Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi

If you’re the sort of traveller who always looks for experiences that can be classed as ‘ultimates’, consider this. You can choose to glide over to Sir Bani Yas Island by seaplane – giving you a bird’s eye view of this emerald jewel cast onto a turquoise sea, before you alight.

And then there’s another ultimate for your list. The Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara is a modern oasis designed to relax, reinvigorate, entertain and impress you. It offers any number of activities, from lazing on the fine white sandy beach to trekking across the island on a nature and wildlife walk. You can dine on some of the finest grilled seafood in the Gulf, or be pampered from head to toe in an ultimately stylish spa. Robinson who?

Desert Islands Resort and Spa, at a glance

  • Perfect desert island setting, surrounded by the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf
  • Choice of 64 rooms, villas and suites in lush island gardens
  • Rooms typically have modern Arabian décor, private balconies or terraces with either sea or garden views
  • Suites feature separate living rooms and private balconies
  • Villas have one or two bedrooms, lounges, dining areas and private pools and gardens
  • Seafood grill and a la carte restaurants
  • Lounge and snack bars plus personal dining experiences

For leisure and pleasure

  • Gorgeous swimming pool
  • Exotic spa offers every indulgence and restorative treatment, including Arabian massage and floral foot treatments
  • Fitness centre
  • Stables offering island exploration on horseback
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Nature and wildlife drives
  • Kayaking, snorkelling and mountain biking
  • Island discovery walks
  • Falconry and archery
  • Ultimate Travel yet again gave us the holiday of a lifetime - thank you

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    PP, Iceland, 2016