Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Spent a couple of days as part of a UAE trip and it was just such a nice stay and so relaxing! Very spacious room, superb surroundings and the staff were so pleasant and helpful. Not a cheap stay, but do not expect it to be, this level of stay is well worth it. Wish we had booked a few more days but we shall return. Very happy to recommend!.
We enjoyed our stay very much.
Great place with fantastic food especially the Meykng restaurant and the beach restaurant.
Loved the lagoon pools too!
Would love to come back.
The Anantara The Palm is a very luxurious and wonderful resort to celebrate our honeymoon. Every little detail at the resort was carefully thought through and executed. The food, staff, grounds, and views are outstanding. This resort is a combination of Maldives and Thailand because of its overwater villa. The entire staff was great, Thank you Arya from Room Service for the exceptional customer service and we always felt there was someone to help us. Especially Rabiu for the warm welcome you gave us, for your help and information. Everything about this hotel was amazing. Upon departure, Piyush from Belldesk was very very helpful and really knows how to anticipate guest needs. Just a perfect stay. It was our Honeymoon and we got pampered the whole time we have been there. We thoroughly enjoyed out stay at the Anantara The Palm Dubai...a gorgeous site and facilities, decent food. I'm a frequent traveller and been to almost all the luxury hotels in the UAE and I can say that Anantara The Palm Dubai is definitely one of my Top 10 Best Luxurious Hotels in the UAE. We enjoyed our stay immensely and hope to be back!
LOCATION: If you want to be on the palm island, it is a nice location. Note that if you want to be getting around to the tourist attractions, it will take you about 40 minutes drive. It was quite far from the touristy stuff.
ROOMS: very large and I LOVED the pool being right outside. The rooms are a tad dated.
SERVICE: was mostly good. Our check in was a little rocky, but in their defense we landed at a terrible hour in the middle of the night.
We booked this hotel without really looking much into it because we had stayed at the Anantara in Thailand. We loved the one in Thailand SO much that we figured it would be comparable. We were surprised at how many families were at the Anantara in Dubai. Our fault for not really looking into it prior to booking though!
This is one of my favorite resorts for many reasons. First of all, the rooms are big and facing the lake swimming pool of the resort, in other words, you just open your balcony door and swim immediately! The beach is also fantastic, big and spacious and the service is very fast. I love it that they serve complimentary fruit snacks and jelly ice creams. Not to mention of course the amazing Thai restaurant Mekong that serves great food, especially Monday night the buffet is so rich in flavors.