Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
What We Love
- Each pool villa has three shower areas: two outdoor and one indoor. The bathrooms are outstanding
- Anantara’s Dining by Design allows you to make the most of your villa with a personal chef and butler
- At 2,098 square feet, the one-bedroom pool villas are huge, while the two-bedroom units, at 2,852 square feet, are perfect for families
- Try the spa's blissful Cooling Hot Stone Massage by Elemis as well as the Thai Herbal Compress Massage
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge and a one percent city tax per person, per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The hotel offers a choice of bath salts to enjoy in your room, so be sure to ask what's available
- AVC is not located directly on the beach, but just a few minutes from Mai Khao, Phuket’s longest beach
- Although the beach is beautiful, swimming in the sea depends on when you visit. May to Oct. is low/rainy season, Nov. to April is high season
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Anantara Vacation Club Phuket comprises 70 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment suites and 30 spacious one- and two-bedroom pool villas. Lush green, highly manicured gardens — filled with swaying coconut trees, banana trees, orchids and scented plumeria trees — separate the luxury private villas that are evenly spread over the grounds, giving the property a very exclusive and residential feel. Once inside the villas, the sleek, contemporary furnishings are of the highest quality, but it is the space that guests will really appreciate. At 2,098 square feet, the one-bedroom villas are larger than most on the island, and guests in the two-bedroom villas get to enjoy an extra 754 square feet of space (and larger pool size). With the beach — Mai Khao, the longest in Phuket — just a few minutes away, villa guests may be tempted to leave their own private pools. Apartment guests can enjoy the hotel’s main pool, which boasts a sunken pool bar — the ideal spot for a refreshing drink.
Bed and Bath
The door to the one-bedroom villas opens onto a large living area with a kitchen that comes complete with almost every imaginable amenity, including laundry facilities, a coffee machine, microwave, electric stove and an enormous solid wood dining table. The living area also features a large LCD TV, DVD/iPod docking station and a comfortable L-shaped sofa, while the expansive patio doors open up onto your own private garden, terrace and pool. The bedroom is spacious, with a small desk area, a large TV and a sitting area, but it is the direct pool access that makes these bedrooms stand out — You can literally jump out of bed and right into your pool. A walk–in closet separates the bedroom from the spacious bathroom, which has his-and-hers basins, a stand-alone tub with a choice of bath salts and — the pièce de résistance — an outdoor rain shower fit for washing under the stars in the middle of your own little garden.
A luxury spa with a dazzling assortment of treatments is an absolute must for any self-respecting five-star property, and the Anantara Vacation Club does not disappoint. Most treatments are available either in the privacy of your own room or villa, or in one of the open air treatment suites, designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley. With five basic treatment suites (with private shower and bathroom facilities), two suites with private terrazzo soaking tubs, a dedicated ayurvedic suite with steam room and a Thai sala for private massage and yoga, the spa is an oasis of tranquility. Beyond the spa, a 24-hour gym (that overlooks the free-form swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows), bicycles, a kids club and a playground complete the facilities. The restaurant, Chaam, has indoor and outdoor seating, plus a custom-built pizza oven. Although the resort is very much aimed at couples and families, the Bill Bentley Pub, which is a stone’s throw from the Anantara Vacation Club lobby, also serves traditional pub grub, as well as a good assortment of tap and bottled beers, cocktails and wines underneath numerous TVs broadcasting live sporting events.
In the Area
One of the advantages of the Anantara Vacation Club is that it is away from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist beach areas of Patong, Kata and Karon. Turtle Village, just across the road from the AVC, has a pub, an ice cream parlor, a restaurant or two and a few shops, providing guests an alternative to the resort where they can mingle, a very welcome distraction. There are also a few other five-star hotels in the immediate vicinity, which dramatically expands your dining options. The infamous nightlife of Patong is about 30 minutes away by car, and although taxis are readily available right outside the AVC, renting a car from a reputable company or just using the hotel to book you a car with a driver for the day (or night) may be your best option. Ask one of the hotel staff to help you order some locally approved som tam (papaya salad), khao neow (sticky rice) and gai yang (bbq chicken) from the mobile vendor who sets up shop at the entrance to the AVC on most days.
How to Get There
We are extremely happy and fortunate to be members of Anantara Vacation Club. I really enjoyed the club in Mae Khao Phuket. We stayed in a spacious 1 bedroom private pool villla. As always the Anantara team really looked after us. We did not want to leave. Mae Khao Beach is long and stunning. I highly recommend this resort’s location, service, value and amenities!
We called the car to pick us up to the opposite mall, after 10-15 mins it didnt come so we called again. When the buggy cart driver was so rude he even said "you have to know how to wait when im free i will come and pick you up" ermsss who is he to lecture us?!?
We had bbq in our pool villa then suddenly theres pesticide spray to kill mosquitos all over outside the pool area in our room. We have a one year old playing outside we need to hurry her in. Then we were told that the maid was supposed to tell us about the pesticide but apparently no one told us. Ermmm again this is so serious concerning my baby.
3. Floors wasnt clean or mopped everyday. So unclean for a 5 stars. I still see hairs on the floor and pieces of flowers.
Stayed three nights in a 2 bedroom pool villa. It was part of a points exchange for our membership program with another company and included 90 mins of “vacation club membership” presentation.
Our room was great and well taken care of. Room was clean and well maintained. Breakfast was a nice spread. Loved the fruits and thai iced coffee/tea. However 50% of hot offering were Chinese probably due to the large number of Chinese guests.
We didn’t try the public pool as we were traveling with infant. Check in/out was smooth. Overall good stay and I would book Anantara again if had a choice.
Lastly about presentation - it was professional and they were not very pushy. However, they were trying to hard sell and giving us 5 minutes to make a decision about purchasing the membership and coming back with sweeter deals. While we enjoyed our trip and would stay again with Anantara - we just felt buying vacation club membership was not worth it for us.
Note that hotel is not on the beach. You need to walk 12-15 minutes across the street to Anantara Villas to access beach. Lastly - dining options around hotel are limited, expensive and not really wow considering you are in Thailand. The prices are high because there is not much around the hotel and travelers don’t have a choice