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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao has opened its doors on Thailand’s largest island

Published on: Friday, February 18, 2022

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a wellness-inspired resort that faces Phuket’s longest stretch of sand with a relaxing beach club and private pool villas has opened on Thailand’s largest island.

The resort is the second five-star property to be launched in Thailand by Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International as part of a brand rollout in key destinations in the Kingdom.

Located on secluded Mai Khao Beach, towering over eight acres of Phuket’s northwest coast on the Andaman Sea, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao opened on December 1.

The 30-suite, 70-villa resort, owned by residential developer Phuket Villa Group, is a 15-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and close to many attractions including the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, National Park of Sirinat and Wat Phra. Lanyard temple.

The resort’s design blends traditional and contemporary Thai aesthetics with a handful of Mediterranean accents and uses a neutral color palette to complement the sandy shoreline of Mai Khao. High ceilings and decorative metal screens make the most of the natural surroundings and sunny tropical climate.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s contemporary, bright, and spacious Mediterranean-inspired accommodations — with an emphasis on simple, clean lines and indoor-outdoor living — include 30 one-bedroom suites and 70 one-bedroom villas.

The resort has three categories of accommodation. Each has a single bedroom and is differentiated by anchor amenities – whether it’s an outdoor tub, private plunge pool, or wellness amenities.

All suites and villas have outdoor bathtubs, open-air showers and outdoor terraces to take advantage of Phuket’s tropical climate, which averages 28 degrees Celsius all year round. Exquisite gardens and fixtures such as white stucco exterior walls also ensure secluded enclaves and the utmost privacy.

The 78 m² suites are complemented by cabanas and the 85 m² one-bedroom villas have private pools.

At the top of the accommodation ladder, the 15 wellness villas each have an outdoor vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, air purifier GermGuardian, Tempur-Pedic pillows, aromatic salts for the outdoor tub, a fit ball and a yoga mat. One of the highlights of a stay at a wellness villa is a daily 60-minute massage.

Modern comforts in all rooms include individually controlled air conditioning, 43-inch LCD TV with satellite channels, Bluetooth speaker, Nespresso coffee maker and gourmet capsules, etc.

The minibar offers healthy snacks such as energy bars on request. Banana leaf trays and tissue boxes are among the durable items in suites and villas.

The resort’s dinary landscape features four outlets under the stewardship of Culinary Director Luca Mancini and adds a pinch of Mediterranean flavor to Phuket’s dining scene.

Adjacent to a beach pool surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs, Gaia Beach Club celebrates famous Spanish gastronomy by serving Mediterranean and fusion cuisine in an open kitchen and a selection of creative cocktails in a long bar.

A warm and intimate setting adorned with wood finishes, SASA is an elegant all-day dining restaurant specializing in international and Thai cuisine. SASA offers a healthy and freshly prepared breakfast as well as delicious Thai lunches and dinners.

The Elyxr Café has a spacious lounge area with comfortable sofas and a selection of books and serves coffee and tea. The Pool Bar is a poolside affair in the center of the resort that serves a range of refreshments including fresh juices, smoothies and cocktails.

Tucked away privately behind the lobby and the Elyxr Café, Meliá’s YHI Spa is 300 m² and houses five treatment rooms. In addition to its extensive menu of massages, facials, body scrubs, and wraps, the spa’s therapists also offer poolside and in-villa treatments.

The resort will offer wellness packages including healthy menus and freshly squeezed juices, as well as activities such as meditation, yoga, walks and cycling in stunning natural scenery.

The fitness center is equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and weight machines.

The Kidsdom children’s club offers workshops to keep younger guests entertained, and the resort also offers babysitting services.

Recreational activities on offer range from horseback riding on the beach to scuba diving at Racha Yai, Koh Dok Mai, Phi Phi Island and Shark Point, to golf at the nearby Blue Canyon Country Club.

The resort’s conference rooms with a large hall and two additional function rooms at 231sqm. The Grand Ballroom totals 131sqm and happily accommodates up to 100 guests for a standing cocktail or 88 people for a sit-down dinner. The two adjoining function rooms are each 47m² which seat up to 16 people for a boardroom meeting.

The resort’s event planners provide personalized catering for all occasions. Mindfulness mini-sessions also improve participants’ well-being.

Mr. Maetapong Upatising, Managing Director of Phuket Villa Group, said the debut of Meliá Phuket Mai Khao marks an exciting time for Phuket, signaling our genuine optimism for the future of tourism on Thailand’s largest island.

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