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.