A Relaxing Weekend at Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi


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.


  • Hanna says:

    It looks exactly how I have thought it looks like. The mangrove is like another planet, passing it when driving to Abu Dhabi. The place has been in my list for way too long time now. Breakfast, oh, do you think they would carry me away if I end up eating too much and not able to walk anymore?

    • Millie says:

      It really is wonderful. I’m so looking forward to heading back and sailing through those mangroves. The breakfast buffet is close to the pool, so you could just ask them to roll you onto a sun lounger 😉

  • Waz says:

    Wow, this place looks like a gorgeous getaway! I especially love the mangrove view, and your writing really transports me there. Next time you go, please get some photos of the breakfast buffet. Best breakfast buffet sounds like high praise, and I’m so curious to see all the food!

  • sileas says:

    Cool, I didn’t know there are mangroves in Abu Dhabi? Certainly a great getaway! And the sunset – wow!

  • Angela says:

    Room 633 has fantastic view, so relaxing! The place itself looks wow – awesome. I love ending a day with a good view and a cocktail. 🙂 Nice photos by the way. 🙂

  • Passmethedimsum says:

    Oh wow. That’s so beautifully written I felt as if I went on the trip myself 🙂 I agree, Abu Dhabi does have such a relaxed feel to it, and I love how it’s just far enough to feel like you’re on an actual trip, but close enough to turn around midway if you forget your camera (haha, happened to me -_-). Best breakfast buffet sounds like a big compliment coming from you! Now I want to visit Anantara Eastern Mangroves 🙂

  • Mitzie Mee says:

    Such a beautiful place! I love the mangrove view from your room. It doesn’t look like anything anything I’ve seen down here. The sunset looks gorgeous too:)

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