Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
What We Love
- All villas have private pools
- The romantic vibe and the quiet, pretty beach
- There are four restaurants; the beachfront Sea.Fire.Salt even has a salt sommelier
- Staff can arrange activities (elephant trekking, cooking classes, kayaking)
What To Know
- The weather here is steady year-round, but there is a short rainy season from September to October
- It’s a 30-minute drive to the town of Phuket
- A great choice for couples and honeymooners
- The spa is open until 10 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On the grounds of a former coconut plantation on the Thai island’s still-secluded northwest coast, the 83 over-the-top villas at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket are draped in bougainvillea and have pools, daybeds, rain showers and—thanks to wooden fences—an intensely private vibe. With an excellent spa, an infinity pool and a spot on quiet six-mile Mai Khao Beach, this romantic resort delivers a decadent take on classic Thai design. After you’ve checked into your villa, there’s a good chance you won’t want to leave. These private sanctuaries are kitted out with pools flanked by palm trees, daybeds swathed in silk and alfresco bathtubs. Inside, there’s a huge bed dressed in soft white linens and surrounded by raw silk and carved teak accents. The main infinity pool overlooks the Andaman Sea, and the state-of-the-art spa has five open-air treatment rooms, two of which have soaking tubs. Try a Thai herbal compress massage, which begins with a floral foot ritual. All four restaurants are excellent; they include the Tree House, where you can dine on tapas high above the trees; the tables are reached by a staircase wrapped around a Banyan tree. Sea.Fire.Salt serves fresh-caught seafood in a barbecue style, complete with a tableside salt sommelier who will properly season your dinner. Each day the resort’s staff offers a range of organized and do-it-yourself adventures in the surrounding area, such as elephant trekking and traditional cooking lessons.
In the Area
Explore the lush jungle and waterfalls of Sirinath National Park from atop an elephant. The relationship between these gentle giants and their mahout (trainer) is often forged over decades. Or visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. One of the most inspiring animal rescue ventures in Thailand, the organization uses progressive conservation techniques to successfully reintroduce gibbons to the wild. The hotel runs its own cooking school, and you can spend an afternoon chopping, mixing and blending ingredients into Thailand’s most famous dishes—and you get to take the recipes home with you. The sensational spa offers treatments in outdoor salas or in your room. The 120-minute signature massage is perfect for soothing muscles sore from elephant-back riding or jetlag.
How to Get There
The property is beautiful and well kept but the beach is DISGUSTING covered in garbage and washed up dead sea life.
The room was spacious but poorly designed.
No living room. No dinning room just a sitting nook in the bedroom overlooking exposed plumbing.
Only the bedroom had air conditioning
The ceiling fan in the bedroom was not controllable. It was either on at FULL or OFF
We were told we were to receive in-villa check-in but instead we waiting over an hour in the open air lobby.
Had a dinner at Fire and Salt with very good service but the food...was below average at best.
Order room service and because it was after 2300 we need to order from the "late night menu" which they forgot to put in our room. To compound mattes once we were able to place our order it arrived an hour later missing one of our items. We called to let know and they were quick to fix IF we were willing to wait another hour...NO THANK YOU! To their credit they did remove it from the bill.(hey that's something)
Breakfast in La Sala was VERY good and the staff working there are impressive. They bartender /servers in the Treehouse and the bar in front of Fire and Salt are all truly professional, kind and caring. I can't say enough good things about them.
Maybe if we hadn't stayed at the Banyan Tree Samui before coming here we would not have been so disappointed but as it goes, we won't return to this Anantara property again.
My fiancé and I stayed at Anantara for his birthday trip. I was looking for a hotel that provided beach access, luxury villa and private pool experience, as well as something affordable for our price range. After much research online, I found Anantara. I read lots of reviews and looked at photos online, however, those reviews and photos did not do it justice. It was truly a remarkable experience. All the employees were exceptional. They were very attentive to our needs (big and small) and made us feel very welcome. We were upgraded upon arrival to a lagoon villa, which was beautiful. We spent much time at the villa and at our private pool. The breakfast had many choices. Additionally, the property is gorgeous. It's right on the beach, and has several options for dining and activities at the resort. Thank you again for an amazing stay at Anantara!
Resort is beautiful, serene and oh so calm. Exactly what you need when you are away from busy life. We were greeted on arrival and the welcome drink is amazingly tasty.
Everything was great until we saw our villa.
We booked a pool villa and there was a tree right in center of the pool, which took the entire space to swim. However the setup looked pretty but not practical. Photo attached. Hotel staff changed our room on our complaint.
Breakfast was great and they have a menu separate from the buffet which you can order from. Pancakes are must to have.
Hotel was kind to arrange us a baby cot in the room and the bathroom was provide with baby toiletries. That’s sweet.
Room is spacious and the layout is beautiful. There is a beach access from the hotel, the common pool at the hotel is beautiful with swings and lots of space to sit around.
Outside the room (inside villa)there is a sitting area but we saw too many lizards so we skipped that. Family with children need to take care of the mosquitoes and insects around.
All in all great property to stay at with only one drawback that this place is far from the city so there is literally nothing nearby.
If you like spending time inside the resort then this is the place for you.