Hotel Review: Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa, Thailand

One word that sums up this beautiful luxury resort is the word 'still'. It is the epitome of a picture perfect hideaway, says Laura Byers.

By Laura Byers on 30 September 2013 in Travel Articles

The tiny, tranquil beach of Thong Nai Pan Noi in Koh Phangan has small cluster of hotels and Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa is one of them. Remote and quiet it is the epitome of a picture perfect hideaway.

One word that sums up this beautiful luxury resort is the word 'still'. It sits on the secluded shoreline where the boats gently bob and nature just minds its own business.

Hotel Review: Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa, Thailand

Who For:
Perfect for couples looking for romance or relaxation.

Rooms:
There are 64 rooms and suites spread across the beach, gardens with mountain backdrop. Comprising indoor and outdoor living spaces ranging from 100 to a spacious 260 square metres, each sanctuary reflects its own charming character. In natural harmony with the exotic surroundings, wood and stone features provide a striking backdrop to rich hand woven silks. Luxury comforts inside range from a "blissful dreams" mattress adorned with 500 thread count linens, to a 32 inch flat screen TV with home theatre entertainment, and extravagant outside facilities include an indulgent private plunge pool.

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa: Bedroom

Food and Drink:
In-keeping with the barefoot luxury theme, Rasananda's food offering comes courtesy of Bistro at The Beach. Located between the beach and pool, you can feel the sand between your toes while dining on a mix of local and international meals and snacks. Try the fresh fish dishes caught locally and turned into a masterpiece before your eyes.

The Lounge features the island's only sea view wine cellar with a selection of vintage wines, champagnes and cigars. The resident Wine Guru will gladly take you through some wine tastings and pairings on request and this is also where the weekly cocktail parties are held.

Chefs will also cater a private meal either in your villa or on the beach with their personalised 'Dining by Design' programme with butler service.

Facilities:
There are literally a few steps between the warm tropical beach and the beachfront infinity pool.

The resort also offers a range of water sports, including scuba diving and snorkelling which is something not to be missed thanks to the crystal clear waters. The Activities desk can arrange excursions, many of which can be taken on the resort's 37-foot ocean cruiser, and organise Thai cookery classes where you can make your own Thai Curry or Tom Yum Soup.

The highlight of Rasananda's facilities is its spa. Small but perfectly formed, guests can have treatments ranging from a simple foot massage through to an extended restorative journey. The backdrop of mountains, woodland and waterfalls add to the experience as the treatment rooms are open air.

Anantara Spa's holistic approach offers private yoga classes for individuals or groups of two. These take place on the shady poolside deck of a guest's private suite or villa, on a spacious wooden platform nestling amongst pristine sands with the sound of gentle waves creating the ideal tranquil atmosphere. Lessons offer an inspirational approach, complete with spiritual quotes and focused intentions, as well as a personalised exercise plan to take home.

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa: Bathroom

Insider's Tip:
Don't get tricked into thinking that Koh Phangan is just for full moon party ravers, there is a lot more to the island with Anantara Rasananda providing an oasis of calm and peacefulness.

Wi-Fi available:
Yes, it is free.

Value for Money:
This is a five star luxury resort and the service, amenities and facilities are reflective of that.

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How to Get there:
Due to its remote location there are two options to get to Thong Nai Pan Noi – either by speedboat from the larger Koh Samui island or alternatively by passenger ferry then 4x4 over land from one of the island's larger piers.

Rates:
Villas start from THB 7000 inclusive of breakfast and exclusive of 10% tax and 7% service charge.

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