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Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Abu Dhabi

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‘An intrepid explorer’s paradise’

Welcome to one of the world’s most unique offshore wildlife sanctuaries - the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Wildlife from the Arabian Desert roam next to turquoise waters to provide the setting for this natural island retreat rich in Arabian influence and smattered with splashes of luxury. Stone Age ruins dot the landscape here, making this intriguing destination a truly memorable, unique, and diverse setting. The hotel is a delightful retreat with stylish spa and each of the room types directly face the sea, giving superb vistas.


‘This is a superb location for walkers who will love the wildlife trails and for those looking towards getting close to nature with a game drive, but who also want to experience a beautiful beach during their stay’ 

You will find luxury accommodation with stylish Arabian fabrics and original artworks making Desert Islands Resort & Spa perfect for couples, families and friends.

Generic amenities include:

• International Satellite TV
• Individually controlled air-conditioning
• Electronic in-room safe
• Fully equipped mini-bar
• En-suite bathrooms with rain shower and separate bath tub
• Hairdryer
• I-pod docking station
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Work station with free WIFI

Room type selection:

1 Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa

Directly facing the sea, these exclusive private enclaves are surrounded by a walled garden and adorned with plush fabrics, ornate daybeds and a private splash pool.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 120sqm
• Plush king sized bed in master bedroom
• Separate living area
• Deep terrazzo tub & rain shower
• Kitchenette and dining space
• Private splash pool and sun loungers
• Beachside garden with direct beach access
• Personal butler service
• Can accommodate one extra bed (chargeable)

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2 Bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villa

Over 200 square metres of decadent serene space showcasing the best of Arabian décor, contemporary design and modern convenience. Separated from the main resort, you will find a private pool in walled tropical gardens, direct beach access and a private butler on call 24 hours a day to ensure your stay is nothing but pure relaxation.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 200sqm
• Two bedrooms
• Living and lounge space
• Kitchenette and dining space
• Private pool with shaded lounge area
• Walled tropical gardens with outdoor shower
• Terrace and sun loungers
• Direct beach access
• Can accommodate two extra beds, one per bedroom (chargeable)

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Anantara Suite

These large suites surround tropical island gardens and benefit from natural light and the inviting Egyptian design and furnishings in other room categories. Features a separate living and bedroom area with kitchenette.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 80sqm
• King sized bed
• Deep terrazzo tub
• Private sea facing terrace with sun loungers
• Can accommodate one extra bed (chargeable)

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Deluxe Garden

Surrounded by lush tropical island gardens and just a few footsteps away from your own desert island. Featuring indigenous touches of Arab décor, terracotta flooring and marble bath fixtures.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 52sqm
• King sized bed or twin doubles
• Private ground floor terrace & access to main pool area
• Disabled access room available
• Inter-connecting rooms available (King deluxe pool access to Twin deluxe pool access)
• Can accommodate one extra bed (chargeable)

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Deluxe Sea View

Cool, hardwood furnishings and Egyptian cottons adorn these upper floor rooms, which boast glorious views over the turquoise sea and beach.

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 52sqm
• King sized bed or twin doubles
• Private balcony with two sun loungers
• Inter-connecting rooms available (King deluxe sea view to Twin deluxe sea view)
• Can accommodate one extra bed (chargeable)

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Premier Sea View

Located on the 4th floor, these rooms feature uninterrupted sea views

Generic facilities as above plus the following features:

• 52sqm
• King sized bed or twin doubles
• Inter-connecting rooms available
• Can accommodate one extra bed (chargeable)

Leisure (extra charges may apply)
• Anantara Spa with traditional Hammam ( see Special Features )
• Fitness centre
• Jacuzzi
• Daily game drives ( see Special Features )
• Archery
• Tennis courts
• Walking trails
• Designated jogging trail
• Snorkelling
• Scuba diving
• Mountain biking

 

Services
• Boutique
• Library


Desert Island Activities (extra charges apply to all)
• Wadi Walk, challenging walk, 2 hours, minimum age 8 years
• Nature & wildlife drive guided, informative drive, up to 2 hours minimum age 1year
• Beach access snorkel, from beginners upwards, up to 2 hours, minimum age 10 years
• Boat snorkel, for experienced snorkelers, 2 hours, minimum age 10 years
• Kayaking, scenic route from beginners upwards, up to 2 hours, minimum ages 8 years
• Around the Island cruise, with refreshments, 3 hours, minimum age 8 years
• Sunset cruise, sunset experience, 2 hours, minimum age 8 years
• Activities Cruise, swimming, snorkelling & refreshments, 3 hours, minimum age 10 years
• Introductory sailing, 1 hour, minimum age 12 years
• Sail boat hire, 1 hour, minimum age 16 years
• Tow ride, 30 minutes, minimum age 10 years
• Boat charter, bespoke service, tailor made to guests requirements
• Mountain biking, 1-2 hrs, two routes available starting from the hotel

#NB further restrictions may apply such as swimming ability, accompanied children etc.

Meal Plan Options

Important: This meal plan information is designed to act as a guide only and is subject to changes made by the hotel at any time; this may alter the restaurants and menus available during your stay

Meal Plan Options

Bed and Breakfast
• Includes buffet breakfast in The Palm Restaurant

Half Board
• Buffet breakfast in The Palm Restaurant
• Dinner in The Palm Restaurant (exclusive of beverages)

Full Board
• Buffet breakfast in The Palm Restaurant
• Lunch in The Palm Restaurant or Al Shams Poolside Bar (exclusive of beverages)
• Dinner in The Palm Restaurant (exclusive of beverages)

Please note:
• Compulsory meal plans may apply during peak times such as New Year
• Child reductions apply
• Half Board /Full Board packages can be upgraded to Samak Restaurant upon request, with the supplement charged direct to the guest’s account

Restaurants

  • Al Shams

    Situated at the pool and serving light gourmet snacks in a family-friendly atmosphere; choose from one of the many shaded umbrellas and loungers to relax and enjoy the tempting choices.

  • Seafood Restaurant - Samak

    Featuring an expansive wine list and an array of seafood and imported steaks prepared to taste on an open grill. Open for dinner.

  • The Palm

    A la carte restaurant serving an international and Middle Eastern breakfast buffet and becomes the venue for occasional themed nights; the a la carte menu features a variety of cuisines and offers an expansive wine selection to complement your fine dining choices.

  • The Lounge

    This stylish lounge bar invites you to take a comfortable seat and enjoy an aperitif before or a nightcap after your meal; you will also find gourmet coffees and teas all day long.

  • Dining by Design

    A total customisation of your dining experience with locations by the beach, on your balcony or wherever else inspires you; allow the chefs at Desert Islands to create a supremely romantic and original evening.

The resort is located on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi
• Abu Dhabi International Airport: Approx 3 hrs drive through Arabian desert to the jetty at Jebel Dhana
• Once at Jebel Dhana your bags and cases will be loaded onto the speedboat which takes around 20 minutes to get to Sir Bani Yas Island
• Once on Sir Bani Yas Island you’ll then enjoy a 15 minute jeep ride through the nature reserve to the hotel
• Alternative transport arrangements include a small plane transfer from Abu Dhabi (prices available from our reservation agents)
• The nature reserve itself features many walking trails to explore in addition to the daily guided safari drives offered by the resort

Boat timings departure from Mainland to Hotel

Every two hours from 10.00 to 20.00, then a final sailing at 22.30

Early check in is subject to availability

Boat timings from the Hotel Island to mainland

Sailing at 08.00 then every two hours from 11.00 to 19.00 and a final sailing at 22.00

Late check out is subject to availability

Outside these times a special boat transfer may be arranged. Price guideline AED 232 per person per single trip

An ideal property which caters perfectly for children of all ages with clubs, entertainment, dining provision and a family-friendly attitude all around the hotel.

Accommodation
• Deluxe Sea View Room - 2 adults & 2 children (1 child in a chargeable extra bed and 1 child sharing existing bedding with parents). Inter-connecting rooms also available.
• Deluxe Pool Access Room - 2 adults & 2 children (1 child in a chargeable extra bed and 1 child sharing existing bedding with parents). Inter-connecting rooms also available.
• Deluxe Club Room - 2 adults & 2 children (1 child in a chargeable extra bed and 1 child sharing existing bedding with parents). Inter-connecting rooms also available.
• Beach Villa - 2 adults & 2 children (1 child in a chargeable extra bed and 1 child sharing existing bedding with parents).
• Royal Villa – Two bedrooms accommodating 4 adults & 4 children (2 children in chargeable extra beds and 2 children sharing existing bedding with parents).

Dining
• Children’s menus
• Highchairs

Swimming pool
• Family pool

Lifeguards
• On duty at pool area
 
Family activities
• Leisure activities can be arranged by visiting the activities desk at the resort.
 
Kids Club
Opening hours
• From 10:00 – 19:00 daily
Ages
• 3 – 11 yrs
• Children below 2 years old should be accompanied by parents /guardians or baby sitter
Activities include
• Arts & crafts
• Shell painting
• Face painting


Teen’s Club Facility
Open
• 24 hrs 7 days a week
Facilities include:
• Board Games (scrabble, snakes & ladders, monopoly & chess board)
• Computer Games (Nintendo Wii)
• MAC computer for guest usage

Babysitting
All babysitters have been trained and have a basic first aid certificate.
Booking
• A minimum 24 hours notice is required
Ages
• 12 months plus
Price guidelines
• Hourly rate £9

Game drive (extra charge applies): The game drive must be experienced with a trip to the Desert Islands Resort & Spa. A 4x4 will take you out into the various sections of the island that give home to gazelle, oryx, species of buffalo, giraffe, cheetahs, guinea fowl and many brightly coloured birds. Duration is around 2 hours.

Anantara Spa: Signature treatments in this beautiful setting include Thai massage and Arabian couples massage. 

Sir Bani Yas Stables

A state of the art equestrian facility opened in March 2012 and featuring a range of experiences for both beginner and experienced riders including trekking and lessons; pony rides for the children are also on offer.

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