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Yas Island, Abu Dhabi: a guide

Explore Yas Island in Abu Dhabi this summer in 6 different ways.

With its countless adventures, there's no way to be bored on Yas Island. From paddle boarding to rejuvenating spas, this is the perfect place to choose your own adventure. 

1. SUP boarding at Yas Beach

Take to the turquoise waters and paddle around Yas Island. Explore the unique mangroves while getting bronzed and working on strengthening your core. Paddleboards can be hired by the hour from Noukhada, Yas Beach’s water sports partner. When you’ve come on shore, order a refreshing watermelon and cool down with a frozen drink or fresh coconut water. Yas Beach has a full service restaurant and bar as well as covered cabanas for hire. Admission is AED 50 per person weekdays and AED 100 on weekends for regular sun beds with a towel and parasol.

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2. Yas Links golf course

Experience Golf like never before at Yas Links, the first links golf course to be constructed in the Middle East. The course sprawls across eighteen- holes, set against the spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s leading golf course designers, it combines unparalleled visual glory with the thrill of golf’s ultimate test. To avoid the heat, you can play as late as 9 pm.

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3. Seawings

Witness the grandeur of Abu Dhabi’s skyline from 1000 feet above the ground when you take off from Yas Marina on an aerial tour of Abu Dhabi in a seaplane with Seawings. You’ll soar 1,000ft above the marina in a plane designed for just nine people. Captain Stephane Landry has been flying Seawings for two years and says, ‘Tours take 30-45 minutes. On the 30-minute tour you’ll see Emirates Palace while the 45-minute flight takes you to Dubai Creek and Mall of the Emirates.’

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4. Azure Marine

Fancy being a captain of a ship? Charter your own boat with Azure Marine and set sail aboard a 24m wooden Turkish Gulet. The marina is a short boat trip away from 200 uninhabited islands, so you can take your pick. Prices start from Dhs350 per person for a sunset tour, while a private charter costs Dhs2,500 per hour with a minimum of four hours.


5. Abu Dhabi Luxury Spa Resort

Enter a sanctuary of award-winning rejuvenation at ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, where classic healing traditions blend with modern techniques to provide inspirational experiences. ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi transcends the expected, with nine treatment rooms, separate private areas for male and female guests, a relaxation lounge overlooking the Yas Marina race track, plus the Viceroy Presidential Treatment Suite featuring its own hammam, steam room with a rain shower and color therapy, and Kinesis fitness equipment.

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Through various spa treatments, you can find a tranquil retreat for pampering and relaxation, and emerge with a renewed energy and spirit.


6. Yas Mall

Beat the heat and spend a day in this 2.5 million square foot retail and entertainment destination. Make sure you visit Boutique 1 for all of your luxury shopping needs. You can find brands like Missoni, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Kage and many more. Watch the latest films at VOX Cinemas or have lunch at one of their many restaurants. Luxos recommends grabbing a bite at Carluccio’s, Giraffe and Lemongrass Thai. There’s also family entertainment zone by Funworks for the kids. Yas Mall is located at the heart of Yas Island, 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 10 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International airport.

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1 Yas Island
2 Viceroy Hotel and Spa
3 Yas Mall
4 Yas Beach
5 Yas Links
6 Seawings
7 Azure Marine