Exclusive Abu Dhabi island resort is the UAE's most secluded spot
Time Out staff
Just a stone’s throw (ok it’s a short boat trip, but that’s all part of the fun) from Saadiyat Island, Nurai Island is the city’s secret gem, and it’s now ready to reveal itself to the world. Nurai Island is, without a doubt, one of the most exclusive resorts in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and, in fact the world. Time Out Abu Dhabi was given a private tour of the island and we took along our photographer to give you a sneaky piece of this little slice of bliss. For hotel booking enquiries visit www.zayanuraiisland.com (02 506 6222).
Long stretches of sandy beaches, gorgeous hotel rooms and luxury villas are dotted throughout this idyllic and tranquil location. You won’t believe the peace, quiet and luxury in close enough vicinity that you can still see the downtown Abu Dhabi skyline.
Like the look of Nurai Island? Well then, why not spend a day there yourself and see the UAE’s most tranquil destination. Enjoy a day of lying on the beach and whiling away the day in the island’s infinity pool, as well as treating yourself to a three-course lunch at the island’s hotel restaurant. Dhs350. This deal runs until the end of February, and is not applicable February 13, 14 or 15. Booking is essential. Price includes boat transfer to and from Saadiyat Island. For all bookings including hotel reservations contact (02 506 6222).
Derived from the Arabic word ‘Noor’ meaning light the resort was conceived to provide a sanctuary for discerning individuals. It comprises limited edition beachfront estates as well as a boutique resort.
A luxury all-day dining restaurant – on a private island don’t forget – is one of the resort’s central locations. We love the dress code promise of barefoot chic and look forward to sampling the sustainable line caught fish and artisan cuisine being promised.
Discreet sunken pods and chic areas to eat and drink are likely to become some of Abu Dhabi’s most sought after sunset and shisa spots.
Three types of accommodation are available – Beach Villa, Water Villa and Beach Estate Villa. All have private infinity pools attached.
Before checking in for a night, or longer, we can’t recommend highly enough a day visit to Nurai Island. Sun terraces and infinity pools will do wonders for your well-being.
The Zaya spa is a quiet luxury amidst the dynamic and fast-paced world of modern Abu Dhabi.
Arrive at Nurai Island by a short 10-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.