Anantara announces new hotels in Dubai, Thailand and Saudi Arabia

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is expanding its global footprint with new hotels in Dubai, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. 

Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel will be the brand’s third property in the United Arab Emirates city when it joins the portfolio on July 1. 

The 252-key property will be positioned as a ‘lifestyle hub’ with a range of food and beverage outlets and a dedicated wellness floor including a gym, swimming pool and an Anantara Spa. 

Rooms and suites will feature views of Downtown Dubai, with some including the Burj Khalifa.

The brand said experiences and “luxury touch points” will be introduced over the coming months, with a series of property enhancements commencing later in 2022. 

Anantara also recently announced the addition of a new-build property on Thailand’s Koh Yao Yai Island, which is slated to open in December 2022. 

Koh Yao Yai is located in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, halfway between Phuket and Krabi. 

The 148-key Anantara Koh Yao Yai resort will offer a selection of oceanfront suites, one and two-bedroom beachfront pool villas and sea view pool penthouses. 

The property will also feature a free-form swimming pool, a large indoor-outdoor kids’ club, meeting space, state-of-the-art fitness centre and a water sports centre. 

Dining options will include an ocean-facing dining restaurant serving Thai and Asian dishes, an all-day lobby restaurant and bar with an evolving, international menu, a pool bar and an organic farm. 

Anantara’s parent company Minor Hotels also recently confirmed it had entered into a memorandum of understanding with Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) to develop an Anantara property in Saudi Arabia. 

Diriyah is located just outside the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where DGDA is transforming more than 11 sq km into a large cultural and lifestyle development.

Minor Hotels confirmed the hotel is currently in the final stages of planning, with further details of the upcoming property announced soon. 

The Anantara portfolio now comprises over 40 hotels and resorts.

Pictured: Abdulla Aujan, executive chairman of Aujan Group Holding, and Amir Golbarg, senior vice president of operations for the Middle East & Africa, at the signing ceremony for Anantara Downtown Dubai.

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