Having spent a few days in Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island was an incredible break in the peace and quiet! Sir Bani Yas is a natural island which has been developed into a wildlife reserve and conservation area. As I understand it, there are 3 hotels on the island all under the Anantara brand. We stayed at the Al Sahel Villa Resort which was exactly what we wanted. It has only 30 villas set within the bush, so you are surrounded by stunning wildlife. We had a Pool villa, where we could sit in the pool enjoying a cocktail early evening and watch the various small mammals a stone's throw away. You can go out on a guided safari, which was amazing, although somewhat surreal, as the animals in the reserve are not native to UAE. It's not like your big game safari in Africa, however there is the opportunity to see the likes of Giraffe, Buffalo and big cats. The villas and communal areas are finished to a very high standard and immaculately clean. As with most experiences I have had in the region, the service was equally high quality. The villas are spacious and we had a bedroom area as well as a lounge area and a small dining area and a large bathroom. On our deck, beside the pool, there are also a couple of seating areas under the shade of the canopy. There is also a large communal pool with some sun loungers adjacent to the main hotel building. As with the rest of the hotel, it's a lovely spot and well maintained. The food in the restaurant was very good and in a beautiful and relaxed setting overlooking some bush land. You can also use the restaurants in the other hotels on the island and the hotel will provide a free shuttle service. We took advantage of this one evening and enjoyed a seafood meal at Desert Island Resort & Spa... although happy we made the right choice to stay at Al Sahel! It is by no means a cheap accommodation, however we felt it was well worth the cost and would happily return. We paid £550 per night. As you would expect, alcoholic drinks etc are not cheap... if you're a fan of a pre-dinner G&T I would suggest taking advantage of Duty Free as you arrive! If you found my review useful, please follow me @Memories_Not_Things…
Took a long awaited staycation with family and enjoyed the total experience .Thanks to Rachid and the excellent staff at Al Sahel and the totally different experience we had with the teeming fauna and flora at the resort .Well done team
Weekend getaway in October 2019: Every single step, right from booking the hotel to leaving the property was wonderful. The setting of the villas in idyllic, and be it having breakfast with peacocks for company or to have the animals come by to your small private Jacuzzi / pool to quench their thirst, the property is unique and has an its own charm. Several dining options across the island, not limited just to this hotel complex, to chose from. As much as i would like to delve into details, I hope you will take the plunge and book a room and experience it. Have a great stay
i loved the sense of peacefulness the park provided. The park was beautiful, breakfast are so good and loved the cycling around the island. I felt the rooms could be much better considering the price of the room per night
I could not ask for more. Please refer to previous page. All in all as my son was saying. It was HEAVEN in Island of UAE. The best experience we have had for the past couple of years. I/we hope to be back someday! Keep up the good work!