It all began with its first luxury property in Thailand’s historic seaside retreat of Hua Hin, when luxury hotel group Minor Hotels launched the Anantara brand in 2001. Since then, Anantara Hotels & Resorts continued to expand in the world’s most exciting destinations — from cosmopolitan cities, lush islands, desert sands, heritage sites to uncharted beaches — and the rest is history. Today, there are 45 Anantara properties located in 13 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and it shows no signs of stopping. The luxury brand will be expanding its portfolio in 2018/19 with 8 new properties, 4 of which will mark the its entry into new destinations — namely Malaysia, Brazil, Tunisia and Mauritius.
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Opening: Late November 2018
A third property in Anantara’s portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas is located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, featuring 26 one- and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas ensconced amidst 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens. The hotel will house Sea Fire Salt, an all-day dining venue serving up abundant local seafood and regional flavours, and a swim-up bar where premium cocktails, Vietnamese craft beers and Cuban cigars will be served in a spectacular ocean-facing setting. Designed to blend into the pristine beaches and emerald waters with easy access to local cultural attractions, the hotel provides the perfect base to discover this lesser known destination in Vietnam.
Opening: Late 2018
Hailed as the first Asian hotel flag to come to Brazil, the property will offer a new gateway to South America when it joins the brand’s luxury portfolio end of this year. Located on a deserted stretch of Atlantic coastline on the tip of the Maraú Peninsula in Bahia — home to virgin rainforest, World Heritage sites, and an intoxicating fusion of Afro-Brazilian culture — Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort embodies castaway luxury. With a choice of 30 guest rooms, suites and bungalows in beachfront and garden settings, the resort pays tribute to Bahia’s ecotourism with natural design and thatched roofing that blend seamlessly with exotically landscaped gardens. World-class resort facilities include a central lagoon pool with bar, gym, tennis courts, the signature Anantara Spa and a contemporary Bahian restaurant showcasing indigenous flavours.
Opening: Early 2019
Located in the southwest of Tunisia on the edge of the formidable Sahara, Anantara Tozeur Resort rises up out of the shimmering desert, offering 93 luxurious guest rooms and villas decorated with bricks to reflect the oasis city’s distinct and beautiful architectural style. Guests can lap up the silence of the desert, dine on local cuisine under the stars, enjoy luxury hammam rituals, and luxuriate in private villas — all in the comfort of Arabian hospitality. The new-build Anantara will also make a great starting point to explore the region, with day trips across the desert include visits to the abandoned villages of Chebika, Tamerza, and Mides, and the film set of the original Star Wars.
Opening: Early 2019
As part of Desaru Coast, a new premium integrated resort located in Johor on the southern tip of Malaysia, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas is a 123-room family-oriented beachfront resort with activities that will cater guests of all ages. Boasting one of the world’s largest water theme parks, a 27-hole and 18-hole golf course and a lifestyle village housing renowned retail brands, lavish restaurants, quaint cafes and entertainment outlets, the all-in-one destination has something for everyone.
Anantara Ubud Bali Resort
Opening: Mid 2019
Joining sister hotels Anantara Seminyak and Anantara Uluwatu, Anantara Ubud Bali Resort marks the group’s third property on the Island of the Gods. A peaceful boutique hideaway surrounded by rice fields and terraces beyond, the low-rise architecture unfolds across lush terrain in harmony with local design aesthetics. The boutique hideaway will offer a total of 70 suites and pool villas, alongside several dining venues, a bar and pool lounge, meeting facilities, a gym and a spa. Surrounded by stunning landscape, guests will have no lack of opportunities for adventure in picturesque town of Ubud, with volcano peaks, rice-terraced valleys and jungle hot springs all worthy of exploration.
Opening: Late 2019
With a prime location just 8 km from Hongqiao International Airport, the 262-room Anantara Shanghai Minhang Hotel is situated in the rapidly developing business district of Minhang. Ideal for corporate travellers, one of the highlights of the hotel is the Kasara Executive Lounge, offering all-day refreshments and private meeting rooms for complimentary use. The Shanghai property is not only a perfect gateway to the metropolis, but also a health retreat with wellness facilities, including a Muay Thai kickboxing ring, lush sky garden and signature Anantara Spa.
Anantara Lijiang Resort
Opening: Late 2019
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lijiang, a 1,000-year-old settlement on the ancient Silk Road, Anantara Lijiang Resort boasts traditional-meets-contemporary aesthetics of timber and glass pavilions framed by dramatic views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Modelled on the landscaping of Lijiang’s Old Town, private villas are clustered around traditional canals, with the most extravagant, the presidential villa, situated on its own island. There’s plenty to explore in the area: Think lanterned cobblestone streets and canal bridges of the nearby Old Town, shop houses offering tea and ethnic Naxi handicrafts, Blue Moon Valley at the foot of the mountains — and the hotel’s island spa for the ultimate pampering.
Opening: Late 2019
Located in Blue Bay on Mauritius’s southeast coast, Anantara Le Chaland Resort offers laidback beachfront living, with thatched roof design and 164 guest rooms exotically appointed with indigenous décor, reflecting the rich melting pot history of the island. Surrounded by luminescent Indian Ocean waters and powdery white beaches, Blue Bay is a sought-after snorkelling and diving destination with pristine coral reefs for travellers looking for underwater adventures. The high-end resort will also offer dining by the beach and spa in paradisiacal surrounds — all in the untouched beauty of the island.