Two nights escape to island resort

Activities at Sir Bani Yas

THE Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa is offering a two night plane escape to this nature orientated desert oasis. \

The package includes plane transfers roundtrip, buffet breakfast, two island activities per person per day.

Flights are available on Tuesday from Abu Dhabi Royal Jet airport to Sir Bani Yas at 1300, returning on Thursday at 1630. On Thursday there is a flight from Abu Dhabi Royal Jet airport to the island at 1430, returning Saturday at 1630.

The offer is available until July 31. For a deluxe sea view room during weekday (Tuesday to Thursday) cost is Dh1,800. For a deluxe sea view room during the weekend (Thursday to Saturday) the cost is Dh1,999.

All rates are subject to 10 per cent service charge and six per cent tourism fee. The offer is valid per night for minimum of two nights.

The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) recently announced that four new lodges, equestrian and diving centres and a children’s campsite will be built in the second phase of development on Sir Bani Yas island. A total of 190 hotel rooms are planned for these four new lodges, with final completion expected in 2011.

The development of the island is being done slowly to preserve its ecosystem. Sir Bani Yas is home to thousands of animals including Arabian oryx, giraffes, gazelles and cheetahs. Its breeding programme has so far resulted in more than 10,000 animals being released into the wild in the Liwa oasis and near Al Ain since September last year.