Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

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Anantara Hotels, Resort & Spa
Industry Hospitality, Hotels
Founded Bangkok (2001)
Founder William Heinecke
Headquarters Soi Rubia 99, Sukhumvit 42, Bangkok, Thailand
Number of locations
31 [1]
Area served
Key people
Mr. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO, Minor Hotels Group
Products Hotels, Resorts, Spas
Number of employees
50,000+ [2]
Parent Minor International

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is a luxury resort and spa operator based in Bangkok, Thailand, operating 28 resorts across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, with its spa brand expanded into Africa.[1]

The Anantara brand is part of Minor International Plc;[3] a hospitality and leisure company based in Thailand with 97 properties in a portfolio including the Four Seasons, Marriott International, Oaks Hotels Resorts, Per AQUUM, AVANI Hotels alongside the MSpa international spa brands - Mandara, Aequalis and the individually Tailored Spa collection.[4]


Anantara’s brand symbol of two water jugs has roots in ancient Sanskrit. For hundreds of years in Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara means 'without end', symbolising this hospitable sharing of water.


The first Anantara resort opened in 2001 in Thailand’s seaside resort town of Hua Hin.[5] As part of an expansion and refurbishment, a team of international designers, including landscape architect Bill Bensley,[6] transformed pre-existing property into the first Anantara. The interior and exterior designs were modeled on a traditional Thai village.[7] As part of its efforts to make Anantara Hua Hin an experience-based hotel, the resort included Thai cooking courses, a weekly onsite floating market and instruction in traditional Thai kickboxing, known as muay thai, in its activity programme.

Using Anantara Hua Hin as the model, Anantaras were then created in the Golden Triangle area of northern Thailand to include interactive adventures at the resort’s on-site Elephant Camp and in Koh Samui - a Thai island in the Gulf of Siam. In 2006 Anantara opened Anantara Maldives, which later split into two resorts, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli, both a 30-minute boat ride from the capital Male.

Anantara Seminyak in Bali debuted in April 2008 along the Seminyak coastline. Late 2008 saw the opening of Anantara Phuket in Thailand, the all-villas resort situated along Mai Khao Beach on the island of Phuket, followed by Desert Islands on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi to include rare wildlife encounter activities, and Anantara Si Kao on secluded Changlang Beach located an hour south of Krabi along the Andaman’s deserted shoreline.

Anantara Baan Rajprasong opened its doors in the heart of Bangkok just a one minute walk from the city’s sky train in April 2009 to become the first serviced suites property for the Anantara group, while Qasr Al Sarab opened in October 2009 in the legendary Liwa desert near Abu Dhabi. In November 2009 with the unveiling of Anantara Lawana, which nestles the island’s famously long north end of Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui to become Anantara’s second property on the island, the original Anantara Koh Samui became known as Anantara Bophut.

Anantara has expanded its network of properties over the years to include three resorts in China,[8] two resorts each on the Indonesian island of Bali[9] and in Vietnam,[10] a total of 13 properties throughout Thailand[11] as well as a river cruise experience,[12] four properties in Maldives,[13] six in the UAE[14] and a property near Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park[15] and on Qatar’s Banana Island.[16] As part of its expansion, Anantara has opened two resorts in Mozambique[17] and one in Zambia.[18]

Environmental initiatives[edit]

18 Anantara hotels and resorts have achieved Green Globe Certification adhering to sustainable and eco friendly practices.[19]


Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF)[edit]

Initiated in 2006, this foundation has been engaged in rescuing more than 30 street elephants in Thailand and is also involved in providing education and employment to mahouts and their families. GTAEF also partners with government and non-governmental organisations and has established a research facility that focuses on scientifically researching the intelligence and behaviour of elephants. This research facility is the first of its kind in the world.[20]

The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation (MKMTF)[edit]

Set up by the Minor Hotel Group, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation (MKMTF) is engaged in protecting and conserving endangered sea turtles in and around Phuket in Thailand. A special area of focus is the beach at Mai Khao where turtles still come to nest. As part of its conservation efforts, the foundation collects turtle eggs from areas where they are under threat. They are then handed over to the Royal Thai Navy and the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) who provide a safe haven for the eggs to hatch and help to ensure the young turtles safely make their way to sea.[21]

The Heinecke Foundation[edit]

Named after Minor International’s CEO and Chairman, Mr. William E. Heinecke, this foundation focuses on supporting children in Thailand by offering scholarships that will help in their education.[22]


Dollar For Deeds[edit]

As part of this programme, guests staying at an Anantara resort in Thailand can make a donation of US $1 which the property will match in equal amount. The funds will be utilised as donations to three main foundations namely the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation, the Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Centre at Chulalongkorn Hospital and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds[edit]

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is involved in a variety of projects and programmes whereby a good deed takes place at least once a day at one of its resorts. Projects carried out under this initiative include the planting of mangroves in the UAE, coral adoption programmes in the Maldives and rescuing street elephants in Thailand.

The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament[edit]

This tournament which is held in order to raise funds for and improve the welfare of street elephants is held annually in Thailand. It features rescued elephants as well as 50 street elephants that are given care and proper nutrition, while the money raised during the tournament is donated to elephant charities in Thailand.[23]

Elephant Parade 2015[edit]

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is teaming up with founders of the Elephant Parade to host a special art exhibition to support Asian Elephants. The exhibition will feature over 100, 1.5 metre elephant statues that have been adorned and painted by a variety of celebrities and artists. They will be displayed in the streets and will subsequently be auctioned off, while the money raised will be used to support conservation projects.[24]


Groups and organizations that have given Anantara properties’ awards include:


Anantara Hotels & Resorts became a member of Global Hotel Alliance in 2008[34] which consists of an alliance of independent hotel brands and offers partnership programmes and benefits to its members.

Anantara is also partnered with hotel and resort associations, including:


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  19. ^ Green Globe Certification  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Luxe Adventure Traveler  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ The Heinecke Foundation  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  25. ^ Buchmeyer, Jon Paul. "Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa: World Savers Awards 2011". Condé Nast Traveller. Condé Nast. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  26. ^ In 2009, Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui’s Full Moon restaurant was awarded Thailand Tatler’s ‘2009 Thailand’s Best Restaurants’, for the third year in a row
  27. ^ Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best’ Awards for 2009: 6th in Asia and 37th worldwide for Anantara Dhigu, Maldives; 8th in Asia and 53rd worldwide for Anantara Golden Triangle, Thailand
  28. ^ In 2009, Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui’s Full Moon restaurant was awarded Wine Spectator’s ‘Award of Excellence’, for the fourth year in a row
  29. ^ World Travel Awards  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. ^ MSPA International  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ Luxury Hotel Awards  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ Luxury Hotel Awards  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  33. ^ Hotels Mag  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  34. ^ Hospitality Net  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  35. ^ Kiwi Collection
  36. ^ Small Luxury Hotels of the World
  37. ^ The Leading Hotels of the World
  38. ^ Virtuoso: Specialists in the Art of Travel

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