Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort has opened its doors in the United Arab Emirates. Situated on a private peninsula with golden sands, the 174-key resort houses gardens, an infinity pool and a mangrove sanctuary, all with a backdrop of the Hajar Mountains and views of the Arabian Gulf.

A range of accommodations is available, including guestrooms and suites located in the main building or set within traditional riads. Each has locally inspired design elements and offers views from the private balcony or terrace. The resort, which was designed by Wilson Associates and Perkins Eastman, additionally offers overwater villas with ample living space, an outdoor deck with a private plunge pool and a reserved cabana on the villa-only beach. Good to know: Guests can also enjoy Villa Host services and complimentary experiences such as massages or a private barbecue.

Anantara Mina Al Arab has six restaurants and bars on property. The signature restaurant, Mekong, offers a culinary journey through Thailand, Vietnam and China, while Beach House serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Other options include Sea Breeze, the all-day dining restaurant, a gourmet deli, a pool bar and a lobby lounge and bar. For a more intimate experience, guests can engage the services of a personal chef with "Dining by Design," Anantara’s private dining concept, enjoying meals served at a table for two on the beach or aboard a private yacht.

Other facilities include an infinity pool, a fitness center overlooking the mangroves, a padel court, a yoga pavillion, kids’ and teens’ clubs, and a variety of recreation activities for both adults and children.

The Anantara Spa is set within manicured gardens overlooking the sea and the mangroves, with facilities including seven treatment rooms and wet areas for men and women. Guests can enjoy treatments with indigenous ingredients, such as the "Ras Al Khaimah Ritual," which uses a body scrub made from dates, salt and honey from mangrove hives, couples’ treatments inspired by the surrounding desert and ocean, and traditional therapies from Anantara’s native Thailand.

Signature experiences include hiking on nearby Jebel Jais, the U.A.E.’s highest mountain with a gourmet picnic along the way, ziplining, tobogganing, kayaking in the mangroves, which are home to flocks of flamingos and herons, as well as luxury cruising in the Arabian Gulf with a sunset dinner onboard prepared by a chef. Guests can also visit a local pearl farm or go hot-air ballooning over the desert in search of indigenous wildlife.

 All accommodation has been sustainably built, with furniture and fittings using eco-friendly materials. Great care was taken not to disturb the surrounding ecosystem, including the mangroves, home to sea turtles, migratory flocks of birds, and the occasional dugong. An interactive discovery center is also set to open soon.

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