Location: The postcard-perfect island of Phuket is the stuff holiday dreams are made of, and Anantara takes full advantage of the tropical surroundings, situated right on Mai Khao beach in the north of the island.
History: The Anantara brand has quickly gained popularity in Thailand as one of the finest luxury hotel names about, and this is just one of eleven others that the group runs in the country.
Services: The signature Anantara spa is a real eye-catcher here, with a range of traditional Thai massages available in some particularly serene surroundings.
Phuket is an island associated with sun, sea and sand, and there’s no better way to experience it by staying right on the beach in your own private villa. Every single one at Anantara Phuket comes with its own private pool, and total floor space starts at giant 1,900 square feet (that’s about four times more than your stand hotel room). When you’re not soaking in the terrazzo bathtub, sipping a cocktail on the private decking, doing laps in your own private pool, or making use of the long list of entertainment and gadgets in the room, Anantara Phuket has plenty to do elsewhere – that’s if you can drag yourself away from the villa. There are five dining options (including a rather beautiful ‘tree house’ venue), a poolside bar, cooking school and a luxurious spa to wind back after a long day of being busy… or doing nothing at all. Mai Khao beach, the longest in Phuket, is just steps from the villa and provides soft sand and warm tropical waters perfect for swimming.
Designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley, the villas at Anantara take on a distinctly classical Siamese feel with plenty of modern touches. Entry-level villas boast nearly 2,000 square feet of floor space, each with its own private swimming pool.
Upgrade to the lagoon villa to be next to Anantara’s own tropical lagoon edge. Swimming pools in these villas are a little bigger and the living space comes with a long list of gadgets and furnishings spread over 1,950-square-feet.
With impressive décor referencing southern Thai design, each one of these large 1,950-square-foot villas has its own private swimming pool, sun deck and comes with the option of having either king size or twin beds.
Across nearly 3,900 square feet, these luxurious villas come with two separate bedrooms, a beautifully-furnished Thai-style living area and an impressive swimming pool big enough for groups or the whole family.
Just like any top five-star resort, Anantara Phuket Villas boasts a fine range of facilities to keep you entertained, that’s when you’re not off relaxing at the nearby beach or exploring the rest of Phuket island.
Many visitors to Thailand become so amazed by the flavors of authentic Thai cuisine that they want to learn how to do it themselves; a highly-recommended and ultra-convenient place to do so is at Anantara’s very own on-site cooking school.
Enjoy signature treatments at the resort’s luxurious spa located in a lush tropical garden. Therapies range from traditional Thai massages which rely on harder pressure, to the more gentle oil treatments inspired by European reflexology.
Guests staying at Anantara Phuket Villas have exclusive access to the resort’s on-site gym, tennis courts and table tennis facilities, whilst equipment for non-motorized watersports on the beach is also available.
With no fewer than five different restaurants serving up everything from traditional Thai dishes to fresh seafood and Italian fare – not forgetting the delightful infinity poolside bar – Anantara certainly has a comprehensive array of dining options.
Dining by Design is a running concept through the Anantara brand, where a private dining space can be reserved and a special menu made to order. The spot at this Phuket resort is one of their most impressive, set in a traditional Thai pavillion overlooking a lagoon.
Anantara’s poolside bar is quite literally next to the pool, meaning you can even swim up and let the bartender take your order. On the menu is a superb range of cocktails, beers, wines and some light snacks.
This all-day restaurant is where breakfast is served every morning from 7am. However, the atmosphere, as well as the menu, switches to a more sophisticated one during the evening when fine Italian fare is served until 11pm.
Specializing in seafood and salt – even to the extent that they have their own ‘Salt Sommelier’ - this pretty diner creates a fresh and summery vibe, serving up tantalizing treats such as shucked oysters, grilled sea bass and even steak for the meat lovers.
The exclusive dining option is actually Anantara’s in-use wine cellar, but the gorgeous space can be reserved for private dinners (there’s only one large table) and promises to offer an interactive gourmet experience.
Perched above Anantara’s tree tops and surrounding poolside villas, this stunning spot is the place to come for light Thai-style tapas alongside a great range of cocktails, making for the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner over Phuket.