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The staff were helpful and pleasant, especially the Restaurant staff and house keeping staff. They went am extra mile to make us feel comfortable. On the other hand was expecting a private villa with private pool. But the villa’s have no privacy, have overlooking neighbours. The pool size was another disappointment. It should have been advertised as a jacuzzi! Being a higher category of room, expected something better than the lower category room. But totally got disappointed. Al Yamm Beach Villa Pool is totally not worth the money.
I had an amazing time , highly recommend for people seeking quite relaxing time away from the city vibes the staff were great from Othman who did my booking to Kate the safari guide to Hanifa the waters to the driver jawed.
One ticked off our UAE bucket list
So the photos turned up in my timeline , visited Anantara Baniyas 2 years back , summer at its peak , drive is pleasure as you can drive at 160 once you cross Abu Dhabi city , enough stops to have lunch , snacks and plenty of ADNOC pumps.
You can stop at Ruwais city for meals , ensure you have enough time in hand , it’s about 20 minutes from Ruwais city to Jetty.
Hospitality begins at the jetty to the hotel ,ensure you stick to time of jetty.
Fun 30-45 minute ride to the island and another 20 minutes from baniyas jetty to the hotel.
Who would believe it’s a sanctuary in middle of ocean on a desert island.Have your safari tour booked in advance , best would be for early morning one.
Poolside is pretty amazing and the staff attentive and very helpful , food is great and great views of ocean and the island.
Must visit definitely a have to do resort.
(Translated by Google) Immense beach!
(Original) Spiaggia immensa!
(Translated by Google) Gorgeous
Stayed there from 06/04/2021 until 08/04/2021:
Not many negatives but just a few suggestions: -Indian restaurant, sadly the Island doesn’t have much variety of restaurants but you can trot to the other resorts and eat there but be sure to book cause they can fill up. Olio was the top restaurant in our opinion -Club Sandwich for the in-room dining. This is more of a me thing but I felt like the in-room dining had limited choices on Al Yamm -Boat from Abu Dhabi Island to Sir Bani Yas. I don’t know if this will save time, but driving to the Jetty is quite and drive and stressful because you end up worrying if you’ll make it on time, and if you miss the boat, it’s another 3 hour wait approximately. -Bicycles for guests to explore the island. There doesn’t seem to be any and I believe it’s because it might be dangerous to cycle at night since it’s pitch dark?
Now the good stuff! The people who make up the resort is what really gives this place the WOW factor. Yeah there are animals roaming around and the views are amazing, but everyone has a great story and they’re just really friendly and nice, you don’t get that with the deer and peacocks.
+ Greeted by the lovely Odeon and Joseph at the Jetty station. Beautiful sunset trip to Sir Bani Yas Island. Weather was cooler on the island than Abu Dhabi city. + Our driver Sayeed in the Island gave us a brief history about the Island which was great, it’s larger than Abu Dhabi Island! + At reception we got greeted by the amazing Ms. Retno with a lovely rose lemonade drink. Throughout the stay she was all smiles and it was truly appreciated. When we arrived to the room there was a cake waiting for us and the bed was specially made up as we were celebrating a birthday + 2 days is not enough but we tried to do as much as we can. Dinner that day was the Lebanese restaurant in the Desert Island and the Falafels were superb, never had anything like them in Abu Dhabi. + Breakfast was at Olio which was just handy, we woke up to catch the sunrise and went Kayaking early in the morning at Desert Island with Mouneir the lifeguard who was really nice and was patient with us. When we went for breakfast they had a lovely selection, I did feel bad for the staff there as they insisted on putting things for you on your plate and I understand that it was to due to COVID-19 measures but felt like it was too much. It’s a bit tough when you have the breakfast rush and 2 people are trying the help everyone. You can ask for crepes from the chef, sort of a secret menu item. I would suggest going back for lunch, they are the best restaurant on the whole and not just because of the food but the staff there like Hanifah, Priyanka, Shims (Man’s got a great sense of humor, keep the jokes coming!), Delilah and everyone else whom I sadly can’t remember their name + Wildlife drive was excellent, went for 9AM and we had the lovely Ali show us around and give us a lovely history of the Island, and we got to see the giraffes and cheetahs and all types of birds they take care of in the island. We also ended up going with him on the bike tour later that day and he knew a lot of great tracks. + BEST PART: We were lucky enough to get a late check out on our last day and I just wanted to thank Hossein, Retno, and the management at Anantara for taking care of us. Will definitely come back and recommend friends to go!
Wonderful short break here in the UAE, really great for families with children aged 6+ I’m giving it a 4 star as it would’ve been better if there are more Food and beverage choices, as well as more options for moving around the island and self exploring like maybe have electric buggy rentals for residents. It’s also very important to actually explore the activity options and book them beforehand. We also found out that you can use any of the pools free of charge amongst the three Anantara properties as well as have breakfast in any of the properties for a small fee provided there is availability. We especially enjoyed the horse riding experience on the beach it was absolutely magical!
We had dinner here, a lobster pizza & lasagna, happy hour was wonderful
Amaaazing experience, staff are super welcoming and polite, food in olio restaurant is delicious! The villas are nice and the place is quite and calm we really enjoyed our stay there
It won’t be our last time for sure
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