Planning a trip to Abu Dhabi? Don’t just hit up the capital city, but consider a jaunt outside the urban center to the beautiful desert or Arabian Gulf islands. The largest emirate makes up more than 85% of the land mass of the UAE- and there’s lots to explore. Anantara has two fab resorts outside the city; we profiled Qasr Al Sarab in the June 2012 issue of Luxury Travel Advisor.
Desert Islands Resort is just as majestic, nestled on Sir Bani Yas island, a reserve for exotic wildlife in the Gulf. Committed to protecting the environment, this island retreat has 64 rooms and suites, an infinity pool on the water, an Anantara Spa, a Teens & Kids Club, and lots of recreational activities to take in the beautiful setting: nature and wildlife drives, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and guided walks.
Buzz: The resort is now accessible by scheduled regional jet service from Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, a quick 25 minute flight. (Contact [email protected]). For more information about the resort, visit desertislands.anantara.com.