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Anantara Kihavah Villas Wins Prestigious Accolades
04 May 2012
Maldives, April 2012:Anantara Resorts’ latest deluxe sanctuary in the Maldives, Anantara Kihavah Villas, has recently been bestowed with some of the top travel and tourism awards and accolades in the world, a mere year after the resort opened in the Baa Atoll.
Condé Nast Traveler 2012 ‘Hot List’;
Anantara Kihavah Villas has been included in the US-based Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2012 ‘Hot List’ of the world’s best new hotels, restaurants and spas. Considered as one of the most respected and trusted sources in the travel and tourism industry, Condé Nast Traveler’s correspondents travel anonymously and thereby experience the world exactly as their readers do, allowing for honest and fair reporting. This year’s sixteenth annual ‘Hot List’ includes 121 properties in 49 countries.
Hospitality Architecture+Design Award for ‘Design Excellence in Resort category’;
Hospitality Architecture+Design magazine’s annual HA+D Awards invite both design talent and product manufacturers from around the world to submit the best of their projects and products to the vetting of the magazine’s panel of international judges and to the ultimate scrutiny and decision of the global readers of Hospitality Architecture+Design, Hotel Design, Hotel Management Asia and Luxury Hotelier, making the HA+D Awards the most comprehensive reader’s choice awards dedicated to the hospitality industry. Anantara Kihavah Villas won the HA+D Award for ‘Design Excellence in Resort category’.
Sharky Award for ‘Best Dining Location’;
Singapore-based TravelShark, the world’s largest online travel network of 12,000 destination-based sites, awarded Anantara Kihavah Villas with a Sharky Award for ‘Best Dining Location’. The resort’s ‘Sea’ underwater wine cellar and restaurant is one of the first of 30 winners of this hyper-local awards program that was designed to recognise the freshest, most inspiring travel experiences and unique and unexpected finds across the globe.
Minor International’s ‘Tiger Award’;
At the recent Minor Awards ceremony in Bangkok, the ‘Tiger Award’, Minor International’s highest accolade, was presented to Anantara Kihavah Villas’ General Manager, Dietmar Koegerl, who received the award from William E Heinecke, Chairman and CEO of Minor International. Also known as the ‘Entrepreneur Award’, it honours an individual who has excelled in delivering targets set for people, business and the community, and is regarded as an exceptional leader from both a company and property perspective. The annual event is presented by Minor International, Anantara Resorts’ parent company, to honour excellence amongst its three primary businesses, including restaurants, hotels and lifestyle brands distribution.
Commenting on the accolades, Koegerl praised Anantara Kihavah Villas’ associates, saying that these industry recognitions stand as a testament to their professional and personal dedication and commitment. “They exemplify the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience. I am immensely proud of them.”
Referring to the HA+D Award for ‘Design Excellence in Resort category’ he said that the successful synchronicity of four architectural and interior design companies kept the private Kihavah Huravalhi Island’s environment of untouched lush vegetation intact, harnessing its brilliant tropical nature and rich local culture to excellent advantage. “The resort is designed to embellish unique perspectives of the island’s natural wonders to ensure that guests experience the greatest paradise on earth up close and extremely personal and I am absolutely delighted that our design teams have been recognised for their brilliant achievements.”