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Monday, September 2, 2013

Anantara Vacation Club Opens First Purpose-Built Club Resort With Launch of Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao

Anantara Vacation Club, a unique Shared Ownership concept launched in 2010 by Anantara Hotels, 
AVC Phuket lobby view at duskResorts & Spas, is pleased to announce the official opening of its first purpose-built Signature Club Resort – Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao.

Located in northwest Phuket, the new resort is 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport and sets a new benchmark of quality and flexibility for vacation clubs across Asia and beyond in terms of exclusivity, space and choice.

Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao comprises 70 One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartment Suites and 30 spacious One and Two Bedroom Pool Villas, with resort facilities including a swim up lagoon pool, a kids club, a gym and restaurants and bars, all in a lush tropical environment adjacent to Mai Khao Beach.

Harold Derrah, CEO of Anantara Vacation Club, commented, “We are very excited to open our first purpose-built AVC resort here in Thailand. Being such a key location in Asia for shared ownership resorts, Phuket was the obvious choice of destination for our first signature property, which offers the ultimate guest experience for our Owners.”

The stunning new resort is designed to reflect Thailand’s exotic culture, enhanced by a host of modern comforts. Each pool villa and apartment suite has a well equipped kitchen, and large separate living and dining spaces, to create an inviting home away from home full of thoughtful signature touches.

Positioned in the resort’s six storey complex, 60 One and Two Bedroom Apartment Suites span 94 AVC Phuket Pool Villa lounge and kitchento 128 square metres, with a private balcony to admire the garden and pool view.  With a choice of king size or twin beds, there is also the option of accommodating two additional guests, catered for by the living room sofa which can double up as two comfortable daybeds.  

Bathrooms offer both a refreshing rain shower and a large stone bathtub.  Eight Two Bedroom Apartment Suites, each totalling 209 square metres, boast a private plunge pool with a sun deck, loungers, umbrellas and outdoor dining furniture, while two Three Bedroom Royal Suites offer an exceptional holiday lifestyle with 346 square metres of luxury space, including a large private swimming pool and tropical outdoor amenities.

Affording superlative privacy and indulgence for couples or family holidays, 30 One & Two Bedroom Pool Villas range from 195 to 265 square metres.  Sliding doors from the bedroom offer direct access into the private pool, which is surrounded by a sundeck with loungers, a garden rain shower, a daybed in the sala, and both indoor and outdoor dining furniture.  Extending the family friendly attractions, Two Bedroom Pool Villas also boast a children’s wading section at one end of the pool.

Additional resort facilities include a large freeform swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a 24-hour fitness AVC Phuket Pool Villa outdoor viewcentre overlooking the pool and an Anantara Spa. Guests can join in group yoga, meditation and stretching classes. In addition, bicycles are available, giving guests the opportunity to explore the local area which offers numerous scenic routes along sandy beaches, country roads and through small villages. Club Owners also have access to a beach club on Mai Khao Beach, where they can relax on one of Phuket’s longest beaches or the more adventurous can take to the Andaman Sea on kayaks, surf boards or catamarans. For children there is a shaded wading pool, complete with inflatable toys, a playground and a kids club.
Three restaurants and bars dish up local and international flavours.  The all day dining restaurant Chaam is characterised by light gourmet snacks and sumptuous meals.  In addition, the wood fired pizza sala, Crust, is joined by the swim-up pool bar Ripples.  Club Owners who prefer to dine in the comfort of their suite or villa can pick up pre-packaged food parcels and wine from the resort’s continental deli, or indulge in Anantara’s signature Dining by Design concept with a private chef.  Thai cooking classes are also available for those guests wishing to learn more about the kingdom’s famous four flavour balance. Club Owners and guests also benefit from a range of shops and restaurants in Turtle Village next door.

This new Anantara Vacation Club resort joins the portfolio’s existing selection of luxury private villas on the islands of Koh Samui, Thailand and Bali in Indonesia, along with a selection of suites in Bangkok, Thailand, Sanya on Hainan Island in China, and in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The launch of Anantara Vacation Club in December 2010 marked an important stage in Anantara’s evolution, enhancing a brand that is renowned for delivering experiences steeped in indigenous luxury and refined Asian hospitality. In just 2.5 years, the company’s short span of operation to date, Anantara Vacation Club has rapidly expanded in the market with ownership sales continuing to exceed all expectations.
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