Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi

from price £83 pp / per night

020 8774 7298


Anantara Desert Island is a unique island-style resort with a truly unrivalled concept; designed to offer a memorable experience of a wildlife encounter, in the midst of rugged island beauty. Situated on Sir Bani Yas Island, originally conceived as a wildlife reserve it lies 8 kilometres off the Abu Dhabi western coastline with a journey time of approximately 2 hours. Aside from the luxury rooms and suites, the resort features one and two-bedroom villas, an Anantara Spa with an inspiring range of locally-influenced and Thai treatments, two swimming pools – one overlooking the vast expanse of the Arabian Gulf – and an extensive children's play area. Guests can dine in any one of three restaurants and a delicatessen, relax in the library or shop in the gift boutique. You are invited to enjoy an array of activities; venture into the National Park with game drives, guided game walks, or mountain biking or roam next to turquoise island waters offering world-class diving and snorkelling. A paradise for wildlife lovers!

Deluxe Rooms enjoy fabulous views over turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. This is combined with the luxurious touch of Egyptian cotton, warm island sun and cool hardwood furnishings. The 29 Deluxe Sea View Rooms at Desert Islands Resort are designed to surround guests with the beauty of this Middle Eastern island gem in all its splendour. Featuring either a plush king-sized bed or twin doubles, all Deluxe Rooms are situated on an upper floor and offer views over the surrounding seas from a private balcony. Modern conveniences abound in these 52-square-metre rooms, including international satellite television, individually controlled air-conditioning, electronic in-room safe and fully equipped mini-bar. At the end of the day, every guest can relax under a private rain shower, included in all deluxe en-suite bathrooms.
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Activities & Facilities

Baby Sitting
Beauty Salon
Disabled Facilities
Internet Access
Kids Club
Laundry Service
Teen Club

Al Shams

With the convenience of the Pool Bar, there's no need for guests to take a break from soaking up the sun. Adjacent to the poolside, the Pool Bar offers plenty of lounge space, complete with sun beds, for guests to enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim or snacks under shaded umbrellas. Guests can choose from a wide selection of light gourmet snacks and beverages in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, just strides away from the beach.

Lounge Bar

On a culinary high, guests can share a nightcap at the Lounge Bar, where live entertainment and stunning views across the sea will end your evening on the perfect note. Relaxing on soft, comfortable furnishings, guests are offered quality coffees, gourmet loose leaf teas, aperitifs and cocktails, among other options, all day long. Guests may also unwind in the dedicated shisha area, featuring soothing flavours and an atmosphere of pure relaxation.

Desert Islands Spa

Luxuriously rich botanical oils. Soothing aromas of jasmine, cardamam and myrrh. Cool marble. Hot aromatic steam. Desert Islands Spa is a retreat from the everyday, into a world of opulence, personal restoration, impeccable service and island serenity. Set facing the sea and surrounded by manicured tropical gardens, the airy glass-walled treatment rooms at the Spa take full advantage of the island's seaside beauty, with views onto the turquoise waters or private walled gardens from every one of the treatment rooms and spa pavilions, all of which feature their own private en-suites and steam showers for indulgent privacy and escape. A centrepiece of the Desert Islands Spa experience is the traditional hammam, featuring heated marble, soothing steam, Jacuzzi and fountains, all of which recall the luxurious Arabian royal tradition. The Spa also brings you a sampling of the world's best holistic practices, with dedicated Thai massage pavilion, dry floatation room, Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, and even a 'Snow Room' to jolt the senses after a soak in the hammam. What results is a masterful fusion of contemporary design, natural beauty, Arabian tradition and a world of healing and rejuvenation for mind, body and soul.

Fitness Centre

The state-of-the-art Fitness Centre is open 24 hours, allowing guests to maintain their fitness regimen at their convenience. The main fitness room has an area dedicated to cardiovascular exercise, providing a variety of machines, each in close sight of TV monitors for entertainment. Freeweights and other strength training machines are also available, as well access to a separate yoga/aerobics room. Guests may even use the centre's iPods upon request.

Tennis Court

Guests can volley all day and night at the resort's impeccable tennis court, situated under the shade of palms and just a stone's throw from the surf. For those who want to avoid the heat, the floodlit court is available well into the night for evening play under the stars.


Casual elegance mingled with zesty world flavours defines Samak the seafood grill restaurant, open for dinner. The menu offers an astounding wine list and an abundance of seafood and imported steaks that are prepared to taste on an open grill. During the breezy island evenings, Samak transforms into a relaxing beachside retreat amongst the romantically lit landscaping and poolside surrounds.

The Palm

Start your day at The Palm, the all-day dining restaurant, featuring an international and Middle Eastern breakfast buffet. When dusk settles, the airy restaurant becomes the site for occasional themed nights. The la carte menu features many types of cuisine and the resident Wine Guru will match the perfect wine with your meal.

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