Friday, 20 January 2017

A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

It’s wet, cold and dark outside so  I thought I would reminisce about somewhere that is warm and sunny. In October, I traveled to Abu Dhabi (also Dubai but I will talk about this next week) and I want to share my top tips for an amazing part of Abu Dhabi, Yas Island. If you are heading to the UAE, October is the perfect month to start going as the summer months would turn you into a puff of smoke.

Yas Island is the perfect place in Abu Dhabi to relax, play some golf and see some sights.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
How to get here:
Unless you live in the UAE you need to fly, check out skyscanner for the cheapest flights. If you fly into Dubai it’s about 90 minutes in a taxi and if you fly to Abu Dhabi its about 20 minutes but it really depends on what deals you can get on your flight. We flew from London Heathrow to Dubai with Emirates and OMG they are roomy even in economy!!!

Where to Stay
Radisson Blu Yas Island: this relaxing resort is located next to an amazing golf course and has a lovely spa, which can be followed up with some tasty cocktails and some of the best luxury dining in the area. A highlight was definitely the aromatherapy spa treatment for two.

A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

Where to eat
You don’t need to leave the hotel for good restaurants as Radisson Blu, Yas Island has 3 amazing restaurants and next door in its sister hotel the Park Inn by Radisson there is a fantastic Mexican restaurant.

Belgium Beer Café: Its all in the name! We didn’t make it here but I love Belgium cuisine and it looked fun.

Assymetri: Abu Dhabi does breakfast in style with food from around the globe and lots of it!.

Filini
We ventured to Filini on our first night and after a flight and a quick dip in the pool, Italian food was definitely required along with a gorgeous ‘large’ glass of white wine. I need to mention the view! Make sure you grab a seat outside as you can see the sparkling Persian Golf and the local golf course but if you end up inside you can watch the chefs cook up your meal instead.

Our meal was truly amazing and I will give you a quick run down of what I had: Mixed antipasti, you need to wait a good 20 minutes before you can eat anything else!. Beef Fillet, which was cooked to perfection and came with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and a creamy green pepper sauce. I really could not eat anything else BUT I did and for dessert we had the self proclaimed ‘best in town! Mamma’s Tiramisu'. I am not usually a coffee lover but this was divine.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

Amerigos
Why not have Mexican food whilst sipping a mango margarita by the pool? Of course, fajitas need to be on the main menu but we had eyes bigger than our belly again and had Nachos as well.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

What to do

Ferrari World, All day Ticket 275AED
Now, I know this doesn't sound like everyone's cup of tea especially if you’re not a car enthusiast but I'm not and it was a fun day out! Or even just for half a day... I went from 10am-2pm and managed to do everything I wanted which included rides, shows and a bit of shopping. You've even got the fastest roller-coaster in the world, going 240 km/h in 5s- my face literally looked like it had melted in the ride photo!

T2G Tip: There are a few rides you had to pre-book and I think you can do that online or at the entrance like the go carts, best to do that before you even get to the park.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

So you have done the theme park and now it is time to relax and unwind with some sand in your hair. So why not go and check out Yas Beach! White sand and clear water, what more can a gal want? There is an infinity pool for you to take a dip in and a number of bars and restaurants around the area. If you still looking for some excitement there are loads of water sports you can try like my fave, jet skiing.

Right next to the F1 track Yas Marina is a tranquil slice of paradise, perfect for a leisurely stroll whilst dreaming about owning one of the massive yachts. Then sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down…dreamy.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

You have probably seen a picture of this mosque somewhere before as it is truly stunning. I wished there was no one there so I could take some more unique photos but the hustle and bustle of people meant the mosque was brimming with people taking in this wonderful sight. It is a special place of worship in the country and can hold up to 40,000 worshipers at any one time.

T2G Tip: It is important to respect the local culture and it is frowned upon for woman to show too much skin at the mosque. I was concerned about showing my skin so I decided to wear a jumper as I didn't bring too many long sleeve tops with me. Do NOT do this, I nearly fainted!
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

T2G Tips
Best Time to travel: October - March
Taxis: Always try to get a local taxi instead of the hotel ones, as they can be very expensive!
Respect: The local cultures and traditions!
Most of all have fun! 

A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas IslandA Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas IslandA Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island


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