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
- 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
Excellent service, room size is impressive with cleanliness. Design is mixed between Thai classic and modern. Staff is friendly and always smile. Food is variety and good taste. It is highly recommended.
The resort was beautiful with amazing villas. The staff was extraordinary. They were amazing with our 15 month old. While at dinner one night (we pushed out luck, went too late for the baby) our son wasn’t having it and they put chairs together to make a bed and took him and rocked him to sleep while we enjoyed dinner.
Everything in this hotel is great, except for one aspect; WiFi. From where we were, the signal strength was one bar. If you were the kind of person who have come to have a rest, watch YouTube, we’ll scrap any internet usage because you basically have to wait 5 minutes to watch 10 minutes of a YouTube video. If you want to come here, rent a pocket WiFi
Though the hotel is remotely located, we really enjoy the quiet environment. We stayed at the Two-Bedroom Villa which was spacious and provided great privacy. However, there is some room for improvement in terms of service. Check-in was rather slow and they just focus on their work without any interaction with us. I There was definitely sufficient manpower at that time, some other staff can actually step out from counter to chat with their guest. I wouldn't mind if they interact with guest more but a slow check-in. When we returned to the resort, staff at reception was chit-chatting or just focus at the computer. The lack of human touches do surprise me, definitely not the service level I expected. I hope the management can really look into this issue.
The room is great! I got to stay in a two bedroom villa with my family and it was an amazing experience. The staff were very kind and nice, they greeted us and took us on a golf cart to out room. The condition of the room was perfect while the design was so elegant. It was clean and in pristine condition.But I would say it is quite far from the city so if you want to explore the city this resort might not be the one for you.