Review: In search of utopia by the sea

The Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi provides an opportunity to be still, to be calm, switch off the phone and ignore your emails

The Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi combine modern style with Middle Eastern warmth.

The maxim ‘a change is as good as a rest’ has been bandied about since the mid-1800s so it must contain a foundation of truth, but I’d suggest there is one thing that trumps this statement, when it is possible to combine a change with rest.

Or at least, that is how it seems sat on the pristine white powder beach of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Gulf lapping at the shoreline as the UAE’s winter weather provides the perfect conditions for a staycation.

As I write we’ve got fewer than 25 days before we can put finally put 2020 in the rear view mirror. As we reflect on the past 12 months and all of its ills, it is worth remembering there have been gifts too, one being a heightened appreciation of moments and experiences, and especially the freedom to change the scenery from our own four walls to something refreshingly different.

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