A Day Trip to Zaya Nurai Island
Artfully blending it’s pristine blue waters and white sandy beaches with the understated luxury of modern Arabian hospitality, Zaya Nurai island is the UAE’s answer to the Maldives. A night in one of Nurai’s prestigious water villas will set you back several thousands of dirhams but a day pass is only AED 350 which is an absolute steal seeing as you get it back as a minimum spend that can be used on food, drinks, spa and beach activities. After spending a day on this slice of paradise, I can’t think of a more luxurious weekend activity.
How to get there
From Dubai, it’s a 75 mins drive to the Zaya Nurai welcome centre on Saadiyat Island. A shuttle boat service departs to the island every hour. We caught the 11:30 boat and 10 mins later we had arrived at Zaya Nurai.
Where to Go
Arriving at Zaya Nurai feels somewhat surreal as you can’t help but revel at the sight of crystal clear blue waters calmly caressing the sandy beach shore. We were ushered into the first pool area, a large infinity pool overlooking the Arabian gulf. There were several families around the pool side, but we didn’t have any trouble securing a pool bed. The cosy beds are nestled in mounds of greenery, above a flight of steps giving you an elevated view of the island. During the 2 hours we sent at the pool side, the DJ kept us entertained with thumping tunes which had me busting a few moves, as I do.
We wanted to explore the rest of the island so we called for a buggy to take us to the second pool areas which was supposedly more popular with the younger “party” weekenders. It also housed the famous Zaya swings and hammocks secured a few metres into the ocean. I must confess that mounting the swings are a bit of a hassle as it requires some serious upper body strength and tenacity. I made it up after a few minutes of scrambling, and the moments we spent snuggled into the hammock enjoying the view of the sea were totally worth it. We even spotted a few fishes. The swings also make for the perfect Instagramable moment, I mean did you really go to Zaya Nurai if you didn’t get a photo on the swings?
What to Eat:
The resort features seven restaurants all of which had their special appeal with choices from Mexican and Italian to Lebanese. All the restaurants serve local produce where possible, sustainably sourced from the island’s kitchen garden. We eventually decided for lunch at the Smokin’ Pineapple simply for its convenience and close proximity to the beach. Our club sandwiches were expertly crafted and delicious.
DFF Top Tips:
Time on the island seemed to fly by and we wished we had come a bit earlier to enjoy an extra hour on the beach.
Book The Spa | https://www.zayanuraiisland.com/spa
The Zaya Nurai spa is a wonderful way to elevate your daycation experience as they offer several holistic treatments using natural artisan products.
For booking information please call +971 2 5066 222 or visit their website https://www.zayanuraiisland.com/ for more information.
With approximately AED 500 you can purchase the Day pass and enjoy a nice meal on the island and a beach activity. However if you opt to indulge in a Spa treatment you will need to budget another AED 400 at least.