Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) yesterday said Thai hospitality company Anatara Resorts and Spas will manage luxury resorts in the capital's Western Region. TDIC is the developer of Sir Bani Yas Island and Liwa Oasis.
Desert Islands Resort and Spa will be the centrepiece of the Sir Bani Yas Island experience, and the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab retreat is planned for the Liwa desert in the Empty Quarter, TDIC said. The two will be the first Anantara-managed hotels in the emirate.
"Anantara has established an exceptional reputation within Abu Dhabi for the operation of its ultra-deluxe spa at the seven-star Emirates Palace hotel," said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Managing Director of TDIC and Director General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).
"It will now bring its internationally renowned reputation for delivering distinct experiences immersed in culture, heritage and natural beauty to these truly unique resorts. Once again TDIC has delivered on its commitment to engage with world-class partners to deliver unsurpassed hospitality experiences for the most discerning travellers," he said.
The 64-room Desert Islands Resort and Spa, which is scheduled for a soft-opening in the second quarter of next year, will be central to the opening up of Sir Bani Yas, a former royal eco-resort that lies eight kilometres off Abu Dhabi's western coastline.
Sir Bani Yas is the largest of eight islands which, together with an onshore gate, will make up the Desert Islands destination.
Lee Tabler, CEO of TDIC, said: "Starting the second quarter of this year, guests at the Desert Islands Resort and Spa,will have access to this inspirational island with its unique wildlife herds, including some previously threatened breeds that were successfully bred in captivity under the directive of the late UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
"Sir Bani Yas has been something of a closely kept secret which will now be attainable by resort guests and a select number of day visitors."
Anatara teams up with TDIC