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Discover Five Most Iconic Places Around the World

Discovery 10 March 2023

At Anantara, we pride ourselves on offering inspirational experiences that connect every guest to the heart of the locale. We also love to connect travellers with the world’s most extraordinary locations. From age-old favourites like Victoria Falls, to the karst seascape of Phang Nga Bay, we’ve selected five iconic locations where the world’s most astounding sights blend seamlessly with authentic Anantara luxury.

Angkor Wat - Cambodia

There are few sights that do more justice to the word ‘iconic’ than the sprawling temple complex of Angkor Wat. The sheer scale of this extraordinary remnant of ancient Khmer culture must be seen to be believed. There are days and days worth of exploration here for those who want to dig deep into the history, or much can be seen in a day or two with the right guide. For those with a head for heights, a dawn balloon ride over the temples makes for an experience that will live long in the memory.

Baa Atoll - Maldives

The Maldives isn’t just home to iconic locations… it is an iconic location. The rich blues, shimmering white sands, endless views and rich marine life make this one of the most enchanting destinations anywhere, and one that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. For those who want to see the Maldives at its very best, the UNESCO Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve promises unforgettable stays surrounded by crystal-clear waters, pristine reefs and the opportunity to dive and snorkel among some of nature’s greatest creations. 

Victoria Falls - Zambia

Perhaps the ultimate iconic location and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the might and majesty of Victoria Falls must be seen to be believed. Witness it from the banks of the Zambezi or take it in from the air on a microlight excursion. Or swim to the edge and peek over the falls in the exhilarating Devil’s Pool. The falls alone make this a wonderful place to visit. Add safari outings and nature excursions in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for a quintessential African adventure.

Phang Nga Bay - Thailand

Set amid turquoise Andaman waters, the karst seascape of Phang Nga Bay remains one of Thailand’s most iconic destinations. Easily accessible from Phuket or Krabi, the bay is an enchanting maze of islets and caverns. Snorkel and swim in tropical waters, visit the famous James Bond Island or laze in the shade aboard a traditional longtail boat or a luxurious yacht.

Hoi An - Vietnam

From Vietnam’s mountainous north to its breezy tropical south, you’ll find a diversity of cultural influences, but none as perfectly preserved as those of Hoi An. Crisscrossed by canals and cobblestone lanes, Old Town Hoi An paints a picture of a prosperous trading port, complete with merchant shop houses, Chinese temples and ancient stone bridges. Wander the oldest streets in the city, cross the famous Japanese Bridge, shop for leather, silk or silver, and stop for a ca phe trung – Hoi An's specialty egg coffee. 

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Explore ancient Khmer legends and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history in this ancient kingdom at Anantara Angkor Resort. Wherever you find your inspiration, allow Anantara to guide your journey, with dedicated experience butlers on hand to facilitate your ultimate adventure. Explore legendary temples, delight in bespoke local experiences or relax and let your stresses and worries melt away with unlimited relaxation in our spa.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Escape to spacious villas overwater or on a stretch of private beach. Indulgent touches of island luxury abound from a private pool in every villa to exotic stargazing experiences and award-winning dining. Set within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the resort is perfect for exploring the world’s most treasured reefs, where manta rays gather to breed. Dine with the fishes in an underwater wine cellar. Discover Maldivian culture with a day trip to local islands.

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

The Royal Livingstone brings plush luxury to a wild setting, with free unlimited access to the Victoria Falls, and tranquil gardens fronting the Zambezi River. Wake up to the sight of zebras roaming our grounds from your verandah. Head out on safari and then return to a traditional afternoon tea.

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

Hide away in a peaceful cove overlooking the Andaman, or head out in search of adventure. Dive some of the most pristine sites in the world. Island hop by private yacht or speedboat. Experience Thailand’s rich culture with authentic cuisine, spa journeys and the art of Muay Thai. Located on Phuket’s western coast, just a 20-minute drive from the airport, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort is ideal for honeymoons, romantic escapes, family getaways and spectacular weddings, with a unique chapel setting overlooking the ocean.

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas

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Anantara Hoi An Resort

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