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Anantara takes a retreat

Far from the agitation and gigantism of Abu Dhabi, Anantara leaves the beaten path to establish itself in the wild immensity of the desert. 250 kilometers from the capital, the Desert Islands Resort & Spa is located on the Island of Sir Bani Yas, which was once the private Royal Nature Reserve of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This first resort of the Thai group in the Middle East is an ecological retreat surrounded by a wealth of preserved fauna with shores lapped by the transparent waters of the Persian Gulf. This property with just sixty rooms reflects local hospitality and culture. For the most fortunate, the villas offer 24 /7 butler service and direct beach access. But the hotel offers above all a veritable experience. After being awakened by birds, the Desert Islands Resort guest may go off to discover the desert. Diving, walking, mountain bicycling, kayaks: all methods are good and the guides are experienced. Upon return from these trying outings, poolside refreshment awaits guests at the Al Shams bar. The gastronomic restaurant Samak or the more local Palm Restaurant shows Anantara’s will to offer quality cuisine. In terms of relaxation, Anantara transported its trademark to the Middle East: the spa. The Safaa Spa has four treatment rooms, two of which are for couples, and offers a vast array of treatments –Thai massage, aromatherapy, Ayurveda therapy.

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