Anantara Sweeps 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards

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Discerning readers vote prestigious selection of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas as the Best in the World, including the #1 Resort in Thailand and the #1 Resort in the Middle East.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, voted #1 Resort in the Middle East

“The results of this year’s survey. . . are a testament to the lasting power of meaningful travel experience.”

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas wakes to news that its portfolio of luxury properties around the world has been recognized with a total of 22 accolades in the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler US and UK Readers’ Choice Awards. The magazines represent the most prestigious and highly respected ranking of hotels, as voted for by their discerning readers who classified a selection of Anantara’s luxury portfolio among the best in the world.

At the top of these great results, four resorts have been named in the overall Best Resorts in the World, with Anantara Chiang Mai Resort in Thailand achieving #4, Naladhu Private Island Maldives #5, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the UAE #29 and Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar in Oman #50, cementing an excellent overall result and placing these properties among the most inspirational, trusted and loved hotels in the world.

This year, as part of the travel industry’s most prestigious annual awards, more than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted an incredible number of responses rating their travel experiences across the globe. “The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, U.S. Editor of Condé Nast Traveler. “The winners represent the best of the best for our audience and offer plenty of trip-planning inspiration for all the adventures we can’t wait to have next.”

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, the parent company of Anantara Hotels & Resorts, also commented, “We are honored to see the number of Anantara properties included in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards grow alongside our expanding portfolio of iconic properties around the world. To see the team’s efforts recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler inspires us to push the industry to new heights.”

Anantara properties in the brand’s home country of Thailand enjoyed stunning results from North to South. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort was named #1 in the Top 20 Resorts in Thailand category, followed closely by #3 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, #5 Anantara Hua Hin Resort, #14 Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, #16 Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, #19 Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel was awarded #6 Top Hotel in Bangkok.

In the wider Asia category, Anantara Angkor Resort in Cambodia was awarded #10 in Top 20 Resorts in Asia, with Sri Lankan property Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in #12. In the Indonesia category, Anantara was also recognized scooping #8 for Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort and #13 Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.

All three Anantara properties in the Maldives were recognized in the Top 30 Indian Ocean Resorts category; #7 Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, #16 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas and #26 Anantara Veli Resort Maldives.

In the Middle East, Anantara properties continue to be voted as some of the leading resorts in the region, with Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara named #1 Resort in the Middle East for the third consecutive year. Anantara properties counted for six of the Top 10 Middle East Resorts, with #2 Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, #5 Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, #7 Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, #9 Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort and #10 Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort.

In Portugal and Zambia, Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort was ranked #21 Top Resort in Europe whilst The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara came in at #24 Top Resort in Africa.

The accolades also included Anantara sister properties in the Maldives, with Naladhu Private Island Maldives being voted #2 and Niyama Private Islands Maldives #18, both in the Top Resorts in The Indian Ocean.

Full rankings are as follows:

#4 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Thailand
#5 Naladhu Private Island Maldives
#29 Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, United Arab Emirates
#50 Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman

#1 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort                        
#3 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort    
#5 Anantara Hua Hin Resort    
#14 Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
#16 Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort                
#19 Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas                    

#6 Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

#10 Anantara Angkor Resort, Cambodia                                                                
#12 Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Sri Lanka

#8 Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort
#13 Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort

#2 Naladhu Private Island
#7 Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
#16 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
#18 Niyama Private Islands
#26 Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

#1 Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, United Arab Emirates
#2 Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
#5 Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Qatar
#7 Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Oman
#9 Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, United Arab Emirates
#10 Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, United Arab Emirates

#24 The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

#21 Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Portugal


Editor’s Notes:

Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travelers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travelers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 40 stunning hotels and resorts located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Tunisia, Portugal and Spain, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

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