One of Abu Dhabi
's great pleasures is the ease with which one can escape to a seemingly remote paradise within minutes. If you’d like a tropical getaway without a drive or flight, take a 10-minute ferry from Saadiyat Island and stay at the luxury villas at the Zaya Nurai Island resort. Those who can tear away from the private infinity pool that comes with every villa will find nature walks, snorkeling, outdoor movie nights, and just about any water activity imaginable, from kitesurfing to Flyboarding. Nurai's dining scene offers a variety of memorable experiences, too—from Book Cellar, a library where guests recline and read with cheese and wine to Smokin Pineapple, an unapologetically fun beachfront pizza grill.