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What We Love

  • Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • The island’s resident flamingos
  • Snorkeling the newly formed reef system in the calm waters
  • The 135-minute Sands of Time treatment at the spa, done with a sand compress
  • All rooms have a view of the Arabian Sea
  • Getting acquainted with the world’s largest herd of endangered Arabian oryx

What To Know

  • A 10 percent service charge and a 6 percent tourism fee will be collected by the hotel at check in
  • Once you reach the mainland of Sir Bani Yas jetty, you'll take a free 20-minute boat ride to the hotel; contact the hotel directly for transfer times
  • Activities and dining options are confined to those at the resort
  • During summer temps reach 130?, and the seawater is exceptionally hot
  • The hotel is not gay-friendly and public displays of affection are frowned upon
  • Alcohol is illegal outside the hotel bar area
  • All activities on the island must be arranged through the resort
  • The resort is the destination, so it’s not easy to come and go to/from the mainland
  • Guests must purchase a compulsory gala dinner on December 31; please see the details section for further information


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa in Sir Bani Yas Island (Western Abu Dhabi Emirate), you’ll be convenient to Sir Bani Yas Island Beach. This 5-star hotel is within the region of Arabian Wildlife Park and Sir Bani Yas Island Pier.

Make yourself at home in one of the 64 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a steam room. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.

Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 4 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and meeting rooms.

How to Get There

Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa
Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas Island, 00000 United Arab Emirates


Unique island with beautiful unforgettable experiences

If you haven’t been to Sir Bani Yas island I urge you to go, it is one of the most unique places in UAE that had special place in the heart of late Sheikh Zayed (PBUH), who created a national conservation area for thousands of unique species living and thriving in Savannah like island on the shore of Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is impossible not to fall in love with the vastness of it and beautiful shorelines and blue waters.

Lovely weekend away. Different for different vistors
Mike G

We live in Abu Dhabi and have been to the island a few times, so we enjoyed some time away from the city. For visitors outside of UAE it might feel 'interesting' as the hotel and experience is unique for sure. As someone living in UAE, the hotel is a getting a little dated - our hotel overlooked the pool and there were a lot of pigeons doing their thing around the room / windows. The snorkelling was great. The animal experience was amazing and the guide was excellent and dealt with our kids constant questions very well. It is a great adventure. Perhaps worth checking out the other accommodation options to make it more special. It ain't a cheap experience and you can't help but spend almost double the cost of the stay on F&B etc.

An Adventure for the family which is unpinned by quality
Rob G

this is a fantastic experience for everybody who attends this resort and fantastic island. the heritage of the island and why it is here today is amazing and then to combine with a resort holiday Destination with quality of service by the staff is exceptional and a must do ...