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Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara

Abu Dhabi, UAE

95 Excellent 186 Reviews
Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara

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Excellent club hotel. Awesome vibe. Great pool.

Fall under the spell of centuries of evocative Middle Eastern legends. Take in panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf waters and explore an Island with hilltops, created between five and ten million years ago. Explore the diverse wildlife inhabiting one of the world's most unique offshore wildlife sanctuaries. Revel in the history of an Island retreat, long known for its natural and rugged beauty.

Set on the verdant island haven of Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers intrepid travellers an unforgettable island escape in the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Trek through a desert isle. Return to a stylish resort oasis. Our Pool Access rooms and Deluxe rooms provide lavish comforts for island explorers, honeymoon couples or families seeking a once-in-a-lifetime bonding adventure. Spacious and bathed in natural light, these rooms remain true to the island’s colourful heritage and come complete with all the modern luxuries. Striking indigenous fabrics and original pieces of Middle Eastern art fill the space, evoking local colour and exotic arabesque traditions.
Hotel Address:
  • Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara
  • Sir Bani Yas Island
  • Abu Dhabi,
  • UAE

Location Summary
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is set on the verdant island haven of Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Sir Bani Yas Island is a showcase for nature-based tourism and animal welfare in Arabia. A wildlife reserve, the Island is home to thousands of animals and birds, many of them endangered. It's an ideal destination to experience nature and wildlife, the adventurous way.

Directions to Hotel
While being off the beaten path is one of our island's best attributes, visitors to Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara will find that getting here - from anywhere in the world - is simple.

The journey for many will begin with arrival at the modern Abu Dhabi International Airport, home base of Etihad Airlines and offering connections to Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Guests who wish to drive themselves from Abu Dhabi (250kms away) or Dubai (400kms away) should follow highway E11. Around 10 kilometres from the town of Ruwais, take the Jabel Dhanna turn-off and follow the signs to the Sir Bani Yas jetty. To ensure the safety of animals, private vehicles are prohibited on the island. Safe parking is available at Marsa Jabel Dhanna. A boat from the jetty will then take you across to the Island.

Only guests booked at the resort will have access to the island.
Meeting Space
Kick-start an executive retreat at one of our wifi-equipped conference rooms, in which seating can be arranged in boardroom, classroom, theatre or U-shaped style.
Fine Dining Nearby
True to the island's history as a crossroads of culture, culinary delights at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara span all genres, from light poolside snacks of Arab mezze to plentiful feasts of grilled local and imported seafood. Whether you're craving for fresh seafood or a candlelit dinner on the beach seafood, our four food and beverage venues are sure to tempt every appetite.
Fitness Center
The fitness room features a vast array of high tech machines, ranging from cardiovascular exercise to free weights and other strength training machines. Beautifully located on the edge of the beach, the floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views across the Arabian Gulf.
Child Programs
Let the kids watch movies and play games at our Kids Club while you venture to the spa or enjoy a romantic picnic lunch for two. With multiple rooms, the Kids Club features activities for both young children and teens, including computers with games and learning activities, flat screen TV with a large selection of movies and reading materials.
Pool Outdoor
Just steps away from the sea, our freeform infinity-edge swimming pool on the beach is the centrepiece of our resort's grounds. Families and couples alike gather to soak up the island sun, plunge into the refreshing waters and gaze over the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Spa Facility
Anantara translates as “without end”, extending to a Spa philosophy that offers an environment of borderless serenity and treatments of infinite wellbeing. Step into our peaceful sanctuary where an intimate welcome leads to heartfelt indulgence and genuine benefits.
Tennis Courts On Site
Guests can volley all day and night at our resort's impeccable tennis court, situated under the shade of palms and just a stone's throw from the surf.
Biking, Mountain
Take advantage of the stunning setting and the perfect time of day with a morning bike ride through the islands hinterlands and desert salt flats to get a glimpse of the island as it comes to life.
Ecological Tourism
Sir Bani Yas Island is a showcase for nature-based tourism and animal welfare in Arabia.
The resort houses a boutique shop, offering the local handicrafts, some artifacts, and a good selection of International reading reading material. Also available are a selection of local jewellery and accessories and gift items.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Business Center
    - Meeting Space
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - Fitness Center
    - High Speed Internet
    - Child Programs
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
    - Tennis Courts On Site
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Biking Mountain
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Fishing Ocean
    - Hiking
    - Sailing
    - Scuba Diving
    - Shopping
    - Windsurfing