During our four week trip to Thailand and Malaysia, me and Amy were lucky enough to spend a wonderful two days at the stunning Anantara Layan resort in Phuket, we were heading to Phi Phi after for 3 days and nights of partying so it was such a lovely way to relax beforehand! We stayed in a beautiful sala pool villa which included a private garden and pool area, complete with sun loungers and an outdoor table for dining. We spent pretty much our two days on our sun loungers and larking around in our pool taking videos on Amy’s Go Pro (which I shall not be sharing with you all, soz!).
Our villa had an amazing rain shower as well as an outdoor shower and a hugeeeee bath tub, along with some super fluffy robes and towels – you can imagine we were in absolute heaven! Our villa also had Apple TV which we were so, so excited about as I had the last four episodes of Game of Thrones on my laptop which we watched on our huge TV whilst tucking into room service of burgers and prosecco, it was bliss! As for GoT I still can’t believe how it ended – I was traumatised for at least two days after, all I’ll say is.. for the watch *queue crying emoji!
On our first night in the hotel we dined at Dee Plee; the resorts traditional Thai restaurant, we ordered some prosecco to celebrate being on a trip of a lifetime together which was lovely! We were brought out some Thai wraps (Miang Kham) as an appetiser, where you make your wrap with fresh leaves and fill it with chilli, lime, ginger, coconut, peanuts and we had some fried squid with ours – they were delicious! We ordered some Satay Chicken and Spring Rolls with sweet chilli sauce to start and it was delicious – we were well on the way to feeling full by the time our mains arrived!
For our main dishes we ordered grilled Seabass (Amy had never tried Seabass before so I insisted she tried it as the last time I visited Thailand I had the best Seabass I’d ever eaten!), King Prawn Pad Thai and a Chicken Massaman Curry – our main course was absolutely deliciously and I’m so, so glad that we got a chance to dine at Dee Plee as the food was out of this world!
On our second day I was booked in for a full body massage (bliss!) at the Anantara Spa – which was so appreciated as carrying a 15KG backpack around with you starts to take its toll on your shoulders! My massage started off by introducing myself to the lovely masseuse whilst she told me all about herself and her background, it was so nice to have a friendly chat beforehand rather than that awkward silence!
I opted for the Anantara Signature Massage which was a 90 minute treatment consisting of a floral foot ritual, followed by my massage which combines eastern and western techniques to stimulate the circulation and deeply relax the muscle. My therapist used a signature oil blend for my massage which was super relaxing and left me feeling so refreshed!
The Anantara Layan is set in a national park so the resort surroundings are breathtaking and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, in parts of the resort you feel like you’re in the middle of a jungle it’s amazing! The resort is built up of 30 rooms and suites and accompanied by 47 pool villas – every room that I had the pleasure of viewing was stunning with an authentic Thai feel and modern finishes.
If you’re visiting Phuket I couldn’t recommend the Anantara Layan resort anymore! It’s situated only 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport, it’s set about half an hour away from Phuket Town so if you’re looking to party and a busier scene then this isn’t the place for you, we absolutely loved getting away from the hustle and bustle for a couple of days and fully welcomed our stay at the resort with open arms! A calm before the Phi Phi partying storm if you would, ha!
Have you ever been to Phuket before? If so, leave your recommendations on where to go!