In honor of International Women’s Day 2022, Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas showcased some of their incredible female team members across the globe, each in inspiring and unique roles – whether from caring for wildlife, pioneering in the hospitality industry or bringing ancient practices to the contemporary. wellness industry.
Ashton Ballakistin, Activities Supervisor at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (pictured above)
Since joining the Qasr Al Sarab family four years ago, Ashton has been part of the team that looks after the resort’s camel herd as well as desert excursions such as safaris, fat biking and camel treks for guests to explore the majestic Liwa Desert. Ashton is the only female guide in the department and she also acts as a job coach, helping and training the new team members who all live onsite in the middle of the desert. Originally from South Africa, Ashton shares “Life in the desert is never lonely or boring, every day brings new challenges as well as incredible rewards. Desert trekking or Berber culture is considered a way of male life for centuries and generations, but I like to put my own spin on it and bring a fresh perspective to clients who want to experience a taste of this culture today.
Emilia Fulgido, Marine Biologist and Head of Sustainability at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Naladhu Private Island Maldives (pictured above)
“Since I started my career as a passionate marine biologist, I have always been committed to conservation and sustainability. My background is wide and varied, but science and nature have always been a constant in my life. In my role as sustainability manager, I oversee projects related to the preservation of biodiversity such as the restoration of coral reefs, but also sustainable development programs such as waste management and the implementation of environmental initiatives , in a very holistic approach. Immersed in the Maldivian paradise, I can start my day with a dive in our coral nurseries to collect data or plant new corals and end it with an interesting conversation with guests while enjoying the sunset sun at Marine Corner I share my passion for creating progress together and inspiring care for the planet.
Dr Nissa and Khun Ou, elephant experts at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (pictured above)
Chief Elephant Veterinarian Dr Nissa Mututanont and Elephant Camp Manager Laddawan Yonthantham (Ou) look after the gentle giant residents of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. Dr Nissa shares “I am proud to be part of a very strong team of female veterinarians and scientists in Thailand, improving the lives of Thai elephants through direct veterinary treatment and leading the world in advancing our scientific understanding of their needs.”
“As a female leader in a male-dominated world, it is satisfying to break down stereotypes both in my role as Elephant Camp Manager and leading conservation projects for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation,” added Khun Ou. Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Nissa and Khun Ou have worked around the clock despite restrictions and closures to care for elephants in residence, and have even taken in three homeless elephants.
Maren Kuehl, General Manager, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman (pictured above)
Maren Kuehl has just been appointed General Manager of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman – the tallest luxury resort in the Middle East and among the tallest in the world. “I am honored to have been appointed General Manager of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. The possibilities of combining uncompromising luxury with bold ambitions for sustainability and guest well-being present opportunities that I follow. looking forward to continuing. Adding a water bottling plant and moving to better manage waste, including reducing plastic waste, are initiatives that I see as the core responsibility of luxury hotels around the world. A responsibility that is especially apparent in a beautiful, unspoilt landscape like the legendary Green Mountains of Oman.
Nutawan Jumpanak (Khun Nuch), first head sommelier of Anantara Siam Bangkok (pictured above)
“In its own way, wine has more personality than any other drink, there is wine in every occasion and celebration, wine can also enhance every dining experience and conversation. For me, there is always happiness when wine is involved,” said Khun Nuch. Over the past decade, Khun Nuch has honed his knowledge and skills in the world of wine and been part of the emerging Thai viticulture movement. Khun Nuch is now one of Thailand’s leading female sommeliers and hosts high profile events to celebrate women in wine in Thailand, bringing together female sommeliers from all over Bangkok at food and wine events held at the Anantara Siam Bangkok hotel.
Balinese High Priestess Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort (pictured above)
Ibu Jero is a Balinese healer who offers traditional therapies combined with the wisdom of Asian and Western ideology. Fifth in a long line of Balinese healers, she brings the vast knowledge and experience of her ancestors to her enlightening work. Ibu Jero provides a channel between the spiritual and our physical selves, and her power is rare, being one of Bali’s few High Priestesses. Following a life-threatening experience, Ibu Jero devoted herself to spirituality. “The human being is a complex system of mind, emotions, spirit, body and soul. When we want true healing and liberation to occur, we must go deep into each level. The ability to ‘Ibu Jero to act as a channel for healing energies to flow is greatly influenced by her ancestors.
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travelers, connecting them to authentic places, people and stories through personal experiences, and delivering heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct and carefully designed luxury hotels and resorts offers a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.
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