Abu Dhabi's myriad delights mean it's now truly a destination all its own – but is also a fantastic option for a stopover. Whichever type of holiday you want, Abu Dhabi can satisfy – art buffs will revel in the recently-opened Louvre and soon-to-be-opened Guggenheim on cultural Saadiyat Island, while adventure lovers can take advantage of the likes of Ferrari World and Warner Brothers World on Yas Island. It's all framed by, perhaps surprisingly, beaches that rival the Indian Ocean – as well as exhilarating desert experiences, safari drives among free-roaming wildlife and luxurious shopping malls that all combine to make a truly spectacular holiday destination. What's more, when you travel with Etihad, your boarding pass unlocks great savings – such as up to £600 for families – on over 50 attractions, restaurants, spas and theme parks as part of Etihad's 'Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass'.
Beach at Park Hyatt
It’s all done with a base in stylish and luxurious beach resorts, from infinity-pool luxury at the St Regis to Park Hyatt's spectacular powder-white shores. You're never too far from Abu Dhabi's myriad offerings though, with the city centre, adventure playground Yas Island and the Saadiyat cultural district just moments away.
Beach at St Regis
Whilst iconic hotels such as the world-famous Emirates Palace and the ever-popular Shangri-La remain excellent, there’s also luxury to be found in more unexpected locations. The Desert Islands Resort on Sir Bani Yas Island is home to free-roaming oryx, gazelle, giraffe and even African wildlife such as cheetah, while the Anantara Eastern Mangroves provides opportunities to kayak and swim among Abu Dhabi's famous mangrove-lined shores combined with indulgent spas and restaurants.
Gazelles, Desert Islands Resort
It all makes for an ideal twin centre destination where you can combine desert luxury with beach club indulgence to make a magical week’s holiday or even with glamorous Dubai for the best of both Emirates.
Suite with pool, Qasr al Sarab Resort
And how to get there? Award-winning carrier Etihad flies you to Abu Dhabi – and beyond – three times a day from London and two times a day from Manchester. Etihad has truly raised the bar for luxury travel with its superb premium cabins and the unique 'Residence', the only apartment in the sky, complete with butler service and private sliding doors.
Restaurant, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Resort
The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, a luxurious hotel combining classic Mediterranean architecture and contemporary design, is a superb beachfront from the iconic St Regis brand, located on stunning Saadiyat Island, just 500 metres off the Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai with desert resorts that seem plucked from The Arabian Nights.
The Emirates Palace is a national landmark and as one of the most impressive hotels ever built. Located on a 1.3 km stretch of private white sand beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel offers the ultimate in luxury and Arabian hospitality.