At a glance

  • You'll love

    Golden private beach

    Floodlit tennis courts

    Indulgent Anantara Spa

  • Kids will love

    Sprawling lagoon pools

    Watersports hut

    Free kids club

  • Don’t expect

    A buzzy neighbourhood

    Quirky in-room decor

    A serene retreat


There’s an air of Siam-style sophistication in child-friendly Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort’s beachfront abodes. Clustered around winding lagoon pools, by the private sands or over the water, these red-roofed, whitewashed wonders have families in mind, with clubs for kids and teens, an action-packed watersports centre and a rather seductive spa.

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Here's what you get for booking Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort with us:

A bottle of wine and fresh fruit on arrival


‘ Make the most of your precious time as a family: head to the watersports centre for skiing, sailing and paddling fun, plonk yourself down in the indulgent spa for a heart to heart with your teens and let this sun-drenched Dubai escape work its spell.’

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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 £190.64 (AED982), excluding tax at 25 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of AED20.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

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.

Food and drink

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Crescendo welcomes the peckish throughout the day; its international fare (Wagyu burgers, lightly spiced shish kebabs, banana splits) is best enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool. The rickshaw parked outside Mekong gives a flavour of the pan-Asian cuisine prepped in the open kitchen. In the cooler evenings, tuk-tuks converted into outdoor tables make an atmospheric setting for moreish sharing plates of dumplings, papaya salad and soft shell crab. Grilled seafood and Mediterranean flavours star at the Beach House: grab a table on the beachfront terrace for glittering views of the Dubai shoreline. At Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar, boomerangs, possum furs and Aboriginal drawings make a whimsical backdrop for a taste of down under; for the full Antipodean experience, order kangaroo steaks, baked barramundi and a spectacular pavlova.

Family fare

This is a laid-back resort where flip-flops are almost de rigueur; children are welcome in the restaurants and bars at any time with highchairs and kids’ packs that will keep them entertained throughout the meal – unless, of course, they’re too busy wolfing down mini hot dogs, tiny burgers and home-made chicken noodle soup from the children’s menu. Staff will happily heat up baby food or milk around the clock, should your little ones get a sudden attack of jetlag-induced midnight munchies.

Hotel Bar

The Lotus Lounge is a sleek hangout built around a central polished-wood bar. Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows offer startling views over the pool and out to sea; outside, the lantern-lit pergola provides dappled shade and rattan seating to while away the sunset hours with a cocktail and small bites from the tempting menu of taquitos, mezze and sliders. Swim up to the Mai Bar in the main pool, or have drinks and snacks brought to your sunlounger; freshly squeezed juices make quick refreshers for kids itching to get back in the water.

Last orders

Crescendo serves breakfast (7am–11am), lunch (12.30pm–3.30pm) and dinner (6.30pm–11pm). The Beach House is open for lunch 12 noon–4pm and dinner 7pm–11.30pm. Dinner at Mekong and Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar are served 6.30pm–11.30pm.The Mai Bar is open 10.30am–8pm; the Lotus Lounge’s last tipples are poured at midnight.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    If you’re lunching with your brood, ask for a seat by the Beach House’s sliding doors for spectacular views in air-conditioned comfort. Staff have a list of romantic spots where they can set up a table for two with a day’s notice.

  • Room service

    24 hours. In-room breakfasts are served 6.30am–11.30am, after which a large selection of dishes from the kitchens, from salads and sandwiches to chargrilled Omani lobster, can be tuk-tuked to your door.


    If you’re planning an outing, the kitchens can provide picnic boxes packed with on-the-go treats such as filled baguettes, noodle salad and hand-cooked crisps, with six hours’ notice.


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Parent approved

‘ Make the most of your precious time as a family: head to the watersports centre for skiing, sailing and paddling fun, plonk yourself down in the indulgent spa for a heart to heart with your teens and let this sun-drenched Dubai escape work its spell.’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

Free drop-in kids club Tuk Tuk (open 8am–7pm) is a mini-resort for little Smiths, with its own shaded play area, fenced paddling pool, sand pit and pint-sized sunloungers. Inside, there’s a climbing area, cushy beanbags, board games, films and video games; supervised activities run the gamut from face painting to sandcastle building and kayak relays. All ages are welcome, though under-4s must be accompanied by an adult; if you're planning on letting the children enjoy the facilities over lunchtime, let staff know what you're happy for them to order. Nearby Chill (open 10am–10pm) has teen-friendly pool tables, karaoke machines and table football, and there’s always staff at hand to keep an eye on them.


Qualified, English-speaking nannies are available with three hours’ notice, for AED75 an hour from 7am to midnight and AED100 thereafter.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Cots • Cot bedlinen • Soft toys • Sand pit • Crayons

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Sandpit • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • DVD library

For older children

• DVD library • Board games • Craft materials • Lego • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles • PlayStation • Surfboards • Climbing area • Pool tables • Karaoke • Table football


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Things to do

Pack a good book – the resort’s kids club, watersports centre and supervised pools are so tempting for children, you may find you miraculously have the time to leaf through one. Pick a spot on the wide stretch of sandy private beach, where sunloungers, parasols and a handy drinks service beckon. There’s plenty to do as a family, too, with cooking classes, a teen-friendly spa, two tennis courts and all manners of on-water fun.

Hotel activities

Make the most of Dubai’s year-round sunshine and head to the private beach, a 400m stretch of golden sands watched over by lifeguards. Rent wake boards and Hobie Cats from the watersports centre, or try your hand at water-skiing, kayaking and windsurfing; pedalos, banana boats and paddle boards are good options for those still finding their little sea legs. Earn a dip in the sea with a friendly game of football or beach volleyball – the sprawling pools and open-air Jacuzzi are a great way of cooling off after a few matches on the tennis courts (rackets are provided free and lessons are on offer should you wish to polish your backhand). Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Asian cooking lessons are available on the terrace of Mekong for the whole family.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

For a shopping fix to trump all others, hop on the resort’s free shuttle to the Mall of the Emirates; it runs three times a day.

Located on the outer sweep of one of Dubai’s iconic man-made islands, the Palm Jumeirah, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is just the spot for waterside frolics. Wild Wadi Waterpark’s thrilling slides, wave pools and tube rides are just a 20-minute drive away (+971 (0)4 348 4444). Dubai Marina’s shops, canals and glittering lights are also within easy reach. Just off Sheikh Zayed Road, The Lime Tree Café (+971 (0)4 325 6325) is well equipped with toys, highchairs andcrayons for children; its pleasant terrace is a great spot for wholesome lunches and tempting cakes.

Don't miss the surreal experience of skiing in the desert at Ski Dubai (+971 (0)4 409 4000), a sprawling complex of slopes complete with ski lift and toboggan runs. All that slaloming and artificial-snow-angel-making works up a hunger: make a beeline for Avalanche Café’s slope-facing terrace to enjoy heart-warming fare such as soups, cheese on toast and hot chocolate (+971 (0)4 409 4164). Dubai makes an excellent base for active pursuits and cultural discoveries: ak the hotel to organise a souk visit or a desert jaunt with a spot of camel riding.

Book a babysitter and ditch the flip-flops for grown-up, high-end dining at nearby Atlantis. Sample Nobu’s tasting plates of lobster tacos, east-meets-west foie gras gyozas and sea-fresh ceviches (+971 (0)4 426 2626), or Seafire’s chargrilled Kobe and Angus cuts (+971 (0)4 426 2626). By the Burj Khalifa in Souk Al Bahar, Rivington Grill (+971 (0)4 423 0903) also does a mean steak; book a fountain-view table for the spectacular light-and-water show.

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Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
P.O. Box 71607, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 71607
Hotel setting

Palace-view Palm

Getting There

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is located on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, close to the Dubai Marina.


The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, a handy gateway between east and west served daily by flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester, as well as New York and Sydney. At the airport, metred taxis are lined up and waiting to take you to town.


The busy streets are best navigated from the back of a cab, but there’s free valet parking at the hotel should you fancy hiring your own car.

Parent travel tip

The busy streets are best navigated from the back of a cab, but there’s free valet parking at the hotel should you fancy hiring your own car.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.

Taking in Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort’s peaked roofs, myriad palm-trees and curvaceous lagoon pools from the shaded comfort of a sunlounger, you’d be hard pressed to remember this postcard-perfect mirage is really on the edge of a desert. Happily, the resort’s charms extend beyond this tropical sleight of hand with a host of facilities that make family stays here a doddle: with four supervised pools, a lifeguard-watched private beach, two tennis courts and free clubs for kids and teens, you may even find yourself missing the pitter-patter of little feet. Sleek and undeniably luxurious, rooms and villas are grown-up, but with wow-worthy touches (decks leading straight down to the pool, glass floors in some Over Water villas) that will have young Smiths squealing with delight. Make the most of your precious time as a family: head to the watersports centre for skiing, sailing and paddling fun, plonk yourself down in the indulgent spa for a heart to heart with your teens and let this sun-drenched Dubai escape work its spell.

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