Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, Island, Abu Dhabi
Revel in royal luxury at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, an island haven designed to captivate the mind and relieve the body. With views over the Arabian Gulf’s shimmering waters, fall under the spell of centuries of evocative Middle Eastern legends. Explore majestic hilltops created between five and ten million years ago. Discover the diverse wildlife inhabiting this unique offshore island retreat, long known for its natural and rugged beauty.
Set on the island haven of Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is regarded as one of the most luxurious Abu Dhabi resorts offering intrepid travellers an unforgettable island escape in one of the region’s most spectacular destinations. The resort boasts luxury accommodation that taps into the country’s opulent Arabic spirit to form this exemplary Middle East hotel.
Be inspired by the range of activities on offer both inside and outside the resort that make for the perfect exotic vacation. Explore nature and wildlife whether walking, kayaking or even sailing Catamarans. Lie back and enjoy Anantara Spa, a shoreline infinity-edge swimming pool and Health Club. Several premium hotel restaurants serving both local and international cuisine complete the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara experience.
Location and Transfers
Located on Sir Bani Yas Island, a nature reserve off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
The resort is approximately 2 hours by car from Abu Dhabi International Airport, followed by a 15 minute speedboat trip to Sir Bani Yas Island. Transfer from the marina to the resort takes 15 minutes in the resort’s eco-friendly electric bus.
Alternatively, a 40 minute flight operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday by Rotana Jet from Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi directly to Sir Bani Yas Island.
Deluxe Sea View Rooms – views over the turquoise seas of Arab Gulf waters, white sand beaches and the luxurious touch of Egyptian cotton combine for a premium accommodation experience at this elegant boutique hotel
Deluxe Garden Rooms – combine 52 metres of majestic contemporary Arabic design with your own private terrace steps away from the infinity-edge swimming pool and surrounded by lush tropical island gardens
Premier Sea View Rooms – located on the highest floor, the Premier Sea View Rooms showcase luxury Abu Dhabi hotels at their finest with uninterrupted views of the sea
Anantara Suites – Desert Island Resort & Spa’s two palatial 80 square metre Anantara Suites are composed of cool marble, terracotta and hardwood furnishings bathed in natural island sunlight for a glorious experience. Each of these luxury suites offers a separate living area, bedroom with king size bed, kitchenette and bathroom complete with a deep terrazzo tub and soothing rain shower
One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villas – separated from the main resort complex and facing the turquoise seas surrounding the resort, each villa provides direct beach access, a private pool and garden with sun loungers. Each villa features a separate bedroom with king bed, living area, kitchenette and dining space, all finished in immaculate contemporary Middle Eastern décor for premium rooms with the best luxury furnishings
Two Bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas– expansive space. Unmatched privacy. Personally tailored butler service. The ultimate in Abu Dhabi resort living. Desert Islands Resort & Spa’s two exclusive Royal Villas are testament to the island’s rich history as a royal retreat. Over 200 square metres of decadent space unfold into two bedrooms, living and lounge space, kitchenette and dining area – all showcasing the best of Arabian décor, contemporary design and modern convenience.
Separated from the main resort, guests are provided with their own private pool and walled tropical gardens with outdoor shower and shaded poolside lounge area. Direct beach access means this serene retreat is immediately connected to the outside world
Amwaj – seafood restaurant located next to the Watersports Centre. Enjoy a contemporary rustic beachside setting with cosy oversized chairs on the outdoor terrace with the sound of gentle waves on the shore and relaxing lounge music
The Palm – start your day at The Palm, the all-day dining restaurant that serves an international and Middle Eastern breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner is a la carte, featuring various cuisines and an expert resident Wine Guru
Al Shams – with the convenience of the pool bar, there’s no need for guests to take a break from soaking up the sun. Al Shams Arabic restaurant offers plenty of lounge space complete with sunbeds for guests to enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim or snacks under shaded umbrellas
The Lounge – share a nightcap at the lounge bar with stunning views across the dramatic landscape. Relaxing on soft, comfortable furnishings, guests are offered quality coffees, gourmet loose leaf teas, aperitifs and cocktails among other options all day long
Facilities and Activities
Free-form Infinity-edge Swimming Pool
Floodlit Tennis Court
Kid’s Club – with multiple rooms, the Kids Club features activities for both young children and teens
Nature & wildlife drives
Nature & wildlife walks