yes, the mother-of- pearl basins, Indian silk walls and ATM dispensing gold in the lobby may be a little over the top, but when else can you spoil yourself than when you’re on holiday? Enjoy a gold-leaf cappuccino and slice of Palace Cake, topped with golf leaf of course, for afternoon tea, as you listen to the soothing sounds of classical piano and watch the rich and famous float by. Headed to Abu Dhabi?
Visit the official tourism website www.visitabudhabi.ae for more information
Adapted from a press release for IOL