Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Sir Baniyas Island, Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE
64 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Quiet
Starting at:
taxes included per/nt

MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Five miles off the coast of Abu Dhabi, out there in the waters of the Gulf, there’s a resort that just might change your perception of what’s possible in Emirates tourism. In spite of its name, Desert Islands Resort is just one island, the Sir Bani Yas nature reserve — and to look at the verdant landscape, it’s clear this desert island is more a paradise lost than some scrappy patch of sand.

It’s quite a departure from the regional norm. Desert Islands is run by Anantara, best known for beach resorts in Thailand and the Maldives; so the Arabian palace atmosphere is tempered by a healthy dose of island-resort mellowness. What is typically Emirati is the scale of the accommodations, all of which are equipped to the highest five-star standard — rooms are nobody’s idea of small, and the suites are downright lavish.

The pool, the spa, the restaurants are impressive, as you’d expect them to be. What’s unexpected is the breadth of the leisure offerings, from such slightly exotic pursuits as snorkeling and tennis to unique attractions like archery, trail hiking and game drives. The nature reserve makes for an experience that’s not entirely unlike a safari outing, and if that’s what you picture when you think of Abu Dhabi — well, in this case, it just so happens you're right.

How to get there:
8-seat Cessna Caravan or 50-seat Dash-8 aircraft fly from Abu Dhabi International Airport direct to Sir Bani Yas Island in a matter of minutes. Dash-8 flights, operated by Abu Dhabi Aviation, leave Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas on Thursdays and Saturdays and take 25 minutes. Cessna flights, operated by Empire Aviation, run every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and take 50 minutes. Private Cessna charters are available throughout the week. Luggage restrictions apply.

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Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Sir Baniyas Island, Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • ATM/bank office
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Business center
  • Bikes available
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Kids' club
  • Beachfront
  • Tennis court
  • Designated smoking area

Need to Know

  • When booking more than 9 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
  • WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • Free private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Children of any age are allowed.
  • Children up to and including 2 years old stay for free when using an available cot.
  • Children up to and including 11 years old stay for free when using an existing bed.
  • Children up to and including 12 years old stay for AED 150 per person per night when using an available extra bed.
  • Children from 13 years old to 16 years old stay for AED 350 per person per night when using an available extra bed.
  • Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
  • Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Check in: 15:00
Check out: 12:00

Credit cards accepted