Need to know
139, including 11 suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability until 2pm (to guarantee a late check-out until 6pm a half-day fee is charged; after 6pm, a full extra night’s charge applies). Check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $104.11 (THB3,485), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
Rates include buffet breakfast.
At the hotel
Spa and wellness centre, PADI dive centre, tennis court, two pools, restaurants, bar, kids’ club, beach club, activity centre, gym, library of books and DVDs, concierge, free WiFi in public areas (THB350 net a day in rooms). In rooms: satellite TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, own-label Anantara toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Go for one of the spacious Deluxe Terrace suites, which have the same polished elegance as the other rooms but with the added blessing of a patch of lawn for private sunbathing. If you're got kids in tow, the Anantara Family Pool Terraces are a better bet, with garden access and refreshing plunge pools.
Relax by the large oval outdoor pool, set amid lush tropical gardens with a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean; there's a good-sized kids' pool alongside.
Spa devotees will be thrilled with the offerings at the Anantara Spa and Wellness 360°. From half-hour aromatic floral baths to multi-day detox and rejuvenation packages, there's something to suit everyone. For the ultimate pedicure, book the Dr Fish spa treatment, where you plunge your feet into a pool of tiny fish who then proceed to nibble away any rough skin.
You'll be spending a lot of time in the water, so an array of costumes, plus plenty of sunscreen are essential. It's fairly remote here, too, with few opportunities for nearby shopping, so bring all the books, magazines and kids' games needed.
All rooms are non-smoking; smoking is only allowed in specified areas. There is a compulsory New Years Eve Gala Dinner on 31 December costing THB8,121.30 an adult and THB4,060.65 a child (4-12 years old).
They'll love it here. Free baby cots and extra beds for children under 12 are available (excluding breakfast at THB350++ each); extra beds for older children cost THB1,550 a night, including breakfast.
Any age really, but especially those younger than 13.
All rooms can have baby cots and beds added (free and an extra THB1,550 a night respectively), although the Family Pool Terraces have private pools and two bedrooms connected by an outdoor terrace.
The free Dugong Club is open from 9am to 9pm every day for games and arts and crafts. Daily activities, within the resort, are organised by the staff, and there's a playground with slides, swings and ride-on toys. Children under the age of four must be accompanied by a parent, although those aged four to 12 can hang around unsupervised.
As well as the distractions organised by the Dugong Club, many of the resort's activities – kayaking, snorkelling, cycling – can be adapted to suit younger members of the family. The Bubblemaker programme, for children over eight, lets them experience what it's like to go scuba diving in the safety of the swimming pool. Older kids might like to take part in batik painting or Thai language classes.
There is a dedicated kids' pool at one end of the main pool, supervised between 7am until 7pm.
Children are welcome at all the hotel's restaurants whenever they are open, and the relaxed Leelawadee is particularly inviting. Both kids' menus and highchairs are available, and staff can heat milk or baby food if needed.
Trained babysitters are available for THB1,000 an hour; book at least one day in advance.
No need to pack
Baby cots and highchairs.
For mini Paris Hiltons, the Anantara Spa has a special deal where children under 12 can have half-price treatments every day before 2pm.
The hotel recycles and composts, sources food locally, and supports mangrove replanting.