Following an exciting yet gradual industry recovery, 2023 is being billed as the year to book those truly unforgettable experiences in far-flung and exotic destinations of which dreams are made. Anantara Hotels, Resorts, and Spas has created a wish list of 23 incredible adventures for 2023 to help travellers decide where to go and which trip of a lifetime to take, including snorkelling with sharks in the Maldives, surfing in Sri Lanka, dining in the ancient temples of Angkor, and zooming around the streets of Rome by Vespa.
Dine in a secluded Angkor temple
Dinner is served in the heart of an ancient civilisation at Anantara Angkor Resort in Cambodia, in the central sanctuary of a heritage Angkor Wat temple hidden among lush jungle, with nothing but stars and carefully restored ancient statuary for company.
Meet the local tribes of China
Guests at Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort in China can trek into the mountains to meet the locals in the Dai Tribe villages on Yunnan's southernmost border with Myanmar and Laos.
Vintage shopping in Hungary
Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel is giving culture seekers the opportunity to explore Budapest's historically fascinating city in a vintage Volkswagen Samba Convertible.
Relax with sound therapy in Bali
As people seek greater connection to nature and self-care trips become more popular, Anantara has created experiences to soothe the soul, such as sound therapy sessions in the tranquil Indonesian jungle at the soon-to-be-opened Anantara Bali Ubud Resort.
Take a refreshing dip in Dublin
Guests staying at The Marker Dublin Hotel, which joined the Anantara portfolio this spring, can cool off in the Dn Laoghaire Baths, which reopened after a 25-year hiatus. A gazebo, cafe, artists' studios, changing area, and beach garden have all been newly designed.
By Vespa, explore Rome's hidden passageways
The Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel invites guests to discover the city's artistic charms and tantalising flavours in an iconic Vespa sidecar, zipping through cobblestone alleys like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
Cruise through the Belungkor Forest's mangroves
The resident naturalist at Malaysia's Anantara Desaru Coast Resort leads guests on a hunt for hermit crabs, Asian water monitors, oriental garden lizards, geckos, dusky leaf monkeys, and other wildlife.
Sharks and manta rays can be seen while snorkelling in the Maldives.
From Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, explore the Indian Ocean in search of shy nurse sharks gathered in their dozens at South Male Atoll, or visit world-renowned Hanifaru Bay, part of the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve, to swim with majestic manta rays, gentle giants of the ocean.
Mauritius Rum Tasting
Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort, located in the south-eastern corner of Mauritius, combines the best of local culture and history in a luxurious setting. Hike through the lush La Vallée de Ferney and try Le Rhumerie De Chamarel, a rum distillery that still grows sugarcane.
Seeing whales in Mozambique
Guests at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot humpback whales during their annual migration between July and September.
In Amsterdam, take a canal cruise
As the team at Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam takes you on a city sights tour along the famed Amsterdam canals, feast on a sumptuous breakfast aboard a private boat.
Diana's Point will make you feel on top of the world
Guests at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman can practise their yoga moves or simply enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of the Green Mountain at Diana's Point, the viewing platform where Princess Diana once stood.
Play a round of golf at the Portugal Masters
While staying at Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, golf enthusiasts can spend their days on the Victoria Golf Course. Wake up to one of Europe's finest golf courses on your doorstep, and play a few rounds in the privileged location where the Portugal Masters is held each year.
After the FIFA World Cup, explore Qatar
Guests staying at the exclusive Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara or the newly opened The Plaza Doha by Anantara can visit some of the city's numerous world-class museums, visit spectacular stadiums, or explore the desert dunes and the Inland Sea.
Enjoy the Seychelles
Perhaps the dream is to do nothing in paradise and be catered to on every whim. Guests at Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas can relax in their private pool villa with the Beyond All Inclusive package.
Take a walk through Spain's picturesque olive groves
Guests at Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort can marvel at the sights of the River Guadalevin in Andalusia's picturesque Ronda, dine on tapas in the Old Town, and walk through vineyards and olive groves on the way home.
Visit Sri Lanka and go surfing
Travel to Sri Lanka's southern coast, where Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is an ideal base for those looking to catch a wave. Guests have year-round access to a Surf Guru, an expertly trained professional with intimate knowledge of the region's best breaks, thanks to a partnership with Australian-based boutique surf company Tropicsurf.
In the Golden Triangle, sleep under the stars.
Staying in one of the unique Jungle Bubbles at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in northern Thailand brings you closer to nature than anything else. Sleep under the stars and wake up to elephants gently grazing outside your private jungle haven.
Fly over the Andaman Sea on a zipline
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort in Thailand has recently added a 400-meter zipline to its Layan Active Zone cliffside. The zipline, suspended 15 metres above the ground with elevated views of the spectacular Layan Beach, allows thrill seekers to soar through the air for the ultimate adrenaline rush.
In the desert, traditional fine dining
The delicious dining concept at Tunisia's Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort & Villas allows guests to enter a traditional Berber tent dressed in woven cushions and rugs and hosted by a private butler.
The Empty Quarter has surf sand dunes
The team at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara will take guests on a dune riding adventure in the world's largest desert by camel, horse, or 4x4 in the dazzling desert of the UAE.
Travel back in time on a train in Vietnam
The Vietage takes guests on a luxurious railway journey through Central Vietnam's lush landscapes and spectacular coastlines, connecting the heritage charm of Hoi An and the sparkling shores of Quy Nhon. The Vietage combines old-world charm, breathtaking views, and fine dining.
In Zambia, take to the skies.
Discover the natural wonder from above with a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls from the Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara. Look for lush green islands, hippos, crocodiles, and elephants grazing in or along the mighty Zambezi below.
Anantara operates five Maldives resorts. Every Anantara hotel on the island has its own distinct style. Find your groove on your preferred island. Anantara's gurus and islanders will be on hand to make your moments memorable wherever you choose to anchor. Make your Maldives island vacation fit your schedule and interests.