Bangkok-based Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has been on a hotel opening spree, having recently introduced several new properties in Mozambique, Thailand and outside the ancient temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
However, its most recent launch is the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, which is its third property on Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas Island – a protected island that’s been set aside as a nature reserve, known as The Arabian Wildlife Park.
Anantara is the exclusive hotel operator on the island and visitors can now choose from a trio of different hotel experiences: Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort.
Situated at the near foot of the salt-domed hilltops and open plains of the 4,100-hectare Arabian Wildlife Park, all 30 private villas of the Al Sahel Villa Resort offer luxury amenities, with a traditional and authentic touch. They have been designed with local materials and traditional furniture. Moreover, to provide its guests a relaxing stay, the resort is intended only for couples, and children aged 12 years and above.
Guests are driven to the resort in a 4×4 land cruiser and an array of adventure activities is available, including guided treks to nearby salt domes, kayaking through flamingo-dotted mangroves, seaplane flights, snorkelling and horseback riding.
After an adventurous day, guests can savour aperitifs infused with Arabian herbs and spend the evening unwinding in the warm waters of their personal plunge pools. Other amenities include: a lavish spa, a workout room, tennis courts, a water sports centre and horse stables are also available.
This year will also mark the launch of Anantara’s new resort in Doha on an exclusive 13-hectare private island. It is expected to start welcoming guests by this summer.