Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is set to open its first hotel in Dubai in September 2013.

According to Bangkok-based managers Minor Group, Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort and Spa has been designed to reflect the brand’s Asian heritage and “will bring Anantara’s experience and discovery-lead hospitality to the vibrant Dubai market”.

Set amidst lush landscaping on the crescent of Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah, the new resort and spa will offer a total of 293 guest rooms and suites clustered in units of four to eight to maximise privacy, with 130 guest rooms featuring direct access to 11,000 square metres of lagoon pools.

The 12 Beach Villas, 18 Over Water Villas and three highly exclusive Royal Beach Villas give the resort an indulgent and exotic feel, while impressive facilities will include a private beach, three natural lagoons, water sports, a shoreline infinity pool, an Anantara Spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio and two tennis courts.

An elaborate entertainment area will be accompanied by meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and a ballroom accommodating 300 people and the private beach will provide inspirational venues for events and weddings.

Six themed restaurants and bars include: an all-day dining restaurant serving classic Middle Eastern and international cuisine; an Australian-inspired grill; an Asian themed specialty restaurant; a beachfront Mediterranean restaurant; a lobby lounge with a dedicated shisha deck; and poolside refreshments.

When it opens, Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort and Spa will complement the company’s three existing properties in Abu Dhabi: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, which is positioned in the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert; Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara, located on Sir Bani Yas Island; and Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa in Abu Dhabi City.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management