design et al are delighted to announce that Anantara Layan Phuket Resort & Spa has been shortlisted for Hotel 50- 200 Rooms Award in the Asia Pacific category of the International Hotel and Property Awards 2016
Nestled on a secluded west-facing beach surrounded by forested hillsides, this luxurious Anantara resort and spa embraces its tranquil environment with distinctive design elements of southern Thai architecture and local nature.
Originally built in 2002, the hotel property underwent a comprehensive 18-month renovation with a design brief to create a fulfilling guest experience by harmonising the natural environment with traditional Thai architectural ambience and modern amenities. The resort’s idyllic setting, surrounded on three sides by National Park forest and fronting a private bay on the coast of the Andaman Sea, is accentuated by retention of existing large trees on the beach. The language of southern Thai architecture is expressed throughout, in roof shapes and plaster column details, constructed with locally-sourced building material using local construction methods, and featuring artwork by local artisans.
Decorative tiled floor patterns throughout the resort represent the coastal area’s rich marine life, while designs of water features and flame torches derive from local flowers. All 77 guestrooms are orientated for sea and sunset views. Nine room options comprise hillside rooms and suites, pool villas and beachside pool villas, in various configurations. Each airy vaulted interior contains subtle Thai design features complemented by contemporary styling and modern amenities. The resort’s dining options reflect its character: the signature Thai restaurant on a hillside location offers traditional cuisine paired with fine wines; and at beach level amid ocean breezes the menus of two restaurants include healthy options and Thai tapas. Bespoke evening gourmet dining on the beach, next to gently lapping waves, provides views across the resort which is subtly illuminated by flickering torchlight. Anantara Spa, with ancient Asian wellness traditions and pampering relaxations, completes the resort’s fulfilling Thai ambience.