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
This was intended as a convenient stop over en route to New Zealand but turned out to be a lovely relaxing break. More time would have been welcome. Previously I’d thought Dubai would not be my kind of place but this hotel has changed my mind.
A very nice experience,very nice staff,beautiful pool,beautiful view of the bay area,over the top food at bushman's,crescendo was ok,nothing special about the rest,must go on the safari experience,not so confortable beds and pillows
we stayed for just one night in room 512 but the staff there made it memorable. special thanks to the reception team.they are very helpful.we recommend lagoon rooms for every one its the best ever. for sure i will come back.
I have been to Dubai about 7 times now and I have to say nothing beats my stay at anantara hotel. Not only is the hotel itself so peaceful and relaxing it is so immaculate the hotel is so spotless with staff constantly ensuring that it is clean for all guests. I travelled with my 2 children and from the moment we arrived we were treated like VIP guests - we had booked a standard room but the room was huge and lovely views of Burj Al Arab and city. The room was cleaned twice a day with a special mention to Sauued who catered for our every need. My 2 girls aged 6 & 7 were always asking to go to the kids club due to the fun activities and ofcourse the staff who just seemed liked a close knit family - the girls loved everyone especially Vanessa, Princess, Yolanda and also all the other who’s took time to braid the girls hair, do henna tattoos, face painting and many many other outdoor and indoor activities. The reception, concierge and door staff knew our names within hours and made us feel at ease recommending restaurants, activities and just generally welcoming us as though we were part of the hotel.the gym ladies, lifeguards were so lovely as well. An extra special mention to Roshan who I really can’t thank enough, he made our trip and my girls were always looking to speak to him about their day, thankyou so much. Additionally Miguel, Tika, Mashin? Too many names but everyone has made this experience unforgettable. We will be back 100% hopefully next time you will all still be here.
We’ve just checked out of the Anantara after a 3 night stay. This hotel is wonderful - I cannot fault anything. We stayed in a lagoon room in block 47 - our terrace was in the sun for most of the day. It was great having direct access to one of the lagoon pools which was very clean. The buffet breakfast had a very wide choice of breakfast options. There are dining options to suit all budgets.
The staff were all very helpful and courteous.
There is a 3 times daily shuttle bus to The Mall of the Emirates.
Our airport transfer only took just over half an hour.
I would love to visit again soon.