If you are reading this you will most likely already know that this hotel is on a very quite place, not that much around in terms of shopping or inexpensive restaurants and is a perfect spot for spending some very relaxing time in luxury. All the reviews in that sens are perfectly true.
Nevertheless there is another hotel of similar standards just a couple of hundred meters south on the same beach and since we enjoyed both in the highest room category which makes sense for a couple, so no double sleeping rooms,, I will not only mention the facts but also give some comparisons since you might not be in the comfortable situation to try out both but wander which one to book.
General layout and location: The Ananatara has a very generous layout, there are many trees, a lot of flowers, the birdlife is varied and the lagoon makes for a very open and peaceful stay. A lot to enjoy and explore and a bit like a small park. This comes especially true once you have a Sala villa with your own Sala over the Lagoon. The Sala is much more concrete. Both have very good pools and a nice poolbar the one at the Anantara being a bit bigger. The beach is the same, the Anantara is closer to the turtle village (it starts right by the reception). This means that some rooms (in the 10 to 30´s) hear some noise from the major road to the airport.
Rooms: The highest category in the Sala is a bit bigger but does not have the nice sala over the lagoon which is extremely nice for bird watching or a snack. The villas are both very nice with the bathroom being inside the villa at the Anantara. The pool at the Sala is a bit bigger (as the whole villa) so swimming is a bit better. The villas itself are both spacious and luxurious and make for a wonderful stay. The Anantara is more open and offers more green alas that is also the big setback in my opinion. The rooms at the Sala offer total privacy, the rooms at the Anantara are built 4 together and at least one of your neighbors will have a good view inside you garden. Also passersyby may be able to peek inside. The Highest category at the Anantara offers some additional perks, some snacks (some tacos and vegatable sticks plus some spread and a beer per person) in the afternoon, a flowerpetal bath (the bath only separated by a window from the pool is a major treat) and a Loi Krathong ceremony. Nothing to get too excited over but all very nice.
Hands down, the breakfast at the Anantara is way better. It is maybe the best breakfast I have encountered in my travels (see other hotel revies). 11 kinds of juice, creals, 15 kinds of bread and rolls, at least 6 hot dishes (not counting the soups) heaps of condiments eggs any way you like them (order a poached egg and you get eggs benedicte) cheese, cold cuts, honey, marmelade, even Nutella for those who like it, fruits, every morning we left full to the brim. All very tasty and freshly prepared.
The Thai tapas at the Treehouse are also very nice, the cocktails are done perfectly. We were a bit disappointed by the sea fire salt, the starter mix plate was too much deep fried and the meat and fish we had a s a main was nothing too special. Even considering the standard of the hotel this was overpriced.
We did the cooking class which was really fun and well prepared, I can only recommend this, but skip the breakfast if you go for it.
All very pleasant but from time to time, let us just say, operational hickups should not happen but after our complaint we were fully rectified, so no hard feeling there, the hotel was very generous to us to make good for some mistakes so that was a positive point. But in both hotels the staff is equally friendly and nice with but one exception that was the breakfast team at the Anantara. The crew did a wonderful job each morning and we really enjoyed their hospitality. Pla and her crew and their outstanding performance saved the 5 star rating for this hotel (the noise from the street and the lack of privacy would have cost a star due to my preferences).
All in all, the Sala is quiter and offers more privacy, the Anantara is much greener and has (by far) the better breakfast. Just keep one thing in mind, this review is based on the highest room category in both hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the charming tropical beauty of Thailand's premier island destination, Anantara Phuket Villas provides a luxurious refuge that opens out onto unspoiled panoramas. Awake to the sight of virgin sands backed by the lush vegetation of Sirinath National Park. Trek through the dense jungle by elephant to discover untouched island wonders. Relax in your private pool villa surrounded by the finest materials and design. Our Phuket resort puts the upmost emphasis on designer relaxation and guests' privacy, with 91 private Phuket pool villas scattered harmoniously across a prime stretch of Mai Khao Beach. Complimenting our luxury resort's tropically inviting accommodation is a host of services and facilities of the highest standard, including premium restaurants, bars and leisure facilities. Anantara Phuket's glorious contemporary design is inspired by a location that offers an array of activities, from diving in pristine waters to learning the ancient art of Thai cookery. The full delights of Anantara Phuket Villas are ready for you to enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anantara Phuket Villas Hotel Mai Khao
- Anantara Hotel Mai Khao
- Anantara Hotel Phuket
- Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas