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“World’s Best” Awards by Travel + Leisure USA

Anantara scoops six awards this summer

Travel + Leisure USA recently announced results of its “World’s Best” Awards. Voted for by the readers, Anantara Dhigu, Maldives and Anantara Golden Triangle, Thailand, ranked 6th and 8th respectively in Asia. Globally Anantara Maldives and Anantara Golden Triangle continue to make their mark coming 37th and 53rd out of 100 in the worldwide listing.

Continuing the trend, Anantara Dhigu out did its competitors in ISLANDS magazine’s! Coveted as one of the magazines “Top 10 Best Island Beaches”, the resort was the only resort in the Maldives to make the top 10 and was also chosen for the front cover of the September/October 2009 issue.

True to the Anantara brand, Anantara Hua Hin made its mark as one of the best ‘Spas in an Overseas Hotel’ in the annual Conde Nast Traveller 2009 Reader Awards. Readers also commented that Anantara Hua Hin offers the best accommodation for an overseas spa. 

Anantara Phuket, which opened in October 2008, also made the top 20 ‘Overseas Leisure Hotels in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent’, a category where readers were asked to vote on their favourite hotel according to geographical location.

Less than a year after opening both Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara and Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa have topped the charts in Elite Traveler’s annual “101 Top Hotel Suites of the World 2009” list. Established in 2001, Elite Traveler is the travel and lifestyle magazine of the rich and famous.

As the only property in Abu Dhabi to make the elite list, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara’s exclusive Royal Villa was chosen for being the ultimate in privacy. Showcasing the best of Arabian decor, contemporary design and modern convenience each of the two Royal Villas come equipped with the best standards of luxury services including a 24/7 butler. These airy abodes feature two bedrooms, living and lounge space, kitchenette, dining area, private splash pools and boast direct access to the beach.

Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa was awarded for its secluded Private Villa, haled as a “private haven” by Elite Traveler. The luxurious suite is formed from four traditional Thai villas set on customary stilts, joined by a wooden deck. The retreat is set on private grounds adjacent to the Chao Mai National Park forest beach overlooking a five mile stretch of unspoiled beachfront.

“It is indeed a great honour for us to not only be recognized by some of the leading travel publications in the world, but to be placed at the top of these lists. These awards are testament to Anantara’s dedication to service, our unique philosophy and unparalleled luxurious settings. We strive to provide our valued guests with a truly distinctive and indigenous experience,” said William E Heinecke, CEO of Minor International, the owning company of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.