Few places in Abu Dhabi inspire the same jaw-dropping awe as Jumeirah at Etihad Towers during the Christmas season.
The capital landmark has firmly established itself as a festive favourite, with stunning decorations, unmissable events and its collection of top restaurants making it a must-visit.
But this year, you can have twice the fun as the plush new Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort celebrates its first Christmas after opening recently.
The capital newbie has big plans to make it an occasion to remember and announce its arrival in style.
Both destinations are sure to put on a spectacular show and should be at the top of the to-do list for those of you looking to spend the festive period in luxury.
Let’s take the Corniche icon first.
You can embrace the holiday spirit early here, with themed afternoon tea packages already running at the gorgeous Lobby Lounge or the magnificent Observation Deck at 300, where you can survey the capital’s skyline as you savour bite-sized treats.
And on the big day, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a festive feast.
Devour a buffet of Christmas favourites at Rosewater on December 24 and 25 or enjoy an unrivalled brunch at the elegant Nahaam on Christmas Day.
Or maybe you would prefer the Italian three-course Natale menu at the superb BiCE, which includes a guinea fowl tortellini, pan-roasted red snapper with winter truffle, panettones and more.
If you fancy trying something new this festive season, make your way to the ultra-luxurious new Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, which has a bumper array of seasonal treats in store.
On Christmas Eve, glamorous rooftop spot The Lounge is the place to be, with a mouthwatering selection of tapas, succulent roasts and live stations, as well as a host of your favourite beverages on offer.
Then the following day, don your Santa hat and festive jumper and head to the aptly named White for a banquet to remember.
We can’t promise it will snow, but that won’t detract from a delicious family brunch full of foodie treats and the house band on hand to serenade you with all the Christmas classics and guilty pleasures.
Or perhaps it is the perfect time for you to check out what is sure to become a favourite on the capital’s Italian restaurant scene – the exquisite Mare Mare.
Dine like a true Italian with beautiful views of the sea in the background as Chef Simone whips up a family-style menu that'll transport you to the Mediterranean.
Christmas is a time for family, fun, food and friends, whether old or new.
And with that in mind, we can’t think of two better places to celebrate than the cool, classic Jumeirah at Etihad Towers or the fresh, exciting Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort.
For more information, prices and timings for Jumeirah at Etihad Towers' festive offerings, check out their website here.
And for more information, prices and timings for Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort's festive offerings, check out their website here.
Prices and times vary. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche Road West (02 811 5666). Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 811 5555).