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Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 801 5400
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Monza, Italia
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The location is wonderful with view of the beach and the pool. The staff is very friendly, in particular a south african guy (Gregory?) that was always present, inspiring confidence but not over talking at all (BTW, he prepares very good cocktails). Food is good, with hot mezzeh to be highlighted

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Thank ennio54
Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Beautiful island, worth the experience. Food is just average. Actually quite disappointing for an Anantara . Used to another level in other Anantara Hotels.

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Thank Alex1960_100
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

friendly staff specially a south african guy he was really good and not over talking as many.. food is normal shisha not bad.

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Thank dubaitim
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had some fish grill and it was really good though the portions were not as expected. I must say the people made a big difference.

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Thank Shafeek M
surat
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83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Located pool Side on Anantra Desert Islands Resort, It offers mostly arabic food, but staff is helpful and made food as per our taste, good place to have drinks and sheesha in evening. Overall and average place but very few options available on Island.

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Thank saurabhnandwani
Dubai
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89 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

This Arabic cuisine restaurant at Anantara Desert Islands Resort on Sir Bani Yas Island is situated along infinity poolside. The restaurant staff is very helpful and polite. The menu includes Arabic dishes from the region. You can also order some Indian dishes as well as Italian dishes available on room service menu. Overall very good experience.

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Thank gdbhinge
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Nice decor and location however a bit lacking on quantity and the little side extras you expect from an Arabic restaurant. Staff are great, particularly with kids, although they need some direction for special requests. Bread arrived at the end of our meal which was disappointing and appeared to be an after thought.

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Thank DubaiCakeHouse
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Nice Lebanese restaurant and very good quality. Plates are not generous: 3 small skewers of 3 chicken pieces is even a short portion for a kid. Prices do not include 16% overcharges for different fees. So pay attention while you order.

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Thank Guido Z
Michaela P, F&B Director at Al Shams, responded to this review

Dear Guido, thank you for your kind review on Tripadvisor and we are happy to see that you enjoyed your dinner in al Shams. In regards to your feedback about the service portions I will discuss with our Executive Chef to ensure we offer value for money. In terms of the fee's mentioned, these are 10% service charge and 6%... More 

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

I think there were even more children than adults the evening we had dinner there. The service was very quick and friendly, even if the restaurant was completely full. The cuisine is mainly Middle Eastern, and the dishes have great taste and the portions are very generous!

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Thank Ingeborg56
Michaela P, F&B Director at Al Shams, responded to this review

Dear Ms. Ingeborg, Thank you for sharing your kind review with us on Tripadvisor. Desert Island is a very family orientated, lively resort due to the location and size of the pool and the surrounding nature and sea and we try as much as we can to accommodate children's needs in our restaurants. Getting their food quick and first is... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

Speechless! Sumptuous seafood delicacies difficult to describe. As it is a seafood restaurant, this is not the right place for carnivores. Please excuse my language. I love the butter they're using...

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Thank Maria Luz R
Michaela P, F&B Director at Al Shams, responded to this review

Dear Maria, thank you for taking the time and review us on Tripadvisor. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your dinner in our Seafood restaurant and it will be my pleasure to share your compliments with the Chef and the team. Rest assured even not seafood lovers are getting lucky there with our variety on the menu and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 50
Cuisine
Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Sir Bani Yas Island
  • Phone Number: +971 2 801 5400
Description
Al Shams Restaurant & Bar: Dining at Desert Islands Resort & Spa is defined by the casual elegance and zesty world flavours of Al Shams Restaurant and Bar (an Arabic name which means 'The Sun'). Featuring an exotic menu of Arabic dishes punctuated with international favourites, breezy island evenings come to life at this poolside venue. Choose to dine casually poolside throughout the day with snacks served to your sun lounger, and by night the restaurant transforms into a trio of romantically lit venues, whether it be at the bar with a signature cocktail or sundowner, indoors in temperature controlled comfort, or alfresco with the kiss of the sea breeze on your skin.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?