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Anantara Desert Island Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi

64 rooms, suites and pool villas, Sir Bani Yas

Indulge in total island luxury in one of Anantara's 64 rooms, suites or pool villas, each a private tropical sanctuary in which to spend your days as you take in the Emirati splendour of Sir Bani Yas' wildlife sanctuary.

Unforgettable wildlife adventures in an Abu Dhabi Island Resort

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara invites you to bask in Emirati splendour, and immerse yourself in wadi adventures on family wildlife drives, or explorations of ancient ruins and rock formations by horseback. Discover new passions with the resort’s multiple and diverse activities, such as falconry, land sailing and archery.

Just a 25 minute trip from the mainland jetty lies Sir Bani Yas Island, a protected wildlife sanctuary near the coast of Abu Dhabi. As you set foot on the pristine sands and explore the wild, rugged landscape home to free-roaming animals, including the near extinct Arabian Oryx, you’ll feel you’ve replaced the everyday with the magical.

Located on the North shore between a lagoon and the open ocean, guests of Desert Islands also enjoy access to the facilities of the sister Abu Dhabi resorts of Al Sahel and Al Yamm. 

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At a glance

  • Get a sense of an authentic Arabian spirit in this magical desert sanctuary, as you treat your eyes to the sweeping panoramas of rolling dunes and sparkling blue ocean, and watch pink flamingos gracefully drink from the island’s lakes.
  • Make your choice from the luxurious 64 accommodations on offer at the resort. Relax in a palatial villa steps from your own infinity pool, or awake with the desert sunrise creeping into your beautifully appointed suite.
  • The resort boasts excellent facilities to ensure optimum comfort throughout your stay. If work calls feel free to book into the fully equipped conference room. To completely unwind, find your way to the revitalising Anantara Spa or work up an energising sweat at the fitness centre. Kids can run free at the Kids Club.
  • Kickstart your morning with a delicious breakfast buffet at the Palm restaurant. Spend your evening dining at Amwaj restaurant, whch offers exquisite seafood accompanied by the calming sounds of the ocean. Refresh after a day in the desert heat with a cool drink at Al Shams restaurant & bar, and wind down in the cooler evenings in true Arabic tradition, with a variety of shisha flavours to choose from.
  • The convergence of both desert and ocean makes the possibilities for activities endless. Kayak along the shores of the Arabian Gulf, snorkel or scuba dive to explore the world brimming with life below the ocean’s surface. Mountain biking across sandy dunes, or take a guided wildlife walk to discover the island at a slower pace.
  • Indulge in the ultimate island escape in one of the resort’s pool villas, each a private tropical sanctuary for sunny poolside days and starlit nights.
  • Dine on fresh seafood overlooking the plentiful Gulf, or enjoy a Middle Eastern or African grill by firelight. If you fancy something else, there are complimentary transfers available by bicycle or 4x4 to any Abu Dhabi restaurants on the island.
  • Sample the finest imported wines from the resort's extensive cellar.
  • Indulge in soothing massages in a spa beach cabana on Al Yamm to regenerate on your stay.
  • Take a memorable game drive in the resort's dedicated 4x4 vehicles, and spot giraffes, gazelles, oryx and cheetahs in their natural environment.
  • Visit Desert Islands Water sports centre, which features a state-of-the-art dive pool. Explore the rich waters surrounding the island, choosing from a thrilling range of water sports activities.
  • Check-in at 15:00, check-out by 10:00.
  • We only make reservations on request, meaning our personalised offers are guaranteed to be the best available, and exclusive to our guests. Your reservation will be confirmed 24 hours after request. It then becomes definitive, and you will immediately receive an email confirmation with the details of your booking.
  • Sir Bani Yas Island is accessible by boat and air. A car transfer service can be arranged from both Abu Dabhi and Dubai to the mainland jetty, prior to taking a 25 minute boat ride across to Sir Bani Yas Island.


Enjoy the local area

Sir Bani Yas Island is a wildlife sanctuary just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, founded by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Home to free-roaming animals, including the near extinct Arabian Oryx, the island offers a distinct escape from the world. Located on the eastern coast, guests of Al Yamm also enjoy access to the facilities of sister resorts Desert Island and Al Sahel.


  • Optional Services
    • Activity planning
    • Airport transfers
    • Babysitting
    • Boat charters
    • Concierge Service
    • Dry cleaning service
    • Hairdresser
    • Hiking
    • Island Jeep tour
    • Laundry service
    • Massage services
    • Personal assistent
    • Personal trainer
    • Private excursions
    • Private jet rental service
    • Private transfers
    • Private yacht rental service
    • Restaurant reservations
    • Water sports services
    • Wedding service
    • Wine tasting
  • General
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bathtub
    • Breakfast included
    • Coffee maker
    • Concierge Service
    • Flatscreen TV
    • Full use hotel facilities
    • Gardner
    • Hairdryer
    • Heating
    • Ipod dock
    • Laundry Room
    • Massage Table
    • Minibar
    • Music System
    • Safe
    • Satellite TV
    • Smart TV
    • WIFI
  • Linen & Supplies
    • Bathrobes
    • Bathroom amenities
    • Pool Towels
    • Slippers
    • Towels
  • Entertainment & Experiences
    • Boutique
    • Fitness
    • Game room
    • Hammam
    • Horseback riding
    • Jacuzzi
    • Kidsclub
    • Library
    • Private excursions
    • Restaurants
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Steam room
    • Swimming pool
    • Tennis court
    • Water sports
    • Yoga
  • Remaining
    • Business facilities
    • Celebration venue
    • Currency exchange
    • Newspaper
    • Sport and equipment rental
  • Outside
    • Dining Area
    • Garage
    • Garden
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Outdoor restaurant
    • Sun Loungers
    • Sundeck
    • Sunshades
    • Swimming pool
    • Terrace