Close-to-the-action location, but with a relaxed vibe
The sea is very safe for children, with small waves
Instead of golf carts for transportation, you’ll be treated to a custom-made tuk-tuk
What To Know
A 10 percent local tax and 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
The Anantara Spa is set to open in March 2014
Expert the service kinks of a new hotel; some staff members need to work on language skills and efficiency
Parking on site
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Brand new resort on Dubai’s Palm Islands, with a private beach, multiple restaurants and soon-to-open spa
Modern and welcoming, the brand new Anantara Dubai has its roots in Southeast Asian design, with tiered roofs, lagoons that wind around villas and an impressive stretch of private beach. Creams and browns dominate and highlight the elegant but earthy atmosphere. The resort is also home to Dubai’s only overwater villas, while lagoon-access rooms allow you to step straight from your terrace into a chilled swimming pool. Or you can head to the beachside pool, where there’s a swim-up bar and plenty of loungers.
Bed and Bath
Blending traditional Asian architecture with contemporary design, the guestrooms have enormous beds (and an accompanying pillow menu) and generous bathrooms with separate showers and huge tubs, plus ample outdoor space. Many also offer lagoon access, with steps leading from the sundeck to the pool, where the lifeguards travel by canoe. You’ll also find free WiFi, international television channels, Anantara’s own brand of toiletries and delicate design accents like hand-carved headboards.
It’s well worth booking in advance for the resort’s signature pan-Asian restaurant, Mekong. Dine indoors in the sultry low-lit space, or choose the terrace, where private booths are fashioned from rickshaws. The duck curry is a must. Elsewhere there’s the bright, high-ceilinged Crescendo for breakfast and buffets — don’t miss the outdoor pancake station — and the Beach House, which offers seafood and Mediterranean cuisine on the shore. The Anantara Spa is due to open in March 2014.
In the Area
The resort’s location on Dubai’s legendary Palm man-made island gives you access to Aquaventure, one of the world’s most exciting water parks, while for shopping (and skiing!), Mall of the Emirates is around 15 minutes away. There’s also a skydiving center nearby, Souk Madinat for a raft of restaurants and bars, plus “Old Dubai,” near the creek, if you want to take home some souvenirs and enjoy haggling. The hotel can also arrange excursions into the desert and assist with golf reservations.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Palm Jumeirah, East Crescent
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
How to Get There
Flights are available to Dubai International Airport (DXB) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from DXB, about 25 miles away, are approximately $95 per vehicle, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from DXB are approximately $34, each way.