6 things to do on a romantic getaway to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to year-round sunshine, world-class cuisine, striking sunsets and luxury 5-star hotels, which makes it an ideal destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. If you’re planning to treat yourself and your sweetheart to a sun-drenched escape in Abu Dhabi, we’ve rounded up a few romantic activities to add to your itinerary below. 

Stay at a luxurious hotel

Make sure your romantic escape to Abu Dhabi is perfect from start to finish by staying in one of the city’s many luxury hotels.

Some resorts that are perfect for couples seeking something special include: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, hidden among the giant shifting sand dunes of the Rub Al Khali; Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, with breathtaking views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; or The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, set on the tranquil white-sand shores of the Arabian Gulf.

Relax on world-class beaches

Abu Dhabi is home to some of the best beaches in the Middle East, with warm turquoise waters and pristine white sand. Many beach-front hotels boast their own private stretch of sand for their guests, like those set on Saadiyat Beach, a protected area where endangered Hawksbill Turtles come to nest between the dunes and dolphins swim off the coast.

If venturing beyond your hotel, Saadiyat Beach Club is perfect for couples seeking relaxation. Its amenities are second to none, with an outdoor infinity pool, workout room, spa, sauna and steam rooms, private cabanas and loungers set on a stunning, white beach. There are also three delicious on-site restaurants to indulge in while you’re there.

Soak up some culture

Abu Dhabi is home to a plethora of one of a kind cultural attractions. Enjoy a couple’s day out at Louvre Abu Dhabi to be enchanted by works of art from around the world, as well as the architectural marvel that houses them. Or take a trip to the desert city of Al Ain to immerse yourself in history at the Al Jahili Fort, followed by a relaxing afternoon at Al Ain Oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Have a spa day

Taking a break from sight-seeing? Abu Dhabi is home to a generous collection of world-class spas and wellness retreats for you to unwind in. Treatments range from international favourites such as manicures and Swedish massages to local Arabian relaxation techniques and Hammam experiences.

Spend an evening in the desert

For a magical and adventurous evening in Abu Dhabi, visit the one-of-a-kind Arabian Nights Village, where you will be immersed in an authentic and memorable Emirati cultural experience. Enjoy dune bashing in 4×4 vehicles, sand surfing among the world’s largest sand dunes or a sunset camel trek, before heading back to camp for an evening beneath the stars.

The Al Maqam restaurant (meaning ‘The Gathering Place’), serves a delectable mix of Arabic and International cuisine alongside traditional Arabic music and entertainment. There’s also an idyllic 200m² swimming pool to cool down in. If you aren’t ready to end the evening there, complete your desert experience by staying the night in a Bedouin tent, palm house or in the Fort Tower suite.

Helipad sunset supper at St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Once a month, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi offers a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience 255 meters up in the air. It is only available to 20 guests at a time.

The menu focuses on high-end, quality cuisine and includes premium caviar, fresh oysters, free-flowing champagne and extravagant canapés. Throughout the whole experience, guests are serenaded by a live saxophonist.

To book your romantic getaway to Abu Dhabi, call our team on 0808 149 3114.

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Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.