About the project
The Zaya Nurai Island Resort is a small haven located on Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Stickman Tribe worked on the master planning and design for the island in collaboration with multiple contractors to create a minimalist and modern stroke throughout.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a dramatically lit Nurai signage and fire bowls that pave the way to the tailored venues. Strategically layered for optimal views, the grand beach villa has a clean and contemporary palette with modernised oriental elements. The large entrance doors are framed by a symmetrical, laser cut facade. The beach side follows the same design, with a sunken lounge surrounding the fire pit. Adding to the contemporary feel of the villa, an infinity edge pool allows for a relaxing haven with spectacular views of the sea.
Seamlessly linking to the natural hues of the island is the Frangipani restaurant, featuring a clean and minimal palette. The entryway is a ribbed wooden structure that extends onto the ceiling and towards the marble wall at the back of the bar. Brass and wood geometric screens are used to section off areas, whilst simultaneously providing visibility throughout, and panoramic antiqued mirrors are placed over the banquettes to reflect the ocean views.
Another unique offering is the The Book Cellar, where guests can enjoy a snack, wine and a book all accompanied amidst a gorgeous natural backdrop. An outdoor infinity edge pool at the Ginger Mermaid pool bar is also the center of attention. Pops of turquoise in the display shelves complement the pine wood cladding with funky white and brass pineapple sculptures strategically placed to create a fun and lively space.