Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, resorts and spas,is expanding its portfolio across Asia, the Indian Oceana and the Middle East to encompass 50 properties within the next five years.

The group currently boasts seven thriving resorts in Thailand, two in the Maldives, one in Bali and two Middle East additions (12 in total), and enthusiastically anticipates the debut of seven new resorts in China, the Maldives, Bali, Oman and the UAE by the end of 2011. Such growth reflects a 60% expansion of the portfolio in existing and new markets.

Opening in 2011:

1. Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives will offer the ultimate in privacy and luxury. Each of the 78 spacious over-water and beach suites are set within the lush tropical nature of the island with private infinity pools, high ceilings, timber interiors and terrazzo floors. The resort will boast five dining options including an underwater dining experience showcasing the idyllic location of the dazzling Indian Ocean. Guests can also enjoy the signature Anantara Spa journey and enjoy a wide range of unique Maldivian cultural experiences. The resort is scheduled to open in January 2011.

2. Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa is situated on the serene Luhuitou Peninsula, Xiaodonghai, on the southernmost point of Hainan Island in south China. The luxury boutique property will comprise of 128 guestrooms and 20 pool villas flanked by two beaches, Xiaodonghai Bay and Luhuitou Bay, and a coastline that stretch of over 1000 metres. The renowned Sanya tourism attraction, Luhuitou Park, is located on the hill overlooking the peninsula and provides a setting for 1000 year old romantic fables as well as panoramic views of the vast sea, the rolling mountains and Sanya city, which is only 3 km away.

3. Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa is located in the midst of the Hengduan Mountains, Xishuangbanna in Yunnan province, an idyllic mountainous setting fringing northern Laos. The resort is set on the banks of the Luosuo River and will feature 103 guestrooms with Dai characteristics, including 80 deluxe rooms and 23 pool villas. The region is home to the indigenous Dai people who are renowned for their folklore and colourful festivals such as the water splashing celebration.

Xishuangbanna is rich in nature including rain forests, rare plants and wildlife such as the Asian elephant which is still found in the wild. Nearby Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport provides connections to Shangri La, in addition to major hubs such as Kunming and Beijing.

4. Anantara Al Madina A’Zarqa Resort & Spa, Oman is set on a natural peninsula jutting into the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Oman. The 122 room luxury resort and spa is located 60 minutes from the historical city of Muscat and just 40 minutes from Seeb International Airport in Muscat. The traditional Arabian architecture will be seamlessly blended with modern innovation and service. The award-winning Anantara Spa will offer a rejuvenating and relaxing experience.

5. Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa is set to open in Bali, the island of a thousand temples, and the island of paradise. Perched high on a limestone cliff on Bali’s south-western tip, each of the suites at Anantara Uluwatu offers unobstructed views of the ocean and the infamous Balinese sunset. The resort will feature 77 spacious suites and three international dining options in a contemporary and comfortable setting. The warmth of local culture and the indigenous natural elements give a unique welcome that is always longed by holiday seekers.

6. Al Sahel by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island will be a unique addition to the destination of Abu Dhabi. 30 luxury chalets, each with private plunge pools, will be set in the west section of the Arabian Wildlife Park. Overlooking the rugged landscape and salt-dome hilltops, the rustic lodges will be surrounded by a lush grass savannah, affording guests’ uninterrupted views of grazing sand gazelles, as well as Arabia’s elusive mountain gazelle and Oryx.

7. Al Yamm by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island will offer tranquil sea facing chalets on the beautiful eastern shores of Sir Bani Yas Island, surrounded by natural sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The spacious chalets will also edge a peaceful lagoon rich with high mangroves, treating guests to stunning views of the elegant flamingos that favour this verdant sanctuary.

"We’ve come a long way since our first resort opening in 2001," said Mr. Peter Carmichael, Senior Vice President, Anantara. "As we move into our tenth anniversary year we will open seven stunning new resorts that will offer guests luxury and tranquility in surroundings that are culturally and environmentally uplifting. As we continue to expand, our initial goal of providing a unique and authentic destination experience for all our guests will always remain the same."

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