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Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Magical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed for our 25th wedding anniversary, could not have made a better choice for a relaxing, romantic escape The villas are fantastic the service discrete and very good. My only complaint has to be the change in policy of allowing children under the age of 12!!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank jillr36
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Sonja G, Manager at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Jillr36,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review.
We are truly happy to hear that your 25th wedding anniversary celebration was up to your expectations and that you enjoyed your time with us.
Although the children policy changed we still believe that most families will go to Desert Islands Resort which is more suitable for younger kids.

We sincerely hope to welcome you again,

Sonja Greenshields
Villa Resort Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

I have just came back after celebrating my husband's 41st birthday last week, I highly recommend ALYam villas, staff are super organized which is something you don’t really see in hotel management in the UAE since I am living here since 2004, I would say suitable for couple escape, wonderful for families, the food at the Italian restaurant was great and actually reasonable was little surprised that it was really affordable, I like the buffet style where you can choose your sea food and they will BBQ that for you, we just paid AED250 each for a big meal.
The villa is very nice style, if you are into the beach cottage style then this is what you need, if you like luxury then it won’t suit you. I booked a dine by design experience and it was marvelous.
One of the staff was signing some nice songs while we were eating, was super nice and romantic.
We did the activities like archery and wild drive and again it was really reasonable prices compared to other resorts.

The spa was also very reasonable and amazing. We will go there again for sure.

Room Tip: Dont book the villa with the pool it is worthless as the pool is like a jaccuzi size plus the beach...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Leila J
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Sonja G, Manager at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Leila J,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this review and recommendation. Your compliments regarding our service are greatly appreciated.
We are glad to hear that your husband's 41st birthday was a success and that you have enjoyed your romantic Diner by Design evening on the beach.
Our entire team would be delighted to welcome you back for another memorable stay in the near future.

Sonja Greenshields
Villa Resort Manager
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Antwerp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

Even if the journey could be shorter, it s really worth the trip!
Amazing setting, kind and helpful staff, relaxed, not formal, as a holiday should be!
Spa is good, rooms elegant and functional.
Only required improvement is a decent coffee machine in the breakfast restaurant...the lavazza in the room are perfect.
Just make sure to arrive at the jetty in time for the boat transfer as it s every 2h.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank enjoylifeeveryday1
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Sonja G, Manager at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Dear Enjoylifeeveryday1,

We thank you for staying and with us and for taking the time to write your comments on Trip Advisor.
We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday with us. Your kind compliments will be shared with the team and we will definitely look into offering a better coffee in our outlet.
We hope to welcome you back on our sunny shores,

Sonja Greenshields
Villa Resort Manager
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Al yamm is a stunning secluded island hotel unlike anything in the UAE. If you live nearby, worth every penny. (Ok it's a bit expensive so worth every pound).

The villas are amazing, the view spectacular. There are even some fun activities to do in the island like seeing a giraffe and cheetah. There is some fascinating history as well.

Although this is a great hotel, it lacks the sixth sense. Having stayed at a six senses resort, al yamm falls short in every facet. We missed a bit the ultra experience, where hotels think ahead and go the extra mile in service and building an experience.

Things that need immediate improvement: bizZare light switches and poor food quality and selection are a turn off.
Ps: there are two different views, ie villas facing the beach and others facing the mangroves.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Kunal K
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Sonja G, Manager at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Dear Kunal K,

Your feedback is very valuable and we truly appreciate sharing it with us.
My team and I extend our sincere apologies for not being able to exceed your expectations in some aspects of your visit, and most especially in your culinary experience.

We hope you will consider to give us another chance to show to you true Anantara hospitality and our six sense and will ensure that your stay goes beyond your expectation.

Yours sincerely,

Sonja Greenshields
Villa Resort Manager
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Top class resort.
Hospitality is amazing and the team is very very friendly and helpful .i like the additional activities like kayaking and the safari. The room design and space is wide and comfortable and outside seating is excellent.

i suggest adding more activities and i suggest better outside lighting at the evening around the villa because it got dark and slightly intimidating at night.

The hospitality and stuff friendliness made it a better experience for us and i will always recommend the resort because of this factor.

Well done team anantara and thank you

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank fatema_alsaba
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Sonja G, Manager at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Dear AB_SSK,

Thank you for staying with us and for your candid comments.
It is always a delight to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay, and that also they recognize and praise the team and our services. I am truly happy that you were all well looked after and that we took care of your every need.

We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Al Yamm villa Resort, and that you will have another unforgettable stay on our sunny shores.

Yours sincerely,

Sonja Greenshields
Villa Resort Manager
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

My wife and I were planning a holiday on an island. We went through the usual destinations of Maldives and Mauritius; and also the Philippines. We wanted a quick escape, a short but a grand one. A relative, living in Dubai suggested that we try this place and it ticked all the boxes we were looking for. Off we went to Sir Baniyas Island !

The first word that came to mind once we reached the Island was Wow ! We were picked up in an LC and transported to the resort. The chauffer, was very friendly and explained the place briefly during our 20 min drive.

Once we reached the reception, we were warmly greeted by the hotel staff. They are such a friendly bunch of folks and were so welcoming ! The villa was brilliant. A nice big bedroom, a huge bath area and a wonderful balcony with a plunge pool. What is better, right in front of your villa, you have mangroves (mangrove view villa) or the Arabian Sea (beach view villa).

The place has a fantastic restaurant with super friendly chefs - they make and customize any dish for you. The staff are always on call and so happy to serve you. The best part about this place is the calmness - no one to disturb you and villas spaced away from each other. The only sounds you will hear is the wind, the sea and the bustling of leaves. There are even gazelles waiting outside your villa to say good morning when you wake up.

Lots of activities are available including a wild life drive to keep yourself busy. Families visiting can opt for a big villa with a terrace and a private fire place. For couples, it is a perfect getaway if you were ever looking for one. What are you waiting for ? Pack your bags and go this place. You will cherish it I am sure, for a long time to come !

Room Tip: If it isn't too windy, choose a beach view villa
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AB_SSK
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Sonja G, Manager at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear ABB_SSK,

We would like to thank you for staying with us and for adding your review and comments on Trip Advisor.

It is always with great pleasure to receive such wonderful feedback, and we are truly happy to know that you have enjoyed your stay, the activities, the warmth and friendliness of the team as well as your culinary experience.

We sincerely hope to welcome you again,

Sonja Greenshields
Villa Resort Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the Al Yamm villas in February for a week and had an amazing time. The service you receive from all the staff is top class. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone was so helpful and friendly.
The villas are lovely and new and are set looking out over the mangroves or beach, which ever ones you get you won't be dissappointed. The sun rise in the morning is amazing if you are up early enough to see it. The gazelles wandering past was an extra bonus.
The Olio restaurant served amazing food. From the buffet breakfast with Al A Carte options, lunch where you could have wood fired pizzas and lots of other choices and dinner with lots of options. There are several other restaurants at the Desert Islands Resort and another at the Al Sahel resort. We ate at all of them and the food and service was perfect at each one. You have to try the fish served on the salt rock at the Samak fish restaurant. Amazing. Its really easy to book a table at reception and a driver will take you over and pick you up later. Only about 10 mins by car.
We did several of the excursions on offer. The nature and wildlife drive can not be missed as you get to see so many animals including giraffe and cheetas. We also did the wadi walk and nature walk which were both very enjoyable if you like to get out and about with a guide. The island itself is walkable and we walked for miles. Staff going past in cars always wave and check you are ok. If you want to walk to the hotel from the Al Yamm villas its takes about 1 1/2 hours but is a really lovely walk. The walk around the lake in front of the desert island hotel is also worth doing if you are feeling active.
We went over to see the Al Sahel villas which are set overlooking a savannah. These were lovely as well but they are not near the beach. However they all come with a plunge pool for cooling off.
There was not one thing that i needed to or wanted to complain about on this holiday but my guess would be that if there was something wrong it would be put right immediately.
I was a little dissappointed with the gift shop (which is situated in the Desert Island Hotel) as i was hoping to take home some local products and memories from the island but they just sold tacky ornaments and fridge magnets and nothing at all to remind you of the beautiful island.
We arrived at the island by car and this took 2 hours exactly. Which seemed a very easy ride as it is a straight road nearly all the way. Once we arrived at the boat transfer we were offered complimentary drinks. The waiting area for the boat is like a hotel reception area. The boat transfer was only 20 mins and once over on the island transfers to the hotels or villas by car is only about 10 mins and yes you guessed it they are expecting you and a car is already waiting.
There is a lovely swimming pool with a bubbling spa section and a small gym.
This is a perfect holiday to balance rest and relaxation with walking and exploring. Which was perfect for us.
Would I recommend this resort - yes definitely
Would I go back - yes
Service and staff -10/10
Villas and resort -10/10
Restaurants and food - 10/10
Added bonus for me - no mosquitos
Perfect! Thanks to everyone for making our holiday truly wonderful.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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GM-Anantara-SBY, General Manager at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear Maria H

Thank you so much for this wonderful five-star review. You have certainly experienced so much of this wonderful island with Anantara and the team is truly thrilled that you had such a wonderful time. We do note your comments about the gift shop, however it appears that you did not find how amazing souk, which offers an incredible array of local and authentic gifts. The small store you referred to is merely a convenience store, and we apologise that you missed visiting this.

We hope to welcome you back very soon.

Best regards

Mark Eletr
Cluster General Manager
Anantara Sir Bani Yas
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Property: Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort
Address: Sir Bani Yas Island, Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Abu Dhabi > Sir Bani Yas Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sir Bani Yas Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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