Aleenta Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Natai Beach has five stars for beach cleanliness and water quality
- Aleenta Phuket is very child-friendly with a state-of-the-art kids club and professional nanny service
- Taking a cocktail break in the lounge by the beach, at the swim-up pool bar or on the rooftop
What To Know
- Private, tailored cookery classes are available and include a visit to the local market
- Phuket is the base for sailing the Andaman Sea and there are plenty of boat trips the hotel can arrange
- Windsurfing, canoeing, hiking, cycling and snorkeling trips can all be booked at the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With a two million dollar renovation in October 2013, the Aleenta Phuket has had a complete overhaul and is now modeling itself as a grown-up Robinson Crusoe escape. Each of its 30 villas and suites look out over the Andaman Sea and many come with their own pool (ranging from smaller plunge pools in the Pool Suites to infinity pools in the Beachfront Suites). One Bedroom Pool Residences have living and dining room space, while the Two and Three Bedroom Pool Residences come with huge private wooden sundecks. The best bit? Each villa and suite comes with its own butler. The Ayurah Wellness Center has also had a serious revamp and offers a spa menu full of traditional Thai treatments. There’s a yoga practice and instruction area and a beautiful infinity pool, which looks out over Natai Beach. It’s illuminated at night and looks like hundreds and thousands of fireflies are glowing in it. The EDGE is a lounge, bar and restaurant on the roof and dishes up healthy Thai fusion cuisine. Private dining is available in your room or with a romantic beach barbecue for two.
In the Area
A 20-minute drive from Phuket Airport right on the northern tip of the island, the Aleenta Phuket is in easy reach of several stunning national parks. Hop on a boat and head for the Phang Nga Bay National Park, the water is as clear as glass and you can sail past Koh Hong island; its rock walls are covered in ancient paintings of boats and animals (try and spot the rare swimming iguana along the way). Anchor up near the imposing limestone cliffs and explore the area’s caverns, sea caves and mangroves. A little further out is the Similan Island National Park. It has some serious wildlife, such as the whale sharks, hammerheads and manta rays, and is a scuba diver’s paradise. Jungle lovers should head a 90-minute drive from Aleenta to the Khao Sok National Park for spectacular limestone mountains, cliffs, caves and waterfalls. It’s also home to the Rafflesia, which is known to be the largest flower in the world.
How to Get There
I stay here with my friend for 3 nights in pool villa. Both of us very enjoy the time here. It has private beach, set near the sea, listen the sea beaten, think nothing, just enjoy the moment, relax and waste time with nature. And the staffs and the service is perfect. They will try them best to help you when you need them.
As a couple here for 5 nights June 2018, bit of wind and rain. We had a grand pool villa with our own pool which was amazing. We also booked the meal, cocktail and massage package before we came which i recommend. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Food was amazing for all meals.
We had Mon and Macha for our massages and they were amazing too ( i have overused the word amazing a little...)
I have read some of the negative reviews many of which are quite absurd lol. This is not the the Marriott Hotel in some big faceless city, it is a remote getaway location. We are in the tropics there will be rain and mould and bugs. If lack of wifi upsets you maybe you should be at the Marriott lol.
One sad thing was the large number of zombie guest couples who sat staring at their mobile phones at every meal and had nothing to say to one another, maybe they could have saved time and money and gone to Maccas back at home lol.
We visited the resort for our annual beach getaway. overall, is a nice concept resort at a quiet location. We enjoyed the quiet time at Aleenta Phuket. The beach area is really exclusive.
We stayed in the Loft room, which is a nice refreshing layout. But the bathroom condition was definitely not up the luxury standard. The tub area have tiles work that are not completed or is faulty. Might cause injury if the guest is not careful.
The resort is showing sign of aging, and maintenance work is definitely required.
We had been to quite a few luxury resort in Phuket, Aleenta Phuket will need to improve to attract guest, both in terms of reception staffs and the resort upcoming. More food option would be good as the location is quite off the grid, guests would love to be able to dine in with more options.
Breakfast can get really boring if you are staying for more than 2 nights, as the breakfast options are limited.
Great value for a private pool villa, half the price than those in the south of Phuket. Secluded location and quiet. Excellent service all round, everyone was attentive and wonderful in meeting requests. Close to Phangnga for the range of outdoor activities there. Skip turtle santuary as its a work in progress for now.
Selected Grand Villa Natai because it’s managed by Aleenta which is a SLH, with expectations of reasonably high standards. But after this, personally won’t buy into SLH branding again.
Plus sides - Service quality was wonderful. Pre-arrival requests were met (Thank you, Khun Napann and team) - fresh sheets, extra pillows, clean (rooms, pool, garden), amenities all in working condition (blown light bulbs irks me). BBQ dinner was well-arranged (Thank you, Chef Vale and team). Butler service was fantastic (Thank you, Khun Noo and team).
But da Villa itself is rundown and old fashioned (circa bad 1990s builder’s catalogue). It smelled musty (which they tried to hide using peppermint essential oil diffuser), wooden staircase railing is rotting away. Furnishing was old-fashioned - like they were out of a mid-2000s warehouse clearance sale. Noted that there are minimal modern touches like some LED lighting & 1 set of Somfy motorised blinds in da dining. But da remaining 3 dozen (more or less) sets of blinds are good ‘ol hand powered.
Building layout is extremely inconvenient - it’s monsoon season now & we had to walk in da rain or spray of rain to get upstairs (2 bedrooms) & downstairs (dining/kitchen & family room), between main house & a bedroom in a different annex, between dining/kitchen & family room, between car porch & main house. Basically, we had to walk in da rain to get from any 1 room to another.
Aircon is powerful, so powerful tat (@ lowest fan speed) it drowned out normal volume conversations & sleep involved earplugs.
This place is not luxurious as it’s marketed to be and I should have known better from da lack of comprehensive photos online (let this be my lesson learnt). There are many many other newer and actually modern luxury villas in da Kok Khloy area (it’s not on Phuket island but da nearest airport is HKT). Grand Villa Natai is not a place where I would spend my time and money at again.