Zaya Nurai Island

A luxury island escape that’s like nothing else in the UAE

Zaya Nurai Island
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If someone has tasked you with finding the most picture-perfect resort in the UAE, then head here right now. We’re not sure why anyone would set that challenge, but you never know.

This place is pure luxury. A 15-minute boat ride from Saadiyat Island, you’ll arrive in style and stay in style at this favourite of celebs from around the world.

The boutique resort takes over the whole island, with villas, a spa, restaurants and bars sprawled across the white sands and green lawns.

There aren’t many rooms on the island, in fact there are none – this is villa territory, and whether you’re with a group of people who want a five-bedroom place or there’s two of you and you want some seclusion, there is something to suit you. Maybe you’re reading this and fancy hiring the whole island.

Well, that’s possible, too.

With refreshing light blues and whites throughout the resort, the sense of wellbeing is present from the accomodation to the restaurants and the public spaces. The food is excellent here, especially at the Mexican Dusk, and Levantine seafood joint Hooked. Poolside venue Ginger Mermaid offers fresh Asian bites and the beach bar Smokin’ Pineapple serves some of the best pizzas in the capital.

As you might imagine there are water sports aplenty to try, and activities for kids, including a water park. Grown-ups who want to look after themsleves can take part in yoga classes or visit the gym or incredible Nurai Spa.

This place is pretty special.
Nurai Island (catch a boat from Saadiyat Island),, (02 506 6222).

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