A capital escape
Made up of more than 200 islands, Abu Dhabi combines old-world culture with unspoiled natural beauty and an ever-growing number of world-class hotels and attractions. Iconic must-dos include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (www.ferrariworldabudhabi. com); Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; and Emirates Palace (www.kempinski.com/en/ abudhabi/emirates-palace), but if you’ve already checked those off your list then you might want to head for Saadiyat Island and visit the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi (www.louvreabudhabi.ae). Combining otherworldly architecture – the roof hovers over the Arabian Gulf like a flying saucer – with an expertly curated collection of masterpieces and kid-friendly exhibits, this long-awaited treasure is entirely worth making a weekend out of. Check in at the nearby St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (pictured; www.stregissaadiyatisland.com) which makes the most of its island locale with Mediterranean architecture, three huge swimming pools and a beach that plays host to the occasional passing hawksbill turtle. Foodies will love the Epicurean Friday brunch which offers guests the chance to try some of the resorts’s signature dishes accompanied by a live band, ocean views and holiday vibes.
Rooms start from Dh1,800 per room per night, including taxes and breakfast for two. The same rates are valid over National Day weekend when the property will be decorated in red, white, green and black