Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
What We Love
- Dining by candlelight on the beach
- Villas are right on the beach, with private pools and personal assistants
- The resort's gardens are scattered with secret afternoon tea salas
What To Know
- Free use of kayaks, canoes, and surfboards
- A laid-back spot away from Phuket’s larger hedonistic resorts but within walking distance of a handful of beach bars and restaurants
- The spa offers treatments based on Asian wellness traditions
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A world away from some of Phuket’s larger hedonistic resorts, this laid-back beach retreat overlooks a quiet sandy cove on the island’s low-key northwest coast. Open-air public spaces make the most of the natural surroundings: Large square platforms are dotted with oversize daybeds, and the resort’s lush tropical gardens are scattered with secret afternoon tea salas. The airy guest rooms are decorated in modern Thai style with dark carved woods, crisp white walls, rattan ceiling fans, and gem-colored cushions. The bathrooms are huge, and there’s no skimping on amenities; traditionalists will love the old-fashioned selection of books and perfumed bath salts. The rooms and suites feature balconies overlooking the Andaman Sea, while villas are set along the beachfront and include private pools, personal assistants, and wine fridges (which can be stocked with your choices in advance). Set on a hillside, the Thai eatery Dee Plee serves beautifully presented dishes from across the kingdom; think deliciously rich curries in bowls carved from blocks of Himalayan salt. Down at ground level, Sala Layan is the all-day dining option. If you want to keep your waistline in check, hit the gym or make use of the free kayaks, canoes and surfboards. The Anantara spas are some of the best in the business and this one offers treatments based on Asian wellness traditions from rooms overlooking the sea. Try the 90-minute signature massage, which will leave your limbs feeling as limp as a ribbon.
In the Area
Slip into some designer swimwear and get swept up in Phuket’s day-to-night beach-to-bar action. Although Layan Beach is quiet, it’s home to two of the island’s most glamorous beach clubs, the white-hot Xana and the lively Nikki Beach. For a more grown-up night on the town, take the one-hour journey south to Phuket Old Town for dinner at the Blue Elephant, a wonderful old colonial mansion with mosaic floors, swirling fans, white linens and a splendid menu of special Royal Thai cuisine.
How to Get There
Have just spent a blissful 7 nights at the Anantara and it was everything we hoped for and more.
We stayed in a pool villa room (no.65) and couldn't have heen happier with the choice. The room was a good size and we made full use of the plunge pool and outdoor bathtub complete with heavenly scents.
There was a well stocked mini bar and numerous bottles of complimentary water. The bed and pillows were of a similar comfort to home so we had perfect nights sleep.
We adored the breakfast. Everything you could want and more! I was delighted to have freshly juiced carrot, apple and ginger. Yum. I liked the service style - Simply present your table number to the egg station, no hanging around waiting for the order, the plate delivered straight to the table!
All staff were great but particular thanks to Glitzy, Nana and the tall quietly-spoken young man (Bim?) for their attentive and welcoming service.
The beach? Much has been mentioned of the tides. Yes the beach is tidal and we just planned our sea swimming around the tide times. The beauty of the tides is it allows you to explore a little more around the coastline and walk to the island.
Loved the attentions from Prince and team on the beach. Constant topping up of icy water and checking you have
Everything you need.
We took lunch and dinners at Breeze or Dee Plee both of which superb and highly recommend. The pad thai is amazing and the beef massaman divine. Special thanks to Remy for his impeccable service and general friendliness and to Yoo at Dee Plee who remembered our choices from 5 days before! What a memory!!
Thank you to Yuki the resort manager for always having a welcoming smile and words for the guests. Your manner cascades to your teams and make this a perfect place to stay.
Any negative points? 7 days went too quickly...
The Anantara Layan is the perfect place to escape for the stresses of day to day life and to recharge the batteries.
One of best hotels I have ever experienced.
Location is superb & staff here are more than excellent. They are very well trained to have a high level of serviced mind attitudes and hospitality. Cleanliness is also impressive.
My admiration would specially give to K.Amm & K.Nada
We felt so pampered waking up to champagne breakfast everyday! We think it’s more suited for couples than family though. Room was too clustered with furniture & a bit hazardous with a 2 year old running around.
The hotel is modern with beautiful villas. We had a Sala Pool Villa which was comfortable with good quiet air con. Our only complaint was the location of our villa (22) which was right next to the entrance for employees and therefore very loud with staff arriving and leaving. Also lots of motorcycle and cars. Breakfast was excellent with a massive choice ( loved the custard croissants) and the dee plee thai restaurant served some of the best food I have ever tasted. The big let down for us was the lack of beach or possibility to swim as the water even at high tide is too shallow. Yes you can go for long walks across to the island and it is beautiful but we would not return to this hotel due to lack of beach. If you are happy with a pool the I can highly recommend this hotel.
Would not recommend unless you want to do absolutely nothing as it is so far removed from town and places of interest. Beach was terrible, we never went in the water, and there were so many mosquitos we couldn't sit outside by our pool in our villa. Very basic TV, no movies. Breakfast was very good, and staff very friendly. Property is nice as well.