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Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

5.0 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 12452, Al Ruwais, Sir Bani Yas Island 00945, United Arab Emirates
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The pool is nice, the room is a good size, there are lots of activities. I do hope they give the place a bit of an update as the pool chairs have lots of tears and stains and the towels are old. This is a very family orientated hotel with lots of kids so if you are looking for a... More

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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Gnaz99, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and we certainly take your views constructively. However we must refute the claim that our food is not fresh. Sure that other readers will note the extensive comments in all other reviews which bestow great praise on our food across all areas. We have an incredibly capable culinary... More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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172 reviews 172 reviews
166 hotel reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Anantara Desert Islands is a luxury resort hotel on the edge of a quite barren island quite far flung from the modern areas of Abu Dhabi or Dubai. I recommend it quite highly, especially to the UAE resident looking for a short break adventure in luxury and nature; like most UAE luxury hotels, there are several flaws in quality... More

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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Washbrol Thank you so much in this incredibly detailed and extensive review. We really appreciate the time to share this feedback and we are sure that it will be very useful to future guests. We certainly note your comments about the snorkelling experience and yes for sure it is regrettable that you feel like you were not correctly informed.... More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just returned from our stay.it was a very nice one but there were some flows.. 1. Avoid going in hot weather. 2.bathrooms in the waiting area were in a horrible condition. And even after complaints. .no one bothered. 3.there was a chaos at check in.confused staff. 4.at check out at 12 pm the manager told us that the ferry... More

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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear tour l thank you for sharing this feedback and we are pleased that you found many positives during your stay. Clearly we aim for higher level of perfection than this and we wanted you to know that we are actively taking steps to improve these issues. It appears that you stayed during the very busy EID period where the... More

Dubai
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last week I attended a pre-budget meeting for work at Anantara's resort on Sir Bani Yas Island called Desert Islands - I had visited this resort on leisure before so I was excited to go for work this time. The meeting was a small number of 8 in held in the hotel's board room. Super comfy chairs, loads of natural... More

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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Pats_Dubai Thank you so much for this delicious review, we are wondering if you are a food writer as I am sure this will stimulate the appetite of Trip Advisor readers. Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa is not just a resort for leisure but also as a destination for professional workshops, conferences and events for groups of up... More

Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the minute we landed on the island we knew it was going to be special! We were met by courteous and helpful staff who collected our baggage and took us to The Desert Islands Resort, one of three Resorts on the Island operated by Anantara. We were met at the hotel entrance by a welcoming drink, cool towels and... More

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Dear Bob T Thank you so much for this truly amazing review. You are right, there is nothing else like this in the UAE. Not only are we located on a pristine island wilderness, with amazing beaches, ancient salt domes and a wildlife park without peer but we also have a rich and relatively unknown history. Our guests are able... More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In short, this is a place to visit only if you are planning on doing some of the outdoor activities, in particular the animal safari. Considering it is a fair drive from Dubai, there is really not much to do once at the resort unless you participate in the outdoor activities ranging from safari or mountain biking to archery or... More

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Dear MishaS Thank you for your comments and your feedback which we see are generally very positive. It's important to note for all guests the enormous range of things that can be done on this island. they are of course chargeable because they involve guides, vehicles and all the complexities involved with diving, boating and horse riding. It's good that... More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had visited with my family to Anantara Desert Resort and Spa on the 7th of August 2014 for my B'day. Inititally we had a major issue with booking, as no one was bothered to read with what voucher we were booking with and what we were expecting. However after realizing the reservation aagent assisted us and got us a... More

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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Zohk, Thank you for sharing your feedback, although clearly this is not the quality of experience that we want for our guests. we take these comments seriously and constructively and I will be shared with all relevant members of the team in order to gain the necessary improvements. 1 point which is important to clarify, is that the driving... More

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Besides from the obvious breath taking beauty of the location and the outstanding hotel facilities and restaurants, l would really like to emphasize on the Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa staff. Their courteous hospitality made my husband and I's 7th anniversary the most memorable of them all...The whole staff were very welcoming, helpful, resourceful, and simply dedicated to make... More

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Dear momnuni We are so happy to learn that you had a fantastic time with Anantara, thank you so much for sharing this review. We hope that you will join us for another special occasion Best regards Mark Eletr cluster general manager Anantara Sir Bani Yas More

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited Desert Islands on May 2014, it was a stay for 2 days, in general the resort is so nice, amazing how its done, we walked all over the resort, fabulous place to relax& energize. The arrival experience is so adventurous, we love it :). Check in was nice, thanks for Lovely, she was so friendly and as... More

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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Rouba82, Thank you so much for this amazing review, we are really happy that you had such a wonderful experience and that you are also able to experience Al Sahel. It is a unique opportunity for our guests to be able to experience the best of 3 very different resorts all on the one island and we hope that... More

Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cannot find fault, efficient staff, beautiful surroundings, excellent food. Enjoyed every minute,from arrival to reluctant departure! Good range of activities, hoping to make a repeat visit and stay for longer

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Dear NancyNurse600, Thank you for this beautiful Review, the team is thrilled to learn that you had such a fantastic time. We certainly hope you can come back soon for another exciting experience with Anantara. Best regards Mark Eletr Cluster General Manager Anantara Sir Bani Yas More

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Address: P.O. Box 12452, Al Ruwais, Sir Bani Yas Island 00945, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Sir Bani Yas Island
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Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa 5*
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Desert Islands Resort And Spa By Anantara
Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara Hotel Sir Bani Yas Island
Desert Islands Hotel
Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa Emirate Of Abu Dhabi/Sir Bani Yas Island

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With 64 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, spacious one-bedroom villas and truly luxurious two-bedroom Royal Villas, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara invites you to live out your own Arabian nights in a destination that is anything but ordinary. 240km from Abu Dhabi City and just eight kilometers off the Abu Dhabi emirate’s western coastline, the island beckons with a mystique that is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of modern urban life. ... more   less 
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