Need To Know
293, including 33 villas.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Late check-out or early check-in may be available, depending on occupancy – check with the hotel.
Double rooms from £288.37 (AED1,310), including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of AED20.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include a buffet breakfast (AED145 an adult, half-price for kids) of pastries, fresh juices and fruits, and hot dishes such as eggs, pancakes and Thai congee. Children Under-12s stay in free cots or extra beds (£62 a night for over-12s), which can be added to most rooms.
Beauty treatments and massages are available in-room. Premier Lagoon Access Rooms are wheelchair-friendly. There’s no smoking indoors, but the Lotus Lounge’s hand-picked selection of tobacco from around the world will delight cigar pundits.
At the hotel
Private beach, watersports centre, spa, swimming pools, restaurants, bar, kids club, playground, gym, tennis courts, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, bathrobes and slippers, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
There’s a cleanlined, sober Thai aesthetic to the rooms, decked out with dark wooden floors, crisp white linens, striking headboards and plush sofas. We love room 62, an Over Water Villa sporting a private deck, a sumptuous bathroom and a mesmerising glass floor in the living room for spying on fishies; there’s space for an extra bed or cot, and the little kitchen, equipped with a microwave, is handy if you need to heat up baby food. Lagoon Access Rooms are perfect for keen swimmers: steps lead down from their private deck straight into the inviting pools. Families of four will be most comfortable in the Deluxe Lagoon View and Access Rooms, which have a daybed suitable for one child and room for an extra bed or cot.
Aquaphobics, look away now: 10,000 square metres of azure, temperature-controlled pools take centre stage here. With its pagoda-roofed swim-up bar and a crescent of sea-facing sunloungers, the main infinity pool is a lively affair. Look out for the small Thai boats criss-crossing the lagoon pools (there are three of them meandering around the Lagoon Access Rooms), from which staff hand out cold towels, fruit and water – a blissful treat in the Dubai sun. Tots can play in the sandy patches and shallow waters giving access to the pools, and older children can happily go exploring on their own: open from 7am to 8pm, the pools are supervised by lifeguards.
Located on an island in one of the lagoon pools,the sumptuous Anantara Spa (open 10am–10pm) is an all-singing, all-dancing retreat. 18 treatment rooms offer Thai massage, salt inhalation and Ayurveda, a private hammam suite and couples’ facilities. Thalassotherapy fans are well catered for with a Vichy shower, liquid sound pool, Jacuzzi and Kneipp walk for lithe limbs. Treatments inspired both by Anantara’s Asian roots and Arabic traditions incorporate ingredients harvested from date-palm gardens and the Gulf’s seawater pearls. Citrus-infused facials, manicures, pedicures and hair-conditioning treatments are available for 12–16 year-olds, too, as long as they bring an adult along.
The wooden hut near the main pool sells suncream, so you need never run out.