Anantara opening luxury resort in Phuket in January

Anantara Phuket Layan

ANANTARA PHUKET LAYAN RESORT & SPA, situated on the northwest coast of Phuket , will reopen in January 2014. The resort is located on the picturesque Layan Beach at a serene, far end of Bang Tao Bay.

It is  Anantara’s second Phuket resort, offering the best of both worlds –a tranquil stretch of white sand and at the end of your journey – Laguna – where you’ll find lively bars and boutique shopping. The island’s southern beaches and city centre are only a 35-minute drive away.

It is surrounded by lush landscapes and towering coconut trees on one of the least developed and most beautiful beaches on the island and offers nine different room types across 77 luxurious suites and villas on 400 metres of secluded beach, including a Two Bedroom Family Pool Villa, two Two Bedroom Pool Villas and a vast 485 square metre Anantara Pool Villa.

It offers direct beach access, a private pool and extensive outdoor areas of more than 200 square metres and can accommodate up to six adults.

Phuket is well known for its fresh fish and the resort’s menus reflect this.

Sala Layan, the all-day dining restaurant, offers a lavish breakfast buffet with live cooking stations, the best of eastern and western favorites and a vitality food selection throughout the day, as well as Phuket’s most decadent Sunday Brunch.

Its Deeplee signature restaurant features authentic Thai cuisine from around Thailand. The Asian flavors extend to the adjacent cliff edge Infinity Bar, where you can savor exceptional views, great cocktails and Thai tapas.

For those who prefer the blissful ocean breeze and cool waters, the Breeze pool bar offers inventive cocktails, fresh juices and light poolside snacks to fuel a day lounging in the tropical sun while Sunshine Butlers are on hand with fruit skewers and cold face towels to cool sunbathers down.

As the sun sets, guests can indulge in the ultimate romantic dining with personalized Dining by Design experiences, where a specially devised menu is prepared by a personal chef, and served at a table for two in dreamy locations, from an isolated enclave to a deck on a cliff edge – anywhere you choose.

Spice Spoons, Anantara’s new Cooking School concept, invites budding master chefs to step into the local gastronomy scene on a journey of rich culinary discovery. Participants start the day with a visit to a local market to learn about and buy fresh ingredients before donning aprons and chef’s hats in the resort’s open theatre kitchen for a unique interactive learning experience with a Thai chef.

The resort will have a number of gurus. Anantara’s Salt Guru helps diners to pair their food from a selection of 17 salt varieties. It also has an olive oil guru to explain with a lexicon usually reserved for wine.

The resort also offers one of the most balanced and diverse wine collections in Phuket and regular tasting sessions by the Wine Guru offer guests a journey through the vineyards of the world, including the best of Thailand.

There’s even a Slumber Guru who ensures guests enjoy their best night’s rest ever.

Recreation and leisure facilities include water sports, bicycles, a fitness centre, group and private yoga classes, a boutique and gift shop and a library with a range of books and films as well as iPads. iPad lovers and workaholics on holiday can check-out an iPad just as though they are borrowing a book from the library.

The resort also has a Chang (Thai for elephant) Children’s Club for younger guests of 12 and under, which offers daily complimentary supervised activities including full and half-day programs, as well as a Kids menu, cooking classes and a ‘Little People’s’ Spa menu.

The Anantara Spa offers a therapeutic range of treatments that combine traditional Asian therapies and pampering Elemis products. All spa treatments are delivered by highly skilled and comforting hands. The spa comprises seven treatment suites as well as manicure and pedicure studios.

In addition to the hotel, a high-end residential project, known as Anantara Residences Phuket Layan, will be developed on an adjacent hillside with panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. It will consist of 16 units ranging from two to five bedrooms.

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