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Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

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Yaounde
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids) just spent 2 nights at Desert Island resort. The staf is friendly and the facilities are nice but it is hard to feel like it was worth the incredibly high price tag. Since our children count as adults to the hotel, we had to either get 2 rooms or a suite... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Maureen B, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us through this well elaborated review. We are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your family time in our peaceful paradise. In another hand , I really appreciate the feedback about many areas... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been wanting to stay at the island ever since I have come to know of its existence. So, for my friend's 35th birthday, we decided to book a night at the island. After driving 3.5 hours from Dubai, we reached the jetty port. We were greeted by friendly smiles as we hop out of car. On the other... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear iZeeYellow, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us . We are definitely glad to know that you had a good time in our little paradise. In another hand , I really appreciate your feedback in some areas where your expectations were not met... More 

Dubai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent overall service from start to finish... From Reservation, Confirmation, Boat trip, Activity Guidance, Check -in, IN Stay Service, Check-out, etc. Absolutely no complaints at all... Highly recommended... We went with family to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary... We were extremely satisfied and the overall experience EXCEEDED our EXPECTATIONS... THANK YOU VERY MUCH

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear 327balak, What a beautiful review ! We would like to thank you firstly for choosing our Resort to celebrate your special occasion and secondly for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are all very glad to know that we have managed to exceed your expectations and made your stay an unforgettable one. We are looking... More 

St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst this is quite a drive and boat ride away from Abu Dhabi city, if you are looking to be spoilt, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere, this is the place to go! We spent 4 nights here & could quite easily have stayed longer. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The weather is more or less guaranteed sunshine... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Alexandra R, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us through this beautiful review.We are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your family time in our little paradise. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future and... More 

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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a 3:45 hour drive from Dubai a 30 minute ferry crossing from the jetty we arrived on the island and it was just wow - a desert island that has been developed by the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and now has a wildlife sanctuary with gazals, oryx, leopards, hyena etc. The hotel was amazing and the staff were absolutely... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Sherifflobo, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and we are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay in our little paradise. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future and please do contact me... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been end of October to Anantara desert island resort & spa and it was such a memorable experience. The trip from Dubai is quite far but definitely worth it! Once you arrive to the island, you are taken in a bus & arrive at the hotel about 15min later. Staff are very friendly, very professional. We booked the... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear africangirl-78, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and write such a beautiful review.We are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay in our little paradise. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future and... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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99 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were amazed by this wonderful natural island with a wildlife reserve! We enjoyed some of many activities and were happy to see how well the animals were taken of by knowledgable, friendly and happy staff. The staff and their service minded attitude made this place what it is!! We were also happy to hear how well the staff was... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear expatDubai, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and we are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay in our little paradise. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best Regards Rachid Bakas Front... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exceptional experience with really friendly staff going out of their way to make you comfortable. Kids loved the wildlife tour which is an hour and a half long and jam packed with animal sightings and fun facts from the guide. Pool area and tennis courts are fabulous. We opted for the Boma Aftican Bbq for dinner and were not disappointed.... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear doc1uzbeck, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and we are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your family time in our little paradise. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best Regards Rachid Bakas... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing stay, truly unforgettable experience, great location can not believe it's part of the UAE! Staff and service is fantastic and would highly recommend for a retreat get away! The food was very good, the wildlife tour is a must! If you really want to pamper yourself a visit to the spa is certainly worth it, probably one of the... More 

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear 230ashw , Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and we are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay in our little paradise. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best Regards Rachid Bakas... More 

Abu Dhabi
1 review
Reviewed October 29, 2016

Best experience ever! fabulous location, wonderful wildlife experience, fantastic customer service. Truely relaxing weekend. Restaurants had great atmospheric delicious food. We ate twice at Savanna the African restaurant. And one in the Arabic restaurant. Staff could not do enough for us to ensure our dining experiences were every thing we wanted.

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Christian G, Manager at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear mandyelizabeths2016, Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us and we are definitely glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay in our little paradise. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best Regards Rachid Bakas Front... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

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: $316 - $730 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 64
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Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara Hotel Sir Bani Yas Island
Desert Islands Resort And Spa By Anantara
Desert Islands Hotel
Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa Emirate Of Abu Dhabi/Sir Bani Yas Island
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“If you need anything, just phone reception and they'll make sure you have it ”
 of 5 bubbles mandyelizabeths2016, Oct 29, 2016 | Read review
“We were lucky to get 4th floor room with pool and sea views as it was a quiet period -request if you can. ”
 of 5 bubbles 456sarahd, Oct 18, 2016 | Read review
“Ask for sea view hotel while booking itself. Prefer room on Level 3 and 4 to get good view.”
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“Superior Sea View make the difference as located on the higher floors.”
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