On the languid, sun-soaked shores of the Arabian Gulf stands the only hotel on private Nurai Island. Accessible by boat, this castaway boutique resort is so secluded that from a distance you would hard-pressed even to spot it. From the Arabic word 'Nur', or light, Nurai certainly lives up to its name. Blessed with intense natural beauty, brimming with turquoise waters and flawless white sands, thirty-two fashionably minimalist one-bedroom villas line a crescent beach on the northeastern side of the island. Decked out in soothing shades of cream and grey, each villa has floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a private plunge pool, billowing linens and a huge bed as its centrepiece.
With no cars and no more than 80 guests staying at the resort at any one time, this exclusive hideaway is the perfect spot for serene coasting relaxation and a spot of pampering just a short hop from the capital city. Stellar dining options provide a taste of local produce, much of it sustainably sourced from the island's kitchen garden. Try tapas at Dusk, Middle Eastern and international specialities at Frangipani, pizza at beach-club Smokin’ Pineapple, or sushi and cocktails at the Ginger Mermaid. Perched prettily at the water's edge, Hooked invites guests to select their fresh fish for authentic sea-to-table dining. Activities for your free time include an outdoor cinema, cooking classes, one-on-one yoga sessions, fishing expeditions and a wealth of watersports. For further marine adventures, take advantage of diving and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters accessible from the island's South Beach.
THINGS TO DO AT THE RESORT:
Energise with a sunrise yoga class looking out to the ocean
Unwind in the spa with serene ocean views and Nurai’s signature therapies
Step straight out of your villa onto the warm, white sands
Take a cooling dip in your private plunge pool
Feast on exquisite fresh seafood at the oceanfront Hooked restaurant, or on traditional Middle Eastern food at Frangipani
Indulge in cocktails on the beach at the laidback Smokin’ Pineapple bar
Practice your backhand during a tennis lesson at the courts
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Reel in a fresh catch and have the chef serve it up for a delicious lunch
Explore the island’s stunning beaches by bicycle
Take to the turquoise waves on a jet ski, water ski, kayak or paddle board
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