8 ways to spend Valentine’s Day on Yas Island
When the time comes to celebrate, deciding what to do is often the hardest part and Valentine’s Day is no different. But fear not, because Yas Island could be the answer for confused couples across the UAE this V Day.
With water slides, record-breaking rollercoasters and a Formula 1 Circuit within five minutes’ drive of the newly refurbished Yas Beach, award-winning spas and Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping mall... not to mention more than 100 restaurants serving every cuisine imaginable, couples need more than one day to get through it all. Here are our top picks…
Dine at Yas Marina
What would Valentine’s night be without a slap up dinner? Seven restaurants, 10 cuisines, and one iconic view of the famous Yas Viceroy Hotel’s twinkling roof and the sparkling waters of Yas Marina. You’d be hard pressed to find a more romantic setting, but if classic romance is not your thing, there are more relaxed options too. With the lively Lebanese stalwart Iris, the laid back Stars N Bars diner, and iconic Italian Cipriani to choose from, there’s an atmosphere and menu to suit every couple.
Kayak through the mangroves by moonlight
Experience the Middle Eastern version of the Venetian gondola cruise with Noukhada’s kayaking tours. Leaving from Yas Beach, the stunning tour will not only be lit up with artificial lights but will also give you a unique and exciting view of the capital.
Where: Noukhada, Yas Beach
When: February 14
Contact: +971 56 7602179, www.noukhada.ae
Hire a cabana at Yas Beach
The newly refurbished and extended Yas Beach is the ideal spot for those looking to enjoy a relaxing day out with your loved one. Book a cabana package and enjoy being served fresh fruit and grape beverages all day until the sun sets.
Price: From AED200
Couple’s massage at ESPA
With nine treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge overlooking the Yas Marina race track and a Presidential Treatment Suite featuring its own hammam, steam room and Kinesis fitness equipment, Yas Viceroy’s award-winning ‘ESPA’ spa is a must for all those looking to unwind in style.
Where: ESPA spa, Yas Viceroy
Contact: +971 2 656 0862, firstname.lastname@example.org
Go gold at Yas Waterworld
If adrenaline is more your idea of a romantic getaway then Yas Waterworld is perfect for you. Enjoy an action packed adventure with the aqua park’s 45 rides and once the rides have worn you out, retreat to your cabana where your private butler will serve you soft drinks and fresh fruit while you laze by the pool.
Price: Four person cabana from AED 1199
Contact: +9712 414 2000, www.yaswaterworld.com
Ride in luxury at Ferrari World
If you have a need for speed then Ferrari World is a must. Thrill seekers can ride the fastest rollercoaster in the world, the Formula Rossa, whilst those looking for a more chilled experience can opt for a scenic drive in a vintage Ferrari on the Bell’Italia ride. And that's not all - car enthusiasts can even partake in the new driving experience (booking is essential) which gives die-hard car lovers a chance to get behind the wheel of a real Ferrari and take it for a once-in-a-lifetime spin around Yas Island. Just remember you are not the Stig and that the car needs to be returned...
Have dinner under the stars on the Yas Viceroy’s rooftop
If you prefer the classic dinner and a movie then Yas Viceroy’s rooftop is the place for you. Enjoy a romantic dinner around the Longitude rooftop pool, followed by a screening of a classic film from 9pm to 11pm.
Where: Marina Rooftop, Yas Viceroy
When: 7:00pm-9:00pm, February 14
Price: From AED 350 per person