Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, boasts some of the country’s most spectacular beaches, accompanied by serene mountainous backdrops that offer travelers a variety of activities year-round. Join Jet Linx for a peek at the island and get ready to plan your trip to Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.
Phuket Island in Thailand enjoys a prime location near the equator in the Andaman Sea and a tropical climate with minimal variation in temperatures year-round. With all that Phuket has to offer travelers from across the globe, it’s no surprise it has evolved into one of the world’s most captivating luxury destinations, featuring premier hotels and resorts.
Situated on Phuket’s stunning northwestern coast, surrounded by the refreshing greenery of Sirinath National Park, sits Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, a new addition to the Jet Linx Elevated Lifestyle program. Anantara Layan Phuket Resort and Layan Residences offer a cozy location and contemporary design that blends seamlessly into the lush hillside, overlooking a cove of powdery beach and ocean beyond. Towering coconut trees and crystal blue waters meet white silky sands, leading to acres of native beach-front vegetation and quiet enclaves, creating the ideal environment for relaxation.
The resort offers a collection of 77 rooms, suites, pool villas and upscale luxury residences, providing guests a choice in their luxury accommodations. With ten different layouts varying in size from 600 square feet to the impressive 5,220 square-foot, two-bedroom villa, guests can select the perfect space for their private getaway.
“A lot of our guests rave about the Beachfront Pool Villa as it has both a private pool and access to the beach,” noted Frederic Varnier, Managing Director of Layan Phuket Resort. “Layan Residences are very popular with our guests for their spectacular views, as well as their spacious luxury and style featuring a modern take on traditional Thai motifs. They also feature private pools, living quarters for staff, and a live-in butler.”
Phuket (pronounced Poo-get) is Thailand’s largest island situated off the west coast in the Andaman Sea. Two bridges connect the island of Phuket to mainland Thailand.
More than 600,000 people live on the island of Phuket but the official registered Thai population was 360,905 people at the end of 2012.
Today 60 percent of Phuket is covered with forest, rubber and palm oil plantations. Phuket’s rubber output helps make Thailand the world’s largest producer of rubber.
Throughout history, Phuket was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders.
Layan Phuket Resort offers a charming tropical sanctuary with unparalleled scenery and service. “Layan Residences offer guests unsurpassed levels of luxury, ultimate privacy and service excellence,” noted Varnier. “We also pride ourselves in the genuine warmth and care for guests, making sure to treat them as family, as we do each other.”
Often referred to as the “Land of a Thousand Smiles,” the prototypical Thai expression is a serene and welcoming smile reflective of the friendly, welcoming people. From the moment guests arrive until they depart, they are surrounded by what Varnier classifies as genuine people. “We want to make sure every guest has a memorable stay and leaves feeling more than just a guest,” Varnier explained. “Our staff go above and beyond to make sure this happens and take pride in remembering each guest’s name, taking care of any request, big or small, and helping to organize each detail of their stay.”
This hospitality is backed by extraordinary amenities including the Anantara Spa, featuring seven luxury treatments; a Spice Spoons Cooking class where guests learn the art of cooking Thai cuisine with an experienced master Thai chef; a personalized wellness journey with a host of private trainers, practitioners, therapists and chefs; expertly chosen wine tastings; and many other personalized guest experiences.
“We have many in-house activities for guests to try. One of my guilty pleasures is the spa,” Varnier remarked. “When I have the time, I treat myself to a Layan Orchid Signature Ritual, a milk bath with fresh royal orchids followed by a Thai herbal compress treatment, then a private tea service to really unwind.”
In addition, Varnier recommends Spice Spoons. “Guests can take part in making some of their favorite Thai dishes with our cooking school concept. It includes a guided tour to a local market to learn about and buy fresh ingredients, returning to our open theatre kitchen where guests will put on their aprons and chef’s hat for a unique interactive learning experience with a Thai chef.”
WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN OUR GENUINE WARMTH AND CARE FOR GUESTS, MAKING SURE TO TREAT THEM AS FAMILY, AS WE DO EACH OTHER.Frederic Varnier
Another hallmark is Dining by Design, which allows guests to arrange private dinners with menus featuring succulent Mediterranean fare or authentic Thai cuisine, customized to your liking, in picturesque locations around the resort or under the stars on the soft white sands of Layan Beach. A romantic dinner with your feet in the sand and a soundtrack of lapping waves offers a compelling reason to dine outdoors.
Guests are also encouraged to embrace adventure, exploring pristine islands in the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Sea discoveries offered by Anantara include long tail boat tours and casual snorkeling (observing schools of colorful fish!) to day trips to Phi Phi Island and the famed shores of Maya Bay, setting of the blockbuster movie, The Beach. The Similan Islands offer swaying corals and darting fish with an occasional manta or turtle sighting.
A stroll away, Laguna Phuket offers lively bars, vibrant nightlife and boutique shopping. Although Layan Beach is a mostly quiet hideaway, it is also home to two of the island’s most glamorous beach clubs, Xana and Nikki Beach – part of Phuket’s famous day-to-night beach-to-bar action. For guests with a desire to take in the lifestyle of the ancient city, food, culture and history, a city tour of Old Town Phuket, Lhad Yai street market and Chalong Temple is an excellent and immersive excursion. Sauntering around the streets of Old Town Phuket, admiring the vivid pastel facades of shops and homes, has been known to offer a feeling of being lost in time.
While the temperatures might hold steady throughout the year in Thailand, their tropical climate is also one prone to monsoons – so when planning your trip, look to the driest months of December to March. (November and April are also good months to visit – there may be some rain, but these months sit outside of the monsoon season). The rainy season spans May to October, with monsoon downpours occurring once or twice a day. Jet Linx clients arriving to Phuket International Airport can enjoy a VIP arrival experience as a part of their Elevated Lifestyle offer, including a staff greeting at the air bridge and escort through fast track immigration, baggage claim and customs before being whisked away to your waiting limousine. This exclusive arrival experience, in addition to a host of additional complimentary perks from the Elevated Lifestyle program, await you in Thailand at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.
ADVENTURE IN & AROUND
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
The Muay Thai boxing ring challenges guests to train in Thailand’s unique martial arts.
Water sports range from complimentary kayaks, canoes and surf boards, to snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing adventures. Gym workouts, local bicycle tours and yoga classes inspire an active island lifestyle.
For guests wanting to explore the blue waters of the nearby bay, a trip to Phang Nga Bay to discover the impressive limestone karsts by kayak is a must. Also nestled in the bay is James Bond Island, which is featured in the 1974 film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun.’
Scuba divers should head to Similan Islands which are frequently counted amongst the ten most interesting and diverse diving locations in the world. The bright turquoise waters are clear and have an abundant underwater life, perfect for scuba diving.
Golfers can enjoy world-class courses only a short drive from the hotel, including Blue Canyon Golf Course, a challenging 18-hole course that has previously hosted PGA tournaments.