Hotel Highlights

  • Miles of unspoilt, private beach stretching into the horizon
  • See the sunset over the sea from your suite’s infinity pool
  • Watch sea turtles hatching at the hotel’s associated sanctuary

Overview

One of the most pristine and exclusive patches of beach in Thailand belongs to Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga hotel, an eco-conscious retreat that's passionate about local turtle conservation. In fact, they keep their own sanctuary where you can witness hatchlings make their first trek to the ocean. Kick back in your whitewashed villa with its retractable glass walls, private pool and vast ocean views or sink in for soul-soothing spa treatments.

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Here's what you get for booking Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga with us:

A romantic breakfast with bubbles and a red rose; a magical bath experience for five-night stays; a candlelit dinner for two for seven-night stays

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

39, comprising 12 villas, 8 villas and 19 residences.

Check–out

A lazybones-friendly 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $402.19 (THB13,001), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and a daily yoga lesson.

Also

Swot up on your culinary skills with Aleenta’s daily Thai-cookery course, which starts with a chef-led tour of local vegetable markets and culminates in sampling your creations. There are cocktail mixology courses, too. Detox after at Spa IV, where treatments revolve around the sun – and the moon, earth and sea – with ocean views to match. Yoga and t'ai chi are also favourite pastimes here.

At the hotel

Spa, yoga pavilion, gym, library of CDs and books, boutique, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: preloaded iPod, fridge, minibar, yoga mat, TV and DVD player.

Our favourite rooms

The Ocean View Loft Suites have two floors, double-height ceilings and private sun-decks. For the pinnacle of pampering, go for the presidential Spa Villa, which includes a private pool and Jacuzzi, outdoor lounge and spa treatment room. To lay the luxury on even thicker, engage the services of a private butler and a personal chef.

Poolside

The Ocean View Lofts have access to a 30m infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea. All other suites and villas have private pools.

Packing tips

Forget the iPod – all rooms have one. Forget the swimwear – if your room has a private pool you can sunbathe sans tan lines. Most of all, forget the stress and fretting of everyday life – Aleenta has a no-tension policy.

Also

Christmas bookings require a five-night minimum stay.

Children

All ages are welcome in the Ocean View Residences and Beachfront Villas, but other villas are for over-12s only. Free baby cots can be provided.

Eco‐friendly

Aleenta requests and matches donations of THB40 a day to its associated turtle sanctuary in a nearby national park, and arranges trips to see the hatchlings. All vegetables used in the restaurant come from Aleenta’s organic nursery.

Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Spicy Far Eastern fusion at the open-air Beach Lounge; nouvelle French cuisine with a local touch at the newer Chef’s Table. Plump for the pandan-wrapped Andaman lobster and balsamic caramel.

Hotel Bar

Sharing space with the restaurant, the relaxed beach bar is an essential stop-off for an alfresco cocktail, and plays a chilled-out mixture of lounge, jazz, lo-fi and crooner tunes.

Last orders

Food is available until 10.30pm, but the drink keeps flowing until the last guest leaves.

Room service

Meals can be served in your room between 6am and midnight.

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Dress code

Assured but unfussy – light crisp linens and flowing summer dresses.

Top table

Assuming the weather’s obliging, request a table on the beach and dine within inches of the ocean.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

This part of Khao Lak isn’t overly endowed with eateries. Rather than upmarket bistros, you’re more likely to find roadside shacks nearby, serving up authentic (pretty darn spicy) Thai dishes. Phuket to the south is a different story: try Sunday brunch at the bright and buzzing Oriental Spoon (+66 (0)76 316 500) on Surin Beach Road – you’ll need to book. In Surin Beach itself, at 121 Srisonthorn Road, Weaves (+66 (0)76 270 900) is a romantic evening option, with a pan-Asian menu: dine poolside or in the comfort of a private air-conditioned room. Or, discover cool interiors and fantastic fusion-modern Thai food at gastro favourite Lim’s (+66 (0)76 344 834), 28 Phrabaramee Soi 7, Kalim Beach. 

Local bars

Along the street from Lim's at number 223/3, Joe’s Downstairs (+66 (0)76 618 245) is a sunset-cocktails stop where the crowd are so fashionable, it smarts.

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Sultry Siam shores

Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga

Natai Beach Phang Nga, Phuket, Thailand 82140

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Dear reader, a warning: this review is not going to be a whirlwind of adventurous escapades or filled with non-stop activity; in fact, the next few pages are going to be about mostly doing nothing. If doing nothing, however, sounds ideal to you, I can recommend no better spot to do it in than Aleenta Phuket–Phang Nga.

By itself on a beautiful and completely empty stretch of coastl...

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Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Dear reader, a warning: this review is not going to be a whirlwind of adventurous escapades or filled with non-stop activity; in fact, the next few pages are going to be about mostly doing nothing. If doing nothing, however, sounds ideal to you, I can recommend no better spot to do it in than Aleenta Phuket–Phang Nga.

By itself on a beautiful and completely empty stretch of coastline just north of Phuket, this inviting hotel places the accent firmly on privacy. There’s no central pool area, no buffet breakfasts – no need to mingle with anyone other than your very own Mr or Mrs Smith unless you want to. Aleenta has been designed so that, even if the hotel is full, you feel as though it’s your own special place.

And a bit of seclusion is what this stressed-out Mr and Mrs Smith were desperately in need of after a particularly long period of holiday- and sunshine-free time in our hectic working lives. From the moment we hopped into a smart van to our arrival at the resort, where we were greeted with chilled water and cold scented towels, we knew this would be the perfect place for the two of us to unwind and find some peace. A sunglasses-clad and sunblock-lathered Mr Smith immediately started looking around for the loungers.

First, though, we checked into our room. We were staying in a Beachfront suite – a freestanding villa that comprises one-third of what the resort terms its ‘residences’. The other two suites weren’t occupied, however, so Mr Smith and I had both the private pool and the spacious communal living area, with its comfy day-beds and huge flatscreen TV, entirely to ourselves. We spent the next half an hour poking around our suite (might as well get the hard work out of the way before we do absolutely nothing for the next 48 hours). Two and a half of the four walls are made entirely of glass, and retract fully to provide instant access to a private beach-facing deck at the front and the secluded pool to the side. Glass is also a feature of the spacious bathroom-cum-dressing room, with enormous windows that allow the sun to bathe the room in glorious orange light. Clever planting outside ensures our modesty is protected at all times. Thank goodness.

The clean, contemporary style of the room certainly appeals to this Mrs Smith (known to everyone in her office – hopefully with affection – as ‘the neat freak’). Despite all the transparence and white surfaces, the light wood and natural tones keeps the space from feeling too chilly – Aleenta Phuket–Phang Nga definitely avoids the can’t-find-the-door-to-the-bathroom brand of minimalism – and beautifully concealed lighting emphasises the balance of the decor. Despite all the out-and-out luxury, there’s also absolutely nothing ostentatious, OTT or ‘gold taps’ about it all, which sets it apart from plenty of other resorts and hotels in this part of the world.

Though there’s a turtle sanctuary, national parks and other such adventures an easy drive away, I’m ashamed to admit we didn’t leave the resort. Not once. We lazed by our pool during the day and, on the occasion it got cool enough in the late afternoon, we wandered up the beach with our feet in the surf. In the evenings, we drank Singha beer and played Jenga (borrowed from the small library) on our deck. We were spectacularly slothful. The closest we got to ‘frenetic’ was booking a massage and a yoga lesson in the same phone call.

There are a few local seaside restaurants close to Aleenta that you can head out to for a meal, but there’s no need to wander off piste. The hotel’s stylish Restaurant offered a small but perfectly formed menu of Thai, international and well-being focussed food, prepared beautifully by a French chef who was happy to adapt dishes for my fussy vegetarian Mr Smith. He still talks about the handmade spring rolls he devoured on two consecutive nights. We lingered over the wine list and chatted to the lovely staff, all happy to practise their English (Aleenta makes a point of hiring local people, and the resort hosts daily language classes).

Hotel workers have the power to turn a good holiday into a great memory, and the people who brought our drinks, turned down our beds and flapped napkins over our knees at Aleenta were unfailingly accommodating and helpful. The resort claims its staff can guess your future needs. They’re not wrong. On arrival, I found myself fretting in that very British way – ie, getting worked up but not daring to complain – about the lack of sun-beds beside our pool. A few minutes later, I looked through our window to see that two panels, complete with towels and cushions, on the deck have been ingeniously lifted to create lounging pads in which Mr Smith and I can stretch out. Amazing: they’d managed to anticipate our plans for our entire stay...

 

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