Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Abu Dhabi (2022 Updated)

Dubai  along with Abu Dhabi is  a holiday paradise for shopping and night & parties activities. There are a couple of  of Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi.

Dubai is not very gay friendly at all when it’s comes to law,  lacking any comprehensive pro LGBT legislation. But despite this, Dubai can be the perfect holiday for gay couples!Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights are heavily suppressed in the emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, Fujairah and Sharjah, which together form the United Arab Emirates. All sexual relations outside a heterosexual marriage is a crime. Punishments range from jail time, fines and deportation if you are a non-citizen.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping mega centers such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.

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1. Zaya Nurai Island Resort 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi

Zaya Nurai Island Resort
Zaya Nurai Island Resort

Zaya Nurai Island is situated along the Arabian Gulf in Abu Dhabi. Just a 12-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island and a 60-minute journey from Downtown Dubai. This exclusive island resort is surrounded by clear waters, powder-white soft sand and lush vegetation.

The contemporary villas are designed to blend into the landscape and they all come with private temperature-controlled pool and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Arabian Sea. They boast an outdoor terrace, a spacious living area and Nespresso machine. A soothing soaking tub and rain shower are also featured.

Individual and group personal trainer and yoga sessions can be organised on sunrises and sunsets while the younger guests are having fun at the Petit Z kids club. Guests can experience the unique UAE ambiance of our exclusive Nurai Spa while enjoying magical view to the sea and listening to the waves during the individual spa session or rejuvenating couple massage.

Situated along the Arabian Gulf, at just 12-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island and 60-minute journey from downtown Dubai, Nurai is a private island home of the exclusive boutique resort Zaya Nurai Island. Each of the 32 private and elegant villas is designed to blend perfectly into the landscape of the island with private pools and floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning ocean views. Guests enjoy luxurious in-room amenities, gourmet dining, high speed internet and dedicated butler service. Nurai Island offers first-class spa facilities with a wide range of treatments, as well as an exciting diving experience and water sport activities at the 5* PADI dive center.

A wide range of activities and outdoor games for grown-ups and children make Nurai the perfect destination for young couples and families. Nestled among palm trees, ‘Petit Z’ is the island’s custom designed kids’ club. The island dining scene is composed of 4 bars and restaurants from a French-chic style fine dining to a relaxed pizzeria passing by a burger bistro and a rustic-chic restaurant, all guests will find something to satisfy their cravings. The Zaya Nurai Island Welcome Center is located just 10 minutes from Yas Mall, 15 minutes from the Yas links golf course and 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

0 min from abu dhabi By boat and you are in paradise. Before your short trip to the island you will be welcomed with champagne or soft drinks and it immediately sets your brain on the “vacation mood”. we Stayed for 3 days in 1 bedroom villa. The size of the villa is huge with a beautiful private pool facing the gulf. Super comfy bed that is very hard to leave in the morning) the villa is super clean and smells nice, you can find cute bicycles outside of your villa and it’s pretty cool idea to discover island riding a bike. Big plus is a free 30 min yoga in the morning, beautiful start of the day. Our spa experience was speechless, beautifully designed very warm and chic at the same time. Massage rooms is facing the water and you can hear smooth waves sound while you having massage.

Breakfast was delicious, i have nothing negative to add), also We had yummy pizza at cute pineapple beach bar for lunch and had dinner at Mexican place and arabic restaurant (cannot remember what we had but the food was great :))) do not forget a very attentive and friendly staff. plan your trip and you won’t regret it for a second.

The beach villa was also clean and well-provided with toiletries and towels. Special mention to Meraly and the other housekeeping staff Prabat, Dilip, Ishanka, Saleem and Asharaf who made extra effort to welcome us for our honeymoon. They were also quick to respond and they came checking in the evening if we are in need of anything. Overall, the service was great, our foods came warm, and everyone was nice and friendly (from the buggy drivers to the room service staff).We are grateful for the pleasant experience.

Nothing says luxury like a private island. From the moment you step off the boat (jetty) onto this picture perfect beach in the glittering Arabian Gulf, it feels like you’re starring in your very own travel magazine shoot. I came to spend one night at this relaxing and impeccable 5-star resort set among crystal clear waters.

The minute you step inside your villa you instantly feel excitement. I was so happy to see a romantic set up with full set of amenities. The pool has a lovely temperature and it was wonderful to take a dip in the turquoise ocean and stroll along the soft white sand beach. We did a bicycle tour around the Island. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just an Instagram enthusiast like myself, Zaya Nurai Island, is the perfect experience to capture beautiful shots. You’ll be snap happy all day and everything is worth capturing.

When I returned back home that night, it will felt like I spent a long weekend away on a tropical island. The memories will last with me forever. I cannot wait to go back.

Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi
Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi

How much does a room costs at Zaya Nurai Island Resort ?

Prices start 875$/night for Beach Villa. The Two Bedroom Sea View  is  1255$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Two-bedroom Houses are ideal for families and couples. The Sea View Houses elevated to offer endless ocean views. Boasting its own 18 sqm swimming pool, this elegant, air-conditioned villa features free WiFi, a high definition flat-screen TV, a Nespresso coffee machine and BOSE media station.

The private terrace features a beach cabana and a shaded dining area. A minibar with organic teas and snacks is also available. Offering Acqua di Parma products, the bathroom is fitted with a soaking bathtub and a separate rain shower. Direct Beach access is with in 3 mins walk from Villa.

Where to book online – Zaya Nurai Island Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi you can find the best hotels deals in Abu Dhabi during Abu Dhabi Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Abu Dhabi on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

Located on a private beach with panoramic views of the strait in Abu Dhabi, this exclusive property offers Arabic gondola rides and the lavish CHI, The Spa featuring outdoor pools and massage treatments.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qarat Al Beri has luxurious rooms decorated in a modern Arabic style with warm, rich colours and chic, elegant furnishings. Each room has a balcony or terrace where a view of the garden or Arabian Gulf can be admired.

Shangri-La offers several dining options such as Shang Palace, where authentic Chinese cuisine is served, and Bord Eau, where French delicacies can be savoured. Before and after dinner, Al Hanah Bar provides drinks in a relaxing atmosphere.

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La – a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. Massages and treatments are based on authentic natural healing methods found in traditional well-being practices shared by many Asian cultures.

Located on a one-kilometre stretch of private beach overlooking the strait that separates Abu Dhabi Island from the mainland, the hotel is situated ten minutes drive from the city’s international airport, five minutes from the golf course and the new Convention Centre and 15 minutes from the Corniche and the city centre. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, features 213 luxurious rooms and suites, all furnished to the highest standards in a modern Arabic style.

Each room also has a balcony or a terrace providing an ideal setting for viewing striking ocean sunsets and traditional Arabic domes and minarets. Accommodation choices also include six spectacular villas comprising four bedrooms and a private swimming pool. Regarded as an ideal hotel in Abu Dhabi for longer stays, the Shangri-La Residences include 161 spacious serviced apartments ranging from studios to four-bedroom units.The 8.5 Hectare hotel complex provides a wide range of facilities and services for the discerning traveller. These include the signature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, and a dedicated well-being zone comprising two gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a yoga room. In addition, there are four swimming pools within the grounds.

The Souk traditional Arabian market built in a modern setting offers a variety of shops under one roof which are connected by a waterway featuring Arabic gondolas, or abras, which slowly meander through this unique architecture lush garden scenery. Supreme waterfront lifestyle enhanced with Shangri-La hospitality. Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, the Shangri-La Residences has all the features of the hotel at their doorstep.

This is one of my favourite hotels in Abu Dhabi, I’ve stayed here many times, but this was the longest, 6 weeks, and it was an incredible experience. It’s the Shangri-La so you know that the rooms are going to be big, the bed will be one of the comfiest you’ve ever slept in (firm but deliciously soft), the large walk-in shower and the biggest bath you’ll have probably ever bathed in, and the gorgeous large balcony with views to the Grand Mosque (4th floor and above).

The facilities around the hotel are excellent! With two swimming pools, one being an infinity pool looking out to the Grand Canal and two beaches with plenty of sun loungers, it’s a perfect place to relax!

Don’t forget to take the abra along the canal at the hotel to the Souk next door where there is a great many shops and restaurants, including an ATM and a pharmacy.

If you are looking for luxury, excellent service and amazing staff then this is the place to stay!

The Shangri-la ain’t perfect, maybe we would’ve loved it more if our view of the Grand Mosque from our room balcony isn’t obstructed by cranes and the ongoing construction. But because of the absolutely great experience we’re already having, we can just sit by the balcony and actually enjoy watching the construction with the Grand Mosque as the background.
This time we opted to go for the Club Horizon room where you have complimentary evening snacks and drinks (happy hour only 5:30-7:30pm). We were very impressed with this, the room is smaller than the premiere room but we felt the benefit of having our own cocktail lounge was outweighed.Service
On arrival we met with Lyndon the Chief Concierge who’s knowledge of what to do in and around the hotel was excellent. He made us feel so welcome and at home and is a real credit to the Hotel!
The choice at the Shangri-La is almost overwhelming, you will not need to go anywhere else.Our favourite is the Hoi An Vietnamese restaurant, living in London we have a choice of Vietnamese restaurants but this place is hands down the best we have ever had! Again the service here by Sheska who remembered us from our previous visit was incredible she actually recalled what we had to eat when we last here!! We were introduced to Ta Van by the Head Chef Nikos and Ta Van made my wife a special meal. Truly a memorable experience.The Buffet and Main Restaurant is the Sofra is headed up by Nikos. Quite honestly if anyone says that they can’t find anything delicious to eat here they must be Mad. I’m a fussy eater and Nikos the head Chef made things specifically for my taste. Really the whole experience at this Hotel is made by the Staff they simply cannot do enough for you a real 5 star service.

How much does a room costs at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri ?

Prices start 143$/night for Deluxe King Room. The Premier King Room is  170$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

With an ample 67 sqm of living space, this is a large non-suite room. Spread out on the lower, middle and upper levels of the hotel, Premier Rooms feature either a balcony that provides canal views or a terrace that offers impressive garden views. A soothing space of luxury, Premier Rooms afford guests opulent Arabian comfort, complete with a selection of premium toiletries and in-room amenities. Featuring a balcony, this air-conditioned room offers a flat-screen TV, a minibar and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

Where to book online – Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri – Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi you can find the best hotels deals in Abu Dhabi during Abu Dhabi Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Abu Dhabi on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi

Located in Sheikh Zayed Street in Abu Dhabi, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi offers an outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace overlooking the Mangroves. The hotel has a spa centre and a gym as well.

The spacious rooms have carpeted flooring and feature a balcony. They include a sofa with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker, and a safety deposit box.

Guests can enjoy Thai cuisine at Pachaylen restaurant, or choose Ingredients restaurant for an all-day International cuisine. Nightlife is experienced in the rooftop lounge which includes sofas and a view of the skyline in Abu Dhabi.

Situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel boasts a unique setting with scenic views of the tranquil mangroves and Abu Dhabi’s soaring skyscrapers. Perfect for both business and leisure guests, the Hotel offers a choice of 222 elegant rooms and suites, furnished with Arabian-inspired and modern design elements, all with an access to world-class room amenities and services including LCD TV, Wi-Fi, PressReader (online magazines & newspapers), minibar, and more.

The Hotel features five restaurants, lounges and nightlife venues including all day dining Ingredients, Pachaylen, Mangroves Lounge, The Pool Deck and Impressions Rooftop Bar – all that serve an array of exceptional culinary experiences to guests to indulge in. Add to this, the award-winning Anantara Spa – home to curated wellness remedies and Arabian-Thai inspired therapies. Among the high-end facilities are a pool, gym, indoor and outdoor kid’s club, and business center. Anantara Eastern Mangroves aim to connect its travelers and guests to authentic hospitality, genuine stories, and memorable experiences.

You definitely must try this hotel a true luxury experience.I like to go every weekend to unwind in the amazing. Pool with a very relaxing atmosphere, the food in the main restaurant is delicious.

Rooms are very nice and clean with an amazing mangrove view

Absolutely recommended you have to go.

A luxurious hotel with outstanding services and very friendly and helpful staff, with an excellent location between Abu Dhabi city center and Yas island. The rooms are very large in size with luxury furniture and beautiful decoration. The bathroom is very large and equipped with brand toiletries.

Enjoy the beautiful scenes of the eastern Mangroves and experience several boats riding adjacent to the hotel during your stay.

Breakfast is also excellent with many selections and varieties.

! This was a lovely hotel with friendly, welcoming staff who made me feel like a valued guest from the outset. My room was a good size and very clean and comfortable – there was even a pillow menu to make sure I got just the right sleep! My only regret is that I didn’t book a room overlooking the pool – my balcony looked out onto the carpark and a busy road. I know for next time though!

The food I tried at the hotel was very good – I ate lunch at the Pool Deck one day and had in-room dining on another day, but there were also restaurants and coffee shops within a couple of minutes walk of the hotel if you wanted to get out and about.

I decided to treat myself to a spa session in the hotel’s spa and it was real luxury – the changing rooms and the hammam were perfect and the therapist was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it and left feeling very pampered! My stopover was definitely made all the better for staying in this lovely hotel and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a cool and calm place to relax in Abu Dhabi.

The room always super big and spacious, and the room service fast. The choices of the food during the breakfast is significant, they have every kind of food that a person can imagine!

Hotel and Room: The initial welcoming lobby is quite spacious, clean, and covid-conscious. Well-kept with Asian decor and design.

The room was a surprisingly large accommodation, unbelievably comfortable beds (haven’t slept like that in years), with a great bath, speaker in the bathroom, and a small balcony with two chairs and a table for awesome views.

Ingredients Buffet: spacious and covid-conscious, plenty of great choices for any palate, all staffed by extremely helpful and friendly folks (Nur makes a very satisfying omelette!). Breakfast was just as good as our light lunch, followed by a cozy dinner of really well-put-together choices.

Pool and Activities: we LOVE the curtained cabanas over the deck chairs, and that they weren’t reserved. Staff were quick to move umbrellas to loungers in the sun without being asked, lifeguards were quite watchful, and respectful of social distancing. The area wasn’t crowded or too noisy, though our only suggestion would be to bring the volume down on the music just a hair. Patrons have the ability to wander the hotel and see the great architecture, the rooftop bar with awesome views of the city, and out to the Mangrove Sidewalk for 170 dhm kayak/paddleboard rental or for a scenic walk down to the other upscale restaurants like Boa, on the East end of the Promenade.

Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi
Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi

How much does a room costs at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi ?

Prices start 143$/night for Deluxe Mangroves Balcony. The Anantara Mangroves Pool Suite
is  824$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Featuring a mini plunge pool, this air-conditioned suite offers an abundant indoor and outdoor living space along with decadent furnishings.

Guests booking the half-board package can enjoy daily breakfast and daily lunch or dinner at Ingredients Restaurant.

Where to book online – Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi – Gay Friendly Hotels Abu Dhabi you can find the best hotels deals in Abu Dhabi during Abu Dhabi Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Abu Dhabi on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.