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 great stay to enjoy privacy at with your own pool and unpopulated resort. you can expect the room and pool to be as seen on the photos. the buffet breakfast can get you as full as you want with the wide variety of cuisines, including some tradtional thai method to deliver fruit and desserts. a surprise came from the complimentary caramel popcorn with a hint of spice was exceptionally delicious from the happy hour drinks by the pool. room service was efficient give to the size of the resort, and the staff were forever helpful along with the sincere smiles and greetings, definitely made our stay more pleasant.
We loved the hotel - territory, villas, pool/beach, staff. If there is one thing which could prevent us from visiting the hotel in the future, it is a lack of kid’s club at the hotel. Had to drive to another Anantara hotel to drop off the kids. Some might say it is not a big deal but you need to call for a buggy - wait for buggy - drive to the vacation club - call for a buggy - wait for a buggy - drive back (which takes 20-25 minutes in total). Of course later you need to pick them up. We were not happy wasting 40-50 minutes a day while on holiday.
The review just won't be able to justify how amazing this place was. We had went for my boyfriends birthday and in advance I had asked them to set up a dinner on the beach and keep it a surprise. They not only kept it a surprise, but Care, which was a staff member that we LOVE, helped me to the T with every detail. She truly is the GEM of that place. Thank you care, we will never forget about the experience you helped us have.
The rooms, wow. Just wow. We didn't even want to leave the property. Amazing from the staff to the rooms.
My only complain but it didn't disturb the trip at all. Was when we did walk outside the property to grab some local coffee, there was way too many people trying to sell us timeshares. We dont want to be sold while on vacation.
But again, still 5 stars for the property and staff!
Fantastic. Simply one word. Few months ago I booked a pool villa and booking was quite fulled but still a lady at reservation managed to find us a room(house). Every details in the room was good and well place. Breakfast was quite good with many varieties. Staff was friendly and helping.
We were arranged to stay at club side of the hotel but the staff in the hotel seems not quite familiar with their own hotel policy and kept challenged our room that was not qualified to use some facilities in the hotel. This was really frustrated when you paid such money to receive this kind of services.The hotel is away from the center of Phuket, you will need to take the cab to everywhere...additional huge costs. The beach and restaurant are still recommended.