Anantara Resorts opened the Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort in Abu Dhabi. With 30 beachfront villas, Al Yamm, meaning “the sea,” is located on the eastern shores of Sir Bani Yas Island. The new resort offers an alternative stay experience complementing the existing Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, with five star luxury hospitality service enhanced by authentic Arabian look and feel.
Sir Bani Yas Island is the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates and is home to one of the region's largest wildlife reserves which was established in 1971 by the country's late ruler and founder. The island is now home to free-roaming animals, such as the Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes and cheetahs, along with several million trees and plants.
Twenty-one one-bedroom villas can be found on the beach overlooking the Arabian Sea, where guests can benefit from a shoreline position with uninterrupted beachfront vistas; while seven one-bedroom pool villas and two two-bedroom Anantara pool villas, each with private plunge pools, feature views over the salt-water lagoon.
Guests can dine at the Italian restaurant, Olio, offering all day dining and a lounge bar, or enjoy a gastronomic feast at one of the island's five other restaurants, including the signature seafood restaurant, Samak, or the beachside Amwaj restaurant launched earlier this year. Additional facilities include a beachside swimming pool, a library and an exercise room.
Each villa has a rainforest shower with separate bathtub, as well as high-definition flat screen TVs and an iPod docking station. Guests can also take advantage of the range of adventures available on the island, including a nature and wildlife drive, kayaking among the mangroves, horse riding or scuba diving, or avail a signature treatment in the Anantara Spa.
Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort was developed by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC). The new resort is managed by the Thai hospitality group Anantara, which also manages Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, the only other hotel currently present on the island. The opening is the first of two new developments planned for the expansion of Sir Bani Yas Island, with Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort slated to open at the end of 2013. In addition to the opening of these villa retreats, Desert Islands Conference Centre and Desert Islands WaterSports Center also launched recently on the island, along with Sir Bani Yas Stables in early 2012.