Abu Dhabi's myriad delights mean it's now truly a destination all its own – and far more than just a city-break 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.
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