One of three lavish Anantara resorts nestled on Abu Dhabi’s Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island, Desert Islands Resort and Spa provides accommodation steeped in regal splendour. Designed to evoke the feel of a seaside fortress, and providing stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, this Edenic getaway will take your breath away from the moment you arrive. Honeymooners who have chosen to celebrate their nuptials here can expect to enjoy sumptuously appointed accommodation, indulgent spa therapies, mouthwatering fine dining and an array of remarkable activities straight out of the pages of Arabian history. Whether you’re trying your hand at falconry, watching the flamingos in the lagoon or savouring a romantic candlelit meal with your loved one, you’re sure to have the time of your lives.

Honeymoon resort information

Room Types

There are 6 different kinds of luxury accommodation on offer to guests staying at Desert Islands Resort and Spa. Each one features a charming blend of traditional Arabian influences, brought to life in a chic contemporary style that will help you feel right at home from the very first moment.
  • Deluxe Sea View Room

    These exquisitely furnished 52sqm guestrooms afford you with sweeping beach and sea views from their private balconies. Indoors you will find a thoughtfully designed living and sleeping space complete with a plush king sized bed or two twin beds covered with Egyptian cotton, a work station and an array of luxury amenities such as a flat-screen satellite TV, Nespresso coffee machine and free WiFi. There is also a gleaming modern bathroom with rain shower and Anantara bath products.
  • Deluxe Garden Room

    Located on the ground floor of the resort just a stone’s throw from the infinity pool, these spacious 52sqm rooms feature private terraces surrounded by lush tropical gardens. With their gleaming hardwood furnishings, terracotta floors and exotic Arabian accents they offer the perfect Middle Eastern retreat, complete with cutting-edge technology and luxury amenities.
  • Premier Sea View Room

    Situated on the resort’s highest floor in order the command the finest views of the sea, these rooms are thoughtfully designed havens of tranquility, comfort and opulence. They all include such desirable conveniences as mini bars, rain showers, Anantara bath products, Nespresso coffee machines and free WiFi.
  • Anantara Suite

    Measuring an expansive 80sqm in size, the hotel’s 2 Anantara Suites provide couples with lavish homes-away-from-home, consisting of a king size master bedroom, a separate living room, kitchenette and private balcony. They also boast sleek modern bathrooms with deep-soaking terrazzo tubs and rain showers.
  • One Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa

    Offering an abundance of space and elegance at 120sqm in size, these breathtaking one-bedroom villas are sure to enchant you with their sea views, immaculate furnishings and deluxe amenities. As well as a king size master bedroom, kitchenette, dining area, separate lounge and resplendent modern bathroom they also boast their own private gardens with sun loungers and sparkling plunge pools.


As well as the impressive accommodation on offer at Desert Islands Resort and Spa, this luxury Abu Dhabi hotel also grants you access to an array of world-class facilities.

Among these is the renowned Anantara Spa, which merges time-honoured rituals from both Thailand and the Middle East to provide you with an indulgent pampering experience you will never forget. Some of the alluring signature spa treatments on offer include the likes of the Island Rejuvenation ritual, an Exotic Lime and Ginger Body Scrub, and a romantic 60 or 90-minute Togetherness ritual for couples.

The resort is also home to a well-appointed Fitness Centre where you can savour invigorating workouts, or you can channel your inner tennis pro on the floodlit tennis courts. Afterwards, cool off with a dip in Desert Islands’ sparkling infinity-edged main pool.

In between sightseeing, pop into the souk, a luxurious boutique shop which stocks an array of tempting accessories, local jewelry and other gift items which would make the perfect mementoes of your honeymoon.

A variety of other fun-filled activities are on offer at Desert Islands, ranging from archery, mountain biking, kayaking and nature walks to snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and even pearl diving. If you have a penchant for horse riding, head to the Sir Bani Yas Stables, which provide a selection of riding packages and lessons that cater for all levels of experience.


There are 5 outstanding restaurants just waiting to seduce your taste buds during your stay at Desert Islands Resort and Spa, as well as special Dining by Design options that allow you to personalise your culinary experience.
  • The Palm

    Start each day as you mean to go on with breakfast at The Palm, which serves up a lavish buffet of Middle Eastern and international favourites, to be savoured against a backdrop of stylish Arabic décor.
  • Amwaj

    Occupying a prime beachside setting, this evocative eatery is delightfully rustic and specializes in mouthwatering evening meals, enhanced by spectacular views over the sea. The menu is heavy on fresh seafood, both locally caught and imported, and highlights include Pan Seared Scallops, Spicy Crusted Tuna and a Seafood Platter for Two with French fries and a mixed salad.
  • Al Shams

    With a name that translates as ‘the sun’ in Arabic, Al Shams is decorated in a suitably vibrant style and is the perfect place to come for poolside treats, shisha and delectable lunches and dinners. Tuck into whole grilled fish with lemon and coriander, Arabic bread filled with minced lamb, and delicious marinated chicken while sipping on exotic cocktails and taking in the view.
  • Olio

    The embodiment of understated elegance, Olio is an enchanting Italian restaurant that boasts panoramic sea views and a delectable menu of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are guaranteed to inspire your palate. Some of the dishes on offer include seafood pasta, roasted black cod fillet and a decadent traditional tiramisu.
  • Savannah Grill & Lounge

    Located at the Al Sahel Villa Resort, this charming open-air eatery faces out over the grasslands and is sure to entice you with its menu of international delicacies and succulent meats. Some of the highlights include Cape Malay curry with raita, a mixed meat combo for two and Kadoma Goat Cheese Salad.


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