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Ticking off your bucket list one Anantara at a time

09 October 2019

If like us you have an ever-growing bucket list that needs ticking off, maybe its time to plan your next trip or multiple trips. Don’t fear, help is here. With 21 Anantara properties ranked in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award and each voted amongst the very best hotels in the world. I am sure we can help.

Spread throughout the world from cosmopolitan cities and lush islands to desert sands, heritage destinations, uncharted beaches and contemporary resort destinations, Anantara Hotels is ready to help with your bucket list.

If Thailand is the next destination for you, make your first stop in the colourful city of Bangkok staying at the most prestigious address Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. After embracing the intense city pace, head on over to the jungle paradise Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai. Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking the boarder with Myanmar and Laos, the incredible Anantara Golden Triangle enables you to bond with the gentle giants. A short flight over to Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas will give you a chance to lay back, relax and soak in the incredible scenery in an all-pool villa hideaway.

Asia has so many incredible countries and I am sure a number of them are on your bucket list. Bali is one of my favourites, marvel at one of the most unapproachable surf breaks from Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort perched on a dramatic cliffside overlooking the impossible break. Sri Lanka is also incredible, with insanely beautiful beaches, you can even join local turtle watching volunteers at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort on beach patrols to protect hawksbill and leatherback mother turtles and their eggs.

Drifting further afield, a stop off in the Middle East is a definite. Here you are spoilt with top class Anantara properties, from the award winning Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort in Oman, known for stargazing from the viewing platform where Princess Diana once stood, to floating on water at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort with UAE’s only over water villas and uncovering the spirit of Arabia with camel riding and flacon flying in Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

The Indian Ocean is somewhere truly indescribable. Embrace romance in Maldivian hues at the blissful Anantara Veli Maldives Resort. Hop aboard a yacht or traditional Maldivian dhoni and explore hidden caves and local islands. Surrounded with nothing but turquoise lagoon which melts into sapphire blue, the island and its pure white sands rise up out of the ocean like a mirage. Stargaze through the Maldives’ most powerful telescope at SKY – a spectacular over water observatory and bar at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas.

The list is endless, and the globe is full of incredible places that need visiting, so continue reading and check out the full list of winners below.

 

 

TOP 10 HOTELS IN BANGKOK
#1 Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

TOP 20 RESORTS IN THAILAND
#3 Anantara Hua Hin Resort
#4 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
#6 Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
#7 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
#10 Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort
#11 Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
#16 Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
#19 Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

TOP 20 RESORTS IN ASIA
#10 Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

TOP 20 RESORTS IN BALI
#6 Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort
 
TOP 30 RESORTS IN INDIAN OCEAN
#1 Naladhu Private Island Maldives
#4 Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
#6 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
#8 Niyama Private Islands Maldives
#14 Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

TOP 10 RESORTS IN MIDDLE EAST
#2 Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
#4 Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
#5 Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts
#6 Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
#10 Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

TOP 30 HOTELS IN AFRICA
#16 The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

TOP 30 RESORTS IN AFRICA (NOT INCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA)
#28 Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

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Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Immerse yourself in urban delights at an iconic Bangkok address. Elegant rooms and suites offer a blend of traditional Thai décor and contemporary amenities. Relish authentic experiences with a Streetwise Guru, or shop elite department stores just around the corner. Revel in Bangkok’s finest dining across 11 diverse and award-winning venues. More Details

Anantara Hua Hin Resort

The original Anantara a few hours south of Bangkok is a beachfront sanctuary modelled on a traditional Thai village. Low-rise gabled buildings dot landscaped gardens and lotus-filled lagoons. Explore the royal seaside retreat, from vineyards and teak palaces to the thrill of a water park. Dine on fresh seafood overlooking the ocean and unwind at the award-winning Anantara Spa. More Details

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Perched on a jungle ridge overlooking three countries, Anantara Golden Triangle brings otherworldly experiences to life. Wake up to the sound of elephants playing in the misty valley below. Wander the jungle with them on their daily walk. Spa in the midst of 160 acres of lush rice paddies. Leave stress behind with an all-inclusive Discovery package taking care of all the details. More Details

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas

An all-villa oasis on Phuket's northern tip invites island unwinding in luxurious Anantara style. Laze in your private pool. Dine in your sala perched over the lagoon. Wander long stretches of golden beach at sunset. Charter a yacht to explore the iconic limestone cliffs of Phang Nga or the world-class reefs of the Similans. More Details

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. More Details

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Welcome to an island dream made reality. Long a favoured getaway for the elite, Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is easily accessible with dozens of international flights a day, yet retains its natural laidback charm. Laze on golden sands and take in endless stretches of turquoise extending towards the horizon. Revel in coastal pleasures and stylish beachfront dining. Windsurf across the waters or immerse yourself in a culinary class celebrating Thai specialities. Dive into culture and relaxation in a tropical beachfront setting. More Details

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. More Details

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

With only 64 pool suites and pool villas dotting lush jungle overlooking white sands, Anantara Rasananda brings castaway fantasies to life. Salute the sun on a cliffside yoga platform. Dine on fresh seafood with your toes in the sand. An idyllic island off the coast of Southern Thailand, Koh Phangan is known for crystal-clear waters, laid-back vibes and world-famous full moon parties. More Details

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Anantara Riverside boasts a unique setting, with tropical gardens overlooking the Chao Phraya providing a resort feel in the middle of vibrant Bangkok. Get out and explore all the city has to offer, then return to tranquil relaxation. Enjoy signature dining experiences, from sizzling teppanyaki and Pacific Rim cuisine, to a royal Thai feast on a restored rice barge. More Details

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka on a rocky outcrop facing the Indian Ocean, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort boasts an enviably secluded setting. Pool villas dot lush grounds shaded by coconut palms. A beachfront infinity pool invites all-day unwinding. Surf the island's world-class waves. Dine cliffside. Indulge in a healing retreat with yoga, Ayurvedia spa treatments, wellness cuisine and Slumber Guru rituals. More Details

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort 

Located on the southern tip of the Island of the Gods, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort is an all-suite-and-villa cliffside paradise boasting innovative architecture and untamed natural beauty. Take in the crashing ocean below from the resort infinity pool - or indulge in a private pool villa. Ride the waves of Impossible Beach which draws surfers from around the world. Bali is a cultural mecca of temples and artists. Let Anantara guide you on insider explorations of the island. More Details

Naladhu Private Island Maldives

Elegance enveloped in ocean hues. Naladhu is a pristine private island in the South Malé Atoll. With just 19 colonial beach houses scattered around the island, cherish quiet seclusion, idyllic views and bespoke experiences. Savour intimate dining affairs in locations yours alone. Cruise the Indian Ocean on a private yacht, sailing into the tranquillity of a hypnotic sunset. Enjoy unobtrusive yet attentive service, with your very own dedicated butler. More Details

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Indulge in romantic island life in the midst of Indian Ocean beauty. Choose to hide away in your overwater or ocean bungalow for two, kissed by the sun and sea breeze, or venture out in search of authentic experiences. Dine at sea, on a deserted island, or explore the options on sister islands Dhigu and Naladhu. Movie under the stars. Explore the teeming waters surrounding the resort, whether diving below, surfing the waves, or setting sail for the horizon. More Details

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Escape to spacious villas over water 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. More Details

NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLAND MALDIVES

Cast away, together. Find a very private setting for intimate, one-of-a-kind experiences. With twin islands Play and Chill, Niyama offers the luxury of choice, catering to your holiday desires and letting you live large in a world unto yourselves. More Details

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

One of the highest located resorts in the world, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar perches on the edge of a canyon in the Hajar Mountains of northern Oman. Boasting refreshing cool temperatures and blooming desert surrounding, the resort provides the perfect escape for ultimate unplugging and exploring. Visit cave villages, Damask rose valleys, and the nearby ruins of Niwza, once known as the Pearl of Islam. Savour Arab specialities in a fort tower, shisha as you stargaze, and private canyon dine where Princess Diana once stood. Unwind with sunrise yoga and indigenous hammam rituals. More Details

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort 

One of Dubai's most iconic addresses is re-imagined in Anantara style, with the only over water villas in the UAE boasting traditional Thai architecture. Indulge in 400 m of private beach and lagoon pool access from your room. Head to the mainland to shop by longtail boat. Return to oceanfront dining and world-class spa treatments at Anantara Spa. More Details

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort

Al Sahel brings the rugged beauty of lush savannah to the desert. Wake up to the sight of gazelle grazing in front of one of only 30 safari-style villas. Drive into the nature reserve for up-close encounters with wild giraffes and Arabian oryxes. Refresh with a traditional afternoon tea out in the grasslands. Dine by bonfire light on African tribal cuisine. More Details

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort

A rustic beachfront escape in the middle of the Arabian Gulf. Inspired by a traditional Emirati fishing village, 30 barasti-style villas line the beach of the eastern side of Sir Bani Yas Island. A tranquil lagoon teems with migratory birds, and is ripe for exploration by kayak. Indulge in pool villa romance. Dine on a shoreline reserved for two. Unwind with spa treatments overlooking the ocean. More Details

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Salalah’s first and only luxury pool villa resort blends the majesty of Oman’s fortresses with lush garden serenity. Coastal refinement refreshes with a private beach of white sands, invigorating water sports, drinks on a lounger at the infinity pool and dining beside the lagoon. Heritage stirs the senses in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Baleed Archaeological Park, just next door. Spa luxuries heal with Salalah’s precious frankincense. More Details

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. More Details

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

The Royal Livingstone brings plush luxury to a wild setting, with a private pathway leading directly 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, then return to a traditional afternoon tea. Indulge in another era as you dine aboard the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored steam locomotive complete with butler service. More Details

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

Fulfil your escapist dreams on the exotic island of Bazaruto. Located off the Indian Ocean coast of Mozambique, revel in boutique villas offering dazzling views of natural beauty. Set out on dugong, turtle, dolphin and whale watching trips. Explore the island on horseback or enjoy a range of thrilling water sports. Revitalise at our expansive spa with specialist hydro facilities to invigorate and refresh. More Details
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