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January 21, 2013

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas unveils first Dubai hotel

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, part of Thailand-based hospitality company Minor International, has introduced its first hotel in Dubai, UAE.

By Shalini Nair

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, part of Thailand-based hospitality company Minor International, has introduced its first hotel in Dubai, UAE.

Owned by Dubai-based Seven Tides, the Asian style resort, previously known as Royal Amwaj Resort, was slated to open in 2010 by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, reported HotelierMiddleEast.com.

However, the opening was delayed and in October 2012 Seven Tides announced that it was holding talks with a new company to operate the resort.

"We found that Anantara’s brand DNA was a perfect match with our aspirations for this luxurious property, not just through its Asian design-led proposition, but beyond to encompass the complete guest experience."

Seven Tides CEO Abdulla Bin Sulayem was quoted by the website as saying that after a lengthy selection process involving many international firms, Anantara was selected as the operator of the resort.

"We found that Anantara’s brand DNA was a perfect match with our aspirations for this luxurious property, not just through its Asian design-led proposition, but beyond to encompass the complete guest experience," Sulayem added.

The resort, now known as Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort & Spa, is located on the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah and is primarily targeted at visitors from the GCC, Asia and Europe.

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The resort has 293 rooms and suites, with 130 rooms featuring direct access to 11,000m² of lagoon pools.

It has 12 beach villas, 18 over-water villas and three royal beach villas.

Facilities offered by the resort include a private beach, three natural lagoons, a spa sanctuary with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio and two tennis courts, an entertainment area along with meeting rooms, and a ballroom that can accommodate 300 guests.

It also features six restaurants and bars comprising an all-day dining restaurant that serves Middle Eastern and international cuisines, an Australian-inspired grill, an Asian-themed restaurant, a Mediterranean restaurant, a lobby lounge, and poolside restaurant.

Minor International chairman and CEO William E Heinecke said the company is excited to announce its first Anantara property in Dubai as it is a significant milestone for Minor.

The new resort is the fourth property for Anantara in the UAE – its Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, and Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa are located in Abu Dhabi.

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