Celebrating Easter? Here's where to go in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Brunches, egg hunts and a whole lot more – there’s plenty happening in the capital if you are marking the occasion
Easter brunches and menus
Latest Recipe is hosting the hotel’s Easter brunch with dishes such as Italian Easter pie on the menu. As well as a children’s area, there’ll be an egg hunt, with a golden egg up for grabs. There’s prizes on offer, egg decorating, and the Easter bunny will be on the loose in the hotel.
Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun 1pm to 4pm, Dhs149, Dhs90 kids. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien. lemeridienabudhabi.com
Hilton Abu Dhabi
The hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant La Terrazza and Italian outlet Bocca are joining forces for its Easter brunch. You get pool and beach access at Hiltonia Beach Club included in the price, and there will be kids’ activities, including an egg hunt, at the beach club from 3pm to 4.30pm.
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 3pm, Dhs250 to Dhs350. Taxi: Hilton Abu Dhabi. tel: (02) 6924247. hilton.com
The hotel has two brunches running to celebrate Easter – and both take place in the hotel’s all-day dining outlet. The March 30 brunch is called Arabesque and is Middle East-themed, while the April 1 brunch will feature an Easter egg hunt for kids. You can also buy designer Easter eggs in the hotel’s French Bakery Corner until April 8.
March 30 to April 1
Sofitel Corniche, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs182. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel. sofitel.com
Fairways has a Good Friday brunch and it’s seafood based – the hotel is running its Claws promotion, but during the day.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs348 to Dhs618, Dhs174 kids. Tel: (02) 6169999. Taxi: Westin. westinabudhabigolfresort.com
There’ll be live cooking stations at this all-day-dining outlet, plus an egg hunt, bouncy castle, egg and spoon races and face painting.
Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4096666. Taxi: Centro Capital Centre. rotana.com
Crowne Plaza Yas Island
Jing Asia on Yas will be serving international dishes to mark Easter, and there’ll be chocolate gifts and egg hunts for kids.
Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs150 to Dhs250. Tel: (02) 6563000. Taxi: Yas Island. ichotelsgroup.com
The café in downtown has a special three-course set menu to mark Easter – on it you’ll find a choice of mains, including a herb-marinated T-bone steak and a pan-seared sea bream fillet.
Al Maha Arjaan By Rotana, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi, noon to 10.30pm, Dhs125. Tel: (02) 6106666. Taxi: Hamdan Street. rotana.com
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers
The hotel has a barbecue and egg hunt planned for its poolside venue Nahaam on March 31, while an Easter lunch buffet is offered on April 1 and 2.
March 31 to April 2
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8115666. Taxi: Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Emirate Palace has a child-friendly brunch running to mark Easter, with a dedicated buffet for the nippers, plus face painting and carnival games and there’ll be some bunnies in attendance as well. Grown-ups can eat international dishes while listening to live music from pop and blues trio Jasmine, Mike and Matt.
Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs370 to Dhs780, Dhs180 under-12s, under-tens free. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
Al Raha Beach Hotel
Sevilla is the destination for brunch on Good Friday, with seafood a specialty, thanks to a new chef in the kitchen, but there’ll also traditional roasts, sushi, fritto misto and organic roasted vegetables.
March 30, April 1
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Fri and Sun 1pm to 4pm, Dhs240 to Dhs348. Tel: (02) 5080555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. alrahabeach.danathotels.com
St Regis Abu Dhabi
The hotel’s all-day dining outlet Terrace On The Corniche has two brunches planned for March 30 and 31, while Italian outlet Villa Toscana has two brunches planned on March 31 and April 1. A special edition of its Brunch In The Clouds package, that takes place 200 metres in the air in the world’s highest suspended suite on the 48th and 49th floors of the hotel, will also take place on March 30,
St Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi, timings and prices vary. Tel: (02) 6944444. Taxi: St Regis, Corniche. stregisabudhabi.com
The Foundry is all about its Greatest Eggventure Brunch this Easter – on the menu will be tarts, benedicts and devilled eggs plus a bunny chocolate buffet. Children can hunt for hidden eggs and get painting shells as well.
Southern Sun Hotel, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs259. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun, Al Mina Street, Tourist Club. tsogosunhotels.com
Head to Flavours for brown sugar and pineapple-glazed beef ham and Simnel cake. Children can watch movies, get their faces painted, and the Easter bunny will be milling about. Expect live music, too.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs216. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
All-day dining outlet Horizon is where to go for the hotel’s Eggciting Brunch, and the usual international dishes will be available, plus there will be a children’s corner and an Easter egg hunt.
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs225. Tel: (02) 6570000. Taxi: Khalidiya Palace. rotana.com
The Beach Rotana is firing out the puns this Easter – their Eggstravaganza Brunch features dishes from seven of the hotel’s restaurants, so you can try sushi, Italian and German grub. There’ll be an Easter bunny in attendance plus an Easter egg hunt – can your kids find the golden egg?
Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dhs340 to Dhs450. Tel: (02) 6979302. Taxi: Beach Rotana. rotana.com
The St Regis Saadiyat’s all-day dining venue is the place to go if you’re celebrating Easter. As well as an international brunch, there will be live music from house band Smooth, and children can go on an Easter egg hunt, with prizes up for grabs. They can also paint eggs and there’s a prize for the prettiest.
St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun 1pm to 4pm, Dhs395 to Dhs740, Dhs190 under-12s. Tel: (02) 4988888. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. stregis.com
Aqua’s Slow Food Brunch concept will take place in the restaurant’s garden, with international dishes and Easter-inspired treats on the menu. Kids can spend the day at the hotel’s club, Rose Buds, for Dhs135.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Fr 1pm to 4.30pm, Dhs300 to Dhs475, Dhs120 for after-brunch package (4pm to 6pm) . Tel: (02) 8135550. Taxi: Rosewood. rosewoodhotels.com
There’s a new Rotana in Abu Dhabi – the Pearl Rotana near Adnec is now open and serving Easter brunch in its all-day dining restaurant Saffron. There will be an egg-painting corner for kids.
Pearl Rotana, Adnec, Abu Dhabi, noon to 4pm, Dhs180. Taxi: next to Adnec. Tel: (02) 3075555. rotana.com
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The hotel has two deals on offer – a traditional Easter brunch on March 30 and April 1 with dishes from four of the hotel’s restaurants (including Marco Pierre White’s and Frankie’s). There’ll be hot cross buns and traditional British simnel cake and international dishes. There will also be chocolate Easter bunnies. Secondly, the hotel has a Lebanese-style Easter brunch, with Middle Eastern dishes, running April 1 and 8. A set menu is on offer.
March 30, April 1 and 8
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, traditional brunch Dhs335 to Dhs651, Lebanese brunch Dhs249. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. fairmont.com/abu-dhabi
Picnics, bunny hunts and more
Take tea at the Drawing Room
You can celebrate Easter with a special afternoon tea on the balcony at the St Regis Saadiyat, featuring scones, cakes and a selection of teas and coffees.
Until April 7
St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 2pm to 6pm, Dhs190, Dhs100 kids. Tel: (02) 4988888. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat. stregis.com
Easter afternoon tea at Al Meylas
The Four Seasons is marking Easter with a special afternoon tea deal that runs daily until the first week of April, in it’s ground floor lounge.
Until April 7
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 3pm to 6pm, Dhs130. Tel: (02) 3332222. Taxi: Four Seasons. fourseasons.com
Chase bunnies at The Westin
A family day is planned on the greens, with food trucks, live music, a petting zoo, activities for children and, most importantly, a bunny chase – and the even better news is kids and grown-ups can both take part.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 7pm. Tel: (02) 6169999. Taxi: Westin. westinabudhabigolfresort.com
Springtime at Yas Waterworld
Abu Dhabi’s aqua theme park has a special event planned to mark Easter and spring that includes a mermaid show (children get to meet the mermaids after), plus music and games, giant trampolines at the Amwaj Wave Pool, and there’ll be an Easter egg hunt at the park on April 7.
Until April 7
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 4142000. Taxi: Yas Waterworld. yaswaterworld.com
Easter lands big time at the Sheraton on Saturday – there will be egg decorating classes, arts and crafts, an egg hunt, a petting zoo and an Easter bunny.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat 4pm to 8pm, Dhs95 to Dhs130. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. sheratonabudhabihotel.com
Go on an Easter picnic
Emirates Palace is hosting a picnic on its lawns. You’ll get a wicker basket will chargrilled meats and vegetables, and there’s also a desserts hut serving waffles and crepes. There will also be an Easter egg hunt plus entertainment for children, including games.
Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Sat 2pm to 5pm, Easter egg hunt 3pm, Dhs465, Dhs230 under-12s. Tel: (02) 6907999. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
Easter at The Galleria
The high-end mall on Al Maryah Island has two days of celebrations planned this weekend – you can meet the Easter bunny, there’s arts and crafts, chocolate eggs, and more.
March 30 to 31
The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6166999. Taxi: Galleria, Al Maryah Island. thegalleria.ae
Yas Marina will be turned into an enchanted forest this weekend, with a Unicorn Land, rainbow-themed bouncy castles, unicorn pony rides, an Alice In Wonderland-themed obstacle course, arts and crafts, puppet shows and more.
March 30 and 31
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri to Sat, 1pm to 6pm, Dhs25 to Dhs30. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasmarina.ae