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
Anantara is the best place to stay. We will come back for sure and not once. Appartment was fantastic and well equipped. Seafood dinner was perfect both food and service. Kids loved movie night at the pool.
This was our first time in Thailand and what better place to stay than Anantara! From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty.
Anantara contacted us prior to our arrival to arrange for transportation to and from the airport. When our flight got canceled and we were put on an earlier flight, we emailed Anantara and they responded back promptly and were there to pick us up.
As soon as we stepped out of the car, they rang to gong to great us. This may not sound like much, but it's a nice effect and makes you feel important. We checked in and were driven by golf cart to our pool villa, escorted by Nam, who checked us in and gave us a tour of our room. Again, this may not sound like much, but we appreciated that the time was taken to show us everything instead of leaving us on our own to figure things out.
Our room was a 1 bedroom pool villa. When I tell you that you walk out of your bedroom and into your pool, I mean it. One step and you are in the pool. We loved it! The room was spacious, clean and comfortable - and very private. There's a full kitchen and washer and dryer in the room. Everything you need is there for you.
There are daily activities for adults and children. Make sure you join in some of the fun. Also, take advantage of some of the extra activities that the resort has to offer. I took the Spice Spoons cooking class. So much fun! We also enjoyed a relaxing massage at the spa. There's a little something for everyone.
Throughout our entire stay, the staff was accommodating and friendly. Every single staff member greeted us as we passed them by. They helped us book tours and gave us pointers. We had set up Dining by Design on the beach and they tried so hard to make it work out for us, but Mother Nature had other intentions. When it rained, they moved us into the Sea Salt Fire restaurant and still made it a special night for us.
Our stay at Anantara was absolutely amazing. We're so glad that we chose to stay here. If we ever get the chance to return to Phuket, we will be sure to return to Anantara!
My fiance and I stayed in a One Bedroom Pool Villa for a week and our experience was nothing short of Amazing!
The hotel staff is awesome and very polite. Room service and guest services are very accommodating.
Even though we were there for a week it still didn't feel long enough.
Prompt and courteous service at every call, luxurious and clean 2 BR pool villa and sumptuous buffet breakfast were all very impressive.
With delivery of seafood being arranged from a nearby seafood restaurant, Anantara Vacation Club is perfect for a weekend away with friends.
Highly recommended if you want to be away from hustle and bustle of town centre.
Anantara villa at Mai Khao was beautiful with a very clean pool. Villa was spacious, with great decor and beautifully designed with all amenities to make it a comfortable stay. The apartment was nice too with nicely decorated rooms. Modern baths and kitchen facilities provided.