As their name suggests, The Desert Islands are idyllic. A cluster of eight isles that lie in the Arabian Gulf off the western coast of Abu Dhabi, they are an escapists’ paradise, a magical world of outstanding natural beauty and historic artifacts promising untold adventures.
Desert Islands consist of Sir Bani Yas Island, Dalma Island and six Discovery Islands and are home to some of Arabia’s most beautiful indigenous animals and natural wonders. The unique new lodges that are being opened there have been developed with respect for the environment and by staying in them you are contributing to a significant conservation programme whilst giving yourself the experience of a lifetime. Where else in the world could you dine in your own villa while gazelles graze just outside your balcony?
Opening in 2013, the Al Sahel Lodge by Anantara sits in a grassy oasis in the Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island, an area frequented by many of the islands Sand Gazelles. Indeed the 4200 hectare habitat of the Arabian Wildlife Park is home to more than 5000 free-roaming animals, including cheetahs and hyenas.
Your own habitat comes in the shape of spacious chalets. There are 30 lodges, catering for couples and families, and since the lodge is managed by the renowned Anantara group, you’ll be going wild in the most luxurious way, with two restaurants – an all day dining East/Southern African Safari style, and a South Asian pool lounge and grill.
The same applies for the 30 unit Al Yamm Lodge by Anantara which offers the most intimate, feet-in-the-sand experience, inspired by the early fishermen who lived on Sir Bani Yas Island. But you’ll live in 5-star comfort with a private pool and lodges fully equipped with air conditioning, luxury beds and linen. Half are located on the beach and another 15 among mangrove forests overlooking a stunning salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos. No Robinson Crusoe foraging for food required either. Al Yamm Lodge Restaurants offer all-day dining Arabic style and Italian pool bar & grill. But nature and wildlife drives or kayaking through spectacular mangrove-filled waters will please even the most adventurous spirits.
SPECIAL OFFERS •Free Nights •Early Booking
7 nights from £1,590pp inclusive of flights, transfers and breakfast.
Enquire online or please call 01244 322770
Transfers are 40 minute flight or 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi Airport and 20 minutes boat transfer / 64 Rooms & Suites / Dine Around Concept with Free Transfers / Spa / Fitness Centre / Children Welcome with Club for ages 3-11 years