Zaya Nurai Island
Head about ten minutes off the coast of Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island, and you'll have to blink twice to believe that you haven't accidentally taken a wrong (and some may argue fortunate) turn and ended up smack in the middle of the Maldives. Developed by CEO Nadia Zaal, this new and private island offers 32 luxury beach villas, each decorated in soothing shades of cream with billowing, picturesque white curtains. Open the sliding glass doors at the back of your abode and discover your own plunge pool. But don't get too relaxed: keep your eyes peeled on the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf, where on a lucky day you may just spot a dolphin swimming through the surrounding waters.