I love living in Dubai, absolutely love it. I love that there is always something to do; places to go, things to see, delicious food to eat.
But like any big city, sometimes it all just becomes a bit too much. You need to get away from the everyday and relax.
Abu Dhabi has a completely different feel to it than Dubai has. Yes there are far fewer skyscrapers (but to be fair most places have less tall buildings than Dubai), but that isn’t what I mean. There is something just more relaxed and laid back about the capital of the UAE. Things seem to move at a much slower pace.
That is definitely true for the Eastern Mangroves area of Abu Dhabi. Only fifteen minutes from the centre, this protected area is absolutely beautiful. You would never expect something so lush in an area that is known for its extreme heat and expansive desert.
As soon as we walked into the Anantara Eastern Mangroves I knew we had made the right decision for our relaxing weekend. The view from the lobby, out over the infinity pool and the lagoon where the mangroves grow, was the kind of view that makes you sigh involuntarily.
Everything about the hotel just screamed “let us look after you” from the traditionally Arabian architecture to the super friendly staff.
We checked into our room (number 633 in case you’re interested), which was bright, calming, modern and came with all the luxuries we wanted. A king size bed, lovely balcony over looking the mangroves and down onto the pool. The bathroom was splendid with a lovely big bath and rainfall shower.
We went for a stroll along the promenade as the sun started to set, local and visitors were strolling along as well, others were kayaking along the creek, or enjoying a ride in a solar-powered donut boat (something I definitely want to go back and try).
As the last of the days sun started to fade, we took a seat in the pool bar and enjoyed a few cocktails and the wonderful view, before heading to dinner at Pachaylen, a thai restaurant based in the hotel with a really good selection of veggie dishes. The food, service and decor were all fantastic. I left absolutely stuffed.
I’m always a little more excited by a rooftop than I probably should be, but we had high hopes for ‘Impressions’ unfortunately these were very short lived as the actual outside area is rather small and there wasn’t any room for us. We took a seat inside and enjoyed the music, but it just wasn’t the same and I have to admit I was rather disappointed.
After an excellent nights sleep – the bed was really comfy – it was time to head down for brekkie and what ended up being the most impressive breakfast buffet selection I have ever seen (and I have seen A LOT) there was everything you could possibly wish for and then some. No pictures I’m afraid as I was far too excited at the deliciousness on offer and I just had to eat it all – that said I’ll absolutely be back to the Anantara Eastern Mangroves, so I’ll get some pictures next time.