Luxurious Island Living on Nurai

With stunning architecture, absolute privacy and your toes in the sand of your own private beach, life doesn't get much better than in one of Nurai Island's world-class villas

18 Mar 2014, words by Anne Martin in Portfolio

The ultimate in waterfront living is, of course, on an island - and so much the better if that island is private and has been developed with a singular vision that governs every aspect from the architecture of the villas, and the positioning of them in a way that will allow each residence an intimate relationship with the sea as well as utmost privacy, to the landscaping of the entire island and the range of amenities and services that will make residents' lives feel complete. Such is Nurai Island in Abu dhabi emirate: it's just a 10-minute boat ride from the city and yet is a world away.

To accommodate different styles of living, Nurai offers two kinds of beachfront Estates, the Shoreline and the Seaside. In homage to the island's name, both residences are characterised by abundant light flowing freely into every room through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, and soaring loft-style spaces. Each of them has its own private stretch of beach. Very similar in aesthetics and overall area, they differ mainly in their internal space arrangements and the size of their grounds.

All six of the bedroom suites have balconies, as well as folding glass walls that draw the sea view deep into the interior
All six of the bedroom suites have balconies, as well as folding glass walls that draw the sea view deep into the interior

The distinctive collection of Shoreline villas consist of a built-up area of 17,707 square feet (1,645 square metres) with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. They sit on plot sizes ranging between 40,000 and 118,000 square feet (3,716 - 10,962 square metres).

Pivoting on a sensational double-storey atrium, the Shoreline villas ensure that your eyes are always drawn to the sky. Each villa's setting, slightly back from the beach, allows for an expansive private garden with a reflecting pool bridging the grounds to the terrace and the sea beyond.

In addition to the services and amenities that will be provided by the luxurious retreat - which include a floating marina with an arrivals lounge for residents and guests, services from the island's own boutique hotel, a private helipad, a luxurious spa, a world-class fitness centre, and a multitude of water sports - each beautifully designed Shoreline residence includes a private beach with unobstructed sea views, a private infinity pool, palatial entertaining areas, a cinema/multimedia room, an outdoor barbecue area, and a gym with adjoining sauna and steam room.

Offering absolute privacy and seclusion, the expansive grounds in front of the villa lead directly onto the private beach
Offering absolute privacy and seclusion, the expansive grounds in front of the villa lead directly onto the private beach

A unique feature of the beachfront Estates is the carpet of greenery that covers them gives the effect of an unspoilt island and the feeling that you are integrated into the island's lush greenery.

Nurai will also have world-class lounges and restaurants for use exclusively by the residents of the island and their guests.