Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Anantara Bophut: A new name to a familiar lap of luxury
Anantara Koh Samui has become known as Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui as a result of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas’ expansion from one resort to two on this exquisite tropical island.
Anantara’s first island hideaway, now known as Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui, opened in November 2004. The boutique style hideaway bestows guests with a choice of 106 rooms and suites, all boasting enviable views; some over azure waters and white sands of Bophut Bay towards the island of Koh Phangan and others over the lush tropical gardens designed by internationally renowned architect Bill Bensley. The sophisticated allure of exotic island life is enhanced by a dramatic 30-metre infinity-edge pool overlooking the beach, alongside the much coveted Anantara Spa with private pavilion treatment suites. Set on 11 acres of beachfront next to the laid-back haven of Fisherman’s Village on the north coast of Samui, Anantara Bophut is less than a 10 minute drive from the airport; a convenience that is matched by its new sister resort.
Anantara’s newest family member to reside on Samui’s fabled shores is Anantara Lawana, Koh Samui. Welcoming its first guests in November 2009, this beautiful resort is inspired by the island’s Chinese merchant heritage and occupies a secluded and pristine stretch of sand along Samui’s famously long North Chaweng Beach. A choice of 122 rooms, suites and clusters of villas sharing exclusive pools, are joined by a second Anantara Spa and unique fine dining experiences, while the vibrant buzz of Chaweng is only a stone’s throw away.
Explore Koh Samui the Anantara way, with Anantara Bophut and the new Anantara Lawana.
For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means 'without end', symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas initially opened in the seaside town of Hua Hin and on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, and in the Golden Triangle in the country’s north. In the world-renowned destination of the Maldives, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli are a 30-minute boat ride from the capital Male.
Anantara Seminyak debuted in April 2008 in the most fashionable district of Bali – the Island of the Gods. Late 2008 saw the opening of Anantara Phuket, situated in the serenity of Mai Khao Beach, Thailand, followed by Desert Islands on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, and Anantara Si Kao which lies on the secluded Changlang Beach area south of Krabi, Thailand.
Anantara Baan Rajprasong in Bangkok opened its doors 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’s second Koh Samui hideaway, the Chinese-inspired Anantara Lawana nestling the island’s famously long Chaweng Beach, Anantara Koh Samui became known as Anantara Bophut.
2010 will see a trio of new properties welcoming guests across Asia and the Middle East to further enhance Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas’ enviable worldwide portfolio. Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives is poised for its grand opening in July 2010, to be joined by Anantara Al Madina A'Zarqa in Oman and Anantara Sanya in China towards the end of the year.
For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.com
Anantara is a member of Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel groups. GHA partner hotels are renowned for reflecting and respecting local traditions and culture through their products and services. www.globalhotelalliance.com