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Exploring the Bucket List of Anantara General Managers


As avid travellers ourselves, we asked some of our general managers, located in the Maldives, Cambodia, and the deserts of Abu Dhabi to share some of the bucket list travel items they plan to tick off.


Giles Selves Cluster, General Manager of Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Kihavah Maldives VillasAnantara Veli Maldives Resort, and Naladhu Private Island Maldives

Giles and his wife in Kenya.

The next big trip for my wife and I was supposed to be Peru and Brazil next year in June. Machu Picchu has been near the top of the bucket list for both of us for a while and given that my wife has a big birthday this year we got organised and actually booked, paid and committed to a two-week trip well in advance! Our last big holiday was the Elewana Sky Safari for my birthday, an unforgettable experience.

Travelling through the Andes on the Belmond trains, amazing dinners in Lima with several of The World’s Best 50 Restaurants, and then Rio de Janeiro and all the craziness that that entails to wrap up into one breakneck itinerary was going to be an incredible journey. 


Adrian Stoppe, General Manager of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

I am a huge fan of the Big Apple and would love to visit New York again after the current situation clears off. Taking part in the New York Marathon whilst visiting New York is top of my bucket list.

Running and cross fit are two of my greatest hobbies and I’ve been exploring the trail options in the desert during my time in Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Pounding the streets of Manhattan would be a very different experience to running the Empty Quarter of the Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to check out the NH Collection New York Madison Avenue while I’m there.

Adrian completes a desert trail run.

Closer to home, after getting hooked on diving during my time at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, I can’t wait to explore the rare dive sites in Oman and witness the marine life at some of the UNESCO-protected marine nature reserves.

Sarah Moya, General Manager of Anantara Angkor Resort

Sarah at the base of Machu Picchu.

I’ve been wanting to go to Bolivia for several years now, a trip to the La Paz and the Salar de Uyani (the Uyani Salt Flats.) I love hiking, a lot of nature, high altitude culture, and to really explore away from my norm in laidback Siem Reap. That’s why we came up with the running experience around the temples of Angkor Wat, to enable guests to engage with a beguiling historical relic with a visceral human connection.

I’m obsessed with the beauty of the aurora borealis and I’ve been lucky enough to see them before in Alaska. I feel an affinity to the Bolivian weather, culture, and cuisine more so than chic Norway or Sweden. On the way over I would make a pit stop in São Paulo to experience the vibrancy of the city and get the chance to stay at our sister brand Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel, and have a drink at the rooftop bar, SEEN São Paulo.

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