Very Good 927 Reviews
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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


4.5 Very Good 927 Reviews
Not up to its expectations
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were very excited about the hotel as we waited for a while as this is quite an expensive property and one of our 1st South property.
Parking directions were not great, room was too small to receive, shade areas needed for summers.
Boat was fine but steps can be better for older parents.
Visit to hotel was good but room was not inline with 5 star experience.. taps, lighting, location of a/c and light switch, bad quality..
Food was the most disappointing in restaurants, breakfast, in room dining. Veg options as well Indian is crucial as there is huge Indian guests come. Food authencity is crucial for top hotels. Chef was unable to achieve quality and options from menu were not available.
Kayaking was not up to int’l std. biking in summer went wrong as no rest areas on the way.
Hotel shops can be improved. Additional trip to mainland can be helpful.

Overall compared to other 5 star hotels from northern Emirates, india, etc, this is not a rear experience. At the same time, it is great effort to develop jungles and place for animals.

sir bani yas island
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely place to visit for a short and relaxing getaway.About 2 -3 hrs drive from abu Dhabi.Better in cooler months thought we visited in June.We drove to Sir Bani Yas Ferry station and the hotel arranged a free ferry to the island.All very well organized by the Anantara group.
The island is beautiful and untouched and has a large wild life reserve.There is no traffic on the roads except the few safari jeeps of the hotels
The hotel itself is beautiful with large rooms.I would recommend eating at Amwaj restaurant and ask for Yogendra.Excellent seafood.
There are lots of activities but its better to arrange them in advance.Definitely advise doing the wild life safari sittin in an safari jeep.We were lucky to see giraffe and cheetah and Ali was an excellent guide and all very safe.Of course plenty of gazelle and oryx all over the island and even an ostrich.
The Wadi walk with our guide Mark is also worth doing.We went at sunset into the rocky valley to see all the rock formation .Better to do it at night but it has a lot of hiking involved though not difficult if you are relatively active.
We also did horse riding in the early morning .Very safe even if you've never ridden before.
Other activities included a cultural and historical tour.
But all this comes at a price as most of the activities are expensive and the hotels too are expensive

Nice, relaxing place
Reviewed 7 days ago

Very nice hotel and pleasant staying. Well maintained green area around with few restaurants available.
Surprisingly safari trip not so bad; I can imagine that for children is great. Next time we need to add one more day for staying.

Poor room
Reviewed 1 week ago

Room was nice but only had a King bed with no other sleeping accommodation even though booked for two adults and two 7 year old children. We we told this is standard industry accommodation for 4 people. Other than sleeping arrangements other amenities were ok.

Relaxing getaway!!
Reviewed 1 month ago

This was great, relaxing but too short a trip with friends. One needs at least 2 nights. It took us 4 hours(incuding a breakfast stop) to reach the jetty at Abu Dhabi. We had complimentary drinks, coffee& cookies while we waited for the 12noon ferry. It took us 15mins to reach the other side where a bus was waiting to take us 12...15mins away to the hotel. Check in was quick while we enjoyed our welcome drink & a complementary 5min shoulder massage. Its a good idea to book your spa treatment and the wildlife drive at this point. Rooms were spacious, v comfortable & well equipped with water,tea & coffee making facilities. Restaurants were good....we enjoyed dinner at Olio! Breakfast was a big spread at The Palm.The highlight was the wildlife drive...We had a very well informed & helpful guide, Khalid. We were lucky to see plenty of animals...cheetah,deer,blackbuck,giraffe,peacock etc. Pool was small but good. There are 2 small boutiques at the hotel where one can buy swimwear, flip flops etc.A really good relaxing getaway!!