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On Phuket’s west coast overlooking Kamala Bay and the Andaman Sea, Andara is divided into two parts: a choice of spacious multi-bedroom suites or sprawling, private pool villas. All have stunning water views – the perfect choice for everyone including multi-generational families.
With just 37 Suites and 26 Luxury Pool Villas, this is a true boutique resort compared with others on the island, which are much larger.
The Suites all have stunning views of the ocean and most, apart from the Terrace Suites, have a private pool. They come with huge, open-plan living and dining areas and large terraces for sunbathing, plus fully fitted kitchens should you want the services of a chef (at an additional cost) or just to make snacks for the kids. They range in size from one to four bedrooms, from 153sq m (1,647sq ft) to 740sq m (7,965sq ft).
The Pool Villa experience is especially wonderful. Check-in takes place within the villa, and the room cost includes the services of a dedicated villa assistant who will help you during your stay, plus those of a private Thai chef to prepare and cook meals. The chef will work with you to design menus for you and your guests and will shop for the food and ingredients needed (at your expense). From three to six bedrooms, villas range in size from 1,200sq m (12,917sq ft) to 2,500sq m (26,910sq ft).
The resort has a large, communal pool that attracts many guests for a ‘social hour’ or two, plus a swim-up bar serving delicious, cooling cocktails.
The downside for me was that there was only one restaurant, but it’s a great dining spot that has won several awards.
Note that there is no beach at the resort, but there is one about three minutes away by hotel shuttle, and if you’ve been to Phuket, you’ll know that the government has recently had a clamp-down on the beachside offerings. All shacks and clubs have been closed down so that the area is returned to the way nature intended. So, at Kamala Beach, the hotel has a ‘beach club’ with mats, cushions, parasols and towels, and they will provide you with cold bottled water – but there are no wooden sun loungers or piña coladas any more. This is the new, luxe, au naturel beach set-up.
To compensate, there is an excellent spa and fitness centre at Andara.
How to get here
45 minutes by road from Phuket International Airport
63 suites & villas