Anantara Hotels Resorts and Spas has announced the appointment of Brett Wilson as General Manager of the new Anantara Bangkok Sathorn, the company’s first Bangkok hotel, due to open in February 2011.
With twin towers reaching 37 floors, Anantara Bangkok, Sathorn is a superb new landmark in the capital’s central business and entertainment districts, which is poised to offer business and leisure guests a new level of integrated luxury experiences.
Mr. Wilson started his career in the hotel industry with the Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation (SPHC) – one of the leading hotel groups of the Pacific Rim. He went on to secure a General Manager position very early on in his career when he joined the Rydges Hotel Group, which included a string of incredible achievements catapulting him through 13 years of notable promotions. Wilson’s career with Rydges Hotels & Resorts culminated in an Area General Manager for New South Wales role with responsibility for six hotels in the boutique brand.
His career path saw him move on to manage properties for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) where Wilson was appointed General Manager of Crowne Plaza, Queenstown. Wilson moved with IHG to spearhead the launch of the new Holiday Inn Male – IHG’s first Maldivian property and the first international hotel in the Maldivian capital, before being duly appointed General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Beijing.
Peter Carmichael, Senior Vice President, Anantara commented, “Brett has a proven track record of excellence in the hospitality industry and has accrued formidable accomplishments in diverse locations. Under his leadership we are confident that Anantara Sathorn Bangkok will grow from strength to strength.”
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 Thai seaside town of Hua Hin in 2001. It has since been followed by six other Thai resorts with Anantara Bophut and Anantara Lawana in Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle in the country’s north; Anantara Si Kao which lies on the secluded Changlang Beach area south of Krabi, Anantara Phuket, situated in the serenity of Mai Khao Beach and Anantara Baan Rajprasong in Bangkok - the first serviced suites property for the Anantara group.
In the world-renowned destination of the Maldives, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli are a 30-minute boat ride from the capital Male and Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Baa Atoll is poised for its grand opening in January 2011.
Anantara Seminyak debuted in April 2008 in the most fashionable district of Bali – the Island of the Gods. Late 2008 also saw the opening of Desert Islands on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, while Qasr Al Sarab opened in November 2009 in the legendary Liwa desert near Abu Dhabi.
2011 will see a number of new properties welcoming guests across Asia and the Middle East to further enhance Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas’ enviable worldwide portfolio, including Anantara Al Madina A’Zarqa in Oman, Anantara Sanya and Anantara Xishuangbanna in China and Anantara Uluwatu in Bali.