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Five Magical Weekend Getaways


Even if you prefer not to roam far, you can still widen your horizon and enjoy the exceptional. Whether you’re ready to venture out for a short vacation or seeking authentic luxury in captivating locales, we’ve gathered five magical weekend getaways that could be just right for you. 

Chiang Mai - Thailand 

Nestled amid the mountains of northern Thailand, the former capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom retains much of its storied laid back charm. Wander the moats and walls of the Old City. Sample savoury khao soi curry at a street side stall. Bargain hunt in the bustling Sunday markets. Or venture into the surrounding forests and hills to explore hidden temples and hill tribe villages. A captivating weekend – or longer – of adventure awaits.  
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort on the Ping River provides a serene base for exploring the city, markets and cafés, or embarking on mountain explorations. Onsite activities like muay Thai lessons and Spice Spoons cooking classes provide fascinating weekend diversions. 

Mahé  - Seychelles 

Boasting UNESCO World Heritage Sites and oceans of world-class diving and snorkelling, the Seychelles overflows with natural beauty – the perfect setting for an extraordinary weekend getaway. Soak up the sun. Heed the call of adventure with day trips to the famed Praslin and La Digue islands. Or indulge in the flavours of creole and seychellois cuisines. 
The Bill Bensley-designed Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas ensconces guests in Beyond All Inclusive luxury, where exquisitely designed spaces meet an array of special perks. Enjoy unlimited scuba diving, personalised gourmet dining from five different chefs, Villa Host service and more.   

Desaru Coast - Malaysia 

Desaru Coast on peninsular Malaysia’s southeastern tip offers a pristine playground for travellers of all ages. With easy access from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Desaru has something for everyone – from romantic beachside lounging to outdoor adventure to a golfing weekend away.  
Spacious pool villas and residences make Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas the ideal homebase for weekend getaways for couples and groups of all sizes. Family activities, international signature dining and a wonderful beachside location transform every stay into an experience to savour.   

Baa Atoll - Maldives 

For those seeking the ultimate short break, the dazzling blue waters of the Maldives offer everything travellers are looking for – privacy, serenity and astounding beauty. Nestled amid this natural wonderland is Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve located just a short seaplane or domestic flight from Velana International Airport. Visitors can swim and snorkel with manta rays, explore deserted islands and discover some of the best diving experiences to be found anywhere in the world.  
From dining beneath the waves to snorkelling with mantas to stargazing beneath the brilliant night sky, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas enchants on every level. Choose from over water villas and residences, or expansive havens of luxury nestled in jungle by white-sand shores. 

Rub’ Al Khali – United Arab Emirates 

The desert dunes of the Rub’ Al Khali provide an exquisite backdrop for weekend escapes that take you away from it all. For the adventurous, this captivating landscape provides an awe-inspiring locale for camel trekking, falconry and archery. At night, the starlit sky shines it light on experiences of a different kind, with moonlit walks, Bedouin-style dining and traditional stories by the campfire. Sometimes it seems beyond belief that such a vast landscape can provide such a wonderful setting for intimate escapes. 
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is the perfect launch point for meanderings into the world’s largest sand desert. Guided walks, treks and rides unravel the mysteries of the storied Rub’ Al Khali.   

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Northern Thailand's Chiang Mai is a mecca of Buddhist temples, ancient Lanna ruins, colourful hill tribes and traditional artisans' villages. And with Anantara Chiang Mai Resort's central riverfront location, get out and explore all the old capital has to offer. Sample the best street food and slow-brewed coffee as recommended by our insider gurus. Delve into local culture with Muay Thai boxing, healing spa therapies and cooking class adventures at the resort. Revel in river serenity and signature Anantara luxuries.

Revel in the splendour of the Seychelles from a luxurious hideaway nestled in the hillside of Mahé. Expansive villas offer a myriad of modern conveniences with custom design infused with island elements. Explore a range of gourmet cuisines with a choice of exquisite backdrops with our exclusive Dining by Design concept. Bask in the island sun by untouched sands and soak up the natural romance of the area. Refresh in your infinity pool or outdoor sunken bath as the sky explodes in colour. Escape reality for a holiday dream destination.


Offering a range of luxury accommodation nestled in lush tropical gardens, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas offers a serene escape on golden Malaysian shores. Low-rise buildings and stand-alone villas overlook the gardens, lagoon and ocean, while expansive residences offer families and groups utmost privacy with an infinity pool, full kitchen and chef and butler service.

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.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

In the heart of the Empty Quarter, an oasis of Arabian luxury is surrounded by endless dunes. Cross the world’s largest desert on a camel or race off dune bashing. After adventure, spa wellness refreshes with ancient hammam rituals and healing desert elixirs. Toast sunset from the seclusion of a private villa plunge pool. Feast on timeless Bedouin traditions and exceptional global tastes.