Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

An island retreat with royal credentials, thrilling geology, African-style game drives and activities more akin to those of a European resort, this is one of the most unique holiday experiences imaginable.

​Once the private retreat of none other than the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sir Bani Yas Island is now open exclusively to guests of this extraordinary resort, located in one of the planet’s most distinctive offshore wildlife sanctuaries.

In addition, this is a hideaway that is proud of its royal associations, so while the lavish rooms and suites are cool and calm oases, you’ll also find a nod to Arabic traditions in the local artwork and beautifully patterned rugs.

Enormous villas continue the luxurious theme with personal pools, lush, tropical island gardens and complete privacy.

Head outside and you’ll find a surfeit of world-class leisure facilities – including a stunning free-form infinity pool, a fine range of nature and wildlife-based activities, exceptional spa treatments and genre-crossing dining – all with the most magical natural backdrop.

Star Rating
5 stars
64 Rooms & Villas
Transfer from airport
40 minutes direct flight from Abu Dhabi Executive Airport Al Bateen or 2 hours, 30 minutes by car from Abu Dhabi Airport plus a 20 minute boat transfer
Prices from
£995 per person - 7 nights in a Deluxe Sea View Room, including breakfast
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Hotel Style

Wilderness Retreat

By the very nature of these properties, you're instantly enveloped in the natural beauty of Planet Earth. Rustic in style but subtly modified with the services and amenities expected from a more traditional hotel, you'll experience thought-provoking, sometimes life-changing, moments in time, where your surroundings are always the star of the show.

Ideal for

Desert adventures
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3 stars
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Kids' club
3 stars
3 stars

Speak to someone who has been there

Nicky has been here. Find out more and begin to plan your trip by getting in touch directly. You can speak to Nicky by calling the number below or by sending a direct online enquiry.

01244 567 000


Things to experience during your stay

  • Eden’s Kids' Concierge

    Organising the perfect family holiday takes lots of planning, so let Eden’s Kids’ Concierge arrange everything from interconnecting rooms, child-friendly restaurants and babysitting to experiences you can all enjoy together.

  • Resort Highlights

    This resort comes complete with a fantastic range of amenities, recreational activities and dining venues to make your stay absolutely unforgettable. Call your Travel Director for all the finer points...

  • Client Comment

    The outdoor adventures were brilliantly organised and timed to perfection. All in all a truly memorable stay with everyone so helpful and friendly.


  • Room Amenities

    • Bathrobes
    • Hairdryer
    • In-room safe
    • Twice-daily housekeeping
    • TV
    • Minibar
    • Air-conditioning
  • Guest Services

    • Babysitting
    • Concierge
    • Gift shops
    • Housekeeping
    • Laundry services
    • In-room dining
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre
    • Pool
    • Tennis courts
    • Kids' club