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“The best food in Mai Khao Beach”

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Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Mai Khao
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Calgary, Canada
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“The best food in Mai Khao Beach”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We just returned back from Mai Khao Beach. As we previously stayed at Anantara Vacation Club and we got several issues, we decided to see if any improvements have been done.

Oh YES, after having our first breakfast at their new restaurant - Chaam, we got addicted to the great quality of food they offered and we had all breakfasts and most of dinners at Anantara. The food is very tasty and plenty, well prepared and presented. Also my daugther said that their wood fired pizzas served at Crust are the best she ever had.

We could see that their Executive Chef & B - Lee Alan Wood is doing a magic job.

Congratulation!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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GM_AVC_Phuket, General Manager at Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Mr Luc

I am glad you made it back to Mai Khao to join us once again at Chaam. It was great to have yourself and family dine with us and we all look forward to seeing you back here again soon.

Chef Lee already misses you!

Kind Regards

Lyndon Ellis
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Located close to the airport, this offers a very relaxing place for a family holiday. Main downside is that it's not on the beach. However, if you have young kids, the pool is a better option. We stayed in a 2 bed pool villa and we only left for meals.

Main restaurant has a very good breakfast offering. Lunch and Dinner choices are a bit limited. The main issue was that apart from the manager, the employees' command of the English language was extremely limited. So anything out of the ordinary, like a special request, was painful.

Across the street, there is a small shopping mall area with a good grocery shop for kids stuff. The main restaurant at the Anantara hotel is of a very high standard. Other hotels, such as Marriott are also located near by - if you wish to try their restaurants.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank RazNe
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Melbourne
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93 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Stayed for a week in October 2013, great rooms, pool area is great, friendly staff, happy hour at the swim up bar is good. Modest gym, but can get a good workout, bicycles are free, just need to book and there are some good places to explore, especially along the beach.
Restaurants at Anantara are pricy, however there are some great local eating options, great cheap food and beer also cheap.
The beach is a 10 minute walk, the quickest way to the beach is through the other Anantara resort opposite, where the mini mart is, the beach can be quite calm, however can have large waves smashing down, it is a steep beach so the water gets deep very quickly.
Local cheap restaurants near the beach are really good and you can also get a good massage along the beach front.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We joined the AVC last year and used it for the first time this week. The beach is very remote and cabs to and from are not cheap.
The check in was fast and friendly, the villa was absolutely divine. We saw the first one completed last year and am glad to report this one looked as good as the model one. Everything was absolutely perfect, we are both designers and check for faults all the time,none found. Lovely quiet position away from the kids club. Breakfast at the club was fabulous, a great choice and different each day.
I'd like to especially mention the manager who chatted to us while we were leaving, very friendly,and the friendly chef Ian Wood who chatted to guests, helped people with choices. You know it's good when the chef takes such a active role. We also had pizza one night there, great, also with a very entertaining karaoke singer! The pool area is well suited for families, kids club etc looked fine. We really enjoyed the whole experience. We were approached a few times by a rep trying to get us to go to another talk, we weren't bothered by this as it is their job. But that VIlla was just divine.
We also used some on the Anantara villa facilities. The entrance and walkways and landscaping is just beautiful. You are not allowed to use the pool area which we do understand. Lots of other people from other hotels on the beach wandered in and the staff toLd them very politely it was for hotel guests only. We ended up sunbathing in the area below the pool and staff didn't bother us. No one was there anyway. The pool is beautiful though! The loungers on the beach for the AVC guests to use are a bit of a problem. There is no direct pool access from AVC so you need to go past the pool area. We did get a discount when using the food areas. The pool bar is not cheap but we had great cocktails ( English garden mojito :)) and salad. We also had sunset drinks at the tree top bar which is just beautiful. Lovely girls working there. Everything about his hotel is just amazing. Privacy,calm, tranquility. I don't think it's suitable for young kids who tend to dash off as lots of walkways over water. Which is just fine by us!
Maew the pool bar manager ? Is good, friendly efficient and very hard working. The girls working at the tree top bar also lovely. Thanks for a great visit!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank schemie2016
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Singapore
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105 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2013

The vacation club is less than a year old. We were allowed the tower block which really looks like a school hostel on the outside. Fittings are ok, not luxurious but suffices as they are new but ne wonders what it will be like when it ages. The pool area is nice and inviting. Best is the kids club which takes a serious view of carrying out parents' instructions, down to the number of minutes the kids are allowed to play xbox! Even i can't do that! Kudos to them!

Room Tip: Avoid the tower block though the view of the place is quite nice.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

We (family of 2 adults and 2 young kids) normally stay either at the JW Marriott Phuket or Holiday Inn Mai Khao for our regular Phuket trip but we stayed in a one-bedroom apartment at this property under a promotional offer that included a 90-minute Anantara Vacation Club (AVC) membership preview (we are not AVC members) this year. AVC members actually stay in a pool vila.

This property is not on the beach front but is located on the other side of the road of the Anantara Phuket Villas and Turtle Village mall. We were not allowed to use the facilities of the Anantara Phuket Villas except for the restaurants.

Overall Set-Up:
The size of this property was relatively small which meant that the lobby was very small and the only main pool was also small with a smaller area for kids.

It seemed that this property was mainly used as a sales hub for AVC membership so it felt a bit more like a property show-room than an actual resort with the majority of guests coming from Chinese-speaking countries. There was a lack of an atmosphere.

Family Facilities:
Claiming that AVC properties are for family, this one certainly did not seem to have that many. There was a small kids club with very limited activities, a small kids pool area and an outdoor playground which was empty due to the hot weather.

Our room came with breakfast for 2 adults but kids over 4 years old have to pay half of the adult breakfast buffet price. This was certainly not family friendly.

As we were not allowed to use the facilities at the near-by Anantara Phuket Villas, we got bored after 3 days. Also, it was a bit odd to go to Mai Khao and not having access to the beach.

The Accommodation:
The one-bedroom apartment was very comfortable, spacious and well furnished including a kitchenette, a washing maching and tumble dryer that are convenient. AVC members do not stay in these apartments that are purely for promotional offers to give potential members a feel for what the pool villa may contain.

In-room internet was complimetary for 30 minutes per day with charges for longer usage. Again, this is one of the non-standard things that we were surprised to see for this type of brand name.

Summary:
Compared to the JW Marriott Phuket and the Holiday Inn Mai Khao where we have stayed, we did not see much reason for wanting to stay here again as our priority is family facilities and not the pool villa.

The staff was very courteous and provided a great service but we felt that this property lacked in too many areas compared to other resorts in the same area.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We stayed at the Anantara Bophut Vacation Club as the main hotel was under renovation. As it was undergoing renovation, we didn't quite get to enjoy the full facilities of the place and had to make do with renovation noise and dust. Service as with all the other Anantaras that I've stayed in is top notch. Room service was delivered very quickly, staff are friendly and very helpful. Location of the resort is good, we enjoyed walking through the fisherman's village. It wasn't dirty and seedy. Food options at Fisherman's village was very good too. The beach at Anatara is not the usual soft sand but its fairly quiet and not overly crowded much like Chaweng, so it was quite nice to lounge around.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank julietng
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Property: Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket
Address: 887 Moo 3, Thalang | Mai Khao Beach, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110, Thailand (Formerly Anantara Vacation Club Resort)
Region: Thailand > Phuket > Thalang District > Mai Khao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Mai Khao
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Mai Khao
#6 Family Hotel in Mai Khao
#7 Luxury Hotel in Mai Khao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket 5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anantara Vacation Club’s brand new signature resort in northwest Phuket offers a truly indulgent tropical escape, yet is only 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport and a short drive from the bustling beaches of the south. The resort’s luxurious choice of Apartment Suites and Pool Villas are designed with couples, families and friends in mind. All feature an incredibly generous living space, with sizes ranging from 94 sqm for a One Bedroom Apartment to over 250 sqm for a Two Bedroom Pool Villa. Each apartment and villa is equipped with a kitchen, large refrigerator, cook top and utensils, as well as a clothes washing machine and dryer, to create a convenient home away from home. Just a few minutes’ walk away are the tranquil sun kissed sands of Mai Khao – Phuket’s longest beach. While Sirinath National Park that fringes our resort is your gateway to an impressive natural playground of sea caves, mangroves, coral reefs and dazzling islands. ... more   less 
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