Sir Bani Yas Island, with its pristine beaches and azure waters, sits off the southwestern coast of Abu Dhabi. With the distinction of being the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it once served as the private retreat of the country’s founding father. Now, the island is known for its sprawling wildlife reserve with free-roaming animals ranging from oryxes to cheetahs and gazelles. Game drives into the reserve in open-sided four-wheel vehicles let you enjoy the wildlife from a safe distance. Meanwhile, guided walks through the valley or wadis with their moonscape-like scenery make for a unique experience. Numerous archeological sites including that of a 1,400-year-old Christian monastery beckon explorers. Horse rides and mountain bikes are other ways of discovering all that the island has to offer.
Game Drives & Hiking
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Places: Abu Dhabi (3 days) → Al Ain (1) → Fujairah (2) → Ras Al Khaimah (1) → Khasab and Musandam Region (2) → Dubai (3)
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Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahil Villa Resort is a premium property in the island’s protected nature reserve. Stay in luxurious thatched-roof rustic villas that overlook the island’s tranquil and wild landscape. Your elegant earthy villa comes with all modern amenities, including high-speed WiFi access, and a private canopied outdoor terrace.
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort is an elegant beachfront resort offering a luxurious island escape in a protected nature reserve. Stay in luxuriously furnished villas that come equipped with top-of-the-line amenities.