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
A much needed de-stressing restful holiday. The ambient was up-to-date with beautiful roses decor. Helpful friendly staff with easy transfer to Emirates Mall. The best hotel room I have stayed so far with pool access.
Enjoyed the tranquility & lagoon
Pool was too crowded - pool bar staff were unprofessional
Disappointed with the security - on the first night, food delivery guys were not stopped from coming to the room but on the second night, security refused the delivery person to come to our room despite our repeated requests...
A short break post exams - and an excellent choice. So relaxing, excellent service, peaceful and just what we wanted. Quality, good food and relaxation - didn't want to leave. Rooms were beautiful and all the pool and beach areas were immaculate.
Stayed with my family for 2 nights. Hotel was not busy. Room was good, also iftar was nice but service a bit slow. Asked for late check out to 5 o’clock they have until 2 which was ok but when hotel not very busy, good to be more flexible. The man who helped in our luggage when we arrived was nice and made jokes with my child.
From the moment we stepped into reception to the moment 10 days later when we left we could not fault anything , this hotel well deserves its 5 star rating .
nothing was too much trouble for anyone , all of the staff where so courtious and obliging and are a credit to the hotel, with an extra special mention for JOYNAL , the lifeguard who was there everyday with a beaming smile on his face and always going beyond his duties to ensure our enjoyment , thanks JOYNAL you really made this fantastic holiday that little bit more special.
The food in all the restaurants at the hotel was exceptional , as was the service .
The rooms are all spotlessly maintained , there is simply nothing more that you could want , and the evening turn down service is simlpy the icing on the cake .
All in all a fabulous holiday, in a fabulous hotel , well done Anantara team , keep it up , we will be back next year.