Travel guide: Eid staycations in the capital
Yas Viceroy, Qasr Al Sarab, Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts
There's no better time to fully unwind and recharge than during the long Eid al Adha season. Whether you're looking for some quiet time with nature, a pampering spa session or simply an urban retreat close to the action, these are the luxe holidays in the UAE you need to experience...
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort
Take in the vastness and mystery of Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter, incidentally the shooting location for several scenes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Qasr Al Sarab is a true oasis where the stunning scenery is matched by the level of opulence that the resort offers, from villas and private pools to a host of culinary options (seven to be exact) as well as the pamperings of the famed Anantara Spa. For the adventurous, take a trek on a camel and traverse Rub'Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world.
For reservations, call +971 2 656 1399.
Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts
Explore the wildlife in ultimate luxury at Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts. From serene walks to adventurous drives, cross paths with flocks of flamingos and other indigenous species after which you retreat to the coastal fortress where sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf await. For even more indulgent isolation and an intimate experience with nature, choose from either Al Sahel Villa or Al Yamm Villa resorts and appreciate what the Arabian island offers.
For reservations, call +971 2 801 5400.
Yas Viceroy is synonymous with the Etihad Formula One race and rightly so, as the racing track runs under a bridge that connects the hotel's main building to its accommodation wing. The hotel's stand-out location also means it's close to thrilling activities and destinations including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. If you're feeling like staying within the hotel, there are 11 food outlets to choose from and for some body therapy, head to the hotel's award-winning ESPA Spa.
For reservations, call +971 2 656 0700.