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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
2 days into our stay here and couldn't recommend the place enough. Dinner in beach house and Bushmans and breakfast at crescendo. Food has been great. We are half board and choice has been superb. Staff are so nice, very welcoming and informative. Hussein and hazar to name a few. Lagoon access room is amazing. Step off balcony straight into the water. Drinks served during the day and night in the lagoon. Hardly need to move. Here for a birthday celebration and came back yesterday to a birthday cake and tonight to a beautifully decorated bed and bouquet of Roses from Ali. Feel very spoilt and totally unexpected. Dont think it can get any better !!
We spent a week at the Anantara resort and really enjoyed it - the service was generally excellent, the amenities were good and the food was excellent all round (we were on half board).
In particular, Mekong was fantastic - and the service there was impeccable!! Bushmans was also good (although there’s only one steak available on half board which was a little disappointing - especially as it’s pretty much a steak restaurant!).
The only gripe I had was that all the restaurants charged for water during meal times (other than flavoured water at the buffet)... which is OK except that the water was exactly the same as the water which is free in the rooms... so it’s hard not to feel a little cheated by that.
Overall though we had a fantastic time at the Anantara and would return.
Had a great experience at the hotel, everyone was great and friendly, couldn’t do enough for you. Everyone works so hard and the place is spotless at all times. Great pools and beach the food was amazing in all restaurants loved the beach front restaurant the best great atmosphere and views over the palm. 1 particular waiter which I believe his name was isham was amazing friendly and couldn’t do enough for you, so thank you for a great experience for our 5th anniversary.