Filled with relaxing beach stays, all-action water sports or immersive cultural journeys through Arabian history, there’s a romantic escape for every kind of couple on their honeymoon in Abu Dhabi.
Begin married life together on sugary stretches of sand, basking in the year-round sunshine. Indulge in some much-deserved relaxation after wedding planning with massages on the beach and sunset views across the gulf.
Choose an Abu Dhabi honeymoon package that guarantees you both a trip you’ll never forget. Abu Dhabi boasts an abundance of upscale resorts featuring Michelin-starred eateries, on-site spas and private beaches.
From the glittering ocean to the spectacular architecture showcasing the unique culture of the Middle East, honeymoon in Abu Dhabi for an incredible experience like no other.
A honeymoon in Abu Dhabi promises a lavish stay. Enjoy a five-star experience in stunning surroundings with faultless service.
Explore the tropical mangrove forests teeming with nature or gaze out over the Arabian Gulf and admire spectacular sunsets.
Reserve a table for two at one of Abu Dhabi’s many sought-after restaurants. Explore flavours from around the world in a stylish atmosphere.
Expand your horizons by exploring new places and learning new things together. Abu Dhabi is brimming with history and has a fascinating heritage.
Where to stay
Book your Abu Dhabi honeymoon in one of Abu Dhabi’s stylish resorts, where every little detail is taken care of.
If you’re planning to spend most of your time relaxing, choose a resort with its own private beach, so you’re just minutes away from golden sands and the refreshing ocean. An exclusive suite will give you a quiet retreat at the end of the day.
You’ll also find hotels that have amazing restaurant settings, from relaxed rooftops to twinkling terraces and spas offering an extensive list of pampering treatments, many with options designed for couples.
With beautiful scenery, a vibrant dining scene and spectacular culture, Abu Dhabi is packed with unique experiences that will make your honeymoon a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Admire Abu Dhabi from every angle as you take a boat tour over the Arabian Gulf. Start your journey from Corniche Beach, Al Kasir or Yas Island to cruise by Emirates Palace, Maya Island and the Fisherman’s Village as the sun sets behind you.
Head to the desert for a horseback or camel ride across cascading sand dunes found in Abu Dhabi’s sweeping Rub’ al Khali (the Empty Quarter).
Explore the vast desert sands in an air-conditioned 4x4. Book an overnight safari and experience a Bedouin camp under the stars.
Admire famous works by esteemed artists from around the world, telling the story of humanity so far. Visit early for kayaking around the iconic white dome.
Take on your first challenge together as newlyweds and dive deep into the Arabian Gulf. Try snorkelling, bodyboarding, scuba-diving or surfboarding.
Abu Dhabi is a coastal delight, and you won’t need to go far to find your nearest beach, so can enjoy endless days relaxing on the sand and splashing in the waves.
If you’re an active couple, embark on a hike through Mangrove National Park. It’s just outside the city centre and is bursting with local wildlife. Trek along raised platforms through the salt marshes and mangrove trees, then kayak through the tranquil waterways.
Abu Dhabi is a cultural hub with traditions tracing back thousands of years.
Visit the Qasr Al Hosn to get a real insight into the city’s ancient heritage. An iconic structure, this mighty fortress is the oldest building in the UAE. While it was originally designed as a watchtower for local pearl traders, it later expanded into a thriving village. Book onto a guided tour for the most insightful experience.
It’s easy to unwind as you lay on the beach. Listen to the gentle waves on a quiet beach like Nurai Island and embrace the peaceful feelings that will inevitably flow. Book a spot of outdoor yoga or Pilates at Saadiyat Beach Club and stretch as the sun sets.
There’s also plenty of spas with an extensive list of pampering treatments. Say goodbye to any tension with a full-body massage and rejuvenate both your complexion and mood with a refreshing facial.
Hit up WTC Mall in downtown Abu Dhabi to splash out in the shops.
Opposite Etihad Square, you can spend an entire day browsing more than 200 high-street and high-fashion stores to find pieces to add to your wardrobe. Treat yourself to a new wardrobe or stock up on new skincare or makeup products.
Have a romantic candlelit dinner every night of your honeymoon in Abu Dhabi.
The city is brimming with restaurants where you can both sample flavours from around the world. For a cosy atmosphere, reserve a table at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill to savour every succulent mouthful of steak against a fire-lit wall.
You’ll find Sontaya on Saadiyat Island. Order authentic Thai and Chinese plates like dumplings and roasted duck while admiring glittering views of the ocean.
The local hotels offer Abu Dhabi honeymoon packages that often include access to the resort’s onsite spas for romantic couple’s massages and facials.
After a day exploring Louvre Abu Dhabi, head to the rooftop lounge for a cosy evening watching the sunset over the Gulf.
Early afternoons offer the perfect chance to explore some of the city’s wonderful indoor attractions, with the sun at its strongest.
Pair relaxation and physical wellness with an Abu Dhabi yoga retreat to stretch and sweat away the stress of wedding planning.
You can host your wedding in Abu Dhabi so you can start your honeymoon straight away. There are plenty of lavish venues that would work hard to ensure you get the special day you envision.
If you and your partner are UAE residents, then you’ll have no trouble hosting a lawful Islamic ceremony. If you are not from the UAE, however, you would only be able to host a symbolic ceremony. Many couples choose to have their main celebrations in Abu Dhabi after legally marrying in their home country. This way you can fly out loved ones to join you as you celebrate at one of the many stunning coastal resorts.
Abu Dhabi is the perfect year-round destination for your honeymoon. This means you can visit at a time that works best for you, whether it’s straight after your wedding or six months later.
The city boasts exotically hot summers, so it’s the best time to relax and take in the culture at your own leisurely pace, before dining on a restaurant terrace as you watch the sunset. While slightly cooler, winter in Abu Dhabi is still wonderfully warm. This is the best time to wile away the days on the beach and get stuck into the many outdoor adventures on offer.
Both Yas Island and Saadiyat Island offer the tropical luxuries you’d hope for when on your honeymoon and give you a touch more privacy and peace. Away from the hustle and bustle, you can enjoy tranquil days together as a new couple and still easily head into downtown Abu Dhabi should you wish. Reserve a private room or suite in an extravagant hotel like Radisson Blu Hotel on Yas Island or the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas on Saadiyat Island for a five-star package.
Abu Dhabi’s golden desert is a truly romantic landscape. Cast your eyes for miles over the red-orange sand dunes and up at the clear blue sky. There are also desert night tours for two, so you can see the most spectacular starlit skies come to life away from the city. Stay in an exclusive resort like Qasr Al Sarab to wake up surrounded by the impressive desert.
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