Of course, Abu Dhabi may be filled with endless sandy dunes and overlook an orange-tinged horizon, but it’s also home to some incredible beachside destinations. This itinerary aims to show you why it is the ultimate place to go island hopping.

From Saadiyat Island to Sir Bani Yas Island and the uber-chic Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi is a must for those craving salt in the air and sand on the skin, oh and a cocktail in hand!

Life on the island is good and the opportunities endless.

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DAY 1: SAADIYAT ISLAND

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Harnessing the natural beauty of its surroundings, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club has been designed by sporting legend Gary Player, and offers an unparalleled golfing experience. The first beachfront course in the Arabian Gulf, it caters to all levels of golfers, with each hole on the course boasting its own unique character and challenges. The Club also offers each golfer an exclusive ‘Member for a Day’ experience, giving everyone the chance to enjoy personalised lockers, bag tags and the exceptional customer service that the facility is known for.

Saadiyat Beach Club

Located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, it is the ultimate place to kick back and escape to another world. Indulge your body, mind and senses at the Spa, relax by the pool in a private cabana and sip delicious cool drinks and indulge in world-class service, or grab a spot on a sun lounger on the 9km stretch of beach, which is part of a protected habitat and home to Hawksbill Turtles and dolphins playing in the bay. Open from 9am to sunset.

Barfly by Buddha Bar

A stylish yet cosy two-level restaurant boasting a Neo-Baroque concept with brightly coloured walls, comfy seating and a glass mosaic bar. Grab a waterfront cabana or choose a seat inside, and indulge in a selection of curated cocktails and mouthwateringly delicious international dishes, whilst listening to the resident DJ playing a selection of smooth tunes. Ladies Night is held on a Wednesday, and is chance to let your hair down with your best girlfriends whilst enjoying free-flowing house beverages!

DAY 2: SIR BANI YAS ISLAND

Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding

A fun yet relaxing way to explore the outdoors and see the sights, jump on board a kayak or paddle board and make your way through the Arabian Gulf or the lush mangroves and spot the marine life and bird life or observe the natural phenomenon that is Bioluminescence if you choose to go on your adventure at night. For those keen on trying stand up paddleboarding, previous kayaking experience is a bonus!

Arabian Wildlife Park

Stretching across 1,400 hectares of land, the sanctuary is home to more than 13,000 diverse and protected animals, including the Arabian rock hyrax, ostrich, beisa oryx, striped hyena and of course, the giraffe. Research and conservation efforts are constantly being undertaken to establish a working ecosystem for the animals and birds. Visitors can also take part in a variety of activities, including guided nature and wildlife drives, walks, horseriding and mountain biking, and get the chance to see the animals roaming free in their natural habitat.

Land Sailing

Yes, there is such a thing! A great activity that the whole family can enjoy, riders will don a helmet, gloves and goggles before hitting the expansive shores of Sir Bani Yas Island. With it’s picture-perfect views and endless stretch of sand, it is the perfect place to embark on a land sailing adventure. You can choose to sail independently or race against others if you’re feeling competitive. Keep in mind, the stronger the wind blows, the faster you will go! You will also have the opportunity to explore and learn more about this unique island.

DAY 3: NURAI ISLAND

Beach activities

If you love the beach or want to get that adrenaline pumping, then Nurai Island is for you! From swimming to surfing, jetskiing, paddle boarding, wind surfing, sea kayaking and of course, the very popular flyboarding, which will see adventure-seekers flying high above the water whilst attached to a jetpack, there is something for all ages, abilities and comfort zones. On Nurai Island, holidaymakers can choose to be as active as they like, with no day the same and something exciting always happening. It’s the ultimate destination for fun in the sun!

Nurai Spa

A picturesque sanctuary inspired by and located by the sea, it offers relaxing treatments complemented by stunning water views. There is even an outdoor relaxation area - perfect for stargazing! Established with total relaxation and zen in mind, tranquility is the name of the game at Nurai Spa. Highly-trained therapists offer a professional and personalised approach to service, ensuring that every guest leaves feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Indulge in massages, aromatherapy, facials and a variety of other treatments that help to reduce stress and heal the body using high quality products, pure ingredients and fragrant oils. There is even a hair salon available, to ensure you are feeling AND looking your best!

Outdoor Cinema

After a long day of swimming, sunbathing and relaxing, there’s nothing better than kicking back and watching your favourite movie under the stars. Hidden amongst the palm trees, on a lush section of grass, a number of beanbags and sun loungers are set up in front of a huge screen. Pick your favourite spot and settle in for a night of great entertainment, balmy weather, picturesque starry views and of course, copious amounts of popcorn!

Where to stay

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island

Located on the beach at Sir Bani Yas Island, this property was designed in the style of an Arabian coastal fortress. Explore all that the island has to offer, with the comforts of a five-star property that spans three unique retreats across the island.

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Park Hyatt Saadiyat Island

Exclusive rooms and villas provide five star comfort on the shores of Saadiyat Island. Enjoy a 9.7 kilometre stretch of private beach, health club, outdoor pool and three restaurants. Modern rooms feature air conditioning and a balcony.

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Zaya Nurai

This luxury resort is located on its own island, just 12 minutes from Saadiyat Island by boat. Contemporary villas all come with their own private pool and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

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