Dubai’s Anantara World Islands Resort officially opens

Dubai’s Anantara World Islands Resort officially opens

The resort is accessible via a 15-minute luxury speedboat ride from Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Anantara has opened the first luxury resort on Dubai’s World Islands archipelago.

Located approximately 4km off the coast of Dubai, the new island resort is the first hotel on the South American continent of the development.

Anantara World Islands has a wide selection of accommodation options across 70 suites, beach and pool villas – all with a balcony, deck or terrace.

The 40 private pool villas have an outdoor dining area and direct access to the beach, with the two- and four-bedroom pool villas able to accommodate up to eight or 12 guests respectively. Interiors have a light contemporary feel with rattan detailing and turquoise accents, and many rooms have outdoor bathrooms. The resort’s location allows guests to opt for views of Dubai’s cityscape or a combination of island and sea views.

Junior Suite with beach access

The resort offers experiences including ‘Cinema under the Stars’ and Anantara’s signature ‘Dining by Design’ with candle-lit romance set to a soundtrack of lapping waves.

Anantara World Islands is the only hotel in Dubai where guests can relax on their own HamacLand, a floating lounge with hammocks and VIP food and drink service

Anantara can also arrange luxury boat cruises to explore the resort’s surrounding islands.


Dining options at the resort include Qamar, an Arabic-Indian restaurant with a large southwest facing deck, perfect for sundowners and shisha. Helios is a casual Mediterranean restaurant open daily for breakfast and beachside dining. Luna is a stylish cocktail bar offering light bites inspired by South American cuisine.

Opening this month, the Anantara Spa will offer guests six treatment rooms, spa cabanas on the beach and a range of therapies, including the signature ‘Island Lava Shell Massage’ to relax the muscles and boost blood circulation. Traditional Thai healing treatments include classic Thai massage, a nod to Anantara’s Thai roots.

Spa product brands will include marine plant-based Phytomer and magnesium-rich Of the Islands

A well-equipped gym with skyline views is the place to work out. The resort also offers a wide range of water sports, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, and yoga classes in a studio with skyline views.

The resort was built with sustainability in mind and operates a food-waste-to-kitchen-gas converter, its own water desalination plant and a washable glass water bottling plant, ensuring no use of plastic water bottles.

The resort’s water system uses thermodynamic solar water heaters, variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps, and low flow sanitary fixtures. There is also a large on-site greenhouse where hydroponic and organic fruit and vegetables are grown for use in the resort’s restaurants.

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