Anantara celebrates Maldives opening

Anantara Resort Maldives opened on August 1. The latest addition to the Anantara portfolio is a five-star boutique hideaway on the South Male Atoll, located 30kms from the Maldivian capital of Male.

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By  Sarah Campbell Published  August 16, 2006

Anantara Resort Maldives opened on August 1. The latest addition to the Anantara portfolio is a five-star boutique hideaway on the South Male Atoll, located 30kms from the Maldivian capital of Male. The new Anantara Resort is spread across five acres of tropical terrain on Dhigufinolhu Island. Maldivian architect Mohamed Shafeeg, together with Thailand-based interior design company Abacus headed by John Lightbody, created the resort to complement Anantara's existing properties in Thailand. “Anantara offers stylish holiday experiences that invoke a sense of tranquillity and privacy within natural landscapes,” said Christopher Stafford, vice president and general manager, Anantara. “Our resort in the Maldives is a fitting complement to our Thailand properties as it offers guests a distinctive setting, world-class facilities and a culturally and environmentally uplifting experience.” The resort comprises of 68 beachfront villas, two beachfront pool villas, 38 over-water suites and two over-water pool suites all set around a natural, private lagoon. The villas range from 120m² to 165m² in size, and feature garden courtyards with both a rain shower and the signature Anantara 'made for two' terrazzo bathtubs. All villas and suites feature a full range of home theatre and entertainment options including LCD satellite television and high-speed internet access. As an Anantara resort, the spa facility is a central focus of the island. The spa features nine treatment suites each with specially constructed glass floors to enable guests to view the vibrant marine life beneath the waters. In addition to an Ayurvedic room and one for Indian mud therapy, the spa offers a menu of treatments and therapies using natural elixirs and oils. Other recreational facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, outdoor tennis courts and an infinity-edge freshwater swimming pool. Food and beverage facilities include Italian bistro, Terrazzo; all-day dining restaurant Fushi Café; the Fuddan Fusion Frill, and Thai restaurant, Baan Huraa. The resort also features the Anantara Cooking School. Here the resort's culinary team share some tricks of the trade and demonstrate how to create Thai, Indian and Italian dishes. Anantara maintains that great care has been taken to ensure minimum impact to the region's fragile environment in creating the Anantara Resort Maldives. A minimal amount of flora has been removed and the focus has been on relocating structures rather than the destruction of any trees. To ensure maximum privacy and tranquillity for guests, all operational facilities are located on a separate island.

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