Return to Nurai
I titled it as the 'Ultimate Staycation' in my first review of Zaya on Nurai. But I most often refer to the island as 'Maldives-in-the-UAE' now, a popular description which best fits.
There was a little happy dance in the kitchen and a hurried phone call to my (I'd like to imagine also subsequently dancing) husband when I got an email inviting me back to Nurai, to review the new two bedroom Beach Houses. 'Errr, let me just check my diary, YES OF COURSE WE CAN!!! You haven't said when yet? Don't worry, we can make it!'
So there we are, back in the Saadiyat welcome lounge, all swagger because we've been there before; stuffing our faces with waiting, fresh cookies and juices and looking out for our boat.
Nippy little 10-min speedboat adventure to the James Bond island approach. Warm, friendly return welcome at the dock and whisked away on a golf buggy to our Beach House.
The new two bed-roomed, two giant bathroomed beach houses are of course heaven. We didn't have a beach-front on this occasion, but each villa has the usual scenic, private pool. Rather than lose my cool (rapidly diminished shrieking about how nice the Houses are all weekend on my Instastories), I shall refer you to the below images... 'nuff said I think.
Another fab addition to the island, is the east beach's Smoking Pineapple. The laid-back, bohemian beach, is dotted with hammocks and teepees, rugs, pillow and fire pits. It's serviced by a bar and pizza oven and guests who have a little more energy can scale giant swings in the sea or play volleyball next to the chill zone. We took the boys there for sunset drinks and beach play and it was the best evening.
A quick dash back to our near by house, a change of clothes (my husband having scaled the sea wing and soaked his non-swim clothes), we set out barefoot for dinner at another new Nurai spot, Dusk Mexican restaurant. Which like everywhere else on the island, accommodated our family, playing children included, in the most hospitable and relaxed way.
Breakfast at Frangipani the next morning was only marred by the fact that we would leave later that day. But after, we played unit the last minute in the House pool and at the spectacular kids club until the last minute. A speed boat back to Abu Dhabi is the only way to exit such a special little family vacay.
We've decided it's the island life for us. We'd go back, We'd MOVE IN, tomorrow.