Need to know
Ninety-one private pool villas.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $278.99 (THB8,710), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
Rates include buffet breakfast, welcome flower garland and juice on arrival, daily tropical fruits and cookies, international newspaper (on request) and turndown service.
The hotel can arrange a multitude of tailored trips, based on land or sea, including jungle exploring, wildlife watching, sailing and sea cruises, rafting, diving, elephant trekking, art tours and even private surfing lessons.
At the hotel
Spa, pool, restaurants, bars, cooking school, public beach within easy reach, non-motorised watersports, gym, tennis courts, table-tennis, mountain bikes, boutique, concierge, gardens, kids' club, indoor play area, DVD and music library, free WiFi throughout, on-site valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player with surround sound, iPod dock, espresso machine, wine fridge, minibar, Anantara toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The gorgeous Sala Pool Villas share the same dark teak and white linen elegance of all the other room categories, but with the addition of their own private outdoor salas standing in the lagoon. This rustic setting, with a backing soundtrack of frogs, geckos and birds, is a world away from urbanity and the perfect spot for yoga, a massage or romantic dinner.
Stretching the length of the beachfront, the main pool covers all options: swim for as long as you like, lounge on a shaded day-bed on the water or paddle up to the Infinity bar for a drink.
Ear plugs will be handy for urbanites unused to the sound of early-morning birdsong; some mosquito spray, just in case (you're in the tropics after all).
Staff like to play cupid, so don’t be surprised to find a secret note or whispered message offering to help plan a fabulous, romantic treat. Smoking is only allowed outdoors.
Sorry, no pets are allowed at this tropical idyll. See more pet-friendly hotels in Phuket.
The Turtle Club, open 10am to 6pm daily, provides fun, artistic and cultural adventures for kids aged four to 12. The hotel supplies free baby cots and extra beds for older kids for THB3,600 a night; babysitting can be arranged for THB350 an hour.
The Turtle Club, open from 8am to 6pm, provides fun, artistic and cultural adventures. The hotel supplies free baby cots for infants up to age three; kids aged four to 12 can sleep on converted sofa-beds for free (breakfast costs extra at THB475 a day plus taxes) and extra rollaway beds are available for kids over 12 for THB3,600 a night, including breakfast). Babysitting can be arranged for THB350 an hour.
Families with young children under 12.
Most rooms have space for extra beds, available for an additional THB3,600. If you want more room to spread out, the Two Bedroom Family Pool Villa sleeps two adults and two kids.
For bigger kids, there are plenty of opportunities to get active and explore the area. Windsurfing, sailing and kayaking are available at the beach, and island excursions include snorkelling, elephant trekking and nature hikes in the forested Sirinath National Park. The Turtle Club holds batik classes, glass-painting and candle-making sessions, or computer games and various sports for 4–12 year olds (younger infants are welcome if accompanied by a parent or babysitter).
There's no dedicated kids' pool, but the main pool has several shallow areas. There are no lifeguards, but the Diversions Team is on standby in the pool area from 8am to 5pm. All rooms come with a small private pool too, so infants will need watching.
Children are welcome at the main restaurants whenever they are open, and kids' menus are available. High chairs are supplied, and staff are happy to warm up milk and food for babies. If you're going on an excursion, ask ahead to have lunches packed that are suitable for young palates.
Give the resort staff two hours' notice and they can organise for someone to mind the children. It costs THB350 an hour, with a minimum of two hours (and one babysitter per child). After 10pm, a 20 per cent surcharge and travel charge of THB500 applies.
No need to pack
Baby cots, high chairs and buggies.
The cool-title-toting Director of Discovery can organise trips to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, which aims to stop these wild creatures being used as tourist attractions and return them to their natural environment. Visitors can observe the ones being prepared for release up close. And let's face it, what kid doesn't love a monkey?
Anantara supports the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which protects sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach, donating US$1 a room a night.