Revel in family fun and adventures in the unique confines of an exclusive nature reserve. A private island shared with sister resorts Al Sahel and Al Yamm, Sir Bani Yas Island is an homage to the vision of Share unforgettable memories with horseback tours through the dunes. Delve into Arabian culture with archaeological wonders and culinary discoveries in a beachside haven.
Nature and Wildlife Drive
Enter the Arabian Wildlife Park in one of the few vehicles on Sir Bani Yas Island. Marvel at the numerous species that flourish in the reserve from ostriches to cheetahs and hyena. Our expert guides offer a wealth of knowledge on native plants and animals, as well as those introduced to the island to save them from extinction.
Get a closer look at the flora and fauna of the island on this guided walk down the eastern side of the island. Giraffes may wander by as you stop to admire the view or shrubs growing nearby. Take a closer look at the mangroves to spy osprey diving for their lunch. Sir Bani Yas offers diverse scenes to appreciate on foot, regardless of your fitness level.
See the island from a new perspective as you scale unspoilt sand dunes for panoramas of the entire reserve. Towering rock corridors contain ancient fossils to learn about as your guide leads you down the rocky way. Marvel at the salt-dome hilltops that have naturally formed with no help from man.
Culture and History Tour
Learn about Sheikh Zayed’s legacy and how the island became a designated protected reserve. Visit different archaeological sites found on the island including the Christian monastery dating from 600 A.D. Foster your own legacy on Sir Bani Yas by planting a mangrove tree in the spirit of sustaining and preserving this beautiful environment.
Falconry is an ancient tradition still practised in the U.A.E. Gain a deeper understanding of these fascinating birds of prey and even hold one of them for a photo opportunity. Watch as they take to the sky in splendour. Available from October – April only.
Experience a thrill as you try a unique sport riding across the desert in a land sail. Originally used as a form of transport, the gentle Arabian winds provide the perfect speed for this fun activity. Take on your family and friends in a race or simply explore the island solo from a different angle.
A great activity for the whole family, archery will really test your aim. With a long history in the U.A.E., we guide you in this popular sport to get you closer to the bullseye. Practise shooting in an open area on stationary targets. Please avoid wearing loose clothing for this activity. Hats and sun cream are also recommended.
With a choice of levels for all abilities and interests, set out on an exhilarating ride to stimulate the senses. Breathtaking landscapes unfold as far as the eye can see, whether you wish to watch gazelles and oryx roaming freely or reach more exclusive spots that require more pedal power. Don’t forget your camera for vivid snapshots of staggering scenery and wildlife.
If you’d like to pick up a souvenir, the souk offers a wide variety of tempting purchases to peruse. This onsite boutique contains local handicrafts and artefacts that can’t be found elsewhere. Purchase a keepsake of your memorable stay with a piece of local jewellery or a gift item for a friend.
Keep up your daily workout schedule at our state-of-the-art fitness centre. Enjoy a cardio session as you gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows at the dazzling views.
Work up a sweat with resistance training or take advice from one of our expert team on ways to refine your regime. Take a run on a treadmill with gorgeous panoramas of the Arabian Gulf.
Playtime unfolds at our Kids' Club with a myriad of activities to enjoy for little ones.
Spread across multiple rooms, teens and kids can pursue educational games, watch a movie on the large flat screen TV or have some quiet time with reading materials. Rest assured that your little ones will be well looked after whilst you spend a few hours indulging in alone time.
Whether seeking more knowledge on the local culture and heritage or simply snuggling up with a good novel, the library at Desert Islands Resort offers a relaxing space to lose yourself for a few hours. Catch up on emails and send messages back home.
Perfect your serve under the shade of palm trees just a few steps from the Arabian Gulf. Don’t worry about bringing your racket as we can provide all the equipment required. Practise by night under the floodlights for cooler play.
State-of-the-art facilities at Desert Islands Resort cater for executive retreats and events. Flexible room layouts allow for theatre or boardroom presentations, or set up a classroom for your needs.
A wide selection of audiovisual equipment is available on demand, including a portable LCD screen and a digital data projector along with basics such as whiteboards and flip charts.
Three temperature-controlled pools on Sir Bani Yas Island mean guests are spoilt for choice. Bask in the glorious sunshine at the infinity pool only a stone’s throw from the ocean. Two other pools are available for guest use at Al Sahel and Al Yamm.
Choose culinary adventures from three different continents in the luxury surrounds of Anantara. Our expert chefs will lead you in a cookery class with a difference.
Discover new flavours and skills to impress friends on your return home. Immerse yourself in Arab culture at Desert Islands Resort with recipes that utilise seafood and herbs available locally.
Guests enjoy complimentary use of the resort’s mountain bikes. Explore the island at your own pace. Cycle over to the other resorts to sample an array of cuisines and recreational facilities. Please contact the reception desk to reserve your bike.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Paddle your way into a sea adventure atop a stand-up paddle board. A serene way to savour the stunning views of Sir Bani Yas and the Arabian Gulf, paddle boarding also offers a full body workout. An experienced guide will help you get the most of the experience, as marine life glides below and birds soar high above you on the crystal-clear waters.
Don your mask and fins for a short journey to the protected reefs off Sir Bani Yas Island. The knowledgeable team from our Water Sports Centre will assist and guide you to the elegant creatures of the turquoise waters. Spot angelfish, groupers, batfish, emperors and barracuda as they swim around you.
Glide across the sea or within the lush mangroves. This is a great way to get your daily exercise, as well as enjoy amazing opportunities to view sea life beneath your kayak. All participants must be confident swimmers. Please wear swimwear or clothing appropriate for water. Towels will be provided.
Beginners can gain experience on a 30- to 45-minute ride on one of our beautiful Arabian horses. Coast through the trees and over the sand dunes on an easy path led by an exceptional guide. Long trousers, socks and sunscreen are advised. Helmets, boots and chaps are provided. Weight limit is 85 kg.
Suitable for intermediate-level riders who can control a fit horse in an open area without any assistance. Riders should possess a balanced seat in walk, trot and canter mode. Wander through the bush, spotting some of our native animals, and onto some nice sandy tracks. Helmets, boots and chaps are provided. Weight limit is 85 kg.
More advanced riders can journey to the southern area of the wildlife park for an energetic trot or canter. Get up close to some of our beautiful animals as you ride in the gentle breeze. Amazing photo opportunities abound, as well as the chance for a unique experience on our Arabian horses. Helmet, boots and chaps are provided. Weight limit is 85 kg.
Private Yacht Access
Cruise into the Royal Bay jetty on your private yacht with a Royal Bay Mooring Package. Only 8 km off the coast of Jebel Dhanna, yacht owners can take advantage of Anantara’s luxurious facilities and the unique nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas Island.
Explore this stunning paradise of free-roaming wildlife and untouched natural beauty from the salt-dome hilltops to the tranquil mangroves. Three distinct resorts offer a variety of cultural, culinary and entertaining experiences for guests to enjoy.
Open all year round, Royal Bay has all the key facilities required for day visits or extended overnight stays. Ten water moorings allow for vessels up to 50 ft. Yachts need to provide their own tender to shore or arrangements can be made via our Water Sports Centre (charges apply).
Royal Bay offers the latest technology and first-class service to provide the highest level of comfort year-round. Guests have access to fresh drinking water (at the jetty), fuel (ADNOC fuel card required, no cash facilities), fire protection and seven metres water depth. A medical clinic is also available on the island.
Exploring the Island
Sir Bani Yas Island is home to three unique Anantara resorts equipped with luxury accommodations, swimming pools, dining outlets, a boutique and an Anantara Spa.
Choose from the family-friendly Desert Islands Resort by Anantara, the African-inspired Anantara Al Sahel or relax beachside at Anantara Al Yamm. Royal Bay day visitors are welcome to use the swimming pool at Desert Islands Resort for a small fee.
Explore the stunning landscape with nature and wildlife drives and walks, mountain biking and horse riding. Choose from a range of water and land activities including kayaking, archery, culture and heritage tours, or a visit to an archaeological site. Other amenities include a Kids' Club and Fitness Centre. A perfect setting of culture and luxury, the resorts blend seamlessly with the stunning destination.