Abu Dhabi

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

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.

The resort is set on the island haven of Sir bani Yas, approx. 8kms from the shore of Abu Dhabi and approx. 120 mins from the airport.

Deluxe Sea View Room
Views over the turquoise seas of Arab Gulf waters, white sand beaches and the luxurious touch of Egyptian cotton combine for a premium accommodation experience at our elegant boutique hotel in Abu Dhabi. Warm island sun contrasted with cool hardwood furnishings fill the 29 Deluxe Sea View Rooms at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, designed to surround our guests with the beauty of this Middle East island gem. 

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. 

Premier Sea View 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, 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.

One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa
Experience the ultimate in sumptuous Abu Dhabi boutique hotel comfort with one of our palatial 120 square metre 1 Bedroom Anantara Pool Villas. Separated from the main resort complex and facing the turquoise seas surrounding our island resort, each Anantara villa provides a serene retreat with direct beach access and a private plunge pool with sun loungers. 

Two Bedroom Anantara Family 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.
  • 200sqm floor space
  • 2 bedrooms (1 king and 1 twin)
  • Separate living room
  • Kitchenette and dining space
  • Private pool and walled garden with sun loungers
  • Rain shower
  • International satellite flat-screen TV
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Work station with free WiFi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

  • 64 rooms and suites
  • Infinity-edge swimming pool
  • The Palm (buffet breakfast and international a la carte cuisine)
  • Al Shams Restaurant & Bar (Arabic)
  • Amwaj (Seafood)
  • Nature and wildlife walks
  • Mountain biking
  • Library
  • Anantara Spa
  • Teens & Kids’ Club
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Nature and wildlife drives

Conference Centre at Desert Islands
Located on a private island wildlife reserve, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara ranks among the premier business hotels in Abu Dhabi, organising unique events in a princely setting, individually tailored to your needs and defined by luxury facilities and Emirati culture.

Weddings at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Each Anantara wedding reflects your dreams in a way that is utterly unique to you. Whatever your fantasy, our experienced wedding coordinators will be with you every step of the way to ensure a seamless experience from start to finish. Discover how our impeccable attention to detail and rich hospitality create the perfect marriage.

Experience culinary delights from all parts of the world when dining at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Fulfill all your cravings and satiate your appetite with Middle Eastern Cuisine, seafood and the juiciest steaks. Restaurants in Desert Islands Resort bring you the finest in world cuisine and present it with culinary panache in the most fabulous Abu Dhabi location.

The Palm
Start your day at The Palm, our 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.

Cuisine: International & Middle Eastern
Breakfast: 7:00 am - 10:30 am
Dinner: 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Dine amidst a warm breeze to the soothing sound of the sea lapping the shore. Meaning ‘waves’ in Arabic, Amwaj is a true seafood destination offering a contemporary, rustic beachside setting. The relaxed living room ambience invites you to cosy into oversized chairs on the outdoor terrace and unwind to chill out music. A lavish seafood menu showcases the freshest local catches and imported favourites, some grilled to perfection and others presented in gourmet salads, complemented by an impressive cellar selection. Enhancing the romance during the cooler months, a crackling bonfire is set up beside the beach to toast marshmallows and share stories with family and friends.

Cuisine: Seafood
Opening Time: 12:00 noon – 10:30 pm

Al Shams
Discover the casual elegance, vibrant flavours and evolving mood of Al Shams Restaurant and Bar. Meaning ‘The Sun’ in Arabic, daytimes offer relaxed poolside dining with snacks brought to your sun lounger, transforming into a trio of romantic venues by night. Gather at the bar, a signature cocktail or sundowner in hand. Savour an exotic menu of authentic Arabic dishes and international favourites, either in the stylish dining room in air conditioned comfort or out on the al fresco terrace. 

Cuisine: Arabic
Opening Time 12:00 noon - 11:00 pm

Dining by Design 
Enjoy a romantic signature dinner for two by the beach or indulge in a culinary treat while watching the sunset over the islands Wadi’s. Your imagination only sets the limits.

Cuisine: Arabic & International
Opening Time: Available with 24 hours notice