Resort opens on Sir Bani Yas island

Exploring by kayak

Anantara managed Desert Islands Resort & Spa some 250km west of Abu Dhabi opens on October 1.

Sir Bani Yas Island was once the private Royal Nature Reserve established by the late ruler and founder of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The exclusive resort is surrounded by the wild vastness of the island, transformed into an ecologically viable, wild life rich natural preserve and scenic retreat.

The Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers a unique brand of service inspired by the local traditions of hospitality and culture. Situated along the resplendent coast line of Sir Bani Yas Island, the resort offers 64 l rooms with living quarters decked out in state-of-the-art amenities and styled with Arabian touches like marble bath fixtures.

For the ultimate royal indulgence choose one of Desert Islands Resort & Spa’s regal retreats - the two Royal villas and two Beach villas come equipped with the best standards of luxury services including a 24/7 butler. These feature two bedrooms, living and lounge space, kitchenette, dining area, private splash pools and have direct access to the beach.

The Safaa Spa has four treatment rooms – two for couples and two for individuals - each of them spacious and all offering a wide range of treatments. Natural treatments include Thai massage, aromatherapy, Ayurvedic therapies, rich facials and lavish body treatments, plus treatments based on the healing and beautifying properties of gemstones and precious metals. Facilities include a private outdoor relaxation area, separate male and female changing areas, sauna and steam rooms.

Dining options included the seafood signature restaurant Samak and the  tropically inspired Palm Restaurant. The Deli offers lighter bites and gourmet coffee, and in the private Lounge Bar situated on the Mezzanine level guests can enjoy a favourite beverage or two. The Al Shams Pool Bar over looking the Arabian Sea gives guests the opportunity to relax in the shaded private nooks quarters of the hotel pool.  Other facilities include tennis courts equipped with facilities for night playing and a health club that’s open around the clock.

The Desert Islands Resort and Spa is tastefully presented and blends well with the natural reserves of Sir Bani Yas Island. Quality destination activities feature guided tours along some of the region’s most exciting trails and snorkeling into the pristine reefs. The resort can arrange a number of pursuits including snorkeling, mountain biking and kayaking.