Hotel Review: Meliá Phuket Mai Khao
Lux Nomade checks into Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a wellness-inspired resort offering a tranquil oasis in spacious private pool villas fronting Phuket’s longest stretch of sand.
After a short drive, 15-minutes from Phuket International Airport, I arrived at Melia Phuket Mai Khao, a wellness-inspired resort which opened in 2021. The sense of calm that came over me, as I checked into the hotel – was exactly what I needed. What immediately captured my attention was the tranquil design, the friendly staff, and the beautiful natural setting. Hearing the chirping birds, and breathing in the fresh sea-breeze making its way through the reception – created a true zen moment, and the perfect welcome.
An Idyllic Location
Melia Phuket Mai Khao, is the second five-star property launched in Thailand by the Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International. Situated on the northwestern tip of Phuket, Mai Khao Beach is known for its untouched beauty, and sweeping views of the Andaman Sea.
The hotel has a striking modern design and a lot of effort has been put into the landscaping which creates a feeling of being ‘one with nature’. The resort’s architecture blends Thai aesthetics with contemporary Spanish design. As someone who adores the Mediterranean, I appreciate the architect’s efforts of mixing the Mediterranean brand heritage with the local Thai touches which really works. What really intrigued me was the walls inspired by water, having a wavy / bubbled texture. The pathways are not straight but all reflect natural flows. The wooden design of the doors are inspired by local sea turtles, brilliant! A tropical haven for sure, that promises an extraordinary retreat for travellers seeking to rewind and rejuvenate from a busy lifestyle. It’s a promise the resort delivers on.
Private Villas With Plunge Pools
After a pleasant check-in with a ‘welcome mocktail’ packed with antioxidants, the staff brought me to one of the one-bedroom wellness villas featuring a private plunge pool. The resort focuses on simple, clean lines and indoor-outdoor living, and comprises three accommodation categories including 30 one-bedroom suites and 70 one-bedroom villas in total. Each features a single bedroom and is differentiated by an anchoring amenity – be it an outdoor bathtub, a private plunge pool or a wellness arrangement.
The wellness villas live up to their name by featuring an open-air Vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, aromatic salts for the outdoor bathtub, a fit ball and yoga mat. Mod-cons in all of the rooms, villas and suites include individually controlled air-conditioning, 43-inch LCD TV with satellite channels, Bluetooth speaker, and a Nespresso coffee maker.
There are healthy snacks such as energy bars available on request – a great detail. Trays and tissue boxes are made from banana leaves and are among the sustainable items in the suites and villas.A personal favourite was the outdoor shower which had a Vitamin C infuser and turned out to be a great spot for stargazing in the evening. The luxurious bed was incredibly comfortable and so were the Tempur pillows. It definitely provided a good night’s sleep.
A mix of Thai and Spanish dishes
After a peaceful sleep, and a dip in the private plunge pool it was time to have breakfast. The all-day dining restaurant, “SASA”, is a real treat for foodies. Here, guests can enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast, which includes a wide variety of options to cater to different healthy tastes. The restaurant also offers a la carte lunch and dinner menus featuring a tasty mix of Thai and Spanish dishes. The restaurant boasts both indoor and outdoor seating, allowing guests to choose between air-conditioned comfort or open-air dining with panoramic views of the sea. At “GAIA”, guests can unwind and watch the mesmerising sunset whilst enjoying the extensive menu of signature drinks and light snacks.
A Focus & Commitment to Wellness
One of the standout features is the resort’s commitment to wellness. The property is not just a place to unwind but a destination where guests can rejuvenate and invigorate their minds and bodies. The “Meliá Wellness Experience” focuses on promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle for guests through various wellness activities and facilities.
There’s a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with the latest exercise equipment for those wanting to keep their exercise routine going whilst on holidays. Yoga and meditation classes are also offered in a beautiful natural setting for guests seeking inner peace and mindfulness. The 50+ meter pool, with breathtaking sea views, was a great escape early in the morning to get some laps in to set myself up for the rest of the day.
The “YHI Spa” is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. Set in a tranquil garden, this spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies inspired by ancient Thai traditions. Skilled therapists provide personalised wellness programs, helping guests achieve a state of blissful serenity.
I enjoyed my 45-minute body massage by therapist Tuk. Not only did it leave me feeling incredibly relaxed and refreshed, my skin felt nourished from the products used.
The resort’s wellness concept is also extended to families. Marketing Manager Vassana explains that there’s a focus to assist parents to relax and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time. The resort’s kid’s club offers a wide range of activities to keep the youngest guests entertained, making Melia Phuket an excellent choice for families.
Who is Meliá Phuket Mai Khao for?
When it was time to check out I wished I could have stayed for longer. The staff was professional, helpful, and genuinely warm and welcoming during my stay. I was taught to start the day with a self-care ritual: Ushapana or Cavala Gracha. Something I will continue to do once back home.
Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or if you are on a personal wellness journey, this resort offers a relaxing haven in Phuket. It is a modern and beautiful resort which will lift and rejuvenate body, mind and soul.
The one bedroom suite with outdoor bathtub is starting from THB 10.425. For more information and bookings, visit www.melia.com