Published: 13 March 2015 by: Nicole Deuble

Love on the plains at Anantara Al Shael

If getting close to nature is part of your holiday brief then the Anantara Al Sahel (located on Arabia’s largest wildlife reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island) offers a unique taste of the wild.

Designed with couples in mind, this is rustic luxe at its best with 30 villas, melding Anantara’s signature amenities with authentic Arabian touches, surrounded by salt dome hilltops and lush grass savannah. We love the look of the one-bedroom pool villas featuring traditional thatched roofing, a freestanding bronze bathtub, king bed, separate lounge and personal plunge pool.

Gazelles and Arabian oryx graze nearby and active couples can fill their days with a range of adventures: kayaking through local lagoons; mountain biking across desert salt flats; snorkelling the nearby Arabian Gulf; riding Arabian horses; or enjoying a close encounter with rare and endangered animals on safari. Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to refuelling after a long day on the plains, welcome to choose between any of the restaurants and bars at all three of Anantara’s resorts on Sir Bani Yas Island.

Couples will love: the secluded and unique desert location and wealth of adventure options perfect for two. Our tip? Opt to arrive by seaplane to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the island. 

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