wild nights: an arabian safari

November 10th, 2008

Gazelles, giraffes, and oryx – oh my!  All are found on Sir Bani Yas island, just west of Abu Dhabi in the UAE where last month Anantara opened Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Once the private Royal Nature Reserve of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, the island is dedicated to the well-being of its wildlife.  Through hunting restrictions, veterinary care, and efforts to preserve the lush vegetation, the reserve is home to a variety of indigenous species such as the oryx, reem, antelope, cheetah, hyena, and desert wolf. 

True to its philosophy of offering authentic travel experience, Anantara’s new 64-room resort is at the forefront of environmental tourism featuring bespoke safaris along some of the region’s most exciting trails and snorkeling among the pristine reefs.  Kayaking, mountain biking, and fishing are also available. In addition to the beautifully designed rooms, the resort has four top suites – two Royal Villas and two Beach Villas, both of which come with a private, 24/7 butler and feature two bedrooms, living and lounge space, kitchenette, dining area, and private splash pools. 

Also onsite is a Safaa Spa with four treatment rooms (two for couples and two for individuals) and a number of dining choices.

Rates start at 2,300AED per night (approximately $630).  Visit dessertislands.anantara.com.


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