Destination: Thailand: Phuket
On my most recent trip, I just missed the October 2008 opening of Anantara Phuket, on the island’s northwest side. Each of the hotel’s eighty-three villas has its own large private pool, which is located either in a garden (from which paths meander down to the sea) or by a lagoon, which also features bamboo water fountains and flaming torches. The villas, which together are reminiscent of a village in southern Thailand, are decorated with colorful silks and Thai furniture and have baths big enough for two. Modern touches include Wi-Fi, iPods and docking stations, flat screen TVs and DVD players, espresso machines, gourmet snacks, a wine cellar and indoor and outdoor rain showers. The numerous restaurants offer a range of food from Italian and Thai to barbecue and seafood. As with all Anantara properties, the spa is a strong suit, and the Turtle Club, for kids, will keep the little ones safe and happy. Indeed, having a great kids’ club (rare on Phuket) could well turn out to be the hotel’s raison d’être. If you can tear yourself away from your room, you can enjoy moonlight canoe trips on a stunning lagoon, sunset cruises aboard a private fishing boat, a diving expedition to the Similan Islands and a picnic breakfast at a rubber plantation. Sounds promising. Villas from $457.
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