Located on Sir Baniyas island just off Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is a wild ride for kids, with activities including tours of the surrounding Arabian Wildlife Park protected wildlife sanctuary by 4x4, seeing large herds of Arabian oryx saved from extinction by the island's conservation activities. You'll also spot friendly ostriches and giraffes.
Other activities on offer at this splendid green oasis between a lagoon and the open ocean are horse-rides to ancient ruins and rock formations, falconry, land-sailing and archery. Meanwhile, the resort has a wonderful spa, morning meditation and yoga sessions, fabulous dining ranging from seafood on the beachfront to African grills by firelight, the chance for families to learn to cook Middle Eastern recipes together, and a kids' and teens' club.
Guests at this fairly intimate resort also enjoy access to the facilities at nearby sister resorts Al Sahel and Al Yamm.