Staycation review: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Ahlan! spent the weekend at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, which could easily be mistaken for Phuket
ByAndre NevelingTuesday , 02 April 2019
Staycation review: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Dubai certainly is a fabulous city, with an undeniably beautiful skyline. And we have plenty of hotels around the city from which we can admire it. However, sometimes we just need to escape the city buzz. You know the feeling, right?
Fortunately, there are a handful of properties that transport you to somewhere else in the world – Anantara The Palm is one of these. Thanks to its Thai design and hospitality, tranquil environment, and picturesque shoreline, it’s hard to believe you’re not in one of Thailand’s many Anantara hotels on Phuket island.

Located on Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort boasts 400 metres of private shoreline and is surrounded by views of the Arabian Gulf. We stayed in one of the lagoon-facing deluxe rooms, which offer extra space for lounging, with a built-in window seat – perfect for afternoon espressos with a view. Here, you can take breakfast out on your balcony, perched over the lagoon, or enjoy natural light in the room thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.

As well as gorgeous pool villas, the hotel also offers the UAE’s only overwater villas – you can’t swim from the terraces, but there are windows in the floors so you can watch the underwater action, and en suites with sunken bathtubs with sea views. Of course, there is direct access to the beach, but the main pool is the centre of the action, with the swim-up bar attracting party people. If a quiet breaststroke is more your style, there’s a meandering second pool that snakes between the villas, where you can notch up some serious lengths.

Foodies are in for a treat, with a plethora of restaurant options to choose from. Classy international buffet-style restaurant Crescendo – with its big outdoor terrace boasting pool and sea views – is the perfect brunch spot during your weekend away.
If you’re looking for a big, juicy steak, Aussie restaurant Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar is your go-to place for sizzling charcoal-grilled seafood and meat (including kangaroo!). Want a relaxing lunch? Head to the Beach House, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy a casual ambiance with magnificent bay windows bathing the indoors with natural light. Sunset transforms the terrace into a laid-back lounge, with sleek electronic beats and sweet shisha aromas. And be sure to pay a visit to Anantara The Palm’s Mekong, which is regarded as one of the UAE’s top Asian restaurants. The menu focuses on classic cuisine from Thailand, China, and Vietnam, prepared in the busy live kitchen. The unique rickshaw seating outdoors is another reason you’ll think you’re in Southeast Asia.

And what trip to Thailand would be complete without a relaxing massage? Fortunately, the hotel spa’s extensive menu will soothe and revitalise mind, body, and spirit, fusing contemporary and age-old pampering. Therapists use the latest wellness innovation and premium products to offer treatments tailored to you. As well as 24 regular treatment rooms, there are five couples’ suites with steam baths or saunas, experience showers, a solo pool bath, and a whirlpool with Microsilk technology.

Why take a seven-hour flight to Thailand when we’ve got a Thai paradise right here on our doorstep? In fact, Anantara The Palm might even be better than the real deal, if you ask us.

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