Hannah’s Trip to Abu Dhabi


I have recently returned from a fantastic trip to Abu Dhabi- a destination that offers year round sunshine, golden beaches, history and culture to appeal to all ages…

Flying with Etihad from Heathrow I arrived into Abu Dhabi airport before taking a 15 minute journey to my first stop at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort on Saadiyat Island. This 5* luxury hotel only opened in March 2018, and is located on one of the best known private beaches in the capital yet still only a 15 minute drive from the city centre.  Although its beachfront location made it easy to relax and enjoy the winter sunshine, the Louvre (a newly opened art and civilisation museum which is also famously known for also being located in Paris) was only minutes away by car.

After a relaxing night on Saadiyat Island, it was time to explore the local area starting with a visit to Zaya Nurai Private Island.  Only accessible by a 20 minute speedboat transfer this natural resort offered complete bliss and a retreat away from the bustling city centre, and was complete with 34 villas all with surrounding views of the ocean. I would highly recommend this resort to honeymooners or if you are visiting for a special occasion, as the resort is also accessible for a day trip to relax and enjoy the cuisine on the island.

After a short journey from Saadiyat Island, we then checked into the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal, an elegant hotel that has breath taking views overlooking the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.  This hotel was also located on a private stretch of beach and offered one of the biggest pools in Abu Dhabi, yet has the history of Abu Dhabi on its doorstep. Visiting the mosque is a must here, as well as many of the attractions around the resort- such as Yas Island, Ferrari World, Warner Bros World and the Corniche (water front). As I was eager to explore some of the adventure in Abu Dhabi I visited both Ferrari World and Warner Bros World- both which I would recommend to adrenaline seekers wanting to experience the fastest roller coaster in the world, or families wanting to immerse themselves in the set of their favourite film.

After a day of exploring Abu Dhabi’s newest attractions I then checked into the famous Yas Viceroy Hotel for my final 2 night stay- a stylish hotel that is built around the F1 track.  From the modern interior, to being able to watch the cars race across the track whilst I was enjoying my breakfast, I couldn’t help but feel the vibrant and exciting atmosphere that this hotel really has to offer. Situated on Yas Marina it was easy to walk around the local area yet still hear the noises of the track in the distance, and was only a 20 minute drive to the city centre. I would highly recommend Yas Island to be able to experience the excitement of the F1 track from balcony, and it was a memorable way to end a brilliant and unforgettable 4 night trip.

If you are considering a holiday to any of these destinations and would like to find out more then please do contact us at Deben Travel on 01394 615620, email [email protected] or pop in to 25 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge