The island of Sir Bani Yas is brimming with history, nature and wildlife. Add a splash of luxury, and you’ve got the perfect Abu Dhabi island getaway.
Tucked away inside the nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas island, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara lures the most discerning travellers with its rugged beauty, thriving wildlife and Emirati-style splendour.
Just a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi, this family-oriented retreat is part of the three luxurious Anantara resorts that grace Sir Bani Yas island – the others being the tranquil beach getaway of Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort, and the Arabian adventure inspired Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort.
Sink into plush bedding that envelops you in soft Egyptian cotton, wake up to stunning sea views, and cool off under the stylish rain showers. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors allow natural light to cast your room in a soft glow and open up to a private balcony, where you can spend the day lounging with a good book. The Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara recently introduced its all-inclusive discovery package, which invites guests to unwind in one of the opulent rooms, suites or villas. Meals and drinks are included, as well as your choice of one activity per night stayed.
For a delectable meal, Amwaj restaurant draws upon the island’s sea riches to create scrumptious seafood dishes that will make your taste buds tingle. Here, you’ll enjoy the flavours of the ocean
in more ways than one, with its fresh-out-of-the-ocean plates and stellar setting overlooking the sea.
Meanwhile, Al Shams Restaurant & Bar serves up Arabic favourites straight to your poolside lounger. It’s so good you’ll want to take the flavours with you back home and with Spice Spoons, you can. The step-by-step class offers you a peek into authentic Arabian cooking techniques so you can whip up local delights in the comfort of your own home.
When you tire of lazing under the sun, hop in one of the safari Jeeps and set off on an exciting adventure as you encounter rare, free-roaming and exotic wildlife in the island’s reserve, including the prized Arabian oryx.
The Arabian Gulf’s sparkling waters will eventually beckon you to discover its stunning reef, while the magnetic charm of an Arabian stallion promises an unforgettable and liberating gallop through the desert’s sandy golden dunes. History buffs can also join an archaeological site tour to marvel at the uncovered remains of the UAE’s only discovered Christian monastery.
Revive yourself with the resort’s signature spa treatment; the Desert Islands Retreat. A gentle full-body exfoliation with desert sands followed by a 90-minute desert fusion massage is the perfect ending to this action-packed retreat.
The all-inclusive discovery package starts from Dhs1,999 per night.
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