Our Manager Claire has just discovered the delights of Abu Dhabi on a VIP visit with our travel partners Jetset.
From check in we were escorted to the luxurious Etihad Lounge, to try out the facilities our Business Class clients experience. Onboard the flight, the economy seating was very relaxing along with great service, food and drinks.
After our evening arrival into Abu Dhabi we were whisked to the fabulous 5 star Dusit Thani in the city for our first evenings stay. A quick dinner and we were soon in the comfort of our club rooms for a relaxing night before the adventure ahead.
Today we viewed a selection of the luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. Starting with the palatial Emirates Palace situated on the city's famous Corniche, this hotel is the epitome of elegance and opulence set in 100 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens. We were treated to a Palace Cappuccino, the hotel's signature coffee sprinkled with gold flakes. We next visited the St Regis Abu Dhabi renowned for it's luxurious guest experiences, signature service and hospitality. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Villa Toscana restaurant before returning to the Dusit Thani for a chill by the pool.
In the evening we visited the Yas Viceroy, a landmark destination where guests can watch the glamorous world famous Formula 1 racing from the comfort of their hotel suite. Another delightful dinner followed by cocktails on the terrace ended a perfect day in Abu Dhabi.
Today was one of the highlights of the trip, we visited Ferrari World - the world's first Ferrari-themed park - home to the world's fastest rollercoaster. Formula Rossa accelerates to an unbelievable speed of 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds! But I wasn't that brave! But I did ride the Flying Aces which has the world's highest rollercoaster loop! Next door to Ferrari World is Yas Waterworld, a thrilling range of 45 rides, slides and attractions. You could easily spend two days at these attractions and they would be perfect for thrill seeking families.
After a hectic day testing the day excursion offerings in Abu Dhabi we returned to the relaxing surroundings of the Dusit Thani and another stunning dinner.
This morning we visited one of the iconic sights in Abu Dhabi - the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. One of the most visited landmarks in the UAE, this architectural wonder, one of the world's largest mosques has a capacity of 40000 worshippers. It is definately a must see highlight of Abu Dhabi.
The afternoon we spent kayaking through the Mangroves. The Mangroves along the shore form an integral part of the coastal ecosystem of this area, they provide a rich natural habitat that is a safe breeding ground for many fish, turtles and sea snakes. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and to see a different kind of activity on offer in Abu Dhabi.
All too soon it was time to say goodbye to Abu Dhabi and head to the airport for our flight home to Manchester.
Abu Dhabi is a great short break destination with guaranteed sunshine. Personally I preferred Abu Dhabi to Dubai as I felt it offered a more authentic Arab experience, or is a superb alternative for clients who have already visited Dubai. The hotels are all of an amazing standard, beautiful beaches and great shopping - all the ingredients for a perfect break or stopover.