The jungle setting of this hotel is really amazing, we grew to love it more and more during our stay. A jungle setting AND it's set directly on the beach, amazing.
We were given an upgrade to a huge apartment type room with private pool, small garden, kitchen, laundry room and outside shower AND outside bath tub next to the pool. The room was amazing.
A big drawback to this Anantara is the small size of communal areas. This includes restaurants, the bar (or lack of), gym. There was nowhere to relax that had aircon. People were actually sitting on 2 sofas in the library to keep cool before checking out.
The staff at reception were also below standards. When we arrived a few hours before our room was ready, we were told to wait but weren't shown around or told even where to go. When we asked where the bar was they directed us twice to the pool swim up bar. Not very helpful.
And on checking out they messed up our airport shuttle booking resulting in a high speed chase to the airport.
I would like to think these problems are connected to the fact that it was due to close for a refurb a few days after our stay. I hope that the new improved resort is up to usual Anantara standards now.