The Anantara Phuket Layan is a classy new beach resort offering polished interiors, fabulous food and an abundance of facilities for couples and families alike. There’s a sensational spa, four bars and restaurants, a watersport centre, two swimming pools and a hilltop wedding pavilion. Rooms are spacious and airy.
In a secluded, serene spot at the end of Layan beach on the northwest coast of the island, this hotel is backed by undulating jungle and fronted by a crescent of golden sands. It’s not the most sensational beach in Phuket – the sand is a little shingle-y – but its waters are calm, clear, warm, and above all private.
Address: 168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Layan Beach, 83110, Thailand.
Style & character
The hotel is brand-spanking new and sports a traditional Thai aesthetic – peaked roofs, wooden salas, gem-coloured soft furnishings – but with enough contemporary touches to keep it from feeling stuffy. Four bars and restaurants, a watersport centre, a couple of swimming pools and a hilltop wedding pavilion are artfully weaved into the verdant landscape. As with all Anantara Hotels, a sensational spa is part of the DNA, with seven lush treatment rooms, a salon and a host of visiting wellness practitioners dropping by.
Service & facilities
Following the management team lead (who are regularly spotted around the resort laughing and chatting with guests), the staff are some of the friendliest and most helpful you’ll find on the island.
There are 30 rooms and suites perched on the hillside and 47 pool villas scattered around at ground level. All are spacious and breezily put together with soft cream walls, shining wooden floors and delicate oriental touches. There are plenty of little extras too, from fancy bath salts by the jumbo tub, to beach bags and bestsellers to take to the beach, and trays of petite fours and fruity cocktails on arrival.
Food & drink
Breakfast is a highlight with everything from white-egg omelets and power juices, to eggs Benedict and waffle lollipops, to miso soup and dim sum on offer. You’re unlikely to need lunch. The two restaurants – the Thai Dee Plee and the Med-leaning Sala Layan – are both excellent and popular with non-guests. Romantic dinner a deux can also be arranged on the beach under a moonlit sky as the Andaman Sea lap-lap-laps upon the shore.
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