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Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara

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Al Ruwais, Sir Bani Yas Island 12452 United Arab Emirates
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#3 of 3 hotels in 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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Diving
Babysitting
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Baggage storage
Concierge
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Lagoon View
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Arabic
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Abu Dhabi Intl Airport130 miSee all flights
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DRSIMASH wrote a review Jun 9
DUBAI9 contributions2 helpful votes
The Safari was very good Hotel reception was very good Very quite place Good place to relax and get refreshed Good swimming Pool Beach not very good Food a bit expensive Staff are very helpful and pleasant
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear DRSIMASH, Thank you for taking the time to complete the review following your recent stay with us. We were delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were particularly pleased by the hospitality and genuine service from our team. Your encouraging compliments are certainly appreciated and have been passed on to our team who were thrilled to learn about you great experience and appreciative comments. Thank you once again for your valuable feedback. The team and I are very much looking forward to welcoming your return to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Resorts in the near future for another memorable experience. Sincerely, Rachid
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TheDutch4 wrote a review Feb 2020
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates48 contributions51 helpful votes
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I had of course seen the pictures and read the (mixed) reviews. Was expecting the pictures to be flattering, as so often the case and put my expectations on the hotel at the low end of the spectrum. Now here's our experience. First: we had perfect weather conditions, blue skies, pleasant temperatures so could spend maximum time outside. After a leisurely drive from Dudai (long but easy thanks to expanded motor way) we arrived at the Jetty. All well signposted, staff picking up the luggage, smooth check in with drinks and snacks and plenty of parking. The Ferry left more or less on time and crew allowed us to stay outside. Short but pleasant trip, with some totally unexpected dolphins when we approached the island. Smooth bus transfer to the hotel. We saw the villas en route, but although higher luxury and privacy, a bit too remote for our taste. Despite all guests arriving at the same time (many, as it was a Friday), check-in was quick and pleasant. Loved the spacious room, high ceiling, nice decoration, comfortable huge bed. On top a very large balcony with stunning Sea View plus garden below with peacocks, birds and dassies (rock hyraxes). We enjoyed nights of best sleep thanks to bed, balcony and doors opening to quiet surroundings and sea waves. Lunch at Al Shams was so good and our waiter Alisher so perfect that we decided to forget about other options and also have dinner there. Head Chef Mahmoud of all restaurants on site has some marvellous kitchen staff, as all food in all restaurants was wonderful and nicely presented. Read about the high prices, but honestly nothing out of range in terms of food and grapes when comparing to similar level in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Very nice and quiet natural beach, beautiful albeit somewhat shallow pool. In terms of activities we enjoyed the free bikes (excellent condition, nice bike pro and worth stopping and exploring frequently around flamingo lagoon, surrounding hills and sea shore (we missed the sharks). We also did the Wadi walk with perfect guide Owen and the Wildlife drive with super pro Kate. The variety in nature and quantity of animals was stunning. We expected not too much, we got everything and more. Tad expensive for families, but well worth it. If you don't participate in the activities, you might as well bok a Dubai resort, as most excitement is in the fenced of wildlife park covering half of the island. Another dinner in Amway restaurant with professional and fun service from Jeeresh and a truly magnificent seafood meal from chef Yugi who came checking on us multiple times to get our feedback. Most have been easy, as it was 10 out of 10. Only small comment was that the resort allows little kids to use their loud iPads and game machines in the restaurants. This is bad for the kids, it spoils the chance of family dialogue and joint dining experience and spoils the fun for the other guests. Like many others we rushed to the terrace, which turned about to be a blessing, as the dinner on the sea front was magical, with bon fire and modes live music and dance. Pleasant check out with Michelle who also managed to recover some (unfortunately not all) of the items we left after a somewhat rushed departure. We were entirely to blame, as we pushed our unwanted departure to the last minute. Could have easily spent a week or more. Thanks to Sheikh Zayed for his vision and the Anantara staff for a magnificent experience. Highly recommended and we must come back.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from LightPacker741974, Manager at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara
Responded Feb 28, 2020
Dear TheDutch4, Warm Greetings from Anantara Sir Bani Yas Resorts, We would like to thank you for rewarding us with such a good review and for choosing us during your recent getaway. It is so nice to see how the team had looked after you from the start till the end and we all appreciate the nice words and rest assured that your feedback will be conveyed to the team and everyone will be recognised for their excellent job. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back soon and I will be very happy to assist you with any further arrangements. Warm Regards Rachid Bakas Rooms Division Manager
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sunilhsdoc wrote a review Jun 7
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates51 contributions37 helpful votes
Amazing experience right from the boat ride to the resort, the welcome, the spacious room (got a double upgrade!!), dining, views, pool, wildlife safari. Staff are friendly and co-operative. Suggest to improve menu for vegetarians. Available food however was tasty !
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Review collected in partnership with Minor Hotels
Date of stay: June 2021
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Dear Mr. Sunil, Thank you for taking the time to complete the review following your recent stay with us. We were delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were particularly pleased by the hospitality and genuine service from our team. Your encouraging compliments are certainly appreciated and have been passed on to our team who were thrilled to learn about you great experience and appreciative comments. Thank you once again for your valuable feedback. The team and I are very much looking forward to welcoming your return to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Resorts in the near future for another memorable experience. Sincerely, Rachid
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morganvenison wrote a review Jun 6
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We had the most amazing time when we visit the island. Everything was fantastic from the food to the rooms. The activities are what sets this apart, getting to see the incredible wildlife on the island is unforgettable. I would highly recommend going for a horse ride as well. What really sets this property apart though are the incredible staff. From the GM to the activity hosts, to everyone we encountered in the restaurants they really made our stay what it is - welcoming, professional and fun! This will be a staycation I will be recommending and can't wait to visit again when we can.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Dear Morgan, Thank you for taking the time to complete the review following your recent stay with us. We were delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were particularly pleased by the hospitality and genuine service from our team. Your encouraging compliments are certainly appreciated and have been passed on to our team who were thrilled to learn about you great experience and appreciative comments. Thank you once again for your valuable feedback. The team and I are very much looking forward to welcoming your return to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Resorts in the near future for another memorable experience. Sincerely, Rachid
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halvey64d wrote a review Jun 6
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates5 contributions1 helpful vote
As a returning visitor I was very disappointed. The booking and arrival process gave us high hopes. When we got to our room, the sheets on the bed were stained, the shower was cold, and there was mold around the base of the shower. There was peacock feces in front of the door to the pool that was never cleaned up over the two days we were there. The hotel and grounds just need a good refresh. It seems like they are minimally manning the resort. We went to breakfast and there wasn't anyone to seat us or serve us. The egg cook literally gave us some rubber gloves and told us to serve ourselves. Definitely not what I expected for the price or the supposed hotel rating.
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Dear halvey64d, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback following the recent getaway. Please accept my apologies that your overall experience did not live up to your expectations. I regret that we were unable to meet our high standards during your recent stay. Rest assured that your comments have been shared with the team and action will be taken to ensure the issues you experienced are corrected moving forward. We are committed to providing memorable experiences with exceptional service and therefore we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back and improve on your experience in the near future. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us and for your time in sharing your feedback. Best regards, Rachid
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PRICE RANGE
$203 - $497 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United Arab EmiratesEmirate of Abu DhabiSir Bani Yas Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
64
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Frequently Asked Questions about Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara
What are some of the property amenities at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara?
Conveniently located restaurants include Savannah Grill, Olio, and Al Shams.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.