Take a break from fast-paced city life with an indulgent weekend amidst Asian surroundings
On entering the lush grounds of Anantara The Palm, Dubai, the dreamy and eclectic flair of Asian culture is apparent. Towering wooden walls surround the entrance, kimono-clad staff are unassuming and gentile, and the sweet, floral scent of a tropical island swiftly flows through the body. In a fast-paced, modern place such as the UAE, The Anantara is the natural and relaxed environment you may well need for a few days respite.
A lagoon style pool curves through lush grounds rife with greenery and a calming, laid-back atmosphere ensues. Intimate and spacious rooms, which go no higher than the 1st floor, surround the water while private balconies offer views of the grounds. This is far removed from the dizzying heights of a built-up Dubai.
Lagoon access rooms are warm and homely. Featuring wooden floors, an over-sized bed and the kind of airy, high-ceilings you’d expect from Asian inspired hip and gable roofs. It’s undoubtably the ‘Anantara’ style. For those lucky enough to have a ground-floor room, take just a few steps down from the balcony and you’re chest deep in the luscious water. Swim, relax or order a fresh coconut from the waiter who passes through the lagoon in his wooden boat. However you choose to enjoy your time, this is undone luxury at its best.
When in need of a short breather from the serenity of your room, the main pool, beach or spa are attractive options. For lunch or early evening drinks, The Beach House is a must. Overlooking the ocean and offering unparalleled views of the sunset, it’s the perfect place to while away the hours. Anantara’s signature restaurant Mekon, on the other hand, is a total assault on the senses in the most wonderful of ways. Rickshaw tables set the scene while Thai inspired interiors bursting with colour cover the walls. Food is heavy, but perfect for an indulgent weekend.
On The Menu At Mekon, MOJEH Recommends
For starts: Dim Sum Platter, Chicken Coconut Soup and Pomelo Salad.
For mains: Beef Short Ribs, Roasted Duck and Stir Fried Prawns.
For dessert: Mekong Mist.
Whether a small break-away from the city, a special occasion or simply a change of scenery, Anantara The Palm is a majestic haven in which relaxation becomes the state of play.