Girls’ guide to Abu Dhabi

Stay a little longer in this exotic and exciting city.

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Abu Dhabi is not only rich in culture and opulent beauty, it is also home to some of the best day spas and wellness centres in the world, making it the perfect place for those who need time to rejuvenate and unwind.

Anantara Spa at The Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is a place of restoration, balance and harmony between the body and mind.

Guests can reward their mind and body with a plethora of spa treatments all in the five-star comfort of Anantara Spa. Located in the Eastern Mangroves area, just a short drive from the Corniche, it’s the ultimate therapeutic experience.

But your holiday indulgence should not stop there; for those who are searching for the ultimate coffee break, head to the splendour of Emirates Palace and savour the luxury of its famous Palace Cappuccino.

Sprinkled in real 24-carat gold flakes, the signature ‘Gold Cappuccino’ is served on a polished silver tray and can be enjoyed with dark chocolate or dates. This one-of-a-kind gold coffee experience is like no other.

The Abu Dhabi coastline is hugged by pristine water and golden sands, so after a day of relaxation and rejuvenation (and gold coffee), you might like to get out and about and make the most of the best swimming, sun bathing, and beach spots Abu Dhabi has to offer.

You can do lessons at Yas Beach in myriad beach sports, such as kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing, or for those who prefer to take it easy by the water, Saadiyat Beach Club is one of the most beautiful places to visit.

One shouldn’t leave Abu Dhabi without appreciating the strong cultural traditions on offer, and what better place than at The Women’s Handicraft Centre? Run by the Abu Dhabi Women’s Association, the centre showcases local arts and crafts made by Emirati women.

A smaller museum sits within the centre where visitors can learn about local artists’ handiwork. Arabian oils, incense, silver thread work, souvenirs, local dress, and weaving are showcased in the workshops.

For those who wish to add intricate detailing to their hands, henna can be artistically drawn on, adding some cultural flair to their body while visiting.

And finally, there’s no better way to end a holiday than with some retail therapy. The souks are a great way for visitors to immerse themselves in the local pace of life, providing a truly authentic experience. You’ll find spices, rugs, gold and other locally sourced goods.

For something a little more high end, look no further than The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, home to possibly the highest concentration of luxury fashion brands in Arabia.

And for shopping on a mega scale, Yas Mall is also a must-visit spot — with more than 235,000 square metres of shops, it is Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping centre.


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