WASH - June 2014

Travel & Recreation Spotlight

Jenn Thornton 2014-05-29 21:07:51

Thailand’s Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa delights with luxuriously serene spaces and peaceful seclusion. Tropical Splendor Savvy travelers to Southeast Asia seeking a peaceful respite from the bustle of Bangkok know exactly where to look—Phuket, Thailand, where the new Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa occupies a serene stretch of white sand on the island’s unmarred northwest coast. Tucked away at the end of Bang Tao Bay (and bordering the pristine Sirinath National Park), the cloistered newcomer provides luxuriously secluded calm on silky, walkable shores. Indigenous Thai design is made modern with au courant comforts, such as the latest entertainment and communications tech. Akin to high-end Asian resorts, delightfully inconspicuous service is a hallmark, especially in the signature 5,200-square-foot Anantara Pool Villa, the best of the resort’s 77 accommodations. The two-bedroom space provides accommodation for up to four guests, direct beach access, a private pool and vast private outdoor spaces to find that perfect place in the shade. The exceptional Sala Layan restaurant offers all-day beachfront dining with live cooking stations at breakfast; the resort’s deep lee venue draws flavor inspiration from the sea, featuring 17 different salt varieties and a bona fide salt guru to make sense of it all; and the view-heavy Infinity Bar rounds out the enviable culinary portfolio. If the tastes enchant, which they will, take home some know-how with a lesson at Spice Spoons cooking school. For true serenity, meanwhile, Anantara Spa combines traditional Asian therapies with Elemis skincare products for a most Zen experience. Now that’s island bliss. From $370 per night; Anantara Pool Villa from $1,565 per night, phuket-layan.anantara.com – Jenn Thornton

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