DO OR DINE - RESTAURANTS AND THINGS TO DO IN ABU DHABI
NUTELLA DOUGHNUTS AT HAZZAA CAFE
CORNER AIRPORT ROAD AND 13TH
Did we have you at Nutella?! Hazzaa Cafe is one of those 'if you know, you know' kind of places. It's got a fabulously chic nautical theme that's carried across all the food items - expect an anchor on your latte and a chocolate seahorse on your plate - and outstandingly lovely staff.
Aside from the huge range of coffees on offer, the food cabinet and the all-day breakfast menu is one of the best in town. The Nutella doughnuts sit on the top of the cabinet, calling you from behind their perspex hat, plump, fresh and absolutely delicious. They're worth the trip and if you don't fancy Nutella, try a pistachio. And if you don't fancy doughnuts get a cookie or a cheesecake or a choux bun brimming with custard - there's something for everyone!
Time: 7AM - 11PM
Contact: 056 607 0608 056 607 0608
1 DIRHAM TUESDAY AT FUN CITY
YAS MALL, ABU DHABI MALL, DELMA MALL
Did you know that your children can play on all the blue games at Fun City on Tuesdays for a single dirham! These include good stuff like the perfect-for-thrill-seekers big rides for big kids as well as dodgems, a cute little boat ride and train for very small people, the beautiful carousel, motorbike and car racing plus loads more. Keep the kids entertained for less!
Time: 10PM - 10AM
THE RETREAT, WESTIN ABU DHABI
Spring has sprung ... though at 40 degrees it's all relative! You can still get a sense of 'real' spring at Maifest, the fabulous spring version of Oktoberfest at The Retreat. Anyway, why miss an opportunity to cheers to German drinks and traditional food?!
Enjoy light, sweet, tender white asparagus, Wiener Schnitzel and best of all, apple strudel alongside steins of Lowenbrau and Erdinger.
So why wait until October? Get booked in and wash down a stein to cheers to the summer months! The Retreat's got you covered!
Time: Daily 2PM - 1AM I Available until May 31
Price: A la carte
Contact: 02 616 9999
SEA SAFARI ISLAND HOPPING
FROM AL BATEEN MARINA
It's not too hot to go island hopping in the amazing Khaleej Al Arabi with Sea Safari! The four hour package gives you the chance to see a few of the amazing islands: we loved our stops at Dolphin Island and Crystal Island, after which they stopped and set up chairs and a table where we ate our own picnic. They provided loads of water and soft drinks in a cool box and although it was warm, it was breezy and and the boat had a shady part at the back for those looking to get out of the sun. We swam in the crystal-clear water of the Gulf and felt like we were really on vacation. Highly recommend Sea Safari!
Time: 9AM - 1PM or 2PM - 6PM
Price: AED1575, paid in advance by bank transfer
Boat holds 8-10 people,
Photo and info credit: Lucy Holden
APERITIVO AT AMICI
W ABU DHABI YAS ISLAND
We're happy to welcome an old friend back to Thursday nights! Amici in W Yas Island has relaunched the ever-so-popular aperitivo night, a two hour session perfect for couples or a squad get-together. This Italian Affair runs every Thursday from 6PM – 8PM and for just AED98AED you can enjoy great Italian beer, Aperol Spritz and some really great Italian bites. Don't we all just love a great mid-week deal in Abu Dhabi?!
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Contact: 02 656 0000
MARRIOTT AL FORSAN
Saray Spa at Marriott Al Forsan provides a hidden haven for anyone who feels the need for some dedicated pampering. It features a hammam, relaxation rooms with a sauna steam room and dip pool, and traditional treatment rooms. Enjoy both mens and womens massages including couples massages, scrubs, good quality facials and wraps as well as services for children and lounges to relax in during your pamper session. There's also a therapy bath to wash away aches and pains and a steam room for the ultimate in detoxing.
Best of all, you get 40% off any treatment, Monday to Thursday between 10AM and 4PM! At this rate, you could go every week!
Time: 10AM - 4PM
Price: 40% off regular pricing
Contact: 02 201 4031