You would think from all of our travels that we would be rested from these "vacations", but that is not how we roll. Our adventures are maximized with activities and exploration, often leaving us more tired than we were before we left....in the most wonderful ways! Definitely not complaining, just explaining why an amazing weekend like this was so desperately needed.
Sir Bani Yas Island is one of those places that is JUST PERFECT for this exact purpose. It was a 4 hour drive, 20 minute ferry, and 10 minute tour bus ride away from Abu Dhabi.
You can read more about the island and its history HERE and check out its website HERE. It is *definintely* worth a trip if you are in the UAE for more than a week and have already explored Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The Island is being leased to Anantara, who are always incredible hosts.
|Heading on one trip, plotting for future ones|
|Approaching the island|
|Love the Arabian-themed lobby|
|Me and my moment of zen|
|Exploring some of the tide pools|
|Exploring the grounds|
|Good morning view|
The island has a plethora of animals that the Sheikh has brought in a few decades previous when this was his island escape. It has now evolved into a wildlife refuge and the resort offers "safari" excursions to explore it. Of course we signed up for the first tour of the day!
|Excited to head out for the safari!!!!!|
|Sand dhabi (dhabi = deer)|
|Darwin winner = Survival of the fittest|
|Really awesome cloud cover|
|Evening walk exploring the island|
|Zoom in on one of the beaches|
|Bani Yas *LOVE*|