In Brief

Anantara Hotels announces new Thai resort

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is expanding its Thailand footprint with the addition of Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort slated to open in December this year.

One of Thailand’s last untouched islands, Koh Yao Yai is located in the middle of Phang Nga Bay halfway between Phuket and Krabi. Guests can enjoy traditional Thai culture, southern culinary delights and beaches lined with coconut and palm trees.

In addition to island-hopping, snorkelling, and diving in waters rich in coral and marine life, guests can observe the native hornbill birds, enjoy a short boat trip to Birds Nest Island or enjoy a tuk-tuk tour of the coconut and rubber plantations, and local fishing villages – the backbone of the island’s economy.

Occupying a tranquil space on the water’s edge, the 148-key Anantara Koh Yao Yai offers a pristine island getaway. The resort’s one kilometre of white sandy beach is set against a backdrop of the towering limestone formations that rise out of the waters of Phang Nga Bay. 


RAK wellness resort to use equine therapy

Anavrin Equestrian and Sports Club Resort, set up in the idyllic location of AlMatar farms near RAK Airport, is a wellness retreat soon to open in Ras Al Khaimah.

Anavrin promises to be a unique experience, offering equine therapy, in addition to programmes that rejuvenate, restore and help recover the body and soul from stressful everyday life.

An oasis of nearly 20 acres, the equestrian resort has just 31 chalets, each with a private garden, stunning views and 5-star luxury glamping.

Therapeutic programs include sports and anti-stress ayurvedic massage, culinary programs for guests, desert camping, hiking and even fishing! Celebrity wellness gurus, ayurvedic and yoga teachers as well as healers shall be frequenting the place, as per the promoters.

For those seeking something more, there are two waterfalls, one fresh, one salty, with water from each of them snaking through the property before falling into two lakes.


Hilton expands its ‘Marhaba’ programme

Hilton has announced it is expanding its ‘Marhaba’ offering – an impeccable guest experience which provides a tailored service for Middle Eastern guests travelling to Europe. The dedicated package enables guests to book at participating properties with the confidence that their cultural needs and expectations will be met every time.

On offer in almost 50 hotels across UK & Europe, the bespoke service provides Middle Eastern guests a home-from-home during their visit. The tailored package starts from the moment one arrives at the hotel, with the majority of hotels having Arabic speaking front desk and concierge team members. In-room, prayer mats are available upon request, and a selection of Arabic TV channels and newspapers are provided.

The Marhaba package offers a taste of home, with Middle Eastern delicacies available via room service, including breakfast dishes Labneh bil na’na, foul, falafel and pitta bread. Halal food is also available upon request.


ibis Styles Deira opens its doors

ibis Styles Deira, known for its playful and creative design, has opened doors in the heart of Dubai’s heritage centre, in close proximity to a plethora of cultural attractions.

Nestled in the heart of one of the city’s historic districts and bringing a fresh perspective on the modern hospitality sector, the 143-room ibis Styles Deira serves as an affordable and stylish launchpad to discover the city’s local hot spots and hidden gems. The property is a short walking distance to many of the historical wonders Dubai has to offer, offering guests the unique opportunity to explore the bustling Souks, wander along the scenic Creek waterfront and uncover the area’s many cultural attractions such as Dubai Heritage Village.

Inspired by the beauty of Arabic calligraphy and urban movement, ibis Styles Deira is a stylish reflection of the area’s rich heritage, while tastefully embracing modern elements through bold colours and designs.