It may not offer the kaleidoscope of aquatic sea life like its Thai counterparts or the grand historic surroundings of the Cambodian property but what Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa does offer is a luxurious escape that seemingly transports you to an exotic land without having to even step foot on a plane – paradise on your doorstep.THE LOW DOWN
Upon entering the hotel you are welcomed with a warm Sawasdee (hello), and are immediately transported into a delightful Thai-inspired world where the smiling and friendly staff are all to happy to please ‘without end’ (the Anantara hospitality). While only around 1km from Sheikh Zayed Road, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, the first Anantara property in Dubai, is so serene it feels as if it stands on an island of its own – one where blissful leisure or all day partying are both on the cards. The itinerary is entirely of your choosing.
Located on the eastern crescent of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, the five-star resort is surrounded by a verdant landscape in which the 293 rooms and villas are beautifully spread, maintaining the unique Asian flair the brand is synonymous with. A 400m stretch of beach and the 18 over-water villas further help to create the illusion of being in a land far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.
In-room amenities are of a high standard, think flat screen TVs with a healthy range of international channels, WI-Fi and a nifty Nespresso machine. You can expect all the luxurious details associated with five-star hotels. While it may be a Thai-inspired venue, the resort also pays homage to its location with a gift box of delicious dates on arrival.
Also important to note is the bed. We defy even the most troubled insomniac not to enjoy the most comfortable night’s sleep while nestled in its fluffy, soft layers.
PAMPERING & LEISURE
While it’s tempting to spend all day lounging by the sea or, if you have a poolside villa, at your terrace while the man with the market-style boat sails past with refreshments, the spa is a must. Set inside its own lemon grass-scented pavilion it boasts 17 heavenly treatment rooms where a range of signature spa treatments are offered, each of which blends Thai tradition with Arabian mystique.
Be sure to make time for the sauna and steam room, which is accessed down a curious pathway. The subtle lighting is instantly relaxing while the warm whirlpool bath will soak away any troubles. A Hammam offering Moroccan treatments provides the ultimate afternoon of pampering, but if you visit as a couple relax on the outdoor terrace Jacuzzi, which offers mesmerising views of the gorgeous Thai roofs and of the Palm.
If action is more your vibe then hit one of the two well-equipped gyms, alternatively sign up to one of the daily workout classes or take to the glistening Arabian Sea with one of the many exciting watersports activities from waterskiing to stand up paddle and kayaking. Guided snorkeling expeditions are also available.
Gastronomes will delight here with seven dining options. All day international buffet (and Friday brunch) is offered at Cresendo. Its breakfast offering in particular is very impressive with an emphasis on lighter, healthier options including a victim boosting vegetable juice shot station. The elegant Mekong restaurant helps to further the Asian experience with rickshaw-style seating as well as oriental tables and lanterns. The food is a vibrant combination of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine.
If you want to experiment, and you like your meat, then Bushman’s is a popular option with everything you can imagine from the Australian outback, including kangaroo, on its menu.
For something more laidback, but still stylish, then The Beach House hits the spot. The Mediterranean menu offers an impressive selection of both health conscious and naughty options. The seafood is fresh and highly recommended. Order the calamari and the seafood platter with a glass of vino and watch the sun set – we promise you, you won’t regret it – it’s now one of our top sundowner destinations.
What something truly bespoke? The Dining By Design service will cater to your every whim. Otherwise, if it’s just drinks you’re after then the pool bar (Mai Bar) has a decent happy hour, while Lotus Bar is a more upscale and sophisticated option.
If visiting with a family little ones will love the interactive Tuk Tuk Kids Club, which offers a range of activities that encourages new skills through arts and crafts, painting, colouring, sand castle building, kayak relays and much more. Kids too old for playtime? Chill club caters to teens offering the perfect place to socialise over games of foosball, air hockey and billiards, as well as connecting through the joy of virtual gaming on the Play Station.
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