Sir Bani Yas Island
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Arabian Wildlife Park
Stretching across 1,400 hectares of land, this park is home to a diverse array of animals including the Arabian Rock Hyrax, Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Giraffe and even the Striped Hyena. As a wildlife sanctuary with constant conservation efforts and true care for the animals, you will find over 13,000 animals to discover on your tour.
Once a location used to hunt falcons overlooking Desert Islands hotel and the northern coast, an expert guide will teach you about the history of falconry, interesting facts and information, demonstrating traditional training techniques of these majestic birds.
Sir Bani Yas Stables is ideal for horse lovers or those keen to learn about horses and the heritage of Arabian horses within the UAE. Home to 30 horses of various breeds, including the Arab horse, there are riding packages to suit all needs and levels. Keep your eyes open for the gazelles and peacocks on your ride!
Mangrove & Sea Kayaking
Stunning mangroves are best explored by kayak, where you can observe beautiful flamingos feeding in the shallows, schools of flying fish and be amazed by the rich habitat of wildlife that call the mangroves home.
Sir Bani Yas Island Church and Sir Bani Yas Island Monastery
The ruins of a Christian church and monastery dating back to the 7th century A.D. were discovered on Sir Bani Yas Island in 1992 where 30-40 monks lived between 600-750 A.D. The largest Christian archaeological site in Eastern Arabia, guided tours are available to discover the rich history of this incredible place.
Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
Offshore reefs in the stunning waters of Sir Bani Yas Bay make for the perfect place to explore some of Arabia's exotic sea life. The famous Arabic fish - the Hammour - swims alongside hundreds of colourful fish, sea urchins and more create a visual spectacular under the water.
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Sir Bani Yas Island Itineraries
Lights, camera, action: your highlight reel of Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Dubai is set to begin with this 14-day tour of all the luxurious hotspots in this exciting region of the Middle East. From desert islands to stunning fjords, this tour showcases the very best these countries have to offer, at the intersection of adventure and luxury.
- 14 days / 13 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $17,800
This fun-filled ten-day adventure promises to entertain and fascinate visitors of all ages. Experience the beguiling combination of otherworldly deserts and action-packed excitement as you explore the lively culture and relaxing resorts of Abu Dhabi.
- 10 days / 9 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $16,300
This 14-day itinerary is a wildlife adventure for the whole family, from the plains and coastlines of Sri Lanka to the open grasslands of Abu Dhabi's Sir Bani Yas island. Discover rich cultural heritage and unwind at luxurious hotels while getting up close and personal with the flora and fauna of these two completely different and fascinating countries.
- 14 days / 13 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $18,300
Due to its unique location within the expansive Arabian Wildlife Park, Al Sahel Villa Resort offers guests a beautiful and luxurious place to stay juxtaposed against its rugged, untouched desert environment. It opens up a rare glimpse into the beauty of mother nature within the island’s savannah and guests have the privilege of sharing their stay with over 10,000 free-roaming animals. Marvel at the stunning views over the Gulf and trek to the historic salt-domed hilltops and then spend the evening relaxing in your personal plunge pool beneath the twinkling Arabian stars. Additionally Al Sahel stands as one of the leading luxury eco-friendly resorts in Abu Dhabi with its sustainable design and features. The 30 private villas have been built with traditional thatched roofs and an African ‘feel’, whilst still maintaining absolute excellence and comfort. Unique to the majority of resorts throughout Abu Dhabi, Al Sahel Villa Resort manages to encompass luxury with a traditional and authentic finish as well as a modern approach to sustainability to complement its natural surroundings.
Picturesque at every turn and surrounded by free-roaming wildlife on land and an infinite variety of marine life in the aqua colored Arabian Gulf, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island’s Al Yamm Villa Resort is a luxurious oasis blessed by natural beauty. A mangrove lagoon complements the island’s delicate eco-system and the resort itself has been built with the environment in mind, making sure not to disturb the balance of this incredible habitat. The villas are built with sustainable features and reflect a by-gone era of the Arabic fisherman and their barasti lodgings, now designed as a private oasis with unparalleled luxurious finishings and services to allow guests an opulent experience on this stunning island paradise. Rich, flavorful food is served at the resort’s four restaurants, while the famous Anantara spa beckons for pre- or post-meal indulgence. Guests will never find themselves wondering what to do next with a host of activities available for them - from watersports to archery and much more.
Sitting amidst the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, the beautiful island of Sir Bani Yas is home to Desert Islands Resort and Spa, boasting the internationally-renowned service of Anantara amidst stunning natural surroundings. Guests at Desert Islands can truly escape, just a short 25 minute flight from Abu Dhabi airport, they find themselves ensconced in luxury and relaxation. The rooms, suites and villas, bathed in island sunshine, are decorated and equipped to the highest standards and enjoy breathtaking panoramas. The multiple dining outlets cover an array of modern and traditional cuisines in a variety of stylish environments. What’s more, with an array of countless activities available on- and off-site, from hiking, snorkelling and fishing to complete relaxation in the spa or by the pool, there’s never a dull moment at Desert Islands.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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