Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga
- Style Sleek seaside sugar cubes
- Setting Sultry Siam shores
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 39, comprising 12 villas, 8 villas and 19 residences.
- Rates Double rooms from $279.16 (THB9,000), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast and a daily yoga lesson.
- Facilities 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.
- Poolside The Ocean View Lofts have access to a 30m infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea. All other suites and villas have private pools.
- Check–out A lazybones-friendly 2pm.
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.
- Also Christmas bookings require a five-night minimum stay.
In the know
- 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.
- 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 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.
Food and drink at Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details