MSC Cruises has announced details on their second exclusive private destination, a beach oasis on 1.5 miles of land on the natural island of Sir Bani Yas. The port will highlight Emirates winter cruise itineraries starting in December 2016.
The island is one of region’s largest wildlife reserves thanks to decades of intensive conservation work and ecological investment to restore and maintain its biodiversity. The Arabian Wildlife Park on the main island of Sir Bani Yas is today, as a result of this work, home to more than 13,000 indigenous and endangered animals, as well as millions of trees and plants. MSC Cruises has been working closely with the Abu Dhabi Port Authorities and ecologists to develop the island beach oasis for its guests fully in line with the broader Sir Bani Yas island project and to support the ongoing preservation work.
MSC Cruises has been working with the Abu Dhabi Ports Authority for more than two years perfecting the perfect beach destination. The tropical beach oasis is on a smaller island connected to the main island by an attractive wooden boardwalk that allows MSC Cruises’ guests exclusive access to an authentic beach vacation experience – with hundreds of palm trees, shaded cabanas and more than 2,000 sunbeds across 387,500 sq.ft. of fine golden beaches. Other key facilities include:
- A family and kids area, with parents’ pergola.
- A lounge space with bar and live music.
- Exclusive private space for MSC Yacht Club guests with finger foods and refreshments.
- MSC Aurea Spa that will includes beachside cabana huts with stunning views for massages.
- Sports facilities will include beach volleyball and tennis.
- Bedouin tent that will offer arts and crafts created by local communities.
In true MSC Cruises style, on the island guests will be able to enjoy a selection of fresh and authentic food options, with a range of cooking stations serving small delights from the region as well as international favorites. Guests can also expect to see beachside charcoal BBQs serving light dishes and snacks, and exotic cocktails served from one of six beach bars. Ship food and drink services, such as drink packages, extend onto the island to ensure that the guest experience between the ship and the island is completely seamless.
The Sir Bani Yas Island MSC Cruises beach oasis offers something for everyone – from relaxation to action, to nature appreciation and culture. For those wishing to relax and unwind, the beautiful beach has a number of natural sunbathing spots and sun-drenched walking trails, which are open all day long. In addition, the MSC Aurea Spa will make available relaxing massages with stunning sea views.
For guests looking for something a little more action-oriented, a 4×4 expedition experience or a high-octane mountain biking session over naturally-created tracks can be booked to enjoy on the main island. There will also be a variety of sporting activities on offer exclusively for MSC Cruises guests, including beach volleyball, football, or water sports such as snorkelling, paddle boarding, sea kayaking and more.
The MSC Cruises beach oasis will also offer direct access to the natural reserve, with a range of specially designed excursions that will allow guests to experience the unique beauty of the natural surroundings. These include a horse riding tour, a safari-style nature drive through the reserve as well as a Dhow tour around the island in a traditional powered boat – giving guests the opportunity to see giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs in their natural habitat.
Finally, there are ongoing archaeological excavations taking place on Sir Bani Yas island. So for guests who want to discover more about the history and the culture of the island, a dedicated tour to the ruins of an early Christian monastery site from 6th century AD is available for them.
The first cruise to call on Sir Bani Yas Island will be on December 5, 2016 when MSC Fantasia stops at the island. Sir Bani Yas Island beach oasis is available exclusively to MSC Cruises guests when the ship calls at the island.
MSC Cruises is not only the market leader in Europe, South America, and South Africa, but they are also the largest privately owned cruise line in the world.