Known for its exquisite architecture and high standard of luxury, Abu Dhabi is an ideal location for both adventure and relaxation. Begin your journey in the regal Shangri-La hotel before exploring the beaches and wildlife of Sir Bani Yas Island. Your final stop is the luxurious and remote Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Resort.
Arrive in the modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi, where the architectural feats of today meet the grandeur of the old world. Upon arrival, a Remote Lands representative will escort you to the stately Shangri-La where friendly and helpful staff will lead you to your room. Inside, local hardwoods and traditional Arabic patterns embody the history of the UAE, while modern conveniences offer the comforts of home.
Enjoy an early breakfast at the Shangri-La’s Sofra bld restaurant, providing a wide array of both authentic and familiar selections. Afterwards, gather the family for a tour of this ancient and beautiful city, including a stop at the local Falcon Hospital, where the Emirati’s prized birds retreat to rest and recuperate. In the afternoon, enjoy the thrills and spills of Ferrari World - an enormous amusement park with rides and attractions for every age. In the evening, return to Shangri-La and relax.
After breakfast drive approximately two hours to Al Ain, the lush Garden City of Abu Dhabi, stopping at the lively camel market, where studs and beasts of burden alike find eager buyers. After a casual local lunch, enjoy a tranquil dhow cruise along the gentle current of Abu Dhabi’s Mangrove River before returning to the Shangri-La for a peaceful night of rest and refreshment.
This morning, embark on a 45-minute seaplane flight to the Island of Sir Bani Yas. Stroll over the teak wood bridge past oasis palms to Anantara’s Sir Bani Yas Island Resort, where parents will have the opportunity to luxuriate in the Desert Islands spa while the young ones play games, watch their favorite movies or read about local culture in the resort’s kids club. Afterwards, reunite at Amwaj and enjoy sumptuous beachside seafood in the gulf breeze.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Savannah Grill & Lounge and relax before embarking on a wildlife safari. Sir Bani Yas is home to a plethora of beautiful and exotic creatures from towering giraffes to lithe cheetahs, as well as the endangered Arabian oryx. Once thought extinct, today the Arabian oryx’s beautiful black horns can only be found is a handful of Middle Eastern countries. Afterward, lounge poolside while the little ones cool off after a long day of adventure.
Sleep in or catch the sunset over the shimmering waters of the gulf. Whether your family prefers a relaxing day lounging by the seaspray or an enchanging dive into the depths of the Arabian Gulf, Anantara offers the best in beach access and water sports. If you like, take the whole family out to the open ocean on one of your resort’s private yachts, returning in the evening for a tranquil seaside dinner, for the whole family or just for two.
After a hearty breakfast, depart on your 45-minute flight back to Abu Dhabi. From there, it is a two-hour drive through the desert scrub to the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in the heart of Rub’tl Khali Desert. If you like, stop along the way at the fascinating and sometimes bizarre Emirates National Auto Museum, a private collection of American vehicles from dune buggies to vintage monster trucks. Upon arrival, freshen up and and enjoy a glass of wine and a leisurely lunch at the Suhail terrace, before embarking on an exhilarating afternoon of dune bashing— motoring up and down vast scoops of desert while gusts of sand billow behind. In the evening, unwind with a traditional Arabian outdoor banquet at Al Falaj.
This morning, journey into the desert as the locals have done for millennia, riding behind the hump of a friendly camel. Upon your return, meet the resort’s falcon flock. While young children become acquainted with the most docile birds, the rest of the family can try their hand at the ancient art of falconry, a bond between man and animal with origins older than history. For dog lovers, the resort is home to a kennel of saluki, a noble and quintessentially Arabian breed, favored by royalty throughout the world.
Journey through the Empty Quarter past the rolling desert landscape to the stunning Liwa Oasis, a historic and romantic piece of unexpected paradise within the heart of the desert. Your guide will lead you through this lively desert settlement; from the ancient Liwa Fort to the quirky camel race track. You will be fully immersed in desert culture, before returning to your resort for a final night, dining beneath the stars with an outdoor BBQ.
In the morning, bid farewell to your desert paradise and meet your guide in the lobby for your tow-and-a-half-hour private transfer to Abu Dhabi International airport. Home – or your next adventure – awaits!
Within the Qaryat Al Beri complex, the Shangri-La stands on its own stretch of beach, with views across the strait to the mainland. While it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport and just 15 minutes from the city center, the hotel inhabits its own world, where guests can escape for a little peace and privacy. Traditional abras convey guests around the hotel, along its waterways, amidst impressive architecture and gorgeous decor. The rooms are similarly decked out with warm tones and lush fabrics, their private balconies afford stunning views and the self contained suites come with private butlers for total convenience. Guests can indulge in international cuisine across five highly-acclaimed restaurants and enjoy drinks at sunset, on the roof or by the pool. The Shangri-La’s private beach lures guests with glittering waves while the health club and spa promise relaxation and invigoration amidst world class facilities.
Due to its unique location within the expansive Arabian Wildlife Park, Al Sahel Villa Resort offers guests a beautiful and luxurious place to stay juxtaposed against its rugged, untouched desert environment. It opens up a rare glimpse into the beauty of mother nature within the island’s savannah and guests have the privilege of sharing their stay with over 10,000 free-roaming animals. Marvel at the stunning views over the Gulf and trek to the historic salt-domed hilltops and then spend the evening relaxing in your personal plunge pool beneath the twinkling Arabian stars. Additionally Al Sahel stands as one of the leading luxury eco-friendly resorts in Abu Dhabi with its sustainable design and features. The 30 private villas have been built with traditional thatched roofs and an African ‘feel’, whilst still maintaining absolute excellence and comfort. Unique to the majority of resorts throughout Abu Dhabi, Al Sahel Villa Resort manages to encompass luxury with a traditional and authentic finish as well as a modern approach to sustainability to complement its natural surroundings.
Picturesque at every turn and surrounded by free-roaming wildlife on land and an infinite variety of marine life in the aqua colored Arabian Gulf, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island’s Al Yamm Villa Resort is a luxurious oasis blessed by natural beauty. A mangrove lagoon complements the island’s delicate eco-system and the resort itself has been built with the environment in mind, making sure not to disturb the balance of this incredible habitat. The villas are built with sustainable features and reflect a by-gone era of the Arabic fisherman and their barasti lodgings, now designed as a private oasis with unparalleled luxurious finishings and services to allow guests an opulent experience on this stunning island paradise. Rich, flavorful food is served at the resort’s four restaurants, while the famous Anantara spa beckons for pre- or post-meal indulgence. Guests will never find themselves wondering what to do next with a host of activities available for them - from watersports to archery and much more.
Set amidst the rolling dunes of Rub'Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world, this hotel is like none other in the UAE. Providing a true escape into the ancient sands surrounding Abu Dhabi, the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort is like an oasis for body and mind where guests can’t fail to be enchanted. Total relaxation is in store for guests who choose to lounge by the pool or indulge in ancient treatments in the spa. Meanwhile, adventure lies ahead for those wishing to plunge into the desert on camel back or for yoga beneath endless skies. International cuisine, traditional tea, fragrant shisha and elegant cocktails are available across the hotel’s numerous food and beverage outlets, and when the day is done, guests can retreat to their own private oases and relax in beautifully decorated and comfortably equipped rooms.