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Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

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8.7

Excellent

358 reviews

358 reviews

Beach1
Children's activities1
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9

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Sir Bani Yas Island 4.9 km
Sir Bani Yas Airport 9.2 km
Dalma Airport 30.5 km
Hamad International Airport 140.3 km
Al Bateen Executive Airport 188.4 km

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Al Ruwais, Sir Baniyas Island, Sir Baniyas Island, United Arab Emirates, 12452 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Sir Baniyas Island part of Sir Baniyas Island, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sir Bani Yas Airport. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and hot tub on-site.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Private beach

Currency exchange

Hygiene Plus
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit

Facilities

Airport transfer

Bicycle rental

Car park

Shuttle service

Swimming pool [indoor]

Fitness center

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Cheaper than 67% of all properties in Sir Baniyas Island in the last 24 hoursCompared to 3 Sir Baniyas Island properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money7.6
Distance to city center250 km
Location rating9.0

Rooms available at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.5

2 Bedroom Pool Villa With Breakfast
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  • Room size: 200 m²/2153 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 2 single beds and 1 king be...
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Two-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool- All Inclusive Package
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  • Room size: 200 m²/2153 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds & 1 sofa bed ...
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1 Bedroom Anantara Villa
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  • Room size: 120 m²/1292 ft²
  • Partial sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Two-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
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  • Room size: 200 m²/2153 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 3 king beds
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Anantara Suite
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  • Room size: 80 m²/861 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Garden View
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 1 king bed
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Premier Sea View
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Sea View
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 king bed or 2 queen beds
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One-Bedroom Anantara Villa- All Inclusive Package
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  • Room size: 120 m²/1292 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 sofa bed & 1 king bed
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Premier Sea View- All Inclusive Package
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to stay at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara?

Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

What time is check-in and check-out at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara?

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 650 AED. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Sir Baniyas Island with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

Is breakfast offered at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara?

Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 130 AED if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

What are my dining options at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara?

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara features 4 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience. To meet any special dietary requirements, halal diet is prepared with the utmost care and attention.

What is the smoking policy at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara?

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest airport to Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara?

Travel by air is easy with Sir Bani Yas Airport only 9.1 km away from Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.

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What people love about Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "Luckily was one of only 5 guests during the weekend - felt like a VIP."

    spencer

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    September 8, 2021

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Great place with many unique options of activities for a family backed by excellent service standards."

    Rukman

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    July 20, 2021

  • 9.2

    Exceptional

    "A perfect getaway if you're wanting either to relax or enjoy some more adventurous activities, like the safari, wadi walk or snorkelling."

    Helen

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    March 16, 2020

Overall rating:

8.7

Excellent
358 reviews
Cleanliness
9.1
Facilities
8.6
Location
9.0
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Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is a smart choice for travelers to Sir Baniyas Island, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay.
At Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, guests are bound to have a stress-free stay. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hotel's free Wi-Fi. Getting from and back to the airport can be easily arranged with the hotel's airport transfer services. Taxi, car hire and shuttle services provided by the hotel make exploring Sir Baniyas Island even more convenient.
Guests can enjoy free parking right at the hotel. Front desk services including concierge service, express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes can assist with your needs. Getting tickets for the city's best entertainment is easy through the hotel's tours. Packing light is possible at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara thanks to the hotel's dry cleaning service and laundry service keeping your clothes clean.
Feeling lazy? In-room conveniences like 24-hour room service, room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your room time. For the comfort and health of all guests, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hotel. Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas provided by hotel.
All rooms at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara are designed for comfort. For your comfort, some rooms at the hotel are equipped with linen service, blackout curtains and air conditioning. Some rooms at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara even come with extra design features such as a balcony or terrace. In-room entertainment amenities are available in some rooms and include daily newspaper, television and cable TV.
In some select rooms, you can find bottled water, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee, instant tea and mini bar at your disposal. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara also provides a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels in bathrooms for select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Every day at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara begins with a delicious in-house breakfast. Enjoy the morning bliss with a sip of good coffee at the cafe located in the hotel. A variety of convenient and tasty dining options are waiting for you at the hotel, for whenever you get hungry. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is ready to serve your most specific needs. A selection of food types including halal options is available for guests with dietary restrictions.
A memorable night with your travel companions can be had without going far, at the hotel's bar. Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house BBQ facilities.
Apart from amenities and services, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara goes the extra mile to make sure all guests make the most of their time. Be sure to spend some time exploring the beach, which is accessible directly from the hotel. End your days in total relaxation with a visit to the massage, hot tub, salon, steam room, spa and sauna. Spend some time relaxing at the hotel's pool.
Sip your favorite cocktail outdoors at the hotel's poolside bar. Check out the hotel's fitness facility to stay fit and firm on vacation. Cool off on hot days by joining water-world activities like snorkeling and non-motorized water sports. If you like water sports, you'll appreciate the convenience of canoes provided by Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.
Casual sporty activities are also available including horse riding. Engage in some easy evening fun with other guests with the hotel's tennis court and hiking trails. Get social at the hotel's library, games room and shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests. Grab some last-minute needs or local souvenirs for yourself or those back home without having to go anywhere at the shops and souvenir shops available right at on-site.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.6

Most talked about facilities

Swimming Pool

2 mentions

Beach

2 mentions

Food & Dining

1 mention

Breakfast

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

Outdoor

  • Bicycles

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Canoeing
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Golf course [on-site]
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot tub
  • Massage
  • On-site entertainment
  • Pool with view
  • Private beach
  • Sauna
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Steamroom
  • Swimming pool [indoor]
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Tours
  • Water sports (non-motorized)

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Coffee shop
  • Happy hour
  • Kitchen
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant [halal]
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Cash withdrawal
  • Concierge
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Food delivery
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Postal service
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Salon
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room
  • Kids club
  • Kids meal
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool [kids]

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms
  • Soundproof rooms

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Taxi service

Sports equipment rental

  • Bicycle rental

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/terrace
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe box
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Ironing facilities
  • Linens
  • Mini bar
  • Non-smoking
  • On-demand movies
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Seating area
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Smoke detector
  • Sofa
  • Soundproofing
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Wake-up service
  • Wi-Fi [free]
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Halal
  • Buffet
Restaurants on site

The Palm

  • Cuisine: International
  • Menu: A-la-carte

Al Shams

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Menu: Buffet

Amwaj

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Grill/BBQ
  • Menu: Buffet
Location
Al Ruwais, Sir Baniyas Island, Sir Baniyas Island, United Arab Emirates, 12452
Excellent
Location

9

Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-5 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib available upon request
Children 6-12 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • All guests are required to present a valid ID upon check in compliance with UAE law.
  • Guests will be charged a compulsory tourism Dirham fee of AED 10 per room per night that will be payable directly at the property.
    Guests will be charged a compulsory island logistic fee of AED 20 per room per night will be payable directly at the property.
  • Pets are strictly not allowed at the property.
  • Drones are not allowed at the property.
  • The resort is located 8 kilometres off the coast of Abu Dhabi which is a 20 minute journey by boat from Jebel Dhanna Jetty.
    In order to guarantee a seat on the boat, kindly contact the resort directly and provide reservation number for reference and resort will assist to reserve the seat. Daily departure from Jebel Dhanna Jetty to Sir Bani Yas Island: 12:00 PM, 03:00 PM, 06:00 PM, 11:00 PM
      Additionally only on Fridays 10:30 AM
       Daily departure from Sir Bani Yas Island: 09:00 AM, 03:00 PM, 04:00 PM, 08:00 PM. 
      Boat transfers are subject to availability, weather conditions and clearance from Abu Dhabi Port Authority. 
      Please contact the property for more details.
  • All guests are required to present a valid ID upon check-in, in compliance with UAE law. Original Passport, UAE Emirates ID, GCC ID's are accepted. We encourage you to share a soft copy of the above ID’s prior arrival to further enhance the contactless check-in experience.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee650 AED
  • Distance from city center250 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)180

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)130 AED

The property

  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors4
  • Number of restaurants4
  • Number of rooms 64
  • Year property opened2008

Reviews of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara from real guests

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8.6
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Cleanliness9.1
Facilities8.6
Location9.0
Room comfort and quality8.5
Service9.0
Value for money7.6
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8-9 Excellent (12)
7-8 Very Good (18)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (5)
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9.3
Exceptional
Sally from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in September 2013

Beautiful Hotel and a great getaway”

Staff, Remoteness, Safari

I had a great 40th Birthday weekend away at Desert Island Resort and Spa. The staff were attentive and extremely helpful. We travelled from Abu Dhabi but it does take a good 3 hours by road travelling at 140km/hour. We stopped along the way and missed the ferry to the island by minutes and had to wait another 2 hours for the next one. What we should have done was to phone the hotel to get the ferry to wait for us. We had dinner at Samak Restaurant which was a little disappointing I have to say as we'd read some great reviews about it. I ordered monkfish on the hot salt rock which was nice but a little dry. The vegetables that my husband ordered were brought out well into the main course and they were cold. In the big scheme of things it wasn't too much of a problem. The safari was excellent and we were able to see many animals including two cheetahs up close. Our two year old loved the giraffes and they came up very close to the safari jeep. I was amazed at how many foreign animals were in the safari park. It's amazing what money and irrigation can do to transform a desert island. On the last morning I went horse riding on the beginner trail at some crazy hour. It was well worth it. The morning was beautiful and on my first ride I was even able to trot for a short distance. The pool and beach area of the hotel was beautiful and we spent many hours there. I think if you are travelling from Abu Dhabi by car you really need at least 2 nights there as the drive is quite long (and very humdrum desert scenery). However you can fly on Rotana Jet from Abu Dhabi directly to the island.

Reviewed September 14, 2013

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9.2
Exceptional
Khaled from United Arab Emirates
Couple
Premier Sea View
Stayed 4 nights in November 2018

Excellent vacation”

My wife and I spent 3 nights at Anantara Desert Island, we enjoyed every moment. The Exceptional: I haven't seen such wonderful front office staff, they did everything exactly the way we wanted. The Good: Everything else was good and met or exceeded our expectations. The not so Good: Restaurants are very pricey for the quality and taste. The bad: Most of the drivers at the facility use their phones for texting, talking, reading emails while driving. This requires an immediate attention from management as the roads are narrow and curvy.

Reviewed December 27, 2018

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Dear Mr.Khaled, Thank you very much for the feedback and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best Regards Rachid Bakas Rooms Division Manager

Responded January 09, 2019
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
9.2
Exceptional
Indradeep from United Arab Emirates
Family with teens
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

Wonderful Family Short Vacation which is relaxing & rejuvinating on this Pradise Island”

The Excellent : 1. Excellent hospitality 2. Special individual care by Room Division Manager & hotel staff. 3. Extra care by F&B team as we are vegetarians. 4. Breakfast buffet was excellent and balanced mix of veg & non-veg menu. 5. Very well maintained rooms & property. 6. Choice of restaurants superb. 7. Outdoor tours, especially Wildlife Safari is probably the only of its kind in GCC. 8. The SPA is very special, the treatments are simply superb. 9. The ferry/boat transfer from mainland to the island is an experience by itself. Need improvement: 10. Indoor games for youth during inclement weather should be introduced, eg. Sqash, Badminton, Table-tennis, Mini golf, basketball.

Reviewed March 29, 2017

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Dear Indradeep, Thank you very much for choosing us and for taking your time to reward us with such a beautiful review. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best Regards Rachid Bakas Rooms Division Manager

Responded June 14, 2017
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
10.0
Exceptional
Amin from United Arab Emirates
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 3 nights in October 2019

Excellent experience ”

If you want to go on a safari without taking a 10 hour flight, this is the place to go. They have three facilities on the island and you can have free internal transfers between them which allows you to experience the different parts of the island without having to book in seperate hotels. Highly recommended especially if you are a family with young kids! Take the package otherwise it will get very expensive as there are no restaurants other than the ones run by the hotel and they are pricy. The hotel rooms should be refurbished in the near future though! For the amount of money involved i was expecting newer finishings!

Reviewed October 19, 2019

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Warm Greetings from Sir Bani Yas Resorts by Anantara, Thank you for taking the time to complete the review following your recent stay with us. We were delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were particularly pleased by the hospitality and genuine service from our team members and we will definitely recognize their excellent job. The team and I are very much looking forward to welcoming your return to Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa in the near future for another memorable experience. Sincerely, Rachid Bakas Director Of Rooms

Responded October 20, 2019
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
6.3
Good
YVETTE from United States
Couple
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 1 night in April 2014

Expected more..expensive, isolating but relaxing”

Well maintained facilities, fast internet, good customer service

We booked 2 rooms with this hotel. Our in-laws were in town and we wanted to take them somewhere special and different, so we decided to try the Desert Islands in Sir Baniyas. First of all, if you're not 'flying' there (Rotana Jet or seaplane), it is a long boring 2-3 hours drive, depending on where you're coming from. Also make sure you know the schedule of the Ferry, so you don't miss it. The ferry ride took about less than 30 minutes, then another bus ride of 15 minutes to get to the hotel, so its quite a process getting there. The island itself is quite vast and barren, with wildlife wandering around (mostly gazelles). Nothing else in the island, except for 3 hotels and some restaurants. The hotel itself is well-maintained and clean. Some funny smell in the bathroom, but it was Ok. The bed is HUGE and super comfortable. The pool, I think, is small, and there's only 1 pool. So if the hotel is fully booked, it could feel 'packed' in the pool area. The beach was low-tide most of the time. No one swam on the beach, and during that day, there were no water activities available. Overall, it was relaxing...and for that, it served its purpose, but I wouldn't go back again. Too much effort and time going there, and I personally wasn't too impressed by it. The FOOD IS HORRIBLE in AMWAJ Restaurant. Their green curry was powder curry and the Thai Beef Salad was extremely TOUGH to chew, like rubber. We had to return it. Breakfast was OK. Nothing to brag about. The only activity that made it unique was the Safari tour, which was 240 dirhams per person. It was a great experience.

Reviewed April 26, 2014

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9.6
Exceptional
Anna from Philippines
Family with teens
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in May 2015

Nice and quiet retreat”

I was travelling with two teenagers, one 10 year old and my husband. It took around three hours to get to the jetty and another 25 minute boat ride. We stayed there for two nights. It's a fantastic piece of property, an entire island dedicated to the resort. The staff was accommodating. The shuttle that took as around was always available. We had an excellent safari experience, and the tea and pastries served at the end of the safari was a nice touch. The breakfast choices were a bit limited, it was exactly the same on day 1 and day 2 of our stay. A little variety would have been nice. But it was good nonetheless. Very nice experience for me and my family.

Reviewed May 09, 2016

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8.0
Excellent
Philippa from United Arab Emirates
Couple
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 3 nights in September 2016

Anantara Desert Islands”

This resort is on a lovely island and it is very enjoyable to go there for a short stay, particularly if you have young children around 6,7,8. . The only criticism was that staff were constantly trying to sell you things - gala dinners - activities etc - under the guise of being helpful. It was too much information all at once. Better descriptions on the website would help people understand what is on offer. Additionally staff were very helpful but sometimes overly so - for example taking your plate with breakfast on it from you and carrying it to your table, leaving you to walk behind empty handed. Personally I am able to carry a plate. But overall it is a lovely place and worth visiting.

Reviewed September 14, 2016

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9.0
Exceptional
LEMAIRE from France
Couple
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 1 night in June 2011

Very charming hotel in a wild life reserve”

location is unique, food is delicious and installations of very good quality

We have discovered the wildlife reserve through a safari tour late in the vening when the heat is not too high. You can see the animals very closely and this is a different experience than visiting a zoo. We enjoyed the hotel facilities and the swimming pool facing the sea and the desert beach. The fitness room is wonderful with great view on the garden and the sea. The rooms are quite large with nice balcony facing the sea. Very romantic place.

Reviewed June 22, 2011

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10.0
Exceptional
Owen from Canada
Couple
Premier Sea View
Stayed 3 nights in April 2014

Quiet Couples Weekend”

Beach, food, staff/

A perfect place to get away from the hectic city life in the UAE. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The beach was very quiet, the food was too good. Just don't miss the boat to the island.

Reviewed May 01, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Jayson from South Africa
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in November 2013

Great getaway!”

Service,luxury and the atmosphere

It was amazing. Felt like a proper holiday! Where treated very well, from the moment we stepped I on the boat to the island!!

Reviewed November 19, 2013

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8.0
Excellent
arnaud from France
Couple
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in May 2012

Great Hotel. Friendly staff”

Island location - Wild life resort

great location despite a pain to go there... 3 hours from dubai and another 30 minutes of boat. great hotel for the season as it is cooler than the rest of teh region may be due to the fact that it is on an island. the "safari" that can be done early in the morning is absolutly great.

Reviewed June 05, 2012

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8.3
Excellent
David from Spain
Family with young children
Premier Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in September 2015

Very quiet hotel, nice pool”

Safari

Our stay was really good. It is a pity the work at the beach, We could not go to the beach Close to the desert hotel resort

Reviewed September 25, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Yuichi from Japan
Family with teens
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 1 night in May 2013

Hidden island resort”

Boat and gazel and pool

To reach the hotel we needed to board the hotel boat and were really excited! The waiting space was also luxurous and very very comfortable, so we felt already resort circumstances.

Reviewed May 28, 2013

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8.0
Excellent
Nawal from United Arab Emirates
Family with young children
Premier Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in November 2014

The best weekend ”

i like actually every things special swimming pool al safari and hospitality

it was fantastic and every things was great and i would like to thank anantara hotel for cake for my son birthday Really we enjoyed in lsland

Reviewed November 16, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Laura from New Zealand
Couple
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

Absolute must”

The weekend away felt like we had flown to another country. The atmosphere is so relaxed and quiet.. The range of activities was more than we could have hope to participate in with something for everyone. The wild life drive is an absolute must. I had no idea I was going to see giraffes and cheetahs!! What was also so fantastic to see is that the staff appear to be valued. They are friendly, chatty and by all accounts are treated very well. If you are trying to make up your mind whether to book or not this is a UAE must do.

Reviewed December 09, 2019

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Dear Laura , Thank you very much for such a beautiful review and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Regards Rachid

Responded December 11, 2019
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
5.6
Sui from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Not a good deal”

First, the water taxi should depart at 12noon, but finally depart at 1:30pm, delay for 1.5 hours!!! No announcement at all in the waiting room, till other guests ask the staff, but still no public announcement on what happen, we just know what happen (may due to strong wind) by listening to their conversation (with anger!!). This waste us lots of time... No appologies at all, no announcement at all, really bad experience and not expect this for paying such amount to stay there. Second, the staff during check in tell us that no transportation can be arranged to other resorts in afternoon time, but after we check with driver on the following day, we know that can be arranged, just some timeslots cannot, really cannot understand why the check in staff cheat us.... really bad!!!Third, by paying this amount, the hotel facilities and environment are not worth for that. Won't suggest this hotel to others....

Reviewed December 23, 2019

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Dear valued guest, Thank you very much for the review and rest assured that the highilights will be diacussed with the concerned parties. Regards Rachid

Responded January 21, 2021
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
9.7
Exceptional
Moaath from Saudi Arabia
Family with young children
1 Bedroom Anantara Villa
Stayed 3 nights in July 2015

Best staff I've ever seen ”

The staff - The spa - huge villa

Perfect .. I travel a lot so I've been to many hotels .. simply this is the best staff I've ever seen .. very helpful and smiling all the time and the call you in your name from first time .. I don't know how? ! :) Other things were great .. except the privet pool .. it was very small 2m×2m !!

Reviewed July 23, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Barbara from United Arab Emirates
Couple
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

Best Staycation Ever!!!!”

Title says it all. From the time of our arrival to the time of our departure it was wonderful. The nature drive in the early morning, the cultural and archeological tours were outstanding. The choice of foods in the restaurants cater to all tastes and nationalities, my husband tried South African dishes, something not usually available anywhere! We swam in the wonderful pool very shallow in parts for children deeper in others for adults and a lifeguard to ensure the two were safe. Wonderful birds flying around, peacocks, parakeets, flamingos, osprey a few to name to be seen. We plan to revisit in the winter when it is cooler so we can take in the nature and wadi walks too hot to do in July. Grandma and Grandpa wished the grand children had been with us to see it all, but there again it was nice to have no responsibilites and have the best staycation ever.

Reviewed August 01, 2017

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Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for the review and for staying with us. We are very glad to know that you had an amazing experience. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon and i will be happy to assist you with any further arrangements. Best Regards Rachid Bakas Rooms Division Manager

Responded August 03, 2017
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
8.0
Excellent
Muhammad from Pakistan
Family with young children
Deluxe Garden View
Stayed 2 nights in December 2014

relaxing”

dining, pool, hotel itself

I booked wild safari trip for my family including one infant. The confirmed time was 11.00 AM on 22 Dec 2014. At the said date I received a call from reception at 9.00 AM to please come down as the group is about to leave. I said this not my booked time. My booked time is 11.am. She said in their system its showing 9.00 am, I said well I have confirmation paper with me. She said on she will talk to activity center. at 11.Am when we came down for the trip We saw the group of people were ready with no space for us. I talked to the trip in charge he said well how old is your infant age. I said she is 11 months and 7 days. He said no its not allowed to take below one year on the safari car. and its not safe for your kid. I said I had already informed the booking person and he said its not that much problem you can take your kid with you in safari car. on the basis of his confirmation we booked this trip. I further said well you had already taken my signature on the document stating that in case of any trouble/incident I will be responsible, then what is the problem now. Then He simply refused to take us. This is very disturbing. In front of some people you are said that sorry we are not gonna take you. please wait for GMC at 2:00 P.M. Why should I be waiting for 2:00 P.M while check out time is 12. This was unexpected and very awful.

Reviewed December 23, 2014

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8.7
Excellent
celine from France
Family with young children
Deluxe Sea View
Stayed 5 nights in April 2012

Nice hotel - ideal for a peaceful take away ”

Location, large rooms, nice food, kids club for very young children and teens club with wii , friendliness of staff

Service could be improved. They do their best to offer a good service and remain friendly at all times but in general it is too slow. Room was not ready on arrival at 15:30, inroom dining delivery taking too long.

Reviewed April 14, 2012

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