Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

5* out of 5 stars

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara provides the perfect combination of amenities and leisure activities to please the whole family. Situated on the island of Sir Bani Yas, just off of the coast of Abu Dhabi, it has all the natural beauty you could wish for; whether it’s the views over the sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf or the wildlife on the island.

The resort organises lots of exciting island excursions including archery trips, kayaking through lagoons and mangroves, mountain biking trips, snorkelling and nature and wildlife walks and drives, to let you get a little bit closer to some of the endangered species that the island is home to.

After a fun-filled excursion, it's back to enjoy the resort’s relaxing facilities that include a boutique 'souk', a fitness centre, a kids club, tennis courts, an infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking the ocean and, of course, the simply divine sanctuary of escape that is the Anantara spa. To discover more about what you will be looking forward to when you book a luxury Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara holiday, check out the new video now.



Deluxe Garden Room

Deluxe Garden Rooms combine 52 metres of majestic contemporary Arabic design with your own private terrace steps away from the infinity-edge swimming pool and surrounded by lush tropical island gardens. Available with one king or twin beds, each room is decorated with terracotta flooring, marble bath fixtures, hardwood furnishings and indigenous touches of Arab décor. Among the best accommodation of luxury resorts in Abu Dhabi, the Deluxe Garden rooms cocoon you in comfort Abu Dhabi-style to offer the perfect respite to an adventurous vacation.

Premier Seaview Room

Located on the highest floor, our Premier Sea View Rooms showcase luxury Abu Dhabi hotels at their finest with uninterrupted views of the sea.
The glorious fourth storey Premier Sea View Rooms at Desert Islands Resort by Anantara are designed with your every comfort and convenience in mind,  including an international flat screen TV, individually controlled air conditioning, a rain shower, Anantara bathroom amenities, a Nespresso coffee machine, iPod docking station, rattan ceiling fan, work station, mini bar and complimentary WiFi.

Anantara Suite

Desert Island Resort & Spa’s two palatial 80 square metre Anantara Suites are composed of cool marble, terracotta and hardwood furnishings bathed in natural island sunlight for a glorious Abu Dhabi resort experience. Each of these luxury suites at Desert Islands Resort and Spa breaks down into separate living area, bedroom with king-size bed, kitchenette and bathroom complete with a deep terrazzo tub and soothing rain shower. Every morning sit out on your private balcony with sea views, or retire inside to experience the list of high-end amenities.

One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa

Experience the ultimate in sumptuous Abu Dhabi boutique hotel comfort with one of these palatial 120 square metre one Bedroom Anantara Pool Villas. Separated from the main resort complex and facing the turquoise seas surrounding this island resort, each Anantara villa provides a serene retreat with direct beach access and a private plunge pool with sun loungers. Desert Islands Resort & Spa’s One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villas feature a separate bedroom with king bed, living area, kitchenette and dining space, all finished in immaculate contemporary Middle Eastern décor for premium rooms with the best luxury furnishings. Reside at one of these elegantly appointed Abu Dhabi pool villas to relax on the day bed, spend an afternoon soaking up the sun in your own private beach garden or simply lounge around the palatial luxury suite.

Two Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa

Expansive space. Unmatched privacy. The ultimate in Abu Dhabi resort living. Desert Islands Resort & Spa’s two exclusive Two Bedroom Anantara Family Pool Villas are testament to the island’s rich history as a royal retreat. Over 200 square metres of decadent space unfold into two bedrooms, living and lounge space, kitchenette and dining area – all showcasing the best of Arabian décor, contemporary design and modern convenience a family hotel in Abu Dhabi has to offer. Separated from the main resort, guests staying in this unique choice of Abu Dhabi family accommodation are provided with their own private pool and walled tropical gardens with outdoor shower and shaded poolside lounge area. Direct beach access means this serene retreat is immediately connected to the outside world.

Deluxe Sea View Room

Views over turquoise seas and white sand beaches. The luxurious touch of Egyptian cotton. Warm island sun and cool hardwood furnishings. The 29 Deluxe Rooms at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara are designed to surround our guests with the beauty of this Middle Eastern island gem in all its splendour.

Featuring either a plush king-sized bed or twin doubles, all Deluxe Rooms are situated on an upper floor and offer views over the surrounding seas from a private balcony. Modern conveniences abound in these 52-square-metre rooms,  including international satellite TV, individually controlled air conditioning, electronic in-room safe and fully equipped mini-bar. At the end of the day, every guest can relax under a private rain shower, included in all Deluxe ensuite bathrooms.



Food & Drink

Al Shams

With the convenience of the pool par, there’s no need for guests to take a break from soaking up the sun. Al Shams offers plenty of lounge space complete with sunbeds for guests to enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim or snacks under shaded umbrellas. Light gourmet snacks and beverages in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere are served throughout the day, while Shisha in a range of soothing flavours provides the perfect Middle Eastern nightcap.


Wander down the beach to a rustic seafood restaurant in Abu Dhabi overlooking the Gulf. Here, the catch of the day as well as imported delicacies are presented with flair in a number of styles. Dine on grilled lobster and spicy fish curries. Choose a fine wine from the cellar. On cooler nights a bonfire is lit on the beach, perfect for informal gatherings.


Classic recipes are given contemporary flair at this breezy Italian lounge. And drawing on the bounty of the ocean surrounding us, fresh seafood dishes are perfection. Enjoy a fine collection of Italian wines from the cellar. 

Savannah Grill & Lounge

Savannah brings authentic flavours of Africa to an equally beautiful wild setting. Here, inquisitive gazelles and peacocks roam without fear. Savour mouth- watering steaks and guineafowl from the braai. Enjoy afternoon tea in a rustic setting at our African restaurant in Abu Dhabi. 

The Palm

Start your day at The Palm, this restaurant that serves an international and Middle Eastern breakfast buffet. When dusk settles, the airy restaurant with its antique contemporary Arabic décor becomes the site for occasional themed nights. With an a la carte menu featuring various cuisines and an expert resident Wine Guru The Palm represents the pinnacle of dining in Abu Dhabi.