Very yummy Greek food in lovely balcony area overlooking Esplanade in Cairns with staff who go above and beyond to be friendly and happy. Lots of share plates available and special 11 courses for $50. Be hungry!
What an incredibly special place! We stayed in Al Yann villas and they looked out to the most beautiful massive expanse of beach. We had our own private pool and the room was charming with an extremely comfortable bed. The staff were super helpful. We went on a safari and our guide Mark was so knowledgeable. I have never been so close to giraffe before! Rebecca at the reception was so friendly and helpful. All the staff were. The food was delicious - we ate at the Italian and Al Shams in the other side of the hotel which also has a fabulous pool that my children enjoyed swimming in. There are animals (peacocks especially) roaming the grounds of the hotel. I highly recommend this hotel - it is a truly unique experience. I wish we could have stayed longer!
We visited the property for 2 nights, 3 days and were so happy with the location, customer service and uniqueness of the stay. The island is phenomenal and rooms are super spacious. For a family of 5 we got 2 rooms and the space was great! Just outside your room you will see peacocks, gazelles and deers which we didn't get tired of 3 days later as well. The best part of the trip was not the beach, room, or activities but it was in fact the chefs that made our stay! Special shout out to chef Mbye who made us a specially curated meal to accommodate our likes and prepared his food with so much love and attention! In fact, my mom simply showed him a picture of an Ethopian dessert she had a few days ago and Mbye actually took the liberty to prepare it for us for lunch the next day! Shout out to chefs Mahmood & Khalid as well, who were so caring and very dedicated to their art. Thanks to Anantara for a great Eid break, I'd definitely recommend this property to nature and luxury lovers!…
If you are planning for a short trip within UAE to a place far far away from the city life and away from all kind of daily life pressure. I recommend you to visit Anantara al sahel as a perfect choice for your weekend stay. You will have unique experience on this special island of Abu Dhabi.
We had a frustrating time trying to change our booking with Minor staff online following a family bereavement. But as soon as we got to the hotel, the Ops Manager Amrah (apologies if I have misspelt the name) dealt with the issue quickly, calmly, sensitively and to our utmost satisfaction. He is a credit to the company and organisation. The resort itself is amazing and unique, enhanced by friendly and polite staff.
My family and I have no words to express our extreme satisfaction about our 3 days stay at Anantara Al Sahel Villas. Special congratulations and big THANK YOU to all the staff which is extremely polite, respectful and welcoming everywhere on the island in the resort and at the activities areas. We also really appreciated the customized and proactive service, the personalisation of our stay as well as the upgrade from desert island resort room to al sahel villas. It s been really worth the upgrade ! Thank you as well for the excellent food quality at the African restaurant and the friendliness of the staff as well. Really memorable. Like the snorkling beach at the desert island main resort where we had the chance to see 2 dolphins passing close by and multiple fishes. In brief I m really proud to be an Anentara loyal member. My family and I have been really sad to leave this beautiful place and we will definitely come back. I would conclude by saying that this exceptional quality of service is rare and deserve compliments and recognition. No doubt we will come back.…
We stayed 3 nights as a family, got a 2 bedroom villa overlooking into the wilderness. With our own private pool, it was truly peaceful. Waking up early with a slight mist and in the backdrop the deers, peacocks and the Arabian gazelles. Night sky is absolutely clear! But it is a wild land so quiet nights can be disturbed during mating season, but compared to city noises this was pleasantly different. Hotel staff were great, very attentive and professional. Although we could eat in the other hotels we decided to stay only here as the African food was just different and interesting to try out the different dishes. Very clean property but I can only imagine the difficulty for housekeeping to maintain, it is a wild nature reserve after all. We tried the safari drive, horseback riding for beginners and falconry. The safari itself was great, we were lucky (630am tour), got to see cheetahs, giraffes and plenty of gazelles. Horseback riding was also great and they took us out of the area into the dunes - so it was great for beginners. Falconry was atop a hill overlooking another hotel, amazing views.…
I only write a review if it's terrible or outstanding. Al Sahel is very special. We came with our kids and my oldest was crying when it was time to leave... This was such a magical experience for them. Walking in the woods and spotting all the wildlife... what an adventure when you're a child. Service is impeccable and seamless transition moving from desert islands to al sahel so I recommend experiencing different resorts. For vegetarians most options at the Italian restaurant. We had 2 drives and saw different things on each drive. Guides were super. Suggestion : it would have been great to have a bonfire at night by the african restaurant. Extra points if kids can toast marshmallows. We will be back.
The place is good for a family vacation but the only reason I rated it at 4 is the weather - it was a very windy weather , so kids had no chance to swim for 2 days out of our 3 days holiday! They need to give guests heads up before they check in so we can pack extra warm clothes
Our return two night stay in a two bedroom villa with a pool could not have been a better experience. Travelling this time with parents in their seventies it was essential for us that all went to plan. We need not have worried. Duty Manager Destiny and her team thought of everything from the moment of our first telephone enquiry to the point of departure. Wonderful food, activities, amenities, and super surprises round every corner we could not have had a better time. The staff were charming without exception, and went out of their way to cater for and age range of over 60 years in our party. We will be back without hesitation.