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Al Shams

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 801 5400
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Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (3 reviews)
“burger” (2 reviews)
“pool side” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
CUISINES
Bar, Middle Eastern
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates
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1 - 10 of 25 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed two days at Desert Island - this restaurant is next to the pool area offers nice seafood. Staff - as usual very polite. Apart from the food, the view is gorgeous. Best time to visit is sunset of course.

Thank thom323
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Good burger, disappointing chicken shawerma. Good for a pool side meal without leaving the Hotel. Nothing fancy. Burger was good but we both did not like their shawerma.More

Thank Rula K
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Dear Rula Thank you very much for your feedback, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time around our pool area We will review our shawarma dish with our Executive Chef to see what improvements can be made. We hope you visit...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017

we ate here a few times, a good choice of foods for all and the grills are very good. the staff were also very friendly.More

Thank Tony W
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Dear Tony W, Thank you very much for a wonderful feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience with us as our staff play the big role into your satisfaction. It will be a pleasure to extend your compliments to our service team....More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

From the Oud tunes playing in the background to the choices on the menu, this restaurant is a must try. We visited this restaurant on a couple of occasions and enquired about some items that were not on the menu. Our host Delilah promptly checked...More

Thank rohitsonawane008
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Dear rohitsonawane008, Thank you very much for your great review in Trip advisor. Arabic theme night is indeed one of our highlights in Al Shams Restaurant which create an Arabic style ambiance with sofa seating’s paired with traditional Arabic dishes. We are also proud of...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017

The food is very average. Cant recollect any dish that was delicious..... the food was served in time. The staff is friendly, but the waiter serving us didn't know the Arabic name of the dishes, and kept going back to check with the chef! Located...More

Thank geek-indian
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Dear Geek-Indian, Thank you very much for your review, interaction between our team and our guest is an integral part of our success, I will be sure to past your comments to our team and review the team’s knowledge of local dishes. Once again thanking...More

Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

I love this restaurant, whenever I visit the island I go for dining in this restaurant, they have nice Lebanese food and amazing cocktails and lovely Arabic sweets like kunafa and um Ali. It also has shisha smoking areaMore

Thank yaseruae
Management response:Responded 24 March 2017

Dear Yaseruae, Thank you so much for a very wonderful review. Reading your comment showed us that we are on the right track in making our Al Shams Restaurant & Bar an amazing place to relax while enjoying the quality of service we provided. We...More

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,...More

Thank ennio54
Management response:Responded 17 February 2017

Dear Ennio54, Thank you for your great review in Trip advisor. We are proud of our service team & Chefs who work hard to ensure all our guest leave the island happy and satisfied. I will extend your compliments to the team particularly & Greg...More

Reviewed 18 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.More

Thank Alex1960_100
Management response:Responded 17 February 2017

Dear Alex1960, Thank you for sharing your experience with us and yes the Island is indeed beautiful and unique. However, we do apologize that our quality of food has left you unsatisfied. If in any way possible please would you contact me personally to discuss...More

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.More

Thank dubaitim
Management response:Responded 16 February 2017

Dear Dubaitim, Thank you for your great review in Trip Advisor. We are indeed proud of our service team working hard to ensure all our customers leave the island happy and satisfied. I will extend your compliments to the team particularly Greg from Al Shams...More

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.More

Thank Shafeek M
Management response:Responded 16 February 2017

Dear Shafeek, Thank you very much for the kind review in the quality of food & service. As in any successful operation the people make the difference, we are always greatly pleased when receive these comments like this. We look forward to welcoming you back...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$50
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Romantic
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
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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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