6 spa and wellness resorts in Abu Dhabi for a refreshing start to 2022


Imagine waking up to the New Year in luxury – margarita in hand, panoramic view on the horizon and the tranquility of a wellness center.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

In an attempt to make this a reality, we researched our dream location and found not one, but a handful of luxurious, serene and beautiful Abu Dhabi spa and wellness resorts that hold our hearts!

Here is the list of wellness dreams:

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

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Just a two-hour drive from the capital is the vast empty Liwa Desert neighborhood, where you’ll find the hidden healing oasis of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

Boasting endless views of towering golden dunes, this luxury resort and spa offers relaxing treatments rooted in traditional Arab rituals and exotic Thai wellness therapies.

That’s not all, it also offers its most requested treatment – the traditional Moroccan hammam experience that detoxifies and nourishes the skin with scrubs and wraps infused with restorative ingredients. A rejuvenating vacation indeed!

Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi

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Infused with natural beauty and serene tranquility, Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection hotel, is an intimate retreat inspired by classic dwellings, traditional artwork and arabesque accessories.

The trademark Saray Spa offers a wellness journey like no other. With over 11 treatment rooms, it includes a salt room with walls covered with Himalayan salt, a hammam suite with traditional treatments, an ice bucket room and an exclusive snow cave among many other facilities.

From couples’ treatments to individual massages, the exquisite wellness complex consists of letting go of the daily hustle and bustle, entering an exclusive natural environment, reconnecting and reuniting.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

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The lavish Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara sits on Sir Bani Yas Island Nature Reserve and is an alluring mix of luxurious amenities with rich Arabic touches and panoramic views of the lush landscapes and sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf.

From exploring rare wildlife in the open to stunning views of the coast, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. But our favorite, of course, is the spa oasis overlooking the Arabian Gulf or a beachside spa session in a private cabin.

Anantara Spa is rooted in Thai culture and offers natural and indigenous ingredients. One of their exclusive treatments, the Desert Islands Retreat, includes a milk foot bath followed by a gentle body exfoliation with desert sand.

Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus

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Al Seef Resort & Spa is Abu Dhabi’s first luxury resort within an all-inclusive resort at Al Seef Village by Andalus. The Mediterranean atmosphere offers luxurious amenities, four outdoor swimming pools and a three-story spa center.

With many treatments and wellness services, you can also enjoy city life within the complex. The street food – Mamsha Al Seef by Andalus – has 20 outlets offering international cuisines and retail stores.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

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Resembling a summer house, the majestic Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is the perfect balance between understated luxury and serenity.

With panoramic suites, stunning sea views and luxurious service, the resort is an exclusive experience not to be missed.

The 2,700 m² spa includes 15 treatment rooms and three outdoor swimming pools. Indulge in healthy treatments that combine sublime spa and dining experiences, such as Spa Afternoon Tea – an exclusive company with the best specialties, mini sandwiches and sweet treats with a pot of wellness tea.

Zaya Nurai Island Resort

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Set in the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Gulf, Zaya Nurai Island Resort is a private boutique resort with an award-winning spa and wellness center. It offers many opportunities to relax and connect with nature.

Each of the spa’s treatment rooms offers stunning ocean views that will put you in a good mood. You can also relax in the outdoor relaxation area, overlooking the serene waters of the Persian Gulf while sipping herbal tea and soaking up the surrounding beauty. Or bathe in the glow of Savasana at the soothing yoga pavilion.

Found something you like? Do not wait. Plan for the perfect start to 2022 and relax, restore and rejuvenate!

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