Review: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
No plans for the upcoming long weekend and Hari Raya holidays? do not worry. Anantara The Palm Dubai has released a spectacular ”Dubai Family Getaway’ supply.Read on for all the details
Nestled on the East Crescent of the one-of-a-kind Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort offers stunning accommodation, extraordinary indulgences, first-class spa and fitness facilities and shimmering vistas that surround it. Perfect for your last trip – a minute Eid escape.
Imagine turquoise waters so clear you can see fish swimming underwater; a beautiful 400m white sand beach where you can rest and lie back; luxurious living spaces; and impeccable dining options. A little piece of paradise, conveniently located in Dubai.
If you haven’t been to the resort, this is the sign you’ve been waiting for. Anantara The Palm Dubai has launched exclusive family holiday deals, offering adults and children a range of extraordinary services.Celebrate this moment in luxury with a special “Dubai Family Vacation” Includes two or more nights in a room or villa, daily breakfast at Crescendo or Revo Café, 20% off gourmet food, unforgettable family excursions on the resort’s iconic Thai longtail boat, and access to Tuk Tuk Kids Club and Chill Teens’ club, where youngsters can enjoy entertainment while adults indulge in much-needed R&R.
We arrived at our destination and were blown away from the moment we parked in the driveway. The grandiose architecture greets us in a spacious lobby with a charming sunken setting, wood elements, warm lanterns and a gorgeous floral collection. Check-in was smooth, quick and easy; soon we were escorted to a picturesque tuk tuk that took us to a stunning overwater villa that was our home for the next two nights .
This beachfront destination features 293 elegantly designed rooms and villas, including garden and lagoon rooms, one- and two-bedroom beach pool villas, and the only water villas in the United Arab Emirates. Garden Rooms overlook the tranquil lagoon and landscaped gardens, while Lagoon Access Rooms offer direct access to the tranquil waters. Yes, you can actually walk out of the room and wade into the pool.
The Beach Pool Villas feature a private infinity pool and palatial earthen décor, set against the desert for unobstructed ocean views and access. Our overwater villas are the definition of luxury, with magnificent sunsets on the spacious decks and expansive glass floors allowing you to observe aquatic life.
Protruding into the water, our overwater villas feature a secluded entryway that leads to a vast refined space, tastefully furnished in brown, beige, burnt orange and gold. Plenty of natural light illuminates the villa, walk around and you’ll find a marble top counter with Nespresso coffee machine and snacks, fully stocked minibar, 55″ Smart TV, wardrobe, comfortable reading corner, work desk, fully equipped Luxurious bed, lush living area with antique dining table, elegant bathroom with huge ocean facing tub, shower and spacious closet. Stop to peek at the glass floor, then cross it with the delightful school of fish swimming below. Afterwards, step onto your private patio and look around for the stunning views. This, surprised me.
Stairs lead to the water where you can sit and enjoy a moment of bliss. We spent almost all of our time in the room on the deck, listening to the birds chirping, feeling the cool sea breeze, watching the magnificent sunsets, watching the fish swim around, and even blinking an eye or two under the calm sky .
It is worth mentioning that Anantara The Palm Dubai offers refillable glass bottled water, which we fully support. The bathroom features luxurious L’Occitane toiletries, as well as all the beauty essentials you could possibly need. Blackout curtains are helpful for those mornings when you just want to sleep in; you’ll also find a pair of the softest indoor slippers, beach flip-flops, beach bags and hats that will come in handy when the sun is shining.
Seven restaurants are sure to satisfy every taste. The all-day Crescendo restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the infinity pool and serves international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner; while the city restaurant, also known as Revo Café, serves freshly brewed coffee and delicious snack.Both options are included in “Dubai Family Vacation”.
At other times of the day, head to the beach house for mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine. Cruise the Mekong River and embark on an exotic culinary journey along Asia’s legendary river; or warm up to Bushman’s Restaurant and Bar for fine quality meats and fresh seafood. Lotus Lounge is perfect for sunsets, with fantastic views and smooth tunes; Mai Bar by the Arabian Gulf’s waterfront terrace is a great option for light snacks and refreshing sips.
On our first night, we visited the atmospheric Bushman restaurant and bar; boomerang-lined walls surrounded us and a striking Australian slang sign, the polished didgeridoo (wind instrument) , twinkling lights and lush greenery hanging from the ceiling. Soon we were seated and presented with a menu that immediately displayed a selection of premium meats that will impress meat lovers, as well as many treasures from the sea. My dining partner and I shared a Ningaloo mocktail featuring fresh cucumber, apple juice and Sprite, made like swimming in the ocean. Next up is a light and simple appetizer of grilled tiger prawns with calamus gel, bush spiced grapefruit and lemon white wine sauce. And the silky wagyu carpaccio with horseradish cream, parmesan shavings, beetroot and arugula totally whetted our appetites. We really liked the menu (and the menu at the hotel’s other dining establishments), which included many instructions for things like healthy options and calorie counts. After a pause, my dining partner indulged in the surf option – grilled mahi mahi with chili sauce and charred pineapple sauce; while I opted for a turf option – Tender Valley Black Angus Beef 200 Crelet with Roasted Asparagus and miso butter. Each is unique in its own way, yet extremely luxurious. Now that we were full, we opted for a lovely lime crème brûlée and coconut ice cream for the perfect end to our evening.
We went to bed early that night and woke up for breakfast the next morning. During our two-day stay, we found that Crescendo offers similar breakfast options with a few exceptions. However, the variety is limitless. Imagine more than 10 counters, each stocked with a variety of treats, from fresh juice and detox water racks to cheese and zaatar manakish counters, to crunchy fruit, cold meats and cheese sections. With two on-site omelet stations and an on-site egg counter, the menu features options such as shakshuka, maska challah, steak, eggs and eggs benedict to satisfy all taste buds, complete with all accessories. Think baked beans, mushrooms, sausage, and veal bacon. There’s also an Asian food counter that offers more hearty snacks, including yellow curry chicken and rice, Thai vegetable pads, mango coconut sticky rice, and even churros (a golden-brown fried dough). There are cereals, porridge and an impressive gluten-free section; and a full freestanding round counter for freshly baked pastries, cakes, muffins and donuts, complete with coffee to enjoy. All in all, whatever you want, you can find it in the breakfast buffet.
Beach villas beckoned in the afternoon and we sat in the alfresco seating with views of the coast and sea. Sunny days call for Thai coconut milk, which provides a thirst-quenching sip; in the dining area, you can choose from salads and appetizers, pasta and risotto, soups, homemade pizza, seafood, meats, and more. Pear Walnut Radish Salad with Gorgonzola Dressing is an absolute delight. Gambas al ajillo are delicious. Save some crusty hot focaccia to wipe off any remaining juices. Caution is required at all venues and portions are expected to be large, so we recommend planning your meal accordingly. Red mullet Milanese cooked to perfection with a fennel and orange salad; red snapper stewed with potatoes, clams and saffron is homely, rustic and comforting. Remember the delicious focaccia from before? Save the rest to absorb the last bit of stew. The raspberry sorbet rounded out our afternoon feast.
When dinner time arrives, we gleefully head to the Mekong River, where you can expect authentic East Asian recipes served to rickshaw-style seating tables (yes, really!) or discreet private dining rooms for a more intimate celebration. We are totally obsessed with the seat, it is not only mesmerizing but also very comfortable. Designed for two, we highly recommend them for a fun meal. Stunning views of Dubai’s iconic buildings added to our experience, even seeing downtown Dubai. Since we were still full after lunch, we opted to share each dish. The Nutrition Guide meets you as you peruse menus, notices and recommendations. Soon a Miang kham platter (amuse bouche) appeared at our table and the helpful staff explained the importance of snacks to us. Miang kham is a traditional Southeast Asian snack from Thailand and Laos, consisting of the following items: toasted coconut, peanuts, chopped chilli, ginger, lime, shallots and made with palm sugar, ginger, galangal and coriander root Thick syrup. Half a scoop of each of these items is placed on a betel leaf, which is then wrapped and eaten in one bite. Not only is it fun to make, but it’s also fun to eat, and we love this recipe. This was followed by a plate of Vietnamese shrimp rolls with poached shrimp, mango, cucumber and vegetables, perfect for summer; followed by a sharing-style fragrant Thai green curry and a serving of organic black glutinous rice. Hearty, delicately spiced and delicious, we devoured it. Last but not least, the innovative Black Sesame Milk Pudding with Tahini and Mango Sauce rounded off our unforgettable meal.
Grab a book or your favourite music and head to the 50m infinity pool; take a quiet walk along the beach; take a dip in any of the three temperature-controlled swimming pools in the lagoon room; kayak out for a workout; room for an exhilarating workout class; even a swim. The options are endless. Anantara The Palm Dubai offers all this and more.
We also encourage our guests to enjoy a comprehensive range of therapeutic and harmonious therapies at the world-renowned Anantara Spa, an Asian-inspired sanctuary that blends Eastern and Western with Arabic traditions. Treat yourself to a visit to a traditional hammam or visit the unique salt inhalation chamber, ice cave and crystal and gemstone steam room. While adults relax, kids can take part in a range of creative activities at the Tuk Tuk Kids Club, such as arts and crafts, painting and colouring, building sand castles and more. Meanwhile, Chill Teens Club is the perfect place for teens to enjoy exciting games of foosball, air hockey and billiards, play…