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Anantara’s new Santorini-inspired boutique hotel is now open

The property is located in a coastal enclave roughly halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Santorini may be social media gold, but it’s also overpriced and swarming with tourists. Overrated, too, some might argue. But a more exclusive alternative is now in the works, and it’s closer to home than you’d imagine: Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi Retreat. A 22-key property tucked away in Ghantoot – an unspoilt enclave of coast roughly halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi – is now open, providing a unique boutique escape from the city. The option for exclusive use buy-outs will also be on offer.

Anantara Santorini offers uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf, away from the towering skylines of the cities in either direction. Created to reflect the iconic buildings of its namesake island, the low-lying white buildings of Anantara Santorini blend gently with the surrounding landscape and house a collection of ultra-private accommodations, complete with spacious interiors, sun-drenched terraces, and unspoiled sea views.

Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi

The luxurious spaces have a refined décor with soft, neutral furnishings that continue throughout the resort. Guests will find relaxing moments on the resort’s private beach and an expansive outdoor pool that overlooks the Gulf. The indoor cinema, meanwhile, provides private screenings on demand with the option of late-night movies with custom gourmet cuisine. Bespoke spa treatments can be enjoyed in private beachside cabanas, while 24-hour butler service will ensure guests’ needs are fulfilled around the clock.

Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi

The culinary experiences on offer at Anantara Santorini will include an elegant restaurant dedicated to the heritage of the region, where local ingredients and spices are brought to the fore plus, in keeping with the property’s theme, an oceanside restaurant will serve delicacies from Greece. Evenings can be enjoyed at the bar, where beverages and creative cocktails will be served with tunes spun by a DJ.

Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi

“This will be an exciting new addition to our luxury portfolio of properties across the United Arab Emirates,” says Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels. “With a fantastic location equidistant between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this ultra-private property offers exceptional facilities for full buy-outs, especially those seeking an intimate boutique experience unlike anywhere else in the UAE.” 

Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi

With the new opening, Minor Hotels continues its expansion in the Middle East, currently with eight Anantara hotels and resorts in the UAE and a total of 11 in the region.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for more information.

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A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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