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Mice Net : February 2009
asia update asia's new tropical escapes STORy By Johanna Mc Kinnon ThAilAnd And MAlAysiA are sporting some new properties that offer great appeal to the meetings and incentive travel market. Tanjung sanctuary Resort Langkawi is located in Malaysia’s north western peninsular, and is now home to the luxurious new Tanjung Sanctuary Resort which recently reopened following a year-long refurbishment. Occupying just six acres of its 62 acre plot, the boutique property has just 32 rooms or 16 villas. Each of the rooms have either stunning forest, beach or headland views. The units are 81 square metres in size and include a balcony, in-room dining table, a sofa set, 40-inch wall mounted LCD TV, an electronic safe and mini-bar. Guests can also make the most of the large spacious bathroom that features a Japanese-style bath. The Tanjung Sanctuary Resort is surrounded with exotic flora and fauna. On land ancient hardwood trees are home to hornbills and dusky-leaf and crab-eating monkeys, while in the water pink dolphins can often be spotted frolicking off the property’s private beach. Tanjung Sanctuary Resort’s GM, John MacNeill said the property really does offer a private retreat surrounded by nature. “We aim to appeal to guests who want a luxury experience in a resort which is proud to show its Langkawi heritage through its design, setting and the staff’s unbeatable local knowledge,” he said. anantara si Kao Resort & spa The Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa opened in December 2008 and is the latest addition to the Anantara family of resorts that are dotted around Thailand. The luxury resort is located on the secluded Changlang Beach south of Krabi, which is a region that is considered one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. Situated approximately an hour’s drive from Krabi International Airport, the resort is surrounded by a long stretch of sand, Casuarina trees and tropical islands on the horizon. The Anantara Si Kao Resort is made up of 138 deluxe rooms and suites which are set amongst Bill Bensley-designed gardens and feature stunning views of the Andaman Sea. Each room has Thai-inspired décor, a luxurious bathroom with a terrazzo tub for two and a private balcony or terrace. The resort also has seven pool suites with 28 square metre plunge pools with unspoilt ocean views. The property also features a stand-alone conference centre with a separate entrance and parking, and equipped with an overhead LCD projector, whiteboards, flip charts, conference microphone system and audio-visual equipment. Corporate groups can also utilise facilities of the business centre and the WiFi lounge, and there’s a range of on-site team-building programs available. ABOVE LEFT: Had Pak Meng sunset, Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa. ABOVE RIGHT: Anantara Suite balcony, Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa. mice.net 197