“Pure luxury hideaway on an unspoilt white-sand beach near Phuket, with a choice of suites and villas”
All of the suites and villas are within steps of the beach and their doors and full-height windows slide open to allow sea breezes (and yourselves) to waft freely through. The contemporary design is generous in space, privacy and attention to detail - although mind the slippery floors.
Cheapest of the suites are the 8 Ocean-View Lofts, so-called because of their double-height ceilings. They have integrated living areas and direct access to a shared infinity pool (book these if you like swimming pool laps as the others have smaller pools). We loved the 4 Pool Suites, set right on the sea with private plunge pools and large beachfront verandas, while the 3 Pool Villas are the most spacious option for couples, with separate living areas and private pools.
Families can choose between a 1- or 2-Bedroom Pool Residence, with a private pool and full sea views or, for larger groups, the 3-Bedroom Beachfront Villas, with a third bedroom and direct beach access - individual Beachfront Suites are also available. If you fall in love with your villa (and have THB22 million to spare) you are welcome to buy it: Anchalika aims to sell half of them as luxury holiday homes. And if you're worried about tsunamis, rest assured that there is a 2-metre high sea-wall (which mercifully protected the site from 2004's tsunami).
For the best in beach living, the newer beachfront additions, Grand Villa Air, Grand Villa Noi and Grand Villa Natai, have superb views of the Andaman Sea and large private pools (though they don’t accept guests under 12 years). Each private house has 3-5 ensuite bedrooms, a spacious living area with high ceilings, a modern kitchen, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system and a personal butler service.
All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, bespoke toiletries with natural essential oils and 450-count bedlinen of soft Egyptian cotton, made especially for Aleenta. Bear in mind that the Beachfront Suites and Villas are not the most private, being glass-fronted and not screened from the beach, though you can, of course, lower the blinds.
For full details of which room accept under 12s, see our Kids page.
Aleenta specialises in Thai cuisine and fusion dishes created with the freshest ingredients from land and sea; the dinner menu features daily seasonal specials. You can choose between the main restaurant, 33Mu5, which serves well-priced and daily changing 3-course menus. Or, alternatively, opt for the more intimate Chef's Table on the rooftop terrace (or occasionally at tables right on the sand). Either way, expect lots of seafood (prawn, squid, whole grilled snapper) accompanied by a variety of noodles, rices and spices - though perhaps a little more muted than "true" Thai curries in deference to western palates. There is also The Edge restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, which offers an à la carte menu of Thai and Western food, as well as featuring interactive cooking stations.
If you have any special requests, they are gladly accommodated. On certain nights, you can join a beach BBQ beneath the stars or test your palette matching Thai food with wines from the well-stocked cellar. Private dining in your villa is easily arranged; spa cooking for the health-conscious likewise.
A beautifully presented gourmet breakfast is served until a jetlag-friendly 10.30am in 33Mu5. Expect a pyramid of pastries, sculpted fruit, pancake wedges, cheeses and meat, with the option of Thai broths and noodles for those who like to go local (we did, and can recommend it). Service is unstintingly gracious.
Check out the beach bar, where the barmen mix up excellent cocktails and the beer is ice cold. There are also cooking classes which are an intimate and personalised experience.
The nearest other restaurants are about 60km away in Phuket town; the staff will happily advise you as to the best to choose from and book taxis for you.
Children of all ages are welcome and there's a (complimentary) gadget-free kids club open to all up to 10 years of age (Aleenta Phuket is the only boutique resort in Thailand with full service children's facilities). Those aged under 6 stay free, extra beds and cots are available on request. Children are welcomed with a goody bag full of colouring books, painting sets and a guide to the activities offered during their stay. There's even complimentary babysitting if you've booked a spa treatment, and there's a Children's Concierge to assist at all times from arranging surf lessons or trips to the local market.
Note that no children under 12 are permitted in the lofts, pool suites, pool villas and grand villas in the main complex.
Families are welcome in the 1-Bedroom Pool Residence, the 2-Bedroom Pool Residence, the Beachfront Suites and the 3-Bedroom Beachfront Villa. The Pool Residences have the most space and their own private pool, some have gardens
Available by arrangement, as is a professional nanny service
Baby cots and high chairs are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The Explorers Club provides activities centred around gadget-free learning and development for up to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, for children 18 months - 10 years of age, and is supervised by certified school teachers and activity staff. Daily activities include chocolate-making, Muay Thai (kickboxing) classes, batik painting book camp, painting, games, scavenger hunts, yoga, watersports and educational classes at the turtle sanctuary - each class is about 45 minutes long. Age-appropriate Learn 'n' Discover packages are available too
The sea in front of Aleenta is very safe to swim in but note there is no lifeguard on duty; safety flags are displayed on the beach daily