Setting sights on achieving a model for superior accommodations with minimal impact on the environment, Perkins Eastman led the design of the Antantara Eco Resort & Spa. Situated within the eco-friendly planned community of Mina al Arab, resort includes private rooms and villas surrounded by a lagoon and reserve lush with diverse plant life. Sustainability is at the forefront of the plan, which addresses local climate and energy consumption. The resort is a sanctuary for visitors, who encounter nature and modern comforts at the beach and outdoor swimming pools. Shared pavilions for gathering, dining, and wellness activities invite water and plant life inside. A nature discovery center provides visitors opportunities to stargaze and learn about flora and fauna native to the gulf region and makes the resort a destination unto itself.