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    News bites – 28 March 2022

    Experience Boutique Luxury on Dubai’s World Islands with Anantara


    Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort Beach Swings with Dubai Skyline View. Image courtesy of Anantara

    Anantara has opened the first luxury resort on Dubai’s World Islands archipelago. Located in the Arabian Gulf, approximately four kilometres off the coast of Dubai, the new island resort is the first hotel in the South American continent of the development and offers guests a new luxury destination in Dubai and a unique perspective on the city.

    The island sanctuary offers a total retreat from the buzz of Dubai, where guests can opt for views of the iconic cityscape, including the famous landmarks of Burj Khalifa and Burj al Arab, or a combination of island and sea views. The resort is accessible by a 15-minute luxury speedboat ride from the jetty at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.

    Anantara World Islands has a wide selection of accommodation options across 70 suites, beach and pool villas – all with a balcony, deck or terrace and offering plenty of space to unwind and relax. The 40 private pool villas have an outdoor dining area and direct access to the beach, with the two and four-bedroom pool villas offering an abundance of space and able to accommodate up to eight or 12 guests respectively. Interiors have a light contemporary feel with rattan detailing and turquoise accents, and many rooms have outdoor bathrooms.

    The resort’s unique location on the World Islands also brings complete tranquillity to the guest experiences. Cinema under the Stars can be enjoyed in total peace and privacy, at the end of a sandbar, whilst Anantara’s signature Dining by Design has a special home in a bubble on the shoreline, with candle lit romance set to a soundtrack of lapping waves.

    For experiences on the water, Anantara World Islands is the only hotel in Dubai where guests can relax on their own luxurious HamacLand, a unique floating lounge with hammocks and VIP food and drink service for guests to recline and enjoy a new perspective on the city. To explore the surrounding islands of ‘The World’, luxury boat cruises can also be arranged.


    Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort Four Bedroom Beach Pool Villa Pool. Image courtesy of Anantara

    Dining options at the resort include Qamar, an Arabic-Indian restaurant with a large southwest facing deck, perfect for sundowners and shisha. Helios is a casual Mediterranean restaurant open daily for breakfast and beachside dining. Offering elevated panoramic views of the Dubai skyline is Luna, a stylish bar lounge for cocktails and light bites inspired by South American cuisine. Grand House is a lobby cafe serving coffee, cake and sandwiches throughout the day, overlooking the resort’s main swimming pool and deck. Freshly caught seafood is central to the culinary experience throughout the resort.

    Opening in March, the Anantara Spa with six treatment rooms and spa cabanas on the beach will offer a range of spa and wellness therapies, including the signature Island Lava Shell Massage, with hot lava shells to relax the muscles and boost blood circulation, and traditional Thai healing treatments including Thai massage, a nod to Anantara’s Thai roots. Products used will include marine plants-based brand Phytomer and magnesium-rich Of the Islands. For the more active, a well-equipped gym with skyline views makes for a great work out. The resort also offers a wide range of water sports including kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and yoga classes taking place in a studio with skyline views.

    More than 4,000 plants, including over 1,000 coconut palms, have been planted in the resort on the beachfront and throughout the landscaped gardens, attracting rich birdlife passing through. A family of peacocks also call the resort home. A large on-site greenhouse is growing hydroponic and organic fruit and vegetables, for use across the resort’s restaurants.

    Commitment to sustainability in the construction of the resort includes a food waste to kitchen gas converter, its own water desalination plant and a washable glass water bottling plant, ensuring no use of plastic water bottles. The resort’s water system uses thermodynamic solar water heaters, variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps, and low flow sanitary fixtures. Sewage water is treated and recycled for irrigation, and energy-efficient heat pumps are used for all resort pools.

    A trendsetting destination in Dubai, Anantara World Island Resort offers guests boutique luxury close enough to enjoy the renowned glamour of the city yet secluded enough for one to feel ensconced in privacy.


    A summer in the Yukon


    Two women walk the shoreline of Kathleen Lake with Kings Throne Mountain in the background, located within the Kluane National Park in the Yukon Territory. Images are courtesy of Tourism Yukon

    Aussie travellers can pack in twice the fun during June and July in Canada’s north-western Yukon Territory when the sun literally shines all day and night.

    Read on for three ways to make the most of endless days and beautiful skies in the ‘land of the midnight sun’.

    Take a selfie with a lynx
    In a territory where the moose outnumber the humans two to one, it’s a safe bet you’ll encounter wildlife roaming freely during your explorations of the Yukon. But for slow, breathtakingly close encounters with everything from Canada lynx to prehistoric-looking muskox, spend a day at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve (YWP), just 25 minutes from downtown Whitehorse.

    700 acres of lush green hills, marshes and cliffs are home to all manner of northern Canadian mammals, from bison, moose and woodland caribou, to elk, foxes and mules at the YWP. Book a VIP tour to go behind the scenes of the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Research Centre and learn how to feed these unique carnivores. New for 2022, the YWP Photography Tours will take you inside some unique habitats for mind-blowing photo opportunities that will set your Instagram feed on fire.


    Tatshenshini River Kluane National Park Yukon. Images are courtesy of Tourism Yukon

    Highway to heaven
    With almost 5,000 kilometres of roads to explore, Yukon’s fly/drive itineraries are among the best in the world. From gold-rush history to vast rivers and untouched landscapes, every Yukon route serves up easy driving, breathtaking vistas and inviting detours.

    The famous Alaska Highway nudges alongside the UNESCO site of Kluane National Park, west of Whitehorse, a staggering collection of Canada’s five tallest mountains and the largest ice-fields outside the North and South Poles. Relish the wide-open spaces of this iconic route steeped in history, and tick off this bucket-list drive.

    In the Yukon’s south-east, wander the paths of Watson Lake’s quirky Sign Post Forest and add your own sign pointing home, just like the soldier who started it all during the construction of the famous highway.

    Trace some of the gold seekers’ paths as you drive the historic Yukon River route, which begins south of Whitehorse at Tagish Lake, part of which belongs to British Columbia. All along this route, you’ll pass through gorgeous wilderness scenery and enjoy amazing wildlife viewing right from your vehicle.

    A perfect paddle
    There’s something truly unforgettable about paddling late at night under the midnight sun when the weather is mild, and the serenity feels other-worldly. And you don’t have to go far for fantastic paddling. The Yukon River runs right through the capital city of Whitehorse, and many other communities sit along rivers or close to lakes.

    Follow the gold seekers’ route on the mighty Yukon River and drift past centuries-old sites of First Nation fish camps and meeting places. At its peak during the Klondike gold rush, nearly 30,000 gold seekers in 7,000 boats travelled the river on their way to the goldfields in Dawson City.

    Visit during June to witness the Yukon River Quest, known as ‘the race to the midnight sun’, the longest paddling race in the world. Notorious as one of the most arduous marathon events on Earth, canoers and kayakers are permitted just two mandatory rest stops along the way as they race through the rapids from Whitehorse to the finish line in Dawson City, 715 kilometres away.

    There’s nothing quite like the glistening-green current carrying you away while surrounded by the stunning raw beauty of northern nature. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like golden eagles, osprey, moose, and even grizzlies. Up North Adventures and Arctic Range Adventures offer expert-guided tours.

    More information, including travel guidelines, visit travelyukon.com

    For updates on COVID restrictions, visit the Government of Yukon Territory website.

    Note for all travellers:
    Travel to Canada is going to be a little different than it was prior to the pandemic, and we encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up, and upon the arrival of their trip. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.

     

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