Let me tell you about my highlights of Abu Dhabi.
In Abu Dhabi we stayed on Yas Island. Our hotel provided a complimentary shuttle bus which makes many stops on the island, so you can visit all the hotspots!
Our favorite fun spot on Yas Island : Yas Waterworld without a doubt!
42°C, ideal temperature for some water fun! There are water slides, a rollercoaster, a pool with waves and so much more! We had the best day!
We’ve been on all the slides, there was no waiting time! Amazing!
If you don’t want to carry around a bag with money, you can charge some money on a bracelet which makes payments easier!
Another visit on Yas Island was Yas beach. This is a private beach, with seats and cabanas. The beach is very peaceful and gives you a great view over some of the hotspots in Abu Dhabi. The waiters serving you is a big plus! For me Abu Dhabi was all about luxury and this is a very welcome service on the beach.
When you go a bit further, leaving Yas Island, a must see for everyone visiting Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. We went around 4pm because at this time you visit the mosque in daylight, but when you leave it starts shimmering and they turn on all the lights which creates a magical atmosphere! A very impressing mosque!
Watch out : no pictures where you touch your partner (not even a hand)! Security comes right up and watches you delete your pictures! I’m still amazed by the beauty of this big, rich mosque!
As my husband is a big fan of jet-skiing we asked our hotel concierge if this was possible anywhere nearby. He made a few phone calls and one hour later we sat in a taxi which took us to the Shangri La hotel where they would pick us up to go jet skiing. Yeah!! We had fun! Our playground was a calm river from which we could see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Then, of course, shopping in Abu Dhabi. Our favorite mall was the Marina mall in Abu Dhabi center. You can shop the big brands, there are plenty of coffee shops (Hello Starbucks!) and even an ice skating rink!
Al Wahda Mall was also big. Although for me, once you’ve been to one mall in Abu Dhabi they all look alike.
Since this trip was a year ago already, there is now a shopping mall on Yas Island, named Yas Mall.
As for eating we had 3 excellent dinners!
First : Amici in our hotel Yas Viceroy. A great italian restaurant.
Second : we enjoyed the buffet in Corniche hotel. Plenty of choice, freshly made food and a superb dessert buffet! (Yes, I’m a sweet tooth).
But this one really needs to be seen because words cannot describe the experience : Rosewater. This restaurant is located in the very luxury Etihad Towers. Before this holiday I wasn’t used to this kind of luxury! Waw! The entry is full of big, poshy cars (Lamborghini, Porsche, Rolls Royce, limousines,…). Every door comes with a concierge.
The restaurant itself has a beautiful location in the Towers. You can sit inside (plenty of space) or outside (hello poolview). We sat outside to enjoy the view and the more quiet setting. What can I say, the buffet had a big range of foods. Everything tasted perfect! And again the dessert buffet!! OMG! The chocolate fountain, the cakes, the sweets, the fruit,… Just Oh My God!
Well, this was my Abu Dhabi. I feel blessed to have visited all this amazing places.
If I could ever go back, I would like to visit Ferrari World, Yas Mall, The emirates palace (they serve golden coffee!!) and the beaches in Abu Dhabi center.
Keep on travelling!