Anantara has opened the first luxury resort on Dubai’s World Islands, the manmade, world map-shaped archipelago in the Gulf of Arabia.
Anantara World Islands, the first hotel in the South American continent of the development, has a wide selection of accommodation options across 70 suites, beach and pool villas—all with a balcony, deck or terrace.
Each of the 40 private pool villas has an outdoor dining area and direct access to the beach. The two- and four-bedroom villas accommodate eight to 12 guests respectively. Interiors have a light contemporary feel with rattan detailing and turquoise. Many of the rooms have outdoor bathrooms.
Its location also allows it to deliver several unique experiences. These include:
- Cinema under the Stars, which gives guests the opportunity to watch a movie in total privacy at the end of a sandbar;
- Dining by Design, a “bubble” on the shoreline where guests can dine to the sound of lapping waves;
- and HamacLand, a unique floating lounge with hammocks and VIP food and drink service that gives guests a new perspective on the city.
Dining options at Anatara World Islands include Qamar, an Arabic-Indian restaurant with a large southwest facing deck; Helios a casual Mediterranean restaurant open daily for breakfast and beachside dining; Luna, a stylish bar lounge serving cocktails and light bites inspired by South American cuisine; and Grand House, a lobby café serving coffee, cake, and sandwiches that overlooks the resort’s main swimming pool and deck.
The wellness needs of guests are met via a well-equipped gym with skyline views, a wide range of water sports (kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, etc.), yoga classes in a studio with skyline views, and an onsite Anantara Spa, which has six treatment rooms and spa cabanas on the beach.
More than 4,000 plants, including over 1,000 coconut palms, have been planted in the resort on the beachfront and throughout the landscaped gardens. These plants attract a rich variety of birdlife on migratory paths. A family of peacocks also calls the resort home. A large on-site greenhouse is growing hydroponic and organic fruit and vegetables for the resort’s restaurants.
Sustainability initiatives built into Anantara World Island include a food waste to kitchen gas converter, a water desalination plant, and a washable glass water bottling plant that eliminates the need for plastic bottles.
In addition, the resort’s water system uses thermodynamic solar water heaters, variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps, and low-flow sanitary fixtures. Sewage water is treated and recycled for irrigation, and energy-efficient heat pumps are used for all resort pools.