From the myriad blues of the Maldives, to the towering sand dunes of Abu Dhabi, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas around the globe showcase a variety of revelry and indulgence in the run-up to the 2018 holiday season.
For those looking to round off the year feeling balanced and restored, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is proud to announce the opening of The Deluxe Spa Pool Villa, the first of its kind in the Maldives. This enhanced villa offers guests a dedicated spa therapist catering solely to their in-villa spa requirements, as well as meditation practices and private water aerobics. Anantara Kihavah Spa also boasts an array of innovative new therapies that detoxify and cleanse, rejuvenating the body from inside out. Cocoon Medical Spa offers aesthetic and wellness treatments for weight loss and skin problems, whilst tailored Ayurvedic programmes combine non-invasive treatments and exercises to rebalance one’s vital energies or doshas.
Younger guests are equally pampered at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique, with a limited edition Chocolate Spa session including massage and mini facial to revive and refresh. All pamper sessions are accompanied by milk and cookies as well as a storytelling session under the lushly tropical trees that surround Anantara Spa.
Little ones needn’t pout, as Santa Claus has already scheduled a variety of stops at Anantara Resorts along his whistle-stop global tour. In Abu Dhabi, Santa will commission special use of a fleet of camels to drop by Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, before switching to horseback to visit Sir Bani Yas Island’s Anantara resorts. At Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Santa will take a rest at the enchanting Tree House restaurant to sample treats freshly baked by the younger guests and maybe just read a story to thank them. In the Maldives, Santa will arrive at Anantara Veli Resort aboard a jet ski, before leading the charge of restless guests looking to burn off festive indulgence at the annual ‘Chase-A-Santa’ fun run around Anantara Dhigu Resort. Children aged eight years and over can even go on an underwater present hunt, searching for surprises left hidden among the coral.
On the coconut fringed shores of Sri Lanka, Santa will be joined by his assistant Santerina, to visit Anantara Kalutara Resort by boat. Kids will welcome them ashore from the banks of the lagoon before receiving a festive gift. Anantara Kalutara has also joined forces with their local community to create a HOPE Christmas Tree. Less privileged children in the area will each write a festive wish to leave on the tree, guests can then pick a wish and make it come true by offering the gift for the child to present at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Over the festive period in Vietnam, indulge in a sumptuous brunch at The Artspace, a new innovative art and dining concept at Anantara Hoi An Resort featuring original artwork in a variety of media created by local artists. Guests can don their finery to sip Champagne whilst drinking in the works of revered local artists and photographers. It’s the ideal spot from where to fuel up before getting setting out onto La Rue Des Arts to get lost among the picturesque backstreets of UNESCO heritage site, Hoi An Ancient Town.
Meanwhile, Bangkok’s most prestigious address, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, welcomes holidaymakers and well-heeled residents alike for the most lavish brunch spread in town. Caviar, lobster and freshly shucked oysters are served alongside a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Kids of all ages will be wide-eyed at the dazzling array of desserts, cakes and patisseries all specially decorated with a touch of festive sparkle. The local children’s choir of Bangkok will serenade diners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Down in the leafy island of Phuket, Zuma will pop-up again at Anantara Layan Resort to infuse Japanese flavours to this slice of paradise until February 2019. Whether from the main kitchen, grill, or sushi counter, guests can enjoy these modern takes on traditional Japanese cuisines while DJs spin mellow tunes in a breezy beachfront atmosphere.
New Year’s Eve will be a sparkling occasion at Anantara’s sister property in The Maldives, Niyama Private Islands. Britain’s Got Talent dance troupe, Diversity Juniors, futuristic illusionist and magician extraordinaire, Hara, as well as legendary Ronnie Scott’s Soho nightclub residents, Soul Family descended upon nature’s playground for a party that won’t be forgotten.
Discover more about any of the festive activities and journeys by Anantara Hotels & Resorts, by visiting Anantara.com