Bordered by the golden sands and gentle waves of the Andaman Sea, Thailand, Banyan Tree Phuket is an oasis of peace and tranquility. A tropical paradise of extraordinary natural beauty, exuding seclusion, luxury and romance, this exotic hideaway boasts only the finest facilities and ambience. A 'Land of Smiles' indeed under the sheltering canopy of the Banyan Tree.
Guest accommodations are in luxurious villas, nestled in lush gardens surrounding a sparkling saltwater lagoon. All are appointed with Jim Thompson Thai silks, teak furniture and floors, and exquisite marble bathrooms, including an open-air sunken tub. Thailand's rich culture is reflected in the architecture and decor of the resort's 115 elegant villas, each with its own garden, raised king-sized bed, and sunken open-air bath. For the ultimate in luxury, there are 71 villas with their own private swimming pools.
Anantara Phuket Resort's 83 Pool Villas are inspired by Thai architecture with free-flowing and expansive space, tropical woods and windows at every turn to welcome the flow of the island breeze. The interiors invite you to unwind in the indigenously inspired luxury that has come to define Anantara, while the out-of-doors, in the surrounds of your villa's own walls, provide a serene place to chat, read and entertain in the open air - just as the Thais still do today. Recline on a day bed in your king or twin bedroom. Relax the afternoon away on sun beds on your hardwood deck and plunge into your private pool in blissful seclusion. Connect your iPod to the surround-sound stereo and select a bottle from your personal wine cellar.
Four one bedroom villa types are differentiated by location within the Bill Bensley designed flowering gardens or over the extensive lagoon which is a central feature of the resort
The 13 stylish and expansive Pool Villas span 180 square metres of laid-back luxury and comfort and brim with indigenous Southern Thai decor. Awaken each morning in your sumptuous king-size bed and catch a glimpse of the island sun breaking through the lush garden surrounds. The vaulted ceiling in the bedroom follows the principles of Thai temple architecture, reaching towards the sky. A daybed covered with colourful silk cushions is opposite a writing desk, both providing intimate spaces for contemplation. Reflect upon Thai paintings, prints and textile wall-hangings, hand-picked to reflect the spirit of local artistic traditions. Retreat to the cool surrounds of the spacious bathroom and surround yourself with swirling scents of sandalwood aromatherapy oils and rinse under the soothing rain shower, while looking over the outdoor terrazzo tub and swimming pool.
Phuket's lush tropical vegetation is the inspiration for the brilliant multi-hued gardens nestled behind the walls of our 30 Garden Pool Villas, each offering an expansive 180 square metres of Anantara luxury. Slip into the terrazzo tub under the stars, adorned with your favourite flowers. Your full-sized private pool is just a step down from the sliding glass doors of your bed and bathroom, wrapping each villa in inviting aquamarine. The spacious bathroom invites pampering, with a rain shower, indigenously sourced tiles and floor-to-ceiling windows that ensure you never forget you're surrounded by island beauty. Throughout, hardwood floors, and plush furnishings evoke the best of Thai domestic design. In the bedroom, with either one king or two twin beds, relax amidst a colourful panorama of woven wall tapestries and silk cushions.
Set by the lagoon which is a central feature of the resort, the 28 Lagoon Pool Villas, each 180 square metres, feature a mosaic-tiled pool, seamlessly blending up to the outdoor bath. Hardwood floors from the bedroom unfold onto sun-kissed timber decks, outfitted with sun loungers you'll never have to fight to reserve! Recline on the day bed in your room while watching your favourite DVD after a rigorous afternoon diving. At sundown, transform your outdoor sala into the setting for a romantic evening for two with Phuket-style curries paired with adventurous Thai wines. Unwind in your freshly drawn jasmine bath after rinsing in your indoor or outdoor rain shower.
Sala Pool Villa
The 11 Sala Pool Villas, a spacious 186 square metres each, are a romantic immersion in the indigenous wonder of Phuket. Similar to Lagoon Pool Villas only with the addition of a delightful additional Sala extended over the lagoon. Following ancient Thai building principles, sunshine pours through open windows and glass doors into the bedroom and the bathroom. Settle into a terrazzo tub, connected to the pool in the open-air freedom of the invigorating island breeze. By evening, soak in tropical ambience as you sip champagne, listen to gentle music and recline upon a silk-covered day bed.
Elect for the ultimate comfort in our fabulous 360-square metre two bedroom Sala pool villa, inspired by a royal Thai seaside residence. Retreat to this sanctuary of free-flowing space set under a gabled roof amidst the plush and colourful surrounds of Thai textiles and fabrics. You'll feel the traditional spirit of Thailand in the master bedroom, with canopied bed and silk runners woven in a traditional Thai pattern. Unique locally-sourced art pieces, ornate furnishings and daybeds lend themselves to a relaxed afternoon. Step into one of the two bathrooms, with luxurious rain showers, warm natural light and glazed tiles. The bath chambers look onto a delightful walled garden, with wooden veranda and the centrepiece 50 square metre infinity-edge swimming pool and outdoor dining sala. Delight in all the modern comforts of home, from the flat-screen TV, in-room bar and wine cellar, international satellite TV, high-speed Internet, iPod docking station and full video and music entertainment centre.
RESTAURANTS & BAR
Saffron: Wine and dine at Saffron, an eclectic and award-winning restaurant in the luxury 5 star hotel in Phuket, the Banyan Tree Phuket Resort & Spa. Saffon is renowned for its creative selection of Thai cuisine prepared using traditional methods passed down through generations. At the Saffron the exotic flavors of Asian delights blend perfectly with the delectable décor of the restaurant. Dishes featured on our menu include crisp fried catfish and mango salad, stir-fried black crab with pepper and chilli, and sticky rice with yellow curry ice cream.
With a spectacular view of the lagoon around you, enjoy a lavish American-and-Asian buffet breakfast or Mediterranean cuisine in the evening, amidst a relaxed water court setting. Savor delightful favorites such as citrus salad with warm garlic prawns, charred aubergine cappuccino with truffle oil, lobster with hot basil salad and grilled prime rib of beef.
International snacks and café fare make this the ideal place to enjoy a casual breakfast before teeing off, or a relaxed lunch while taking in the view of the pastoral greens at Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Satisfy a hearty appetite with tasty Thai classics and other tempting items on our sandwich and salad selection.
Set in the tranquil surroundings of the Banyan Tree Spa, dining at Tamarind is an experience not to be missed. Fresh fish, seafood delicacies and spa cuisine are combined with the exotic herbs, roots and spices that create the distinctive flavors of Thai cuisine. Our menu has been meticulously designed to tempt and tantalize your taste buds with our Western and Far Eastern dishes.
Sala Terrace: Intimately sequestered on a discreet terrace facing the lagoon, this epicurean delight serves up the finest catches from the sea. Pay homage to the royal triumvirate of lobster, tiger prawn and imported French oysters; in between liberal dashings of melt-in-your-mouth Beluga caviar. Sample the innovative twists of hot, sweet, tangy and tart flavors that resonate in Thai fusion cooking and accompany the delectable meal with a matching bottle of wine from the cellar - a feast for the senses.
Pool Bar: Swim up to the pool bar for thirst-quenching drinks and nifty fruit cocktails. Or sit under a coconut tree, soak up the tropical climate, marvel at the soothing ambiance and indulge in tasty snacks.
In-Villa Dining: When you stay at our stunning villas with your very own garden, Jet Pool or pool, a romantic experience not to be missed is in-villa dining. From extravagant champagne breakfasts to delicious outdoor barbecues, our outstanding room service team will attend to all your dining fancies. Feel the magic of dining among fragrant gardens to the symphony of the cicadas.
Dinner of the Spirit: Located at the shores of Bang Tao Bay, Banyan Tree Phuket is just a 20-minute drive away from Phuket International Airport and a 25-minute drive from Phuket town. It is part of Asia's first integrated resort, Laguna Phuket, which consists of five luxury hotels, six palm-fringed lagoons, 600 acres of parkland, three kilometers of pristine beach and an outstanding array of recreational and dining facilities.
Sanya Rak Dinner Cruise: Enjoy the ultimate romantic dinner on board 'The Sanya Rak - Promise of Love', Banyan Tree's traditional long tail boat. You and your partner will experience traditional music and melt-in-the-mouth cuisine, not forgetting Phuket's spectacular sunset as you cruise through our lagoons. The intoxicating aura of romance as you dine on board Sanya Rak is certainly an experience that will stay with you forever. The Sanya Rak departs from Banyan Tree at 5.30pm; dinner lasts approximately two and a half hours. As there is only one departure per evening and a great deal of preparation is required, we ask you to make your reservation as far in advance as possible, with a minimum of five hours to cruise time.
RAFFLES AMRITA SPAS
Ease into a state of tranquility in an enclave of traditional Thai design and natural serenity, set amongst flowering tropical gardens. Anantara Spa treatment rooms offer luxurious indulgences, ranging from massage, aromatherapy, Ayurvedic therapies, and rich facials to lavish body treatments and scrubs using the finest indigenous materials. Enjoy a pampering treatment with a partner in our couple's suite.
The Anantara Spa Phuket has been created as a haven of peace, calm and serenity, inspired by the lotus flower - one of the most ancient and allusive symbols of our planet. Growing in muddy water and rising above the surface with remarkable beauty, it represents long life, health, honour and good luck.
The mysticism of the lotus can teach us many things. If we search deep within ourselves, each and every one of us can find the aspiration, the potential and power to heal ourselves, emotionally and physically.
Leave behind the stresses and strains of everyday life and begin to synchronise the subtle energies of your being. Rich local herbs and plants - blended to achieve delicate flavours, luxurious aromas and powerful sensations - will take you on the path to ultimate self-regeneration. Whether you choose a skin brightening facial to enhance your natural glow or practise yoga and meditation, this journey of discovery will leave you rejuvenated and revitalized.