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
Just spent an amazing week at the Anantara, had a lagoon access room which was perfect. All the restaurants are great and the staff cannot do enough for you. Already looking to book again for next year. Thank you Anantara.
its our second time to Dubai and second time to the Anantara. The holiday was everything we could of wished for. The facilities and pools are amazing as are the staff. We had a lagoon room and I couldn't recommend it enough. 24hr access to the pool. we we half board and ate at the restaurant on the complex. the Beach House and Mekong were our favourites. Thai food at the Mekong the best we have ever had.
thank you and see you again next year.
This was our 3rd visit to the Anantara and they get better every time. Can not thank the management and staff enough for making our stay (especially our 9 year old daughters first stay here) so memorable.
The beach house staff were fantastic from the welcome to the goodbye.
Please say a thank you to the lifeguards who kept my daughter entertained when she had no-one to play with.
Another fantastic and relaxing visit and hope to see you again soon.
This is our second time staying at the Anantara. We’ve never stayed in the same place twice, but this hotel is superb from food to facilities to staff. Everyone is happy to help and accommodate any needs you have, and the services and amenities available fulfil every need someone could have on holiday...just brilliant!!
We stayed during Whitsun break. 25th May for 8 nights.
Having previously visited and loved it in 2016 we chose to return this year and were not disappointed. Visited to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary whilst there (given a lovely cake to celebrate and room decorated).
Arrived around 9.45 in the evening, so got the tuk tuk to our room and then headed straight out for a bite to eat at The Beach House. After leaving cold Heathrow at 8am it was amazing to be sat outside in the warmth eating pizza at The Beach House less than 12 hours later - straight into holiday mode!
Again we stayed in a deluuxe lagoon view room with wonderful views over the lagoon when you are sat on your balcony, perfect place for a pre-dinner drink.
Due to other comments on here regarding noise from building work we requested a room away from the building work. For some reason we were still put on the lagoon where the building work is going on and being a light sleeper I was woken by the noise three mornings so that was disappointing when they could have put us in a room over one of the other two lagoons which arent near the building work.
The room is very large and comfortable for a family of 4. The kind man looking after our room did a wonderful job of maintaining the room, it was so nice to return twice a day to the room freshly prepared.
Bathroom is also a good size, bath for the kids and shower for us so ideal.
The main bed is enormous and easily fitted all 4 of us in in the mornings!
The children slept on the day bed which was fine for my two who are aged 8 and 4.
Great breakfasts in the morning at Crescendo, a couple of times I ordered eggs benedict which were freshly made and delivered - a real treat!
After that we tended to head to the pool.
We found that some people tended to tip/ pay the pool attendants to reserve them sun beds by the pool so often the most desirable positions were gone even when I popped out at 7 to secure sunbeds under a parasol. This was not a problem last time we visited. Having said that there are plenty of loungers and umberellas we just wanted to be near the shallow end with steps due to having a non-swimming 4 year old!
My daughter enjoyed the pool games with Douglas last time and again 2 years later he did not disappoint, she happily joined in with that whilst we watched from the pool bar at midday!
In the afternoon my children asked to go to kids club most days! Gives them a break from the sun and us a little time together as a couple.
The lovely lady who runs kids club Shanthi remembered us from our last visit.
My daughter was so excited to have her hair braided and henna done there. My son also enjoyed it and had some very impressive face paint done!
The half board evening restaurants are amazing, a proper 3 course dining experience that we couldnt fault:
Beach House is great for pizza / pasta and burger, a more casual setting by the beach where you can sit inside or outside.
Mekong - excellent fusion restaurant, loved the dumplings and mussaman curry.
Bushmans restaurant seemed to have really upped the ante compared to last time.
The lovely lady there recognised us from our last visit.
Food was excellent I had scallops to start followed by tenderloin steak (like a fillet), too full for pudding! Children enjoyed burger, fish and chips and chicken here.
This time this was our favourite restaurant.
We did visit Crescendo for one evening for the Indian banquet Iftar.. Great selection of food but we just dont enjoy buffet when you could instead eat in an a la carte restaurant we stuck to those.
As mentioned in my review last time, drinks are expensive!
At mid day we tended to go to the pool bar where the children had an ice cream each (£5 each for a magnum), £5 for a diet coke and then £12 to £14 for a pint lager for my husband so £30 gone!
In the afternoon there is a happy hour 3 till 5 at the pool bar which offers better value for money particularly the spirits as they included a mixer so G&T it was!
Lunch time we only needed a small snack after our big breakfast so tended to take some rolls from breakfast and have those.
Tuk tuks! My 4 year old loved whizzing round the resort on the tuk tuks! The drivers were all very kind, a quick call to guest services and then one would be with us to take us to restaurants or kids club. Made my sons holiday!
We booked the thai long tail boat ride, this was lovely and there were only us 4 on the boat. Fun to go for a boat ride and see further along the Palm, due to construction work in the Marina it cant stop there so it is a 45 minute round trip. Staff on the boat were lovely.
My daughter and I also went to the Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis. Only 10 minute taxi ride away about £4 each way.
The Atlantis was hectic! We got there for 10am and left at 2. Felt like we had done all we wanted to do and it was just too full on. We were so glad to get back to the relaxing calm of The Anantara it felt so good to return!!
Drinks wise - large and small bottles of water in your room free of charge, replenished twice a day, and if you needed more just ask guest services.
Would we visit Anantara again? Absolutely this resort is very special. Swimming in the lagoon is a lovely treat, fabulous restaurants, stunning room. Brilliant!