Where to staycation this month: Our top 7 picks
If hopping on a plane to escape to faraway shores seems like a distant dream this year, the UAE is home to some of the world’s most exotic escapes, sure to satiate your wanderlust this month
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel
Nestled amidst soaring skyscrapers and an expanse of tranquil mangroves, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel boasts a unique setting in the UAE capital. While the emirate’s entertainment hubs are within easy reach, this stunning property feels like a world away from the buzzing city.
For a true sense of escape, book one of the hotel’s many mangrove-facing rooms and make the most of your downtime while lounging by the infinity pool to soak up the scenic views. The award-winning Anantara Spa has also reopened, offering guests a chance to unwind with relaxing hammam rituals and signature massages. World-class dining options make the hotel a culinary hub in the capital, with the likes of royal Thai and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine on offer. On weekends, all-day dining venue Ingredients serves up a spread of more than 150 dishes from all around the world for brunch.
Zaya Nurai Island
Imagine blue waters so clear, you see shoals of fish swimming alongside you while taking a dip along the shores of Zaya Nurai Island. Designed to offer a true sense of escape, a visit to the UAE capital’s favourite private island resort begins with a speedboat ride from Saadiyat Island.
Upon arrival, the landscape instantly transforms – think aquamarine waters, hammocks and swings in the middle of the sea, lush palm trees and gleaming white sands. Retreat to your beachside villa, with the ocean for a backyard, and soak up the sun on a private sundeck, complete with a plunge pool. For a little more indulgence, Nurai Spa offers a series of holistic treatments, which aim to align the mind and body connection.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Set on a sandy stretch along Jumeirah Beach Road, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach offers unparalleled luxury with warm hospitality. The regal façade gives the resort an Arabian palace-like feel, complete with latticework, wind towers and traditional lamps. Its charming surrounds are complemented by a range of experiences that allow guests to make the most of their leisure time.
Spend the afternoon relaxing in a private poolside cabana or pamper yourself with a bespoke spa treatment before settling down for dinner and drinks by the seaside – ticking all the boxes for the perfect escape.
The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
It’s easy to get lost in this sprawling beachside resort, to forget the worries of the world and be tempted by indulgence at every turn. Inspired by classical Mediterranean architecture and contemporary interior design, the resort is elegant and understated. And with so much to do – think lounging in a cabana by the beach or pool, or enjoying a relaxing massage – it’s hard to leave the resort, especially with all the favourite things we love from the St Regis brand.
The signature afternoon tea remains a cherished tradition while the Manhattan Lounge lends itself to either start or finish the evening in style. Upscale Manhattan dining wouldn’t be complete without a trademark New York-inspired steakhouse. Taking its name from the address of The St. Regis New York, 55&5th, The Grill is a classic lounge, complete with an outdoor terrace, cellar, personal sommelier and private dining rooms.
The resort is also home to Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi, the world’s only permanent restaurant from the famed brand. The venue brings the luxurious beach club life and delectable dining all under one roof.
Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai
Dubai’s newest island hotspot Bluewaters is home to the majestic Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. Boasting world-class dining options and state-of-the-art leisure facilities, the resort feels like a world away from the bustle.
The property features expansive rooms offering serene views over the island, luxury amenities and access to family-friendly facilities. If you’re longing to soak up those tropical holiday vibes, the hotel boasts a stunning private beach, ideal for barefoot strolls at sunset or a refreshing dip.
When it comes to dining, the resort is a culinary destination in its own right, offering flavours from around the world under the same roof. From Asian-inspired classics to the best of the Med, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re looking to indulge in some celebrity chef flair, the hotel is home to Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen featuring the renowned chef’s signature dishes, including beef wellington and sticky toffee pudding.
InterContinental Fujairah Resort
Cradled between the majestic Al Hajar Mountains and the glistening Indian Ocean, InterContinental Fujairah makes the most of its location on Al Aqah Beach, offering uninterrupted views over the clear waters. It feels far from the urban bustle of the city although it’s only a 90-minute drive down from Dubai. Whether it’s a weekend out with the family or a longer break with your loved one, the resort packs exclusivity and excitement into one memorable experience.
The five-star resort boasts 190 stylish guest rooms and suites, including 44 Club InterContinental rooms and 38 suites. Each living area is a sanctuary of plush comfort, featuring an expansive balcony with views across the Indian Ocean.
Al Ain Rotana
Nestled in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s garden city, Al Ain Rotana serves as the perfect base to explore this historic town in the UAE capital. The property is within close proximity to some of the city’s heritage sites, including Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort, Qasr Al Muwaiji and more. For family fun, Al Ain Zoo and Wadi Adventure are also located nearby.
Elegantly appointed with Art Deco touches, Al Ain Rotana features 242 accommodation options, all with gorgeous city views. Wake up to the beautiful vistas of the enchanting garden, start your day with a hearty breakfast and unwind with a swim or book a treatment at Zen the Spa.