Attainable ParadiseBy Marianne Belmonte & Nori Inoguchi
Have you ever had a dream about being on a deserted tropical island only to have awoken feeling sad that it was only a dream and you are a long way off from being in paradise? Well the good news is paradise does exist and it is not out of your reach.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is that paradise. One of Thailand’s premier island destinations it offers unspoiled landscapes with luxurious accommodations. The resort’s main focus is on relaxation and privacy. In addition to the natural beauty that surrounds you, as it is located on a prime stretch of Mai Khao Beach and has the Sirinath National Park as its backyard, you won’t despair if you are looking for adventure; you have come to the right place.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas offers trips to suit your interests on land or sea. Ranging from jungle exploring to wildlife watching, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. Try elephant trekking, sailing and sea cruises to the Similan Islands. There are rafting, diving and even private surfing lessons. A five-minute walk from the resort brings you to Mai Khao Beach where you can enjoy lounging, snorkeling, sea kayaking and windsurfing. Whatever you do, and especially if you have brought your children along and it is the right season, don’t miss watching baby turtles hatch on the beach. It’s a once-in-a- lifetime experience and the resort is a benefactor of these egg-laying sea turtles, donating one US dollar for every night a room is occupied. If activities are not your thing and you’ve come just to relax and be pampered then please indulge with a Thai massage, scrub, body wrap or a variety of Ayurvedic therapies. Have you tried meditating? Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is the ideal setting for this and if yoga is your thing classes are conducted on a regular basis.
The amenities at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas feature an infinity-edge beachside swimming pool, architecturally designed gardens, 91 private pool villas, tennis courts, a cooking school and four restaurants. Take advantage of the guest bikes that are available on the premises and absorb the fresh air, sweet aromas and sounds and scents of the jungle. You haven’t lived until you’ve had this kind of experience as it is like no other.
If this is a family holiday have no worries. Activities can be enjoyed with or without the children. Babysitting is available for the very young and activities for the older children are available. These include batik classes, glass painting and candle-making sessions. Children from ages 4 to 12 can take their pick of computer games or sports, such as snorkeling, nature hikes in the Sirinath National Park and island excursions.
The restaurants at the resort offer a delightful range of cuisines. The Tree House features Thai-style tapas and cocktails, best enjoyed at sunset. The Tasting Room designs individual menus and serves fine wine. Sea.Fire.Salt serves seafood barbecue on the veranda. Of course you are also welcome to venture off the resort and try the local jaunts such as the jazzy nightclub Siam Supper Club whose menu includes pizzas, grilled fish and meat along with cocktails. Want something more casual? Try Lotus with breathtaking views of the sunset. And then there is Silk, a sophisticated establishment serving contemporary Thai food.
Paradise truly is there for the taking. Book a trip today and experience heaven on Earth. Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is a destination of a lifetime and one that must be experienced.