Sunday, 6 July 2014

Anantara the palm Dubai



My recent trip to Dubai this year was to the gorgeous Anantara the palm.





we kicked off the trip with the usual family shenanigans at the airport; which for me comprises of entertaining the toddler, keeping the Mr happy and that all important airport selfie.



We arrived at the hotel quite early due to our early flight into Dubai; on arriving at the hotel we were chauffeured  in by the doorman and our luggage's were immediately collected from our airport transfer. Good service after a long flight is always greatly appreciated.

The Anantara brand is a Thai inspired brand and absolutely everything about the hotel has a Thai feel to it. This is the first time I have stayed in a villa style hotel and I was swayed by the overall ambiance of the hotel.

At reception, we were greeted by a lady dressed in full Thai attire and also given some cold tom yum soup to cool down with.The reception area was gorgeous and the flower arrangements were very warm and welcoming.








          
   Tom Yum soup

       





Check in was not until 3pm officially, but we were able to use the hotel's facilities while we waited for our room, they had full occupancy on our arrival which meant a 2hr wait. :(
While waiting we were given some hotel welcome accessories; the Anantara beach bag, kids club t-shirt, which the little one loved; and the bus transfer timetable.


Beach bag/slippers                          Kids club t-shirt


When our room was ready, we were offered a tuk-tuk ride to transfer us to our villa. The tuk tuk is Anantara's private buggy transport for guests, it was a great way to soak in the sites of the hotel on a hot summers morning.



On entering our room the Thai theme continued, the room was quite large and it had a good size balcony space, overall the facilities where adequate. The only downside was the inadequate storage space for 3, I sometimes don't travel light.... Lol

In the room we were provided with some welcome dates to munch on, I'm not a date-lover but welcome treats are never frowned at  :)

While the bedroom had Air conditioning it also had a ceiling fan which also added that authentic Thai feeling to the villa.










The views from the villas where simply amazing, I could have stared at the views forever. #viewsForDays






The swim-up villas are very convenient for just jumping into the lagoons anytime; and a canoe also goes round during the day with drinks.








After we checked- in to our room and had a quick snooze, it was finally time to go and explore the hotel grounds :)





I have decided to post this blog about Anantara in a 2 part blog series as I have a lot to ramble about. 2nd part of my Anantara blog will be posted soon. 


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Tips for Anantara Dubai Hotel UAE:
- Taxi's to get to the hotel from the Airport cost us approx. 80AED about £12 for a 30 minute drive. (FYI - Taxis are very cheap in Dubai)
- Be prepared for the 500AED hotel holding deposit per night so it doesn't come as a surprise, the money doesn't leave your credit card but its held and available again approx. 48hrs after checkout.This is the norm in most hotels when you travel abroad.
- Mall of the emirates is only about 20 mins away from the hotel, handy for lunches and dinners and also for entertaining the kids.
- Flights to Dubai from London Heathrow/ Stansted/Gatwick from £270 upwards.... dependent on airline and peak/ off peak travel prices







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