Stepping onto the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai for the first time, it’s hard to know what to expect. The man-made archipelago of islands, which have the shape of a palm tree when viewed from above, are being constructed with an unprecedented vision of hyper-modernity.

On 13 September 2013 the next piece of the jigsaw will be in place with the official opening of the Anantara Dubai Palm Resort and Spa. The luxury resort will be the fourteenth hotel and residency to have opened on the Palm, with many more projects still to be completed.

The Anantara Dubai Palm Resort and Spa is located on the eastern crescent of the Palm, and has been constructed as a leisure retreat for guests who like their luxury to come with serenity and subtlety.  Inspired by traditional Asian architecture, the accommodation comes in a series of villas surrounding 11,000 metres of lagoon pools. Twelve of the villas are located next to the resort’s own private beach, which has a nearby ballroom to accommodate 300 people. The Anantara Dubai Palm Resort and Spa also introduces one of the most beautiful aspects of Far Eastern culture to Dubai – over-water villas, poised over the peaceful waters of the Persian Gulf.

Anantara Dubai Water Villas
Anantara Dubai Water Villas

The facilities at the Palm resort and Spa cater for all tastes in one deluxe palette. This means you only really have to use the monorail to the mainland twice – when you arrive and when you leave – although central Dubai is reachable in one short journey. At the resort you will experience taste overload in the six world-class restaurants. The flagship restaurant is Crescendo, which serves Middle Eastern and International cuisine, while the Beach House offers fine Mediterranean dining on the beach front. And in keeping with the Far Eastern theme, the Mekong restaurant serves impeccable Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.

Much like the city of Dubai itself, the resort’s three infinity pools offer views of an endless horizon. At sunset, the views from the pools are particularly awe-inspiring, as the whole Persian Gulf is bathed in a cocktail of magnificent colour. After witnessing such a sight, the only thing left to do is to dance the night away in the ballroom, and to wonder what next for the world’s most advanced city.