Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga
Occasionally in life you have a moment where you feel like you have truly arrived. At a right decision; to the right place; you just feel like for once you got it right. This is exactly how entering the lobby at the ‘Aleenta’ makes one feel. I knew I had arrived at a little piece of heaven. The Aleenta is a gorgeous boutique hotel where the architecture and landscape harmoniously work in tandem to create a gracious waterfall effect leading down to the private beach below.
Carefully designed, the architecture and interior design was overseen by the managing director and owner of Aleenta Phuket, Anchalika Kijkanakorn. The Aleenta offers a wide range of luxury accommodation including: pool villas, ocean villa lofts as well as luxury private two and three-bedroom beachfront villas.
Infinity ponds filled with tropical fish, dark timber decking, clean marble flooring and Asian benches create smooth lines and balanced proportions. Minimal design is key to the comfort and gracefulness of the interiors.
No matter what level of accommodation you choose, the feel of each villa is consistent and features minimalist interior design rubbing shoulders with Asian spirituality to create a distinctly relaxed and stylish environment. Custom made furniture including the beds are reminiscent of Christian Liaigre. The cool concrete floors appear to be like liquid metal with metallic notes and smooth timber thresholds. The villas are spare, luxurious and soothing yet refined and soulful, with an exquisite sense of restraint.
The materials on the carefully designed vanity units and wardrobes seamlessly link to the ceiling and flooring surfaces. Rough textured stone tiles sit perfectly with smooth lacquered timber. Along with delightful ceramic jars containing the hotels own beauty products you can see that the intention of the ‘Aleenta’ is to create an atmosphere where one can feel comfortable and peaceful in their own space. Physical comforts include a pillow menu, sheets made from a custom-milled variety of Egyptian cotton, daily bedtime stories, DVD players, pre-loaded iPods and in some cases outdoor showers, Jacuzzis and private plunge pools.
Upon entering my suite, the perfectionist in me relaxes at once. Craving seclusion and privacy I am still able to embrace the Andaman Sea on the private exclusive beach. This hotel has it all…
Aside from the accommodation, the most exceptional space at the ‘Aleenta’ is the Ayurah Wellness Centre. Situated at the rear of the resort below the lobby, you feel as though you are entering an exclusive sanctuary. The receptionist greets you with a calming smile and leads you to the central seating area at the heart of the spa. High ceilings and open sides marry with the water ponds and fountains to bring tropical elements into the spa experience without impeding on luxury. Banquette seating, cool grey polished walls, low level armchairs and glazed treatment rooms are used to make the body feel relaxed and peaceful.
The Ayurah Wellness centre provides a medically based range of treatments underpinned by the best traditional Thai treatments. I experienced both the classic Ayurah massage and the traditional Thai massage; both were exceptional yet very different in terms of technique and methodology. Again, illustrating how the ‘Aleenta’ provides for all types of guests whilst keeping the boutique hotel feel. My absolute highlight though was the O2 Linda Meredith facial, quite simply the best treatment I have ever received with the effects still visible. Linda Meredith is based here is Knightsbridge with her range of treatments beloved by celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kate Moss to Madonna. Known as the ‘Queen of Facials’, Linda Meredith has worked in the beauty industry for more than 40 years. This exclusive partnership means that the Ayurah Wellness centre is equipped with both advanced anti-ageing methodologies and time-honoured traditional Thai traditions
Last year, the ‘Aleenta’ opened ‘The Edge’ an exceptional restaurant with Thai staples, Asian-inspired noodle dishes and also western favourites. The restaurant caters for all, it offers a sophisticated rooftop bar, industrial interiors with exposed pendant lighting & organically inspired furniture. Black marbled tables and counter tops mimic the dark mosaic tiles of the adjacent infinity pool. Whilst the grey timber style ceramic flooring works with the outside area. Like ‘The Edge’, the pool provides uninterrupted Andaman Sea views and serene sunsets. It has a submerged swim-up bar, daybeds and private salas over the water.
At the end of 2014, AHMS Managing director and founder Anchalika Kijkanakorn announced the construction of 34 new pool villas. Celebrating absolute privacy, each villa will feature a luxurious outdoor bath, exceptionally generous outdoor living spaces and a large private pool.
2015 is an exciting year for AHMS with a few new openings, namely the ‘AKARYN Koh Krabeay Retreat and Spa. Set on a pristine private island in Cambodia it will feature cutting-edge anti-aging treatments, advanced meditation techniques, yoga for connoisseurs of the practice, latest thinking on harmonious living in nature and other advanced therapies as part of its unique offerings. I very much look forward to seeing the 40 spacious pool villas.
Another opening is the ‘akyra Manor Chiang Mai’; the hotly anticipated, hip downtown hotel located in Chiang Mei. The exterior facade has been created by Chaw Chih Wen, inspired by Chiang Mai's old city wall, which survives in varying states of crumbled brickwork throughout the old quarter of the city. I love that the hotel will offer bespoke guided tours to the city that take you beyond the tourist traps and to places where you can connect with authentic Chiang Mai and fascinating locals doing cool things.
AHMS celebrate luxury on every level, we cannot wait to see the unveiling of these new hotels and uncover the interiors in more detail.
33 Moo 5, Takua Thung, Khok Kloi
Phang nga Phuket
36 Beauchamp Place,
London SW3 1NU
T: 020 7225 2755