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Sir Bani Yas was the private island of the deceased Sheikh Zayed. He often came here with his favourite wife to enjoy the heavenly peace and could watch the untouched nature from the Jeep.
Today the island is the largest nature reserve of the United Arab Emirates and only hotel guests and registered visitors are able to come to the island. The resort was opened in 2008 and immediately made it onto the Traveller Hot-List 2009.
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Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Islands

Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

With 87 km² the island is about as big as Sylt and is roughly 8 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi's coast. With a yacht it takes as day to reach Abu Dhabi City. With the speedboat from Jebel Dhana Jetty (at Al Ruwais) Pier you need about 20 minutes to get to the island.

Airport Abu Dhabi: around 240 km; car/boat transfer: around 2.5 hours
Airport Dubai: around 400 km; transfer: around 3 hours

Departure times of boats:

Daily Jebel Dhana Jetty-Sir Bani Yas Island: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sir Bani Yas Island-Jebel Dhana Jetty: 08:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.


- From Al Bateen Executive Airport Abu Dhabi a flight service is offered to the island (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday), flight time around 40 minutes.

– Also from Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 (Monday, Tuesday, Saturday), flight time around 60 minutes.

- A special highlight is surely the transfer with a water plane, that is offered by Dubai Jebel Ali Marina (Thursday, Saturday), flight time around 1 ½ hours.

Max. 20 kg luggage per person (including hand luggage); "Soft Luggage" is recommended and no hard protected case or aluminium suitcases. (subject to alterations)

The exclusive resort is situated in the midst of the nature reserve directly at the beach. The four storied resort has been kept in desert style with lots of marble, wood and terracotta used for the construction. The luxurious rooms are kept in Arab style and furnished with all amenities one would expect from a first class resort.
The large infinity pool is at the heart of the resort close to the beach and offers stunning views across the ocean.
The guests have a reception, 24 hour room service and kid´s club at their disposal. Further there is a library, wireless internet in the entire resort, ironing service, bureau de change, laundry service, boutique and spa.
The hotel has several rooms which can be used for seminars, meetings or conferences and are equipped with modern technology.


All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with separate rain shower, toilet, hair dryer, telephone, Sat TV, WiFi internet, radio, mini bar, air conditioning and safe. Furthermore each room has a private terrace or balcony with sea view.

Deluxe Room: (around 52 m²); situated on the upper floors, optionally with king-size or twin beds.
Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children under the age of 12 (2nd child on request and subject to charge).

Deluxe Club Room: (around 52 m²); situated on the top floor, either with king-size bed or twin beds, tea and coffee making facilities and espresso machine.
Additional extra services are included: Breakfast, happy hour every evening, laundry service, mini bar refilled once every day. Price on request.
Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children under the age of 12 (2nd child on request and subject to charge).

Deluxe Room Pool Access: (around 52 m²); as "Deluxe Room", though situated on the ground level with private terrace and direct garden and pool access.
Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children under the age of 12 (2nd child on request and subject to charge).

Junior Suite: (around 80 m²); bedroom with king-size bed, separate living room, kitchenette, bathroom with large terrazzo tub and separate shower, fan, CD player and private balcony with sea view.
Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children under the age of 12 (2nd child on request and subject to charge).

Beach Villa: (around 120 m²); the detached villa is situated close to the beach away from the resort centre, bedroom with king-size bed, separate lounge area with day bed, kitchenette, dining area, with private garden and pool.
Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children under the age of 12 (2nd child on request and subject to charge).

Royal Villa: (around 200 m²); protected villas in a secluded part of the resort, 24-hours butler service, two bedrooms with king size beds, separate sitting area with day beds, living room, kitchenette, dining area, with private garden, pool and direct beach access.
Price on request.

Breakfast: Rich buffet
Half board: Lunch or dinner

The two restaurants offer imaginative Arab cuisine at gourmet level. The "Samak" is in a romantic setting at the beach and serves grilled seafood and barbecues. In "The Palms" international dishes and wines are offered. The two bars, one at the pool, offer a great selection of snacks, exotic cocktails and chosen wines.

The "Safaa Spa" offers luxury for all senses as well as numerous holistic wellness programs, therapeutic treatments, traditional massages and special wellness programs for couples.

Inclusive: Pool, fitness centre.
Charge: Mountain bike tours, island and nature park safaris, hiking and trekking tours, kayak, snorkelling, diving, archery, excursions, tennis court with floodlights.

Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa will be closed from 24 June 2014 to 27 July 2014 due to redevelopment work.

NOTE TO RAMADAN (2019/05/05-2019/06/04)

In all countries, the Islamic month of fasting Ramadan celebrated. During this period the faithful abstain between sunrise and sunset, inter alia, on eating, drinking and smoking.
Out of respect for the faithful during the day is therefore also the tourist into the public food (also Chew bubble gum), drinking and smoking is not allowed. The restaurant and bar is also restricted in the hotels. The hotel restaurants are open, but meals and beverages are not served during the day outdoors. The entertainment during the day is also limited in the trips and hotels.
In short, public life is with some exuberant celebrations after sunset until midnight instead.
The Ramadan ends with a big party, which is about 3 days and drags with our Christmas comparable.


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