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Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Why We Love This Hotel :

Location: Just 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi airport, Desert Islands sits upon Sir Bani Yas, an island retreat in the Arabian Gulf.

Services: Full equipped and entirely self-contained, this idyllic escape has something for everyone.

History: One of the most luxurious resorts in Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands has garnered a stellar international reputation, with guests returning time after time.


Whether it’s shopping and relaxing or action and adventure, Desert Islands offer something for everyone. The resort, in its enviable island location benefits from unparalleled surroundings as well as world-class facilities.

Business Center

Business guests are well looked after with the well-equipped meeting rooms which feature state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, high-tech audio visual equipment and flexible configurations.

Island excursions

With all the beauty of nature on its doorstep, Desert Islands offers a thrilling array of adventure and excitement from mountain biking and archery to nature trails packed with gorgeous flora and fauna.


Whether guests are searching for a keepsake to remember their getaway, a rare gift or simply something to read on the beach, the on-site boutique is well stocked with crafts, art and reading materials.


A vast range of signature Anantara treatments are available for guests wishing to unwind at the Thai-inspired spa, set in gorgeous, lush surroundings with on-site steam and sauna facilities.


Active guests needn’t leave the resort to maintain their peak fitness. Rather, they can continue and even enhance their regime in the well-equipped gym, on the tennis court or in the infinity pool.


Surrounded by sparkling ocean, guests can choose from a range of aquatic pursuits including snorkelling, deep sea fishing and kayaking, while serious underwater enthusiasts can get their PADI qualifications.


Diners are spoilt for choice throughout the day, with delicious fare served at a range of beautifully-appointed venues. Indoors and alfresco, from lights bites to hearty meals, all tastes are satisfied.

Al Shams

This relaxing poolside bar serves up light snacks and drinks throughout the day to refresh and revive sun worshippers and swimmers. As evening falls, the air is filled with the fragrance of authentic Arabian shisha pipes.


Delicious traditional Arabian delicacies grace the plates of diners at Amwaj. Sharing platters of mezze as well as kebabs and other favorites are among the delights at the laid back, shaded beachside retreat.


Poolside lunches and dinners get tasty treatment at Samak where alfresco diners tuck into delicious seafood prepared to perfection on the enormous open grill, with breezes from the ocean to aid the relaxing ambience.

The Palm

For a sumptuous start to the day, guests enjoy the array of international dishes on offer at the pan-global breakfast buffet at The Palm. The restaurant transforms later in the day into a nightly entertainment venue.



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