Bask in the lush surroundings of the national park forest along Phuket’s serene northwest coast. Situated in an exclusive alcove, the Anantara Layan Resort is a surprisingly short 20-minute drive from the Phuket airport. The indulgent island hideaway’s contemporary design blends into a lush hillside comprised of towering coconut tree jungles, overlooking an otherwise untouched bay, a stunning beach and views of Kata Island, ultimately creating the ideal environment for relaxation.
Boasting 30 guest rooms and suites and 47 one- and two-bedroom villas, the hotel offers 10 accommodation types fully equipped with all of the modern comforts one could possibly need – including a 24-hour Villa Host service. An idyllic option for couples and small families, the two-bedroom Anantara Pool Villas include a private garden, direct beach access and a personal pool. Alternatively, the lavish hillside Layan Residences by Anantara proudly overlook the entire resort and cater to families big and small with a range of two to eight bedroom villas featuring oversized infinity pools - here, traditional Asian design meets contemporary exuberance with sweeping views from every vantage point.
Begin each day with breakfast by the sea at Sala Layan where a buffet awaits with Asian and western breakfast dishes accompanied by fresh fruits, eggs and waffles made to order. Here, lunch is given a Mediterranean flare with a vibrant á la carte menu and dinner takes on an elegant ambience with dishes to match with a four-course á la carte menu featuring treasures from the land and sea. On the hillside, Thai restaurant, Dee Plee serves up a feast for both the eyes and taste buds with a spectacular view and a culinary tour across the Kingdom, with Phuket and southern specialities.
Beyond the resort’s contemporary Thai, the Mediterranean and poolside restaurants are two unique dining experiences not to be missed. As the name suggests, Dine by Design offers a sumptuous way to delight in a meal catering to your most extravagant dining desires – from a petal-strewn table under a white gazebo by the sea to a gourmet picnic followed by a private movie screening – Dine by Design serves up an unparalleled experience in concert with your private chef and butler.
Once you’ve indulged in all that the Anantara Layan’s restaurants have to offer, take the taste of Thailand home with you after learning how to create the rich layered flavours of Thai cuisine at Spice Spoons cooking school. More than just a cooking class – the journey begins with a chef-guided market tour to select fresh ingredients, followed by a lesson in learning how to recreate the famous Thai five flavour balance of salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami. Kick your skills up a notch and expand your lesson to learn the artful skill of fruit and vegetable carving and discover how to truly impress your guests at your next intimate gathering upon returning home.
No holiday is complete without a trip to the spa. Rooted in Thailand, Anantara’s Sanskrit meaning, ‘without end’, is expressed at Anantara’s Spa through Phuket’s tropical allures and Anantara Spa’s award-winning expertise. The luxurious spa facility is divided into seven rooms for individuals and couples alike to take part in one of the Anantara’ signature treatments. Highly recommended, the Layan Bamboo Retreat is a 150-minute ancient healing massage that uses aromatic oil and warmed bamboo sticks to roll away muscular knots and tension, reduce toxin accumulation and fluid retention, whilst enhancing circulation. Relaxing and rewarding, the Layan Bamboo Retreat results in a youthful complexion and a peaceful mind.
If lapping up the luxury of your room is too good to leave, opt for an in-suite treatment with the In-Villa Slumber Guru Experience. The one-of-a-kind treatment takes the importance of a good night’s rest to a whole new level starting with an essential oil bath surrounded by candles followed by a deeply relaxing massage and concluded with a soothing hot drink of your choice paired with homemade cookies and tranquil music. Sweet dreams await in a bed dressed in 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton. That is the magic of Anantara Layan – rest, relaxation and the chance to reboot in a luxurious location surrounded by a lush forest and calming sea.
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