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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Anantara Spa

    Vast outdoor bath tub

    Sunset at Tree House

  • Kids will love

    Free kids club

    Pools and sandy beach

    Watching turtles hatch

  • Don’t expect

    Late nights

    Shopping expeditions

    Hi-tech frills


Weaving around a lily-padded lagoon beside Phuket's longest beach, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is a village-style family retreat that embraces its natural environment without neglecting your need for sophistication and child-friendly fun. Seek privacy in the walled surrounds of a pool villa, laze by the water or explore the spectacular local coastline and culture.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas with us:

Free organised activities at the kids club


‘Usher the kids off to the Turtle Club during the day or book a babysitter at night, and spend some quality alone time at the spa or the gloriously romantic Tasting Room wine cellar’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


83 private pool villas, including two two-bedroom Family Pool Villas, and the two-bedroom Royal Villa.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £378.24 (THB16,143), including tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast at La Sala restaurant, welcome flower garland and juice on arrival, daily tropical fruits and cookies, international newspaper (on request) and turndown service. Children Under-3s stay free in baby cots, with free breakfast. Children aged 4–12 stay free on a sofa-bed (breakfast costs extra, at THB475 excluding tax). Extra rollaway beds for over-12s cost THB3,600 excluding tax a night (includes buffet breakfast).  


Smoking is not allowed in guest villas – only outdoors.

At the hotel

Spa, swimming pool, gardens, restaurants, bars, indoor play area, free kids’ club, cooking school, public beach within easy reach, non-motorised watersports, gym, tennis court, table-tennis, mountain bikes, gardens, boutique, DVD rental and music library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player with surround sound, iPod dock, kettle, espresso machine, wine fridge, minibar, Anantara toiletries, black-out curtains, air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Any of Anantara’s elegant mod-Thai villas can be set up to accommodate either one baby in a cot or one older child on a sofa-bed or extra bed, but if you’ve more than one in tow, book a Two Bedroom Family Pool Villa beside the lagoon. You’ll enjoy the master bedroom with king-size bed and dressing room; the second, separate bedroom is made up with twin beds, plus the bathroom boasts a shower, separate toilet and oversized terrazzo bath adjoining the private pool. The smalls will love the expansive sun-deck for afternoon games, while you curl up in the shady relaxation sala. For more space and two ensuite bathrooms ¬¬– ideal for preening teens – splurge on the Two Bedroom Royal Villa, which is nearer the beach. Interconnecting Pool Villas, or Pool Villas linked to Lagoon Pool Villas, are also available, with a combination of king-size and twin beds.


Chic, shaded day-beds are scattered around the vast, infinity-edge pool for long lounging sessions while you keep an eye on Junior Smiths; there are several shallow areas for playing in. There’s no lifeguard on duty – either by the pool or at the beach – but the hotel’s Diversions Team is on standby at the pool area between 8am and 5pm. Head to the watersports hut if you need to borrow pool toys or float vests. Of course, each villa comes with its own substantial body of water, so the ankle biters can dip and dive to their hearts’ content (again, these aren’t safety-fenced, so you’ll have to watch children).


Open from 10am until 10pm daily, the Anantara Spa offers all kinds of restorative treatments in its seven open-air rooms. The signature treatment is the 120-minute Pearl of Andaman, during which you’ll enjoy a foot soak, Chinese massage and anti-ageing facial, but there's also a full spectrum of Elemis treatments, massages and more. If you’ve got a tiny treatment fiend with you, they can book in for a light aromatherapy massage. They need to be at least six years old though, and bring you with them. Over-12s can choose from anything on the treatment menu and leave you lying poolside.


Don’t forget rash vests and swim shirts, sunglasses and splash-friendly hats for the kids. They’ll undoubtedly want to spend most of their time in the water and the sun around these parts can be fierce.

Book ahead

You can book a babysitter for an entire day (an eight-hour shift) with a day's notice. It’s also worth reserving tennis courts and lessons, or yoga sessions, ahead of time.


Sorry, no pets are allowed at this tropical idyll.


Anantara supports the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which protects sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach, donating US$1 a room a night.

Food and drink

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Of the four restaurants at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, casual colonial-style La Sala – open all day, serving buffet breakfast, Italian, Thai and local Phuket dishes – is best suited to family meals, with an airy alfresco terrace. There are two other dining options for the whole family here: Sea Fire Salt, a beachside seafood barbecue spot, and the lofty Tree House, with its Thai fusion tapas and ocean views. Adults-only the Tasting Room is a wine cellar where the resident wine guru matches special vintages to a refined gourmet experience. Book a babysitter for the evening and spoil yourselves.

Family fare

Highchairs are available at La Sala and Sea Fire Salt, as are children’s menus – the cartoon-bedecked one at La Sala features cherub-friendly fare such as Goofy pizza (with ham and pineapple), noodles and penne with either bolognaise or carbonara sauce. La Sala’s chefs are also happy to adjust items from the main menu to suit less-developed tastebuds, with pizza, pastas and curries up for grabs, and to heat up baby food and milk. At breakfast, the live cooking stations dish up western and Asian favourites. Although the salt sommeliers at Sea Fire Salt may be a tad arcane for younger diners, grilled chicken, kebabs, fish, simpler soups and pastas from the main menu should appeal, as will desserts such as mango and coconut sticky rice. There’s no children’s menu at the Tree House, but meatballs with spicy tomato sauce, Thai fish cakes and spring rolls should go down a treat (kids will love the spiral staircase entrance, too, curling around an aged banyan tree). Children can have meals provided at the kids club, for an extra charge (parents will need to order options in advance).

Hotel Bar

You have to love a pool where you can indulge in a cocktail (or fresh squeezed juice, salad, wrap or charcoal stick) while watching the nippers splashing away. Infinity is Anantara’s swim-up pool bar, but for drier decadence, grab a table at the Tree House, where drinks run the gamut from coffees and sorbet teas by day to champagne, wine by the glass, mojitos and margaritas come nightfall.

Last orders

Breakfast at La Sala is from 7am to 11am, lunch from 11am to 3pm and dinner from 6pm to 11pm. Sea Fire Salt offers day-long dining from 11am to 11pm, as does the Tree House. Infinity bar serves drinks and snacks from 8am to 12 midnight.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The outdoor terraces at La Sala and Sea Fire Salt allow fidgety children room to roam, or duck inside for air-con. You might have to fight off the blissed-out honeymooners, but the edge of the Tree House’s veranda is the place to be come sundown.

  • Room service

    An extensive selection of dishes, drawn from the restaurants’ menus, is available 24 hours, from breakfast (7am–11am) and all-day dining (11am–11pm) through to TV snacks (8pm–12am) and a late-night menu (11pm–7am). Juniors can select from the children’s menus. Picnic lunch hampers and bespoke requests are also yours to command.


    Perhaps Anantara devised Dining By Design to charm romancing couples. Still, we think getting the staff and chefs to organise a beach barbecue, an island picnic or seafood platters by the pool for the entire brood is a pretty great idea.


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Parent approved

‘Usher the kids off to the Turtle Club during the day or book a babysitter at night, and spend some quality alone time at the spa or the gloriously romantic Tasting Room wine cellar’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

Kids aged 4–12 will have a ball at the Turtle Club (younger ones can come along but they need to be accompanied by a parent or babysitter). Operating from 10am until 6pm each day, all year round, the club offers a whole range of fun and educational activities, from learning local craft techniques (such as batik, glass painting and candle-making classes) to heading out on nature excursions. Children will love the zingy lime and fuschia-coloured chairs and pouffes. Oh, and it’s free.


Babysitters are available for a minimum of two hours at THB350 an hour. One babysitter is required for each child, and at least a day’s notice is required for bookings. For an eight-hour day the cost is THB2,500. After 10pm, there is a 20 per cent surcharge and a travel charge of THB500.

Other Services

If you’re on holiday celebrating a special occasion – say, a small fry birthday – just let the staff members know. With 24 hours' notice, they can sort out a cake and a mini party.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Baby cots • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby bath • Baby toiletries and towels • Crayons, paints and paper • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cots • Cot bedlinen • Baby bath • Baby toiletries and towels • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs • Puzzles • Swimming aids

For older children

• DVD library • Bicycles • Board games • Craft materials • Puzzles • Ping-pong table • Laptops and iPads • Tennis kit • Swimming aids • Watersports equipment


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Things to do

It should come as no surprise that most guests spend a lot of time swimming in their private villa pools, lounging by the main pool or paddling kayaks at the beach. The Bill Bensley-designed gardens are also good for strolling. Tennis courts can be booked, even for a night game, as can a lesson with the pro. Anantara’s pampering spa and kids’ club offer distractions for both ends of the family spectrum.

Hotel activities

Water-babies of all ages will love it here, with a huge resort pool, private villa pools and the beach, where you can try windsurfing, sailing, sea kayaking or beach volleyball. Hook teens up with a private surf lesson, or pack them off for a day's white-water rafting. Have a knock-about on one of the three tennis courts, or try a family yoga class in your villa. Bicycles are also available for leisurely pedals along the beach. If the rain starts to fall, take part in one of Anantara’s specialties: a Thai cooking class. In season, children may also get the chance to watch baby turtles hatch on the beach, as part of the hotel’s turtle conservation programme.

And there's more…

Fitness fanatics will love the Studio fitness centre. Work out on your own or book a private personal trainer, beginners or advanced yoga class, or aerobics session (at extra cost). The rolling Blue Canyon Country Club is just 10 minutes away for those who want to improve their golf game.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

The hotel’s Director of Discovery can arrange tailored trips at extra cost. Nearby adventures include jungle exploring, wildlife watching, sailing and sea cruises, rafting, diving, elephant trekking, art and architecture tours and private surfing lessons.

Don't miss…

… the chance to see super-cute baby sea turtles hatch on the beach (the breeding season is usually November to February, with some young released in April).

Phuket is a great place for children of all ages, but especially those who are a little bit older who might tire of poolside lazing and sandcastle building quickly. Not only does Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas have a huge range of free hotel activities – from windsurfing to snorkelling and tennis – but also there are plenty of other options, including water parks, white-water rafting and mini golf, in the vicinity, so you’re not isolated. Some the hotel can organise, others are easily accessed with a car and driver.

Make time for quality time on Phuket’s longest beach, 11km Mai Khao, just five minutes’ stroll from the resort, fringed by the emerald-green forest of the Sirinath National Park and lapped by the Andaman Sea. It’s peaceful and pristine with golden sands, but the beach can drop off sharply into the ocean so keep an eye on children. For something equally chilled, how about a sunset cruise, beach picnic or boat trip to Phang Nga Bay?

Get close to the underwater world at Phuket Aquarium (+66 (0)76 391 126), at 51 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Muang. More than 30 tanks display fresh and saltwater creatures, including moray eels, cuttlefish, turtles and sharks. Drop by the glass tunnel at about 11am and you’ll see the fish in the vast tank being fed.

At Dino Park Mini Golf on Karon Road (+66 (0)76 330 625) you can test your skills over 18 holes among Jurassic Park styling and replicas of the prehistoric world, including a primeval swamp and a roaring T rex. If the children’s attention spans are limited, this is the perfect diversion, with a round taking about 40 minutes and plenty to catch their eyes between putts. 

Aquatic thrills, wave pools, hydrotherapy, the lazy river, water slides and a play pool for smaller folk mean there’s something for everyone in the family at the Splash Jungle Water Park (+66 (0)76 372 111). Under-5s go free, and if your offspring aren’t very confident in the water, the park has free life vests available. 

Teens will enjoy taming the rapids of the Phang Nga River, surrounded by tropical rainforest, with White Water Rafting Tours (+66 (0)76 345 326). The rafting is especially good from June to November, thanks to higher rainfall. Obviously not one for the most junior of Smiths, but over-12s can get their thrills on some of the easier runs (under-16s have to be accompanied by a parent). The company will pick you up.

Need another kind of pick-you-up? With the opening of Turtle Village, a shopping centre designed to resemble a Sino-Portuguese village, just a few minutes’ walk from Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, guests have a whole new dining realm to explore (stroll to 889 Moo 3 in Mai Khao). The Coffee Club (+66 (0)76 314 805) is a pleaser, serving breakfast, sandwiches, salad, pasta, and cakes and coffee. Relaxed and casual, this is a top spot for lunch, particularly if the weather has turned. Sometimes, especially in tropical climes, all you want is something sweet and frosty, and Swensen’s Ice Cream at Turtle Village (+66 (0)76 314 806) has plenty of choices, including waist-expanding sundaes. We know that often a toddler’s ice-cream ends up running down their arms, so Swensen’s offers child-friendly servings. With leather-covered booths, draft beers and ciders, sport on the big screen and a traditional pub menu, child-friendly Bill Bentley Pub (+66 (0)76 314 818) at Turtle Village will make you feel like you’re, well, back at home. It might not be what you want on a tropical Thai holiday, but there's plenty to keep the youngsters happy on the menu here: wedges, chicken goujons, baked potatoes and burgers all make an appearance. There’s foosball, too.

Fancy a night out together, while the babysitter minds the kids? Set, unsurprisingly, on the ninth floor of a hotel at 47 Rat-U-Thid Road in Patong, The 9th Floor (+66 (0)76 344 311) is a glamorous space with floor-to-ceiling windows that’s perfect date territory. The menu focuses on classic Mediterranean fare, although forays into fondue reflect the owner’s Swiss heritage.

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Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
888 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao, Amphur Thalang, Phuket, Thailand 83110
Hotel setting

Blue Phuket lagoon

Getting There

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas perches on Mai Khao Beach on Phuket's north-west coast, near the forests of Sirinath National Park.


There are regular direct flights to Phuket International Airport ( from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Delhi, China, Japan and Australia. If you’re flying from Europe or the US, you’ll probably fly via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai or Abu Dhabi, depending on your carrier. Domestic flights also wing their way in from popular spots such as Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.


Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is a 15-minute drive north-west from the airport. It's a 45-minute drive if you're coming from Phuket town. Organise your transfer at least 48 hours in advance. You could also try your chances in a public taxi from the airport. If you’ve got your own wheels, there’s free parking and a valet-parking service at the hotel.

Parent travel tip

If your journey involved a long international leg, the short hop from the airport is a real boon – although a night or two in Bangkok can be edifying for a crew with older kids. If your plan is to explore the region using the hotel as base camp, you might want to hire a car. The major companies all have desks at the airport, but do book in advance. However, family forays may prove more relaxing if you just commandeer a chauffeured car from the hotel as and when you need one.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas – has been selected and approved by parents.

There’s water, water everywhere, which is sure to keep your brood amused at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. The resort winds around a waterlily-topped lagoon, each villa has a generous pool, there’s a huge main pool, and to top it off you’re near Phuket’s longest beach, where you can splash, catch a few rays or borrow a windsurfer to test your balance and commitment to activity on a tropical holiday. Best of all, though, this is a gorgeous yet relaxed spot. The villas have everything you could need but are in no way pretentious – you’ll feel as if you’re somewhere special but it’s not as if you’ll worry if your little angels track sand across the floor or spill some juice. And there are plenty of free activities, too, including kayaking, tennis, and bikes to borrow. Usher the kids off to the Turtle Club during the day or book a babysitter at night, and spend some quality alone time at the spa or the gloriously romantic Tasting Room wine cellar.

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