Zaya Nurai Island: Privilee’s Newest Partner Is Here

I had soooo many questions about Zaya Nurai Island after I visited last week so I thought it’d be useful to put together a quick blog for you guys with all the answers so I hope that this is helpful. Any other questions feel free to comment below or send me an email.

As most of you know I’m a Privilee member and have been for about a year now. If you want to know more about how Privilee works in general you can check out an earlier post I wrote here. But in the meantime let’s talk all about the ultra-exclusive Zaya Nurai Island which has just been added to Privilee’s already impressive list of partners.


Situated in the Arabian Gulf off Abu Dhabi this private island hotel is the epitome of luxury and feels like you’ve just landed in The Maldives with its azure blue waters, white sand and tropical vibes. The island boasts 2 stunning beaches and 5 restaurants and is definitely on the more expensive side of hotels in the area (not really surprising considering how stunning it is) but with Privilee you can now visit completely free for the day.

Before planning your trip be sure to call the hotel and book your boat transfer in advance as they reserve only 30 spots for Privilee but if the hotel is at capacity this can be limited. And let’s face it, you don’t want to get all the way to Abu Dhabi just to find out they’re full. The first boat leaves at 10.30am each day and then every hour after this. To get there it’s an easy hour’s drive from Dubai to Saadiyat Island where their gorgeous welcome centre is located. They’ll scan your Privilee card and offer you coffee, water and snacks while you wait for the boat. The boat ride is a super quick 12 minutes and before you know it you are pulling into complete paradise.

You’ll be shown to the first beach right next to the jetty where you can relax at the main pool, dine in the fab Ginger Mermaid offering sushi and snacks or visit Frangipani on the other side of the pool offering all day International Cuisine. We opted to order sushi to our sunbeds from Ginger Mermaid and were not disappointed; fresh and tasty, it certainly hit the spot!

If you feel like a change of scene you can ask one of the staff to arrange a golf buggy which in 5 minutes can transport you to the water sports beach on the other side of the island where there’s a lively bar and restaurant, Smoked Pineapple, serving wood fired oven pizza. There’s a smaller plunge pool here but if you are a pool person I would definitely stick to the other side of the island. For those wondering this is the beach that houses the Bali-esque sea swings if you are looking for a good shot for Insta. I took a photo of the swings but we were just about to get the boat back and I didn’t quite have it in me to get back in the water for a shot. Clearly I’m not as dedicated to the ‘gram as I thought I was.

Don’t forget that Privilee gets you an awesome 20% off F&B in any of the outlets and 15% off the spa. Considering the location and the views all around the food is pretty reasonably priced and I was pleasantly surprised by the spa prices too. In addition to all this you also get access to the gym for those fitness bunnies out there. Basically it’s just an awesome deal.


When you are done sunning and treating yo’self you can hop back on the boat back to the mainland which leaves every hour on the hour until 8pm, so you can even stay for an early dinner if you want too.

Zaya Nurai Island really is complete paradise and the perfect spot for a total chill out. I’m already planning on visiting again next weekend! Hope to see you there!


Nicole x

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