Horse-riding at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Horse-riding at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Abu Dhabi

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.


Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is a 2hr 30min transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport followed by a 20min speedboat ride.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

What to expect

Private pools
Great for school-aged kids
Beach < 1km
Beach nearby
Connecting rooms
Family rooms
Fitness Suite
Kids club
Outdoor pool


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Take the Family - here to help you explore the world.


Childcare (see above)

3 temperature-controlled outdoor pools (1 infinity-edge)

5 restaurants; deli; 24hr room service

Anantara Spa

Nature and wildlife drives or walks

Kayaking in the mangroves (exc summer months)

Stables with horse-riding in the dunes


Falconry sessions (Oct-Apr); bird-watching


Tennis court

Middle Eastern cooking classes



Private yacht access


Kids' club (ages 3–11 years); teen club.

Babysitting service (by request; extra charge).


64 rooms, suites and private-pool villas overlooking the Arabian Gulf, some with direct beach access and some with kitchenette. Cots and interconnecting rooms available.