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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 5, 2019
Unique experience, combining one of the best beaches in UAE with Wildlife Safari. Above all, the staff attitude was impressive, all were so genuinely friendly and eager to help, made us feel really welcome in the island. Food was also good, though a bit pricey.
Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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LightPacker741974, Manager at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, responded to this review
Responded May 6, 2019
Dear Pioneer20426595223,

Thank you for choosing our hotel and taking the time to share your feedback about your experience with us.

We are delighted to learn that you had a memorable stay and we appreciate your kind praise of our team members. I will ensure to share this feedback with them and the rest of the team to continue to inspire and motivate them to deliver exceptional customer service.

Thank you again for your time.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa in the near future.

Sincerely,
Rachid Bakas
Director Of Rooms
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Reviewed May 2, 2019 via mobile

We had our team building at Sir Ban Yas Island Anantara Viila Spa Resort - first time for me to visit the place. All I can say is that this is a hidden gem within Ruwais Abu Dhabi area. The place was not that visited much by local residents and not yet exploited by local tourist as well - the whole island is so vast that there are places which you will feel you are not anymore within the UAE - simply amazing.

The beach area (where most of the team building activities were held) was simply beautiful - though there are mot much cottages to spend your lazy afternoon, just handful to leave your things while splurging on the waters. Beach was a bit stony but well kept.

The restaurant within the convention center was small for a big group like us (60+ participants) but the food was well served and adequately replenished.

What we really enjoyed was the safari - which brings up close up and personal with the wildlife within the island. Our safari guide (Haleem) was well knowledgeable of the animals residing the island - giving everyone with some tidbits of information about the rare breed animals (there was a cheetah sanctuary) and how they managed the population. It was an afternoon safari tour so expects a hot humid and dusty ride across the desert - though very well spent with a joyful guide like Haleem which makes us forget about the heat and the dust.

As the island is huge and the locations of the hotels are far to each other, expect to spent 30-45 minutes transit from the jetty to the island and then to the hotel area.

I think the best time to visit the place is Nov-Jan so that the climate is cool and, according to Haleem our safari guide, that is the time when the whale sharks can be seen migrating to the island shore for breeding.

We were informed that the stay in the island is quite expensive but, never mind the cost - what you will earn in return is the experience which is PRICELESS.

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled on business
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LightPacker741974, Manager at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2019

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 Desert Islands Resort & Spa in the near future for another memorable experience.
Sincerely,
Rachid Bakas
Director Of Rooms

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Reviewed April 29, 2019

I think it only worth it if you're interested in doing the safari.
The bedroom was nice, but the hotel looks a bit old and I found the swimming pool area very disappointing for a 5 stars hotel. Food is average and expensive. The beach is not really a beach. If feel it's really too expensive for what it is (we paid 280pounds a night...!!!)
Especially when I compare Bab al Shams facilites for the same price per night... Desert Islands is not worth it.
We did the safari and had the chance to see girafes and cheetah, so that makes the whole experience a lot nicer.
But regarding the hotel itself and if you're not interested in the safari, I don't really recommend it.

Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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LightPacker741974, Manager at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2019

Dear Jsc0,

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.

The team and I are very much looking forward to welcoming your return to Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa in the near future for another memorable experience.

Sincerely,
Rachid Bakas
Director Of Rooms

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Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

This island is magical! The animals and the nature were really charming! The biking ride is a must!! The hotel is nice, well maintained and the staff was amazing especialle Abdul our safari guide and, Marelie whoo took the kids for a fun activity with poneys. The food/ beverages though are overpriced, otherwise a great destination with kids

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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LightPacker741974, Manager at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2019

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 Desert Islands Resort & Spa in the near future for another memorable experience.
Sincerely,
Rachid Bakas
Director Of Rooms

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Reviewed April 14, 2019

Absolutely magical and wonderful place to see and to stay. Service is perfect and all staff are professional, caring and helpful - all wishes are fulfilled. The Hotels are great, sea/shore/beaches are nice and the resorts are different but all high standard. The safari we can only recommend and again there the resort is kept clean and you can see the animals are treated well and as natural as possible in their environment. Definitely a place we can fully heartened recommend and we will back for sure again.

Date of stay: April 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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LightPacker741974, Manager at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2019

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 Desert Islands Resort & Spa in the near future for another memorable experience.
Sincerely,
Rachid Bakas
Director Of Rooms

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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Staying on Sri Bani Yas is a paradise retreat. The Desert Island resort is worth the visit. The staff are friendly and make your stay special. We will definitely be back.
We also enjoyed the safari, our guide was great.

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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LightPacker741974, Manager at Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2019

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 Desert Islands Resort & Spa in the near future for another memorable experience.
Sincerely,
Rachid Bakas
Director Of Rooms

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