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
A beautifully designed retreat by the ocean. The pool villas were marvellous with all the comforts of a modern home. The hotel ground, the pool area and the surroundings were very pleasant and spacious, and the plants were full in bloom. We loved morning beach walks and watching the sunset from the Beach Club. We enjoyed our sea food dinners at the Sea, Fire and Salt Restaurant, the best cray fish we have ever had.
The food in la Sala was good but never really hot. This could be improved.
The location is beautiful and the park very well looked after. The staff is extremely friendly and very helpful. Breakfast is excellent.
Amazing 5* Resort with fantastic and professional services and garden. Beautiful and comfortable Pool Villas. Wide variety and delicious meals in La Sala Restaurant. Good value for money.
Hope to be back to the Resort soon. Worth to stay here and experience all this.
It's a very comfortable and amazing hotel.
But it is faraway of all and the hotel don't free shuttles for any area of the island.
Another point is that it is located just in front of the beach but don't give you any support (lifeguard, chairs, parasol, etc.) to make use of it.
It's a very beautiful property. Beibg quite large we loved having the bikes available to roam around from restaurants, the pool and our villa. Our villa was very spacious and the pool was lovely staff were very friendly and helpful. Restaurant food was average and quite highly priced though.