Are you looking for Valentine’s Day options that go beyond flowers and chocolate? If you’re in Abu Dhabi, what to do? We’ve rounded up some sensational ideas that are sure to ignite the romance in your relationship – whether it’s a secluded island escape or an afternoon admiring art we have got you covered!
Abu Dhabi - what to do: Top seven list for Valentine’s Day
1. Private seaplane tour to Zaya Nurai Island
Nothing says luxury like a private island, and what better way to get there than by a private seaplane flight? From the moment you step off the plane onto this picture perfect beach in the glittering Arabian Gulf, it feels like you’re starring in your very own travel magazine shoot. Relax on this stunning island with full access to the elegant facilities, enjoy a decadent brunch and sip on refreshments at your leisure. This island outing will make for an experience to remember, it’s up to you how long you wish to stay. If you’re in Abu Dhabi, for what to do this Valentine’s Day this is perfect. Did we mention it’s won several international travel awards too?
2. Take a relaxing daycation at Saadiyat Beach Club
Saadiyat Island is one of Abu Dhabi’s hidden gems, and given this is just off the beaten track makes this one of the most relaxing daycations in Abu Dhabi. Lounge by the pool on one of the unique ‘floating’ cabanas and make a day of it with a fabulous brunch and staycation package at Safina. The Saadiyat Spa offers a range of rejuvenating body treatments, making this one of the most decadent staycations the city has to offer. There’s nothing like spending quality time with your loved one, so take a well deserved break this Valentine’s Day.
3. Lunch at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi
Book in for lunch at the Museum Restaurant with a table overlooking the beautiful turquoise water. Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is perfectly perched on the water’s edge of Saadiyat Island. The gorgeous main dome has a design inspired by the fronds of the desert palm, and the intricate design creates a striking ‘rain of light’ effect across 23 galleries. The pictures you’ll be able to take while exploring will be as breathtaking as the art itself!
The museum houses more than 600 works from the Louvre’s own collection and other leading galleries across France. Stand out works include a 3rd millennium BC standing Bactrian Princess, a 3000-year-old Middle Eastern gold bracelet with lion's head and Paul Gauguin's masterpiece Children Wrestling.
4. Treat them like royalty at Emirates Palace Hotel
If you’re in Abu Dhabi, what to do with your prince or princess? Give them the royal treatment at Emirates Palace Hotel and enjoy a day of elegant luxury in the most delicious surrounds! Book in for a Beach picnic for two which includes an elegant hamper, bubbles and live music; or opt for the full Valentine’s Day dinner at BBQ Al Qasr in a romantic seaside gazebo. You could even make a staycation out of it and enjoy the beautiful private beach, landscaped grounds and butler service at your leisure. There’s nothing like ordering room service from the comfort of your private suite!
5. Do a romantic safari on Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas Island is the top destinations in the Emirates for wildlife safaris. If a safari has been on your sweetheart’s bucketlist for a while, why not make the dream a reality this Valentine’s Day?
This unique island was one of the first wildlife reserves in the United Arab Emirates, and is now home to more than 13,000 indigenous animals. On our luxury seaplane safari to Sir Bani Yas Island, you’ll relax and enjoy iconic landmarks and the sparkling coastline of the Arabian Gulf before heading out on your guided 4WD safari. Animal lovers will be able to see free-roaming creatures native to the UAE, such as the Arabian Oryx, and others from more distant lands such as the African giraffe. Your safari concludes with a sumptuous three course meal at the luxurious Anantara Resort.
6. Take it trackside at Yas Marina Circuit
If you’re looking to really rev up your romance what about an immersive track experience at Yas Marina Circuit? Test your love with an authentic track experience at Yas Marina Circuit. There are several cars to choose from such as the high-octane F3000s - which boast a three litre V6 engine – and are as close as you can get to racing a Formula 1 race car. If your loved one has ever dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari this is the place to do it, all experiences include driver training too. Afterwards recap your glorious victory over lunch at one of the nearby hotels, or head over to Yas Marina for a rooftop beverage at local hotspot Iris or indulge in a full Italian feast at Ciprianis.
7. Romantic seaplane tour of the city
They say love is in the air, so how about taking your loved one for the ultimate tour of the sky? Experience the best Abu Dhabi from a whole new perspective and see all of the city’s top attractions from the comfort of our luxury seaplane. After taking off from the sparkling waters of Yas Marina you see the city from 1500 ft high from the comfort of your luxurious window seat. Look out over the extensive mangrove lagoons, Emirates Palace hotel, Marina Mall and corniche with the whole of Abu Dhabi stretching out behind. A highlight is the new Louvre Museum perched on the water’s edge of Saadiyat Island – you could even visit after your flight! The photos you can take in the air are simply stunning, and there’s simply nothing like looking down upon the collection of beautiful islands that form the capital city.
Now you should be all set for Valentine’s Day in Abu Dhabi and what to do - we wish you all the best for your romance! Out of all the options we think the romantic seaplane tour of the sky is definitely the best way to win your love’s heart. Get in touch with our team and book in for your romantic seaplane tour today! We can even help with transfers, hotel bookings and more so you don’t need to worry about a thing.