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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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luxury4a Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife had arranged a surprise birthday treat for us to go to the island and the desert resort spa. We flew from Al Bateen airport and were there within half an hour. The flight and Rotana staff were all very good. Upon arrival in the room "Dennis" a member of staff was very informative and attentive and arranged our... More

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Dubai
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9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our belated anniversary getaway. And I must say it was an excellent one :o) Total journey time was around 4.5 hours but as we enjoy long drives we enjoyed the drive. Nothing much to see but good music and no traffic made the journey a melodious one. There's a complimentary boat ride to reach the hotel which I... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks 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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166 hotel reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks 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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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks 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 4 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 4 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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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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 August 11, 2014

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

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

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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa 5*
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Also Known As:
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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