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 £237.83 (THB10,500), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
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.
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.