By Mariam Nihal
From the naked eye the sea seemed endless and there was a thin line on the horizon with no land visible around us.
The sea seemed to engulf us. The almost ethereal cerulean waves crashed onto the balmy beaches, making even watching the beach a mesmerizing occupation of time at Zaya Nurai.
Right before sunset, the beach is a hive of activity, when volleyballs fly in the air and iced mocktails are served at the beach, then the ruby red sun dips down across the vast horizon, and yachts skim on the restless sea’s surface, reaching for a closer look at the magnificent sun setting one can only find in Zaya Nurai.
One of its kind, suffice it to say Zaya Nurai is undoubtedly one of the hottest destinations in the Middle East. An absolute marvel, somewhat of a wonder, it is carved out of the vast blue ocean and a stand-alone island. From one bedroom to five bedroom villas, the exotic resort offers a wide range of options for all kinds of travelers.
Their boutique one-bedroom villas have a boho-chic vibe and are designed to blend into the landscape, embracing its beauty and tranquility. If you wanted to get away, then this is it. Far away from any possible commotion, somehow you are within and without at this beautiful resort.
Each room offers a distinct and unique vista, a heated private pool and a premium beachfront location with wifi, pricey in-villa dining options and a dedicated yet slow butler service. Bose speakers and an entertainment TV guide are set up for leisure, all that is missing is AirPlay. The room sprawls over 215 square meters with a private patio for your morning tea and and a sun deck you can use to unwind. The open-plan design allows natural light to flood through your villa lighting up your mood.
If you are traveling with your family then the Estates Villas are a great choice. Tucked under sweeping grass canopies dotted around the perimeter of the island, with their private beaches with an ocean view, the 5-bedroom villas are accentuated by private gardens, infinity swimming pools and reflecting pools.
Other types of rooms include beach retreat, house, two bedroom sea view and a water villa.
Embodying tropical island vibes, the man-made island resort rivals the Maldives and Seychelles.
For those looking to travel abroad, you don’t have to.
In fact if you are in Abu Dhabi on a short trip and are free for brunch, you can have a taste of this paradise. Zaya Nurai Island is situated along the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf in the Emirate and just a 10-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.
But you also have the option of taking a private plane to your destination. Or perhaps you would fancy a seaplane adventure before your delicious brunch at Nurai Island on the weekend.
A private limousine will pick you up from your home to take you to the nearest seaplane departure point. The Seawings will fly you out for an exciting seaplane tour before reaching Nurai Island to enjoy an unforgettable brunch overlooking the pristine sand and the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf.
We don’t doubt you would want to stay back, which perhaps was the plan all along.
Explore utmost luxury like no other at the beachfront of Zaya Nurai. Come and reconnect with yourself and nature this weekend.
About Zaya Nurai Island
Zaya Nurai Island – derived from the Arabic word Noor, meaning light, was conceived by Zaya’s CEO Nadia Zaal to provide a sanctuary for discerning individuals. Zaya has developed Zaya Nurai Island into an exclusive community of limited edition Estate Villas and Water Villa homes and Zaya Hospitality first boutique.
Nurai was born from Nadia’s dream to create a truly nurturing living space that would nourish the mind, body and spirit of each person who made their home there.
The Petit Z Kids club, nestled among palm trees and just a step away from the beach is a great retreat for children from 4 to 12 years old.
A team is ready to host children who they call ‘little Zayans’ and offer a fun and educational range of activities including arts, nature and sports till 8 pm.
ZAYA is a boutique real estate, hospitality development and operations firm specializing in bespoke luxury in the UAE focused on delivering a personalized service. ZAYA was founded in 2008 with a clear vision and well-defined principles.
Phone: +971 2 5066 212