Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Checking in to Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa you’ll soon realise you are far from the madding crowd that is the rest of Dubai. Literally you’re nearly at the end of one of the fronds which means that once within the boundaries of the prope
Priding itself on being “a slice of the Maldives in Dubai”, the resort boasts the Middle East’s first Over Water Villas, in addition to urban beachfront accommodation which is laid out in clusters of four to eight rooms maximising privacy and each with their own pristine, private beaches. The two bedroom Beach Pool Villas for families and friends also feature glass viewing panels that reveal underwater glimpses of the Arabian Sea.
There are lots of other touches which make for a memorable stay.
Take the Thai floating market boats gliding across lagoons serving drinks and tropical cocktails, or the three wheeler tuk tuks which transport you around the resort. Then there are the tea rituals for later in the day.
For the more energetic, as well as lolling in the lagoon- inspired pool or at the private beach, there’s an exclusive Spice Spoons cooking class and a chance to learn about various types of cuisine inspired by both Eastern and Western influences. You can create your own dishes, before enjoying your culinary creations. Too much like hard work? Then book a table at Mekong. It’s a fusion Eastern cuisines and is an unforgettable dining experience.
Against this background, it’s difficult not to feel spoiled, relaxed and incredibly lucky and that’s before you even step foot inside the spa. The Anantara Spa has 16 luxurious treatment suites offering “beauty and wellness journeys”. Their spa treatments each blend “Thai tradition with Arabian mystique”, while the steam and relaxation areas are the perfect prelude to body treatments. A Hammam offering Moroccan treatments also provides the ultimate afternoon of pampering.
While traditional treatments abound such as the revitalizing Thai Massage or the Anantara Spa’s signature facials, I decided to entirely decadent and after a hard day’s sunbathing I opted for an in-room treatment and chose a reflexology session lasting one hour. I’m a firm believer in the therapeutic powers of reflexology as well as its rebalancing side effects.
My therapist set up a spa bed in my room as well as a refreshing foot bath and scrub before starting the treatment. Checking that pressure was not too soft or severe, the therapist then proceeded with the treatment. Reflexology is well documented as stimulating the body to heal itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance or Qi.
What I enjoyed most was being able to sit on my balcony afterwards and fully enjoy the sense of wellbeing and relaxation that had been achieved. For isn’t that what modern luxury is all about – time to do what you want, exactly where and when you want? Anantara Spa facilitates that need in all of us perfectly.
Need to Know:
• In addition to the Anantara Spa, the resort also has two well-equipped gyms and two tennis courts extend the choice of energising leisure pursuits.
• A teen’s club, Chill and Tuk Tuk Kids Club keep younger guests happily entertained