When in need of a restful and relaxing holiday, most Australians already think of Thailand. In particular, the southern tip of Phuket. Although economical, we don’t often associate it with the comforts found in other more metropolitan destinations. Well, that’s about to change for you.
Five-star luxury and world class service has a new address, and it’s right in the heart of Phuket. Anantara Layan at the northern end of Phuket island is your new favourite destination for all things luxuriating and pampering, with a lasting impression that will stay with you until departure. Immediately upon arrival, you are welcomed into the most stunning lobby, bar, pool and dining area in Phuket. The open plan and open air features instantly welcome you for a stay that you won’t forget. Rooms are generous and comfortable with restaurants on-site that compete with the best globally. Experience a private beach and activities that will give you more than enough reasons to never venture outside of the resort.
With over thirty rooms and forty-seven villas, there is something for every need. If on a relaxing honeymoon, treat yourself to the Deluxe Pool Villa with private pool and terrace area. Families are welcome with the Family Pool Villa featuring a pool, a king bed that sleeps two adults, and a separate bed and room for a little one. Options are everything at the Beach Access Villa which gives beach-lovers unprecedented access to one of Thailand’s most private beaches – and just a short walk from your own private pool. This writer stayed in the Two Bedroom Layan Pool Villa with two separate bedrooms for the other half of your party, private pool, outdoor showers and a private parlour between the two bedrooms. Enough said.
Activities are plentiful with the Layan Boxing Stadium and group (or private) Muay Thai classes. Unexpectedly fun and friendly to beginners – trust me! For those looking for a cooking experience whilst in Thailand, the Spice Spoons adventure guides you through a morning market tour of local Thai ingredients, before a private session with chef learning a variety of Thai cuisine. With non-motorised watersports available for all guests, this is your opportunity to take that stand up paddle boarding photo for Instagram you’ve always dreamed about. Experience massages solo or in a couple, and have them customised to your every need, down to the choice in music played in the rooms.
Anantara Layan has thought of everything, with world-class dining available with a short walk or (always enjoyable) ride on a buggy. The Breeze Pool lounge is your ultimate for casual dining and poolside treats. A variety of western and local Thai dishes are on offer to suit every taste. Venture to Dee Plee restaurant at the top of a gorgeous hill, which provides Thai dishes made to perfection. Enjoy local cuisine without any fear as the staff are all well trained and will guide you through the experience. Recommended is the Chef’s Choice menu, which gives you a little taste of everything – note, you will not leave hungry! Lastly, Sala Layan will treat you with a luxurious menu that is hard to find, and even harder to make correctly. Every dish we ordered was cooked to perfection, and left us wanting more. Don’t hesitate to match your steak (we recommend ordering from the grill) with a local Thai wine – you will be pleasantly surprised such amazing wines grow in such warm climates.
Anantata Layan is one of many Anantara resorts globally. When travelling to Phuket, Thailand, we cannot recommend highly enough. Best suitable for adult couples – whether on honeymoon or solo travel, and older family groups. This is the perfect playground for all of your grown up needs and tastes.
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