Bangkok, 20 October:  Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is pleased to announce that 11 hotels and resorts have been awarded in the 2016 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The prestigious US magazine announced the results of its 29th annual awards last night in New York, which saw a selection of Anantara’s luxury properties recognised as amongst the very best in the world.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas was named #1 Resort in the Indian Ocean, and overall #2 Resort in the World, with Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara and Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort snagging the #2 and #3 Resorts in the Middle East – great achievements in these hugely popular destinations.

Amongst the accolades, six Anantara resorts were included in the Top Resorts in Asia category, including Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort at #6 and Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort Sri Lanka at #9, with both resorts also making the Best in the World Top 50 at #36 and #44 respectively. In addition Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel was awarded #17 for the Top Hotels in Southern Asia.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and among the most admired recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel”. This year, the awards received votes from over 300,000 dedicated readers for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships, and 236 islands, resulting in a list of the best travel experiences in the world, including some of Anantara’s finest properties and locations.

Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations across the world. From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise.

Ranings were as follows:

Best Resorts in the World:

#2 -Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives

#36 - Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand

#44 - Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Sri Lanka

Top Resorts in the Indian Ocean:

#1 -Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives

# 8 - Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, Maldives

Top Resorts in the Middle East:

#2 -Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi

#3 -Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort, Dubai

Top Resorts in Asia:

#6 - Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand

#9 - Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Sri Lanka

#10 - Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Thailand

#22 - Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort, Bali

#23 -Anantara Si Kao Resort, Thailand

#30 - Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Thailand

Top Hotels in Southern Asia:

#17 -Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Thailand