Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort
What We Love
- The setting. This all-villa resort even has its own watering hole–style swimming pool
- Featuring cheetahs, giraffes, oryx and gazelles, the safari drive is a must
- From the huge metal tub to your very own plunge pool, the villas are pure rustic chic
- The Savannah Grill dishes up steaks and exotic meats (including ostrich)
What To Know
- While the other all-villa resort on Sir Bani Yas Island is adults-only, under-14s are welcome here
- As at many Abu Dhabi hotels, there is no pork on the menu
- There are flights to the island every day except Friday
- There’s only one restaurant at the resort, but you can dine at other hotels on the island
- Sir Bani Yas Island is home to more than 10,000 free-roaming animals
- Guests must purchase a compulsory gala dinner on December 31; please see the details section for further information
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Four miles off the coast of Abu Dhabi is the 10,000-acre Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island. Once the pride and joy of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the UAE, it’s now home to a luxury resort where 30 luxe thatch-roofed villas overlook gazelles grazing and peacocks roaming free. Each villa has a giant bed with soft white linens, traditional decor in the form of exposed ceiling beams and local handicrafts, and a bay window and lounge area that look out at salt-domed hilltops in the distance. The bathrooms are tricked out with either a carved wooden tub or a deep free-standing copper one, and some villas come with their own private deck and plunge pool, where you can sit out at night under the stars. Up at the main house you’ll find a swimming pool and gym, and the Savannah Grill for all-day dining and delicious ostrich dishes. Of course, you’re free to head to any of the five restaurants and bars at the island’s sister properties, which serve everything from tapas to seafood on an open grill.
In the Area
Part of a breeding and conservation program, the Arabian Wildlife Park is teeming with nature, and guests have the chance to spot giraffes, cheetahs, oryx, emus and more, on nature drives from sunrise to sundown. Early mornings are your best chance to get close to the animals, when they’re sleepy enough to unwittingly pose for some jaw-dropping photos. If you want to get even closer to the wildlife, you can take a hike through the nature reserve and bird sanctuary or go out snorkeling on the reef. There are stables for discovering the island on horseback, or you can take a scenic seaplane flight and see it all from the air. A 10-minute drive north on the island will take you to the Anantara Spa for treatments such as the Signature or Arabian massage.
How to Get There
The experience was amazing and we has a beautiful weekend. The staff and front desk were more than amazing and so helpful. We stayed in Al Sahel villas which were outstanding and the place was so private and relaxing. Transport was so easy and always available and I loved how positive and motivated the staff were.
My boyfriend and I went to the Sir Banyas Island from Friday morning to Saturday evening. The drive from Dubai will take roughly 3hours.
Once at the ferry location, members of the hotel team will welcome you, take your ID and locate a parking spot for you. We arrived at 11.15am to get the 12pm ferry to enjoy the full afternoon and evening at the Al Sahel Hotel. The ferry takes only 20 min to reach the natural reserve.
Make sure you're on the right boat as the island has three different hotels, the main building which is good for large families, the Beach villas great for couples and small families and the Al Sahel, best for couple as it is peaceful, quiet and small.
If you check-in online, you won't wait long and will have your room pretty fast upon availability. Kamran who is very professional took great care of us. We are very grateful for the early check in and late check out!
The rooms are gorgeous, spacious with a king size bed, high ceiling, an indoor and outdoor shower, a small private pool and a view on animals and trees.
We definitely recommend the Wild Life Walk activity and Nature and Wildlife Drive. You will see giraffes, Cheetahs and many other incredible animals. Mark will take great care of you!
Finally, the best way to end the day is with a massage at the main hotel spa. We wanted to have the cabana massage unfortunately the cabanas are not completely covered and we didn’t want to be disturbed by the flies during our massage. Novia is a great masseuse.
Thanks again to the Al Sahel team for Kevin’s amazing birthday weekend!
Clemy & Kevin
I spent two days in the resort with my wife and we booked the WILD ROMANCE AT ANANTARA AL SAHEL. The resort is very nice and all people are very kind! The massage treatments are very hight level as well.
I had only a bed experience during the Dinner by Design because the food was not good enough comparable with the amount paid, I expected to have hight level food since the dinner cost is 800+ aed per person.