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Press Release | 18 April 2017

Bangkok, 18 April 2017:  Condé Nast Traveler US today announced the winners of its 2017 HOT LIST, with both Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka and Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman recognised in the prestigious annual list.

The Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2017 recognises the best properties around the world that have opened their doors in the last year. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, parent company of Anantara, comments, “We are absolutely delighted that not one but two of our newest Anantara resorts have made the 2017 Conde Nast Traveler Hot List, which is a great achievement and acknowledgement of our luxury Anantara brand. Both properties have established themselves as a leading luxury resort in their respective countries, and their inclusion in the prestigious Hot List is testament to the impressive products and immersive luxury experiences that guests can enjoy at Anantara hotels and resorts.”

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort offers guests a unique resort experience in Sri Lanka. Located on the island’s southern coastline, the resort is set on a secluded stretch of beach amidst a 21-acre coconut plantation. Each of the 120 guest rooms and 32 private pool villas exude serenity and the spacious interiors blend comfortable luxury with modern amenities. On the culinary side, guests can enjoy Sri Lanka’s distinctive flavours and international tastes with dining experiences include a stunning cliff edge, shoreline and poolside settings. A plethora of landscapes and activities is easily accessible, including varied wildlife in the southern national parks and ocean, and learning to surf at nearby unspoilt beaches.

The property has established itself as one of the leading resorts on the island and has achieved significant international recognition during the first year of opening, including being named in Conde Nast Traveler US 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards as #44 in the Best Resorts in the World and #9 in the Top Resorts in Asia.

Magnificently perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the rocky contours of Oman’s ‘Green Mountain’, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is the highest five star resort in the Middle East and second highest in the world. Located a scenic two-hour drive from Muscat, in a climate 15 degrees cooler than the rest of the Gulf region, the resort offers an exhilarating escape for culture and history enthusiasts and is sensitively designed to sit comfortably within its remarkable locale while ensuring the breath-taking view remains centre-stage. With 82 guest rooms and 33 pool villas furnished with rich and authentic Omani designs, the property beckons the intrepid traveller for immersions in a rich local culture and indulgent adventures, including wadi hikes, rock climbing, via ferrata, mountain biking and more.

“Our annual Hot List, a rigorous selection of our favorite new hotel openings of the past year, is a predictor of what properties will stand the test of time, make history, and let you reimagine how you want to live and travel” commented Pilar Guzmán in her editor’s letter, “Our goal is that these properties spark the heat of early romance in the beginning, and then eventually settle into enduring love.”

Anantara currently operates 38 hotels and resorts in 12 countries, having recently added its first property in Europe with the launch earlier this month of Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort in Portugal. 

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Natasha Rhymes
Director of PR & Corporate Communications 

Rebecca Dowling 
PR Manager