In this wanderlust-fuelling series, MOJEH editors journey back in time to the escapes that have inspired them most. Here, we are transported to Thailand’s serene sunsets at the Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.
Imagine, if you will, gazing across your cliffside infinity pool from your sunlounger down a lush hillside to the white, powdery beach below. As your butler brings you a glass of something long and cool, you mull over taking a leisurely dip, or having a relaxing massage under the palm trees of your sprawling private residence, in preparation to watch the perfect pink sunset envelop your own personal paradise.
Blissfully relaxed, utterly pampered and unashamedly loving every second of it, life at Anantara Layan Phuket is all about enjoying the natural beauty of this stunning island whilst being won over by infinite layers of luxury and a level of personal service reserved most frequently for rock stars and royalty. Two of which I spotted during my stay.
Perched – quite literally – on a hill in Phuket’s serene northwest coast and surrounded by National Park forest, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort is one of the region’s most exclusive properties. Overlooking the spectacular Layan Bay, the vibe is laid-back, contemporary Asian luxury; your stay exquisite in every sense, and effortlessly executed.
Nothing is too much trouble – indeed, troubles are a concept you’ll rarely encounter here, as most melt away the moment you set foot on Layan’s flawless white sandy beach, bewitched by the breathtaking view and all-encompasing feeling of zen.
You’ll spend your time wafting around your beautiful villa; lazing on a sunlounger or hammock; enjoying sundowners amongst the treetops or recounting magical days over candlelit dinners on the beach. Prepare to be ruined for life from here on in.
Time of year… December to April boasts hot, sunny days, perfect blue skies and low humidity making it a great time to visit.
What to pack… Tie-dye silk kaftans, white lace maxi dresses, decadent boho-deluxe jewellery and anything from Miguelina’s resort collection will capture the global nomad vibe to perfection – Bottega Veneta BV Lido flats are a non-negotiable.
Find out more at Anantara.com/en/layan-phuket
- Words by Lucy Wildman