Anantara is set to open a new property later this month.
Touristy day trips to the Lebanon island aside, The World Islands development has been garnering curiosity and shrouded in mystery for as long as we can remember – until now. Because kickstarting the arrival of five-star properties is none other than luxury hospitality developer Seven Tides, which will open the first upscale resort on the archipelago of 300 artificial islands off the coast of Dubai later this month. Managed by Anantara and opening its doors on 18 December, Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort sits on the archipelago’s 142,000-square-metre South America island.
Situated on Clarence Island, it will feature a private beach that spans a whopping 2,000 square metres. Elsewhere, the hospitality project boasts a total of 70 rooms, suites and villas, all of which combine island living with contemporary luxury. Guests will be able to choose from rooms and suites with ocean views and beach access, while spacious villas with private pools will also be available. Accessible exclusively by boat – just a ten-minute ride from Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort – the development will feature a gymnasium and a guest pool, as well as a series of private infinity pools for the exclusive use of those staying in villas.
Food lovers will be able to choose from the resort’s five restaurants and bars that promise everything from fine dining to laid-back bites. Guests who visit Indo-Arabian venue Qamar, for example, will enjoy stunning sea views while dining beneath either chandeliers or the stars. Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort will also feature a casual lobby café bar named Grand House and all-day Mediterranean-style al fresco restaurant Helios. As for those looking to stargaze with a cocktail in hand? The aptly named Luna bar, of course. In terms of recreation and leisure, an Anantara signature spa offering treatment rooms, in-room treatments and spa cabanas on request will open as part of a future phase of the hotel’s development. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy yoga classes, water sports and the Tuk Tuk Kids’ Club.
Seven Tides CEO Abdulla Bin Sulayem said, “The Anantara hotel on Clarence Island will set the bar for exclusivity and a luxury lifestyle, while remaining in harmony with nature. Without a doubt, this will become one of the most sought-after leisure and lifestyle destinations in the Middle East, if not the world. Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort is unique. It will offer genuine island tranquillity despite its close proximity to major retail destinations, gourmet restaurants, golf courses and the emirate’s lively nightlife.” Operations Director Ghanim Bin Sulayem added, “Work on the island is advancing incredibly quickly, supported by the ingenuity of the engineering team, who have made the project a possibility. Creating an island resort does not come without its challenges. However, thanks to the expertise of all involved, we look forward to showcasing this unique development in December when we officially open to the public.”