Desert Islands Resort & Spa – Emirates Arab United

Revel in royal luxury at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, an island haven designed to captivate the mind and relieve the body. With views over the Arabian Gulf’s shimmering waters, fall under the spell of centuries of evocative Middle Eastern legends. Explore majestic hilltops created between five and ten million years ago. Discover the diverse wildlife inhabiting this unique offshore island retreat, long known for its natural and rugged beauty.

Set on the verdant island haven of Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers intrepid travelers an unforgettable island escape in one of the region’s most spectacular destinations. Our Abu Dhabi resort boasts luxury accommodation that taps into the country’s opulent Arabic spirit to form this exemplary Middle East hotel.

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A royal retreat, unique wildlife encounters and rugged island beauty. Fall under the spell of centuries of evocative Middle Eastern legend. Take in panoramic views across turquoise waters and dive into unspoiled tropical reefs. Explore the diverse wildlife inhabiting one of the world’s most unique offshore wildlife sanctuaries. Revel in the history of a once-royal retreat.

Set on the verdant island haven of Sir Bani Yas, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, housing the once-private Royal Nature Reserve of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers intrepid travellers an unforgettable island escape in the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf.


Luxuriously rich botanical oils. Soothing aromas of jasmine, cardomam and myrrh. Cool marble. Hot aromatic steam. Desert Islands Safaa Spa is a retreat from the everyday, into a world of opulence, personal restoration, impeccable service and island serenity. Set facing the sea and surrounded by manicured tropical gardens, the airy glass-walled treatment rooms at the Spa take full advantage of our island’s seaside beauty, with views onto the turquoise waters or private walled gardens from every one of our treatment rooms. What results is a masterful fusion of contemporary design, natural beauty, Arabian tradition and a world of healing and rejuvenation for mind, body and soul.


Explore the walking trails of the island’s thriving wildlife reserve. Witness matchless underwater panoramas of unspoiled beauty while snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. Take a game drive through the Arabian National Park in open-air game viewers with qualified field guides. Located on an island of serene beauty, Desert Islands Resort & Spa offers rare opportunities to immerse in the natural splendour and historic allure of this island gem. From mountain biking among flocks of the island’s native flamingos, to visiting ancient settlements, a diverse array of activities enrich our guests’ experiences.


Our Pool Access and Deluxe rooms provide lavish comforts for island explorers, honeymoon couples or families seeking a once-in-a-lifetime bonding adventure. Spacious and bathed in natural light, these rooms remain true to the island’s colourful heritage and come complete with all the modern luxuries. Striking indigenous fabrics and original pieces of Middle Eastern art fill the space, evoking local colour and exotic arabesque traditions. Expansive spaces, bathed in natural light. Verdant tropical island gardens. Stylish decor that incorporates the island’s rich heritage and makes the most of local colour. Desert Islands Resort’s Junior Suites and exclusive island Villas remain true to the island’s history as a luxurious, serene natural retreat.

Deluxe Sea View

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 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 sq. 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 en-suite bathrooms.

Deluxe Pool Access

Step out onto a private terrace, surrounded by lush tropical island gardens and only a few skips from the white sand beaches of your very own Desert Island. Our Pool Access Rooms wrap you in 52 sq. metre of airy comfort, with king or twin-sized beds, terracotta flooring, marble bath fixtures and hardwood accents, and indigenous touches of Arab decor, you’ll never forget you’re in a truly magical island setting. Exclusive to our 12 Pool Access Rooms is a private ground-floor terrace, offering direct access to the island’s tranquil beach. And of course, all rooms come equipped with international satellite TV, individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar and all the modern conveniences you deserve.

Junior Suites

Offering luxurious space to unwind, our two 80 sq. metre Junior Suites combine separate living and bedroom areas as well as a kitchenette, which invite you to truly make yourself at home in our island paradise. Cool marble, terracotta and wood, all bathed in the warmth of the island’s natural sunlight. The beauty of the details in our design abound, from the deep terrazzo tub to the soothing rain shower in the en-suite, and the inviting touch of cool Egyptian cottons on the plush king-sized bed. Awaken to every glorious Desert Island morning with coffee on your private sea-facing balcony. Intertwined with the romance of days gone by, modern conveniences abound, from international satellite TV keeping you connected to the world back home, a fully stocked mini-bar, international direct dial telephone, and of course, individually controlled air-conditioning for those balmy Desert Island nights.

Beach Villas

Luxurious, free-flowing space abound in our four exclusive Beach Villas, each with their own private splash pool and surrounded by an intimate walled tropical garden. Separate from the main resort complex and facing the turquoise seas surrounding our island, with direct beach access, each 120 sq. metre Beach Villa is designed to be a private enclave with every comfort in mind. A separate bedroom is enlivened by exotic hints of Middle Eastern arts, plush fabrics and colorful local textiles adorning the king-sized bed.

Royal Villas

Expansive space. Unmatched privacy. Personally tailored butler service. Luxurious details. The resort’s two exclusive Royal Villas with over 200 square meters of decadent space unfold into two bedrooms, living and lounge space, kitchenette and dining area – all showcasing the best of Arabian decor, contemporary design and modern convenience.

Deluxe Club room

Located on the highest floor of the hotel, these spacious & luxuriously appointed rooms have uninterrupted views of the tranquil ocean. Features include king or twin beds, private balcony or terrace, rich décor, rain showers, tea and coffee making facility & espresso machine. Guests staying in any of the 15 rooms, located on the 4th floor, can avail of: Complimentary breakfast Happy hour every evening Complimentary use of Laundry services (normal services) Complimentary refill of Mini bar, once per day

Gastronomy & Bar

The Palm

Start your day at our all-day dining restaurant, featuring an international and Middle Eastern breakfast buffet. When dusk settles, the airy restaurant becomes the site for occasional themed nights that incorporate local performances. The a la carte menu features many types of cuisine and includes specialty dishes designed for interactive tableside cooking.


Casual elegance mingled with zesty world flavours define our seafood grill restaurant, open for both lunch and dinner. The menu offers an astounding wine list and an abundance of seafood and imported steaks that are prepared to taste on an open grill. During the breezy island evenings, the Seafood Grill transforms into a relaxing beachside retreat amongst the romantically lit landscaping and poolside surrounds.

Al Shams

With the convenience of our Pool Bar, there’s no need for guests to take a break from soaking up the sun. Adjacent to the poolside, the Pool Bar offers plenty of lounge space, complete with sunbeds, for guests to enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim or snacks under shaded umbrellas. Guests can choose from a wide selection of light gourmet snacks and beverages in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, just strides away from the beach.

The Lounge

On a culinary high, guests can share a nightcap at our lounge bar, where live entertainment and stunning views across the sea will end your evening on the perfect note. Relaxing on soft, comfortable furnishings, guests are offered quality coffees, gourmet loose leaf teas, apertifs and cocktails, among other options, all day long. Guests may also unwind in our dedicated shisha area, featuring soothing flavours and an atmosphere of pure relaxation.


Desert Islands Resort & Spa

PO Box 12452
Al Ruwais
Sir Bani Yas Island
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates


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