Cascading down a tropical hillside onto one of Phuket’s most secluded beaches, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort’s perfect location on the island’s west coast and tip-top hospitality are only two of the reasons why you should add this tropical gem of a hotel to your travel bucket list. And as truly amazing as the resort itself is, the true showstopper are its 15 uniquely designed Layan Residences. Read on to find out more about them.
As soon as you enter the wooden front door of your private Residence, greeted by a smiley butler offering you a glass of freshly squeezed guava juice, you get a feeling of blissful isolation – the type of secluded, soothing isolation we all desperately seek from a relaxing seafront hideaway. Surrounded by National Park forest and blending seamlessly into their wild surroundings, the Layan Residences are perched on a lush hill which overlooks a calm lagoon at the end of Layan Beach in Phuket. Providing rugged beauty and spectacular natural views perfectly fused with five-star opulence, the Residences encourage complete escapism as you don’t even need to go to the main reception area to check in – your personal butler will gladly do it for you whilst you’re settling into your holiday home.
All Layan Residences and the entire resort are authentically Thai – from the kindness of the staff to the décor which is a modern interpretation of classic Asian interiors. Created by Indonesian interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, all 15 Residences boast spacious and breezy living and dining spaces with beautiful high vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and open stairways. They also come with fully-fitted kitchens, deluxe bedrooms with airy en-suite bathrooms, studies and accommodation for butlers and chefs. And if you’re after complete seclusion, book a Residence that comes with its own spa and a gym – that way you’ll really struggle to find a reason to leave your villa.
The focal point in each Residence is undoubtedly the outdoor social area with its dining Thai sala which is perfect for lazy poolside breakfasts and a 21-metre infinity pool overlooking the private bay where the resort lies and the calm Andaman Sea. Palm trees, sun loungers and sunbeds adorn the pool deck and everything is so aesthetically pleasing that you wouldn’t be blamed if you spend the majority of your stay there – sunbathing, reading and soaking up the hot Thai sun. And if you really can’t be persuaded to leave your private sanctuary – and who could blame you – your butler will bring the restaurant (or the bar, the spa, you name it) to you.
What to do
Peel yourself away from your private pool (if you can) and book a private Muay Thai boxing class or try some of the water sports that the resort offers. Due to its ideal location on a private beach, guests can choose from an abundance of water activities such as kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and sailing. If you, however, prefer consuming calories instead of burning them (which is what holidays are about at the end of the day), book a session with Spice Spoons, where professional chefs will teach you how to cook traditional Thai dishes.
For luxurious day trips or longer cruises to explore the breathtaking islands of the Andaman Sea, guests can also charter the resort’s spectacular 90-foot Sunseeker motor yacht called Major Affair.
As with any Anantara property, a phenomenal spa is to be expected. Fully in line with Anantara Layan Phuket Resort’s authenticity, the spa is finished beautifully with Thai decorative elements and offers seven luxury treatment rooms, male and female steam rooms, a hairdressing salon and an OPI nail salon. Try the signature massage which promises to soothe you into a complete state of bliss. Once the massage’s over, take yourselves back into reality with a cup of herbal tea and granola bars or biscuits which will be waiting for you in the post-treatment relaxation room.
Those who appreciate excellent ingredients and taking a gastronomic journey can expect unforgettable dining experiences at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort. First up, there’s the poolside restaurant Breeze. With a menu consisting of light salads, grilled fish and meats, pizzas and pasta, as well as cooling fruit juices and coconut water, this will instantly become a favourite for lazy lunches in the shade after a few hours of sunbathing or a more casual dinner.
Then there’s Dee Plee Restaurant which showcases traditional Thai delicacies made with quality local ingredients. Indulge in a selection of fragrant curries and stir-fries, fresh seafood creations and traditional desserts. Tables are set out both indoors and outdoors, with the seating on the terrace overlooking the beach.
Earlier this year, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort introduced a new addition to its culinary offering – the refined and sophisticated Age Restaurant. Serving up a combination of experimental creations and classics, the restaurant celebrates grilled meats and locally caught seafood, paired with the very best wines from around the world, and aspires to be the best grill restaurant in Phuket, if not Thailand.
For an extra special meal, book a Dining by Design evening, which includes an intimate dinner under the stars with a personal chef and a butler service. The location could be chosen by you, but the beach is, naturally, highly recommended.
Breakfast is served daily at Dee Plee and consists of a sensational sprawling buffet set out in a few different rooms (yes, I did say a few – there is a whole room dedicated to cheese and cold cuts only). In addition to an impressive continental offering and a myriad of western staples, there is a varied mixture of traditional Asian breakfast items such as noodle soups, spring rolls and the Thai version of French toast, as well as Middle Eastern dips and dishes like hummus, Baba Ganoush and tagine. There’s also a pancake and waffle station as well as an omelette bar where friendly chefs cook up a storm.
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