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
Staying in the Vacation Club. We feel like we are an outside when we wanted to use the pool and sun bed in Anantara Villa. The hotel management does not allow Vacation Club members to use the facilities in Anantara Villa. Its a big turn off and one of the main reason my family decided not to join the vacation club.
Hotel super nice and rooms with kitchen, washing machine and dryer. Staff just great.We are here with 2 kids are 11, and the Dive in movie night in the pool just a big hit.We for sure come again 😍😍😍
Beautiful suites with kitchen, sitting room and balcony. Easy shopping right across the street. Free bicycles to roam around the area. There's a beach club down the way and a public beach area about 2 km away. At public beach are local Thai masseuses for 600 baht (about $9 US). Aaaahh! Lovely. Spa, restaurant, pool, gym with various classes on site. Staff are very friendly. Beach is long, clean and nearly empty... unlike beaches further south near Phuket Town. Cabs have set fees and can drive you where you want to go. Most activities have transportation from hotel included.
My husband and I are finishing a 7 night stay here. We have stayed in many timeshares and hotels all over the world but I must say that the Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao ranks in the top 5 of all the places we have stayed over the years. They pay attention to the small things that make a huge difference. ALL the employees stop to greet you to say hello and give you a big smile which is so heart warming and makes you feel as if you are right at home.
I had a special request and Puri at the front desk took care of it right away. I was so thankful to him. The ladies and the chefs at breakfast, especially Goong, were so kind. The breakfast buffet had everything you could want and was beautiful and well maintained. The soup was amazing.
One of the ladies invited my husband and me to the Buddhist ceremony where they were changing the spirit’s wrap for the season and offering prayers and food. It was a wonderful ceremony and I was so happy to be a part of it.
The villas are clean and well maintained. Our regular housekeeper (unfortunately I didn’t get her name) was so quiet, smiled, and did a lovely job.
This is a place that I definitely will continue to visit once or twice a year.
We’ve had a wonderful time at the Anantara Vacation Club. The staff were very friendly and helpful. And nothing was to much trouble. We joined in with a number of activities - tennis, bike riding, kids club etc. if you couldn’t attend a particular activity at a certain time , the staff were very accommodating . The Mai Khao beach is stunning . The area is quite a distance from the town of Phuket - Mai Khao is a quiet, peaceful area if that is what you are looking for . We had a two bedroom apartment with a pool . Make sure your kids are old enough to swim as no fence on the pool, but if they can this apartment is perfect . It is so spacious and comfortable . The resort is very easy to get around and there is one large main pool with loads of sun lounges and sun beds . There is a shallow area for younger kids and a swim up bar . Heaps of room , never crowded. Again the set up is brilliant for families . There is free bike hire if you want to do a ride around the nearby lake . The road is a little busier but when you get around the lake there are almost no cars. There was a kids club and a teen zone. My kids loved going there while I would sit next to the pool and read my book. The beach is a short walk away or you can get a ride on a hotel buggy . The resort’s spa is stunning - it’s part of the Anantara Villas which are across the road ....or there are massages available on the beach . For us a highlight was absolutely the size of the apartment with its own pool and Mai Khao beach itself. We did a boat trip to Phi Phi Island .... recommend reef shoes as the rocks are extremely sharp . Thanks Anantara for an excellent stay .