Stretched across 1.3 km of white sandy beach, the Emirates Palace Beach offers several experiences in one visit, including the latest addition - customised spa treatments in your very own beach cabana.
An outdoor offering of the luxury treatments available at the Anantara Spa, the exclusive Emirates Palace Beach Club, introduces a new opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation along the coast of the Arabian Gulf. The milder temperatures of autumn are the best time to visit Abu Dhabi to indulge in the perfect combination of sun, turquoise waters and a wide range of leisure activities. From the East to the West of the resort, there is an array of offerings for both members and a limited number of day users.
For the young and young at heart, the Cascades Adventure Pool offers both thrilling rides and a jet-propelled lazy river with intermittent waterfalls to refresh bathers. Nestled among palm trees, the East Pool with both a kids and separate adults-only section, allows guests and members alike to turn down the fun by a couple of notches with Jacuzzis, sun loungers, African day beds and pool hammocks, as they savour a range of healthy food options and mixers available at Las Brisas restaurant.
A bicycle ride or jog through the well-manicured gardens will lead guests along a six-kilometre path of discovery. From cricket and football pitches to floodlit tennis courts, badminton, and a beach volleyball court, members and day-users can explore a variety of activities and decide if they would prefer to stay dry or if they would rather take a dip in the Arabian Gulf.
Having recently been awarded Blue Flag accreditation, the clear blue waters of the Emirates Palace lagoon meet the highest international standards of water quality and environmental safety. With complimentary access to non-motorised water sports like snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing and sailing, guests can choose from a wide range of activities to fill their day.
For those who like the added thrill of an engine, water skiing and wakeboarding are definite must-tries. Beyond the beach and plethora of activities available, members and day-users can enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality with Arabic coffee or saffron tea and dates under the ‘Bedouin Tents of Arabia’ or a camel ride along the coast for an extra touch of local culture.
Parents can bring the whole family and still find time to relax as kids between the ages of five and twelve are catered for by Emirates Palace’s dedicated Sarab Land team who will keep their interest peaked with full schedule of fun games and activities. Cascades, located at the West Pool, offers a selection of international cuisine, as well as, a special menu for kids in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
World Travel Awards
In other news, Emirates Palace general manager, Holger Schroth, along with two members of his management team recently flew to Doha, Qatar to accept two World Travel Awards. Following years of success, the property picked up the trophies for ‘World’s Leading Luxury Beach Resort’ and ‘World’s Leading Hotel Suite’, for the Palace Suite at Emirates Palace, in 2013.
“We are very pleased to receive two prestigious industry awards this year,” said Schroth. “It is another great achievement for the whole team at Emirates Palace, and we are very humbled to see that our effort to provide the highest standards of hospitality in the iconic, landmark property of Abu Dhabi is being recognized within our industry.”
The awards were given at the 20th annual World Travel Award Grand Final Gala Ceremony, hosted by La Cigale Hotel. Emirates Palace has won a handful of prestigious industry awards since its inception in 2005, including the 2012 World Travel Award’s ‘Best World’s Leading Conference and Meetings Hotel’ and ‘World’s Leading Presidential Suite’.
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