A quick browse through your Instagram feed is an almost-guaranteed death by #Wanderlust. Posts of people jet-setting around the world to faraway lands and exotic destinations leave you dreaming of sinking your toes into soft white sand and drifting off to the sound of waves – not sitting in traffic on SZR whilst battling with your Uber driver…
If you’re in need of a break, look no further than the stunning Aleenta Resort & Spa for the perfect place to switch off, lie back, and seriously take relaxation to a whole new level. A piece of Phuket paradise, it was awarded Thailand’s Best Small Green Resort and is nestled on the picture-perfect and pristine Natai Beach (just a short hop and skip away from main Phuket). One post from here and you’ll be the envy of all your followers.
With 69 accommodations to choose from – from one-bedroom suites to the grandest five-bedroom villas – the Aleenta’s “all suites, all private” concept is ideal if you’re looking for a private paradise. Chic and stylish with a modern but classic feel, the rooms feature 420-count Egyptian cotton linen (exclusively milled for the property, of course) and incredible views of the turquoise Andaman sea.
The attention to detail here is astonishing, from the super-soft linen garments hanging in your wardrobe ready for you to wear and relax in to the little Aleenta wooden frog you can place outside your door to make sure no one disturbs you. Each villa offers a private pool (you can literally step out of your bed, open your door, and sink into it), an outdoor bathtub, and total privacy from your neighbors. They’ve all been designed with an “outside-living-in” idea, with floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls that flood your room with natural light and ensure the best possible view whilst also really putting you in the heart of the natural surroundings and lush, green palm trees. However, this does create one problem – your room will be incredibly hard to leave…
One thing that makes it worth venturing out (beautiful beach aside) is the stunning spa. Tucked away within the hotel grounds, it’s all high ceilings, water features, exposed stone floors, and simple delicate touches. This is the only place in Thailand to carry Linda Meredith products and treatments (she’s the ‘Queen of Facials’ responsible for Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow’s superstar skin), so you can treat yourself to one of the fabulous face-fixing facials to boost hydration and help turn back time. There’s also magical massages, Thai healing therapies, Vichy ‘Rain Mist’ showers, an Oxygen Bar, and Chakra-clearing holistic treatments, making the Ayurah Spa your one-stop shop for a balanced mind and rejuvenated body.
With two restaurants aiming to tantalize your taste buds, this resort is foodie heaven. Beachfront restaurant The Edge is all about “forward thinking and contemporary cuisine”, where Italian/Colombian head chef Valerio, who has dedicated his life to traveling the world to experience and create fabulous food, draws inspiration from South America, Italy, and Asia. The result? A menu that’s bursting with fresh, wholesome, delicious dishes, from prawn tacos and ceviche to pizzas, lobster curries, and oriental chicken – all using only the finest locally sourced ingredients.
If you’re more interested in tucking into some local cuisine, the Natai restaurant is the perfect place to sample some of the most spectacular Thai food you’ll ever have. With crunchy salads, creamy curries, fiery noodles, and Thai twists on classic desserts that are so out of this world you’ll find yourself ordering seconds, the relaxed intimate setting is just an added bonus.
There’s also the option to have dinner on the beach, whether you’re with your significant other or a bigger group, and dine under the stars surrounded by lanterns, making for a magical evening you’ll never forget.
Of course, if you want to do more than just relax and unwind, there’s plenty on offer to keep you busy – think: Thai cooking classes, Pilates, Muay Thai boxing sessions, yoga, boat trips, diving, bike tours, and swimming laps in the luminescent black-and-gold infinity pool to name a few. Your time will fly by in a haze of sun, sea, spa sessions, scoffing, and soul searching. There’s also the turtle conservation center at Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park just down the road where – if you’re lucky enough – you can experience the incredible feeling of releasing a turtle back into the wild.
Whatever you want to get out of your vacation, the Aleenta makes it happen. Just be sure you keep your phone charged at all times. #Wanderlust.
For more information and to book a stay at the Aleenta, click here or call (+66) 2 514 8112.
Be sure to check out the group’s newly opened, stunning sister property, the akyra Beach Club, which is just round the corner.