13 ways to celebrate Easter
Bunny-themed brunches, picnics and plenty more to try if you’re celebrating in the capital
Origins will be serving an international spread with an emphasis on lamb and Easter-themed dishes (think plenty of chocolate eggs). There’ll also be a bouncy castle for kids and a special Easter egg hunt in the children’s zone, Generation V.
Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs225, Dhs375 with house drinks, Dhs480 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6560600. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Expect a scallop and foie gras station at this Easter brunch in Giornotte. The menu also features stuffed lamb saddle, whole roasted goose and 55 desserts from Dolce café.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (02) 8188282. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton. ritzcarlton.com
This meat-themed brunch will include a chocolate buffet and there’s prizes to be had, if you can find the hand-painted eggs hidden at The Foundry.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs229 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house drinks, Dhs369 with champagne. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun hotel, near Corniche Hospital. tsogosunhotels.com
The Big Brunch gets a holiday twist and will include eggs, spring veg and roasted lamb and chocolate bunnies on the menu. There’ll also be an egg hunt and face painting for children.
Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs260 with soft drinks, Dhs350 with house drinks, Dhs425 with prosecco, Dhs495 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6561000 Taxi: Eastern Mangroves. abu-dhabi.anantara.com
The Café restaurant will be hosting an Easter brunch alongside a special fair for children complete with carnival games, egg and spoon races, a DJ, Easter bunny appearance and more.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs350 with soft drinks, Dhs420 with house drinks, Dhs500 with premium drinks. Tel: (02) 4071138. Taxi: Park Hyatt. abudhabi.park.hyatt.com
Springtime Festival at Yas Marina
This two-day festival at Yas Marina on April 14 and 15 will feature a pop-up market, petting zoo and live music along the promenade. For Dhs30, children can have unlimited access to the game stall zone, petting zoo (there’ll be spring chicks and bunnies), pony rides and craft corner. There’ll also be craft workshops available for adults too as well as a pop-up market with more than 40 vendors selling jewellery, clothing, art and more. Guests can register for activities upon arrival at the information kiosk.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 6pm, free entry. Tel: (02) 4062000. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasmarina.ae/springtime
Celebrate Easter with a picnic on the lawns of the West Wing Garden. In addition to a basked filled with salads and sandwiches, there’ll also be a buffet of grilled meat and veg, plus waffles, crêpes and ice cream for dessert. Don’t miss the egg hunt at 3pm.
Emirates Palace, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 2pm to 5pm, Dhs370 with half bottle of champagne and house drinks. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
The chicks and bunnies brunch at this golf club will have a bouncy castle, treasure hunt and games on the lawn for children.
Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, noon to 3pm, Dhs129, Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house drinks. Tel: (02) 8107777. Taxi: Yas Links golf course. yaslinks.com
Sheraton Abu Dhabi
The Sheraton hotel is setting up a “Bunnyville” village where kids can decorate eggs, check out a petting zoo, go on an egg hunt and more. There’ll be seasonal snacks on offer and a visit from the Easter bunny too.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 8pm, Dhs115 per child, Dhs95 per adult. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
Horizon will be serving a pocket-friendly brunch with a bouncy castle, painting and an egg hunt.
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan By Rotana, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs139 with soft drinks. Tel: (02) 6570200. Taxi: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan By Rotana. rotana.com
The Easter bunny will be making an appearance at this brunch and you can dine on dishes from three outlets, including all-day-dining restaurant Essence, Japanese-American restaurant Benihana and German cuisine from Brauhaus.
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 12.30am to 3.30pm, Dhs280 with soft drinks, Dsh390 with house drinks. Tel: (02) 6979011. Taxi: next to Abu Dhabi Mall. rotana.com
Celebrate Easter with a Middle Eastern buffet serving lamb ouzi, prawn kabsa, stuffed baby marrow and lamb shank. There’ll also be an egg hunt and bouncy castle for children.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs245 with wine and beer, Dhs275 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien. lemeridienabudhabi.com
In addition to the European and Arabic cuisine on offer at Ginger restaurant there’ll also be a traditional Easter lamb, and chocolate eggs. Be sure to check out the egg hunt and bouncy castle.
Park Rotana, Al Matar, Abu Dhabi, noon to 4pm, Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs240 with house drinks, Dhs280 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6573333. Taxi: Park Rotana. rotana.com
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