Dubai: Anantara The Palm Dubai is close to being sold for Dh1.1 billion ($280 million), according to people familiar with the matter. The hotel's owner, Seven Tides, is working with Grant Thornton LLP on the potential sale, the people said.
The Anantara resort boasts 400 meters (1,312 feet) of private beach overlooking the Arabian Sea and a series of waterways in between almost 300 rooms and villas. Discussions are ongoing and there's no certainty a deal will go ahead.
The talks come amid a tourism boom in Dubai that started as the city emerged as a safe haven during the pandemic and has since lured in scores of wealthy expatriates and tourists. Hotel occupancy rates in the emirate averaged about 83 per cent in the year through March, while the average daily rate during the first quarter reached Dh783.8 ($213.45), according to real estate adviser CBRE Group Inc.
"Beach properties' performance improved very rapidly after the pandemic and that's driving considerable interest in the few hotels available to investors," Taimur Khan, CBRE's head of research, said. "This is an opportune time for asset owners to exit as valuations look attractive with the strongest market we've had in years."
Investors expect that Dubai's visitor numbers could rise even further as they still haven't returned to 2019 levels, he said. "There is very little supply coming into the market within the top segment," Khan said. "Also few sites remain where a developer is able to build a beach front five-star hotel."