Abu Dhabi tourism brought us to the desert city for 3 days of exploring.
We flew in with Etihad directly Via Nairobi, Kenya.
The first day we took a 2 hour drive to the island of Sir Bani Yas and stayed at Anatara Beach Villas, this island has 3 resorts by Anatara & is renowned for its animals brought to the island.
We did a sunset Safari & learnt about the work they were doing with animals here on the island, what I found the most fascinating was that they had reintroduced an extinct species back to the wild due to their breeding programs on the island.
Heres a link that explains more
It was a beautiful sunset and we got so up close with the two brother cheetahs.
The following morning we watched the sunrise from the ocean right in front of our villa before an early breakfast and transfer back to the mainland to head back to the city before lunch.
We checked into the Ritz Carlton with a beautiful suite overlooking the Grand Mosque. For sunset we headed to Shangri La, where we had tea, shisha and the most unreal spot to watch the sunset behind the Mosque.
Dinner that night was back at the Ritz Carlton at their middle eastern restaurant- Mijana.
Day 3 was a busy one- we started the day off with a visit to the Grand Mosque, this is obviously a must do when visiting Abu Dhabi.
All girls have to be completely covered up, and thats why I wore the full covered dress, not even your hair is allowed to be out in your face, which I struggled with when taking photos!
After lunch we took a 2 hour drive out to the desert, to Qasr Al Arab resort, this resort is SO incredible, if I go back I will certainly be spending a night or two out there, surrounded by the most beautiful sand dunes, it looks like an old desert village nestled in the dunes.
We stayed out at the desert and resort until after sunset, we were had our driver just take us around to spots that we pointed out, we’ve done the camel rides for sunset in other parts of the world, and found most the time we’ve missed the best of the sunset on an uncomfortable camel back rather than out on the dunes to enjoy it.
And finally our last day here, we headed to the Jalboot office where we met all the team before heading of on our private boat ride to Zaya Nurai Island, which is a 5 star resort island around 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi.
On arrival to the island we checked out some of the villas before spending the day at Smokey Pineapple beach bar, this place was so much fun, so much to do, and so many photo opportunities, only thing that could have made it better would be staying a few days at this resort so we could relax and take beautiful photos in the dreamy afternoon light that Abu Dhabi has.
We had fresh wood fired pizzas, some mocktails and spent the day on the jet skis, over water swings, wave rider & by the pool.
When we got back to The Ritz Carlton they had us booked in for a spa treatment, this was one of the best massages I’ve had!
We quickly rushed to the Grand Mosque for one last sunset visit before it was time to head to the airport.
highlights for me; Zaya Nurai Island resort, Qsar Al Arab Resort (desert) & the Grand Mosque.