Only one category of rooms is available but they are very good. The highlight is definitely the outside deck with your own private pool, sunken bathtub, outside shower and private beach pavilion with lounge chairs. There is just as much luxurious space inside as well as out - with your signature Banyan Tree bed and a spacious bathroom. All villas are private, but curious guests on the beach in front of you villa might give you a moment's pause. Ask for a Villa close to the Spa for the most privacy or a villa close to the restaurant for the most spectacular sunsets.
This is a small hotel with only one restaurant and all meals are served here. For breakfast you can enjoy eggs a la carte, French cheese, different sorts of meat cuts, plenty of fresh fruit and all types of coffee. Freshly squeezed juices are available and we can specially recommend the lime and mint juice which is excellent. Lunch and dinner menus are a good mix of Western, Thai and Arabic cuisine. The wine menu is ok but as is the case with the rest of the Emirates - prices are rather hefty. Your best buys are probably the South African choices.
Your own private island in the Emirates
The resort has its own private beach but there is also an adjoining beach belonging to the Waldorf Astoria hotel. Here you can rent water scooters or sailboats. All though the beach is nice we guess that you will end up spending most of your time in your own pool.
Banyan Tree are world famous for their spas and of course they have one here too. However, compared with a normal Banyan Tree spa, you might find this one rather small with a limited menu of treatments. If you would like a more complete experience, the hotel will drive you to their sister resort Al Wadi that has a full scale spa.
There is no gym at the resort but they have a deal with the Al Haram sports club that is just a five-minute walk away. If you want to save your energy for your workout, the staff will take you there in a buggy. The Al Haram also offers a 18 hole golf course and tennis courts.