Far from the chaos and crowds that overwhelm Patong’s streets and stretches of sand, there’s a luxury hideaway and a place we went to for healing during our time in Phuket. Instead of following the tourist trail south when touching down on the island, we turned north to Phang Nga, just 20 minutes from the airport. It’s there we arrived at Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa, a 5-star eco resort catering to guests in search or luxury, wellness or a balance of both.
Contemporary white buildings with dark wooden detailing rose up from between the palms. We wandered in between, guided by wooden boardwalks to the beachfront. Lush green tropical plants, fish-filled ponds and soft grey stone walls separated the resort’s public and private spaces. We soon arrived at the hotel’s infinity pool complete with plush day beds at one side and a swim up bar. It held prime position right at the sand and the surface of the water teased, sparkling in the sunlight.
All Suites, All Private
The Aleenta philosophy is “all suites, all private”. They have a range of accommodation from those footsteps from the sand to large family villas with pools and private gardens. Aleenta aims to give guests the space they need to relax and unwind while providing the personalised service and amenities to do so in a calm yet luxurious environment. The resort is set out in two parts. One is situated at Natai Beach, while the newest part of the property is located back from the beach and was opened just last September. It’s there we settled in to a Grand Deluxe Pool Villa for our stay.
Our one-bedroom villa had it’s own garden complete with fragrant frangipani tree, pool and cosy day bed for two. The interiors were contemporary and chic, decorated in a classic palette of black, white and grey. A four-poster, king size bed was a romantic feature of the master bedroom, facing out to the garden and pool; a lovely view to wake up to every morning. A work desk with welcome fruit platter waited in one corner and a lounge in the other. Past the walk-in-robe there was light and bright bathroom. My favourite feature of the room had to be the sliding door off the main living area, which meant we could step directly into our private pool; the epitome of luxury.
The EDGE Restaurant
As the name suggests, The EDGE Restaurant is located right at the sand. It is there we enjoyed the majority of our meals looking out on to water and taking in the stunning sunset each evening. The EDGE Restaurant menu is shaped using local produce to create a variety of Asian and Western staples with a contemporary twist. The day begins with a breakfast buffet that includes a stand of sweet and savoury treats, fresh tea and coffee, fruit, cereals, soups, eggs and baked goods. For lunch, guests have the choice of Asian noodle, rice, fish and meat dishes and Western staples like burgers and sandwiches. The dinner menu showcases seafood and quality cuts of meat with sophisticated flavour combinations like Eye of Lamb Loin with Pumpkin, Coffee, Hazelnut and Snake Gourd and Blue Crab with Malt Bread, Eel, Corn and Safflower.
The Natai Restaurant
The Natai Restaurant also serves the signature breakfast and a lunch menu. It is also a romantic setting for a candlelit dinner. The Natai has a comprehensive menu of Thai food (with a few Western options for children) using local ingredients, many of which are organic.
Wellness at Aleenta
Ayurah Spa and Wellness Centre
Aleenta Phuket is more than a 5-star resort. It offers a place to heal, detox and indulge in some pampering, thanks to the state-of-the-art Ayurah Spa and Wellness Centre on site. The wellness centre has a range of individual treatments from medical to therapeutic, there are also four types of all-inclusive packages which will appeal to those looking for a retreat-style experience. We chose the 4-day Detoxification (Total Purification) package to reset and recharge our travel-weary bodies. The Detoxification program is designed for just that; to rebalance the body and mind through healthy meals, holistic yoga and healing therapies.
12.30pm: We arrived just in time for our first Wellness Lunch. When Seared Tuna, Vegetables and Pesto came to our table and I took that first bite, a wave of both relief and satisfaction came over me. It was a delicious introduction to the incredible meals that followed, during our stay. No flavourless, extreme diets here. Just really great food; a menu crafted from locally grown vegetables, fruits and lean, clean fish and organic chicken.
It’s important to mention we specifically asked for a fruit-free menu during our stay (as I am low FODMAP). Chef Valerio, Billy and their teams showed amazing creative flare in coming up with dishes and drinks that were very tasty and beautiful, given that restriction. Fruit-free can be a tough ask on a detox program.
2pm: After lunch, we went straight to the Ayurah Wellness Centre for our Wellness Assessment. The therapists did a Bioimpedance Analysis (checks on BMI, body fat %, body water %, muscle mass, bone mass, BMR, metabolic age, visceral fat). They also checked our blood pressure and blood sugar, analysed our skin and conducted a Thai Element Analysis. All-in-all the process was fast and painless. Some of the results were less so for the two of us, but absolutely reflected the fact that we had been travelling full-time for almost a year and needed to tighten up some areas.
Our first treatment was Oxygen Therapy. We entered the futuristic room, furnished with four comfortable black leather loungers. Fitted with oxygen tubes the therapists left us to relax. Only one light remained on during the treatment. The light illuminated a tank holding live jellyfish. The colour of the light changed and combined with the gentle movements of the jellyfish swimming made for a mesmerising show. We both nodded off for part of the 3o minute session.
A Himalayan Salt Glow Body Polish was next. After our scrub we were left to relax in our own private spa complete with fresh ginger tea, for a while. The whole experience was quite surreal and very relaxing.
4.30pm: Our first Ayurah Yoga session was with instructor Graad. He took us through a gentle practice, adjusting the sequence intuitively to meet our level of ability. It was a great way to wind down at the end of the day.
7pm: A Wellness Cuisine Dinner was served at The Natai. We were served Pumpkin Soup with Pot Stickers, Stuffed Squid Penang Curry and Floating Island (a light fluffy sugar free dessert made from egg whites and custard). We loved every bite.
7am: Day Two began with a morning yoga practice.
9am: We made our way to The EDGE for a Wellness Breakfast of Egg White Soufflé, Tomato Salsa with asparagus, Fresh Tomato and Celery Juice and a Garden Salad.
12pm: We were served an incredibly tasty Vegetable Soup and Steamed Fish with Chilli, Ginger, Garlic and Lemongrass for lunch.
2pm: Our afternoon treatments began with Oxygen Therapy and a Detoxifying Healing Massage, leaving us feeling rejuvenated.
4.30pm: We made our way to the Fitness Centre for our evening yoga session.
7pm: A Wellness Dinner was served by candlelight at The EDGE Restaurant. A couple next to us were served up two well-stacked burgers with fries and neither of us felt even a slight inkling that we were missing out. We had Crab Meat and Coconut Soup and Steamed Chicken with Bok Choy with a sugar free Rosella and Ginger Spritzer.
9pm: Detox Juices (a wheatgrass blend) were delivered to our villa to drink before bed.
9am: After our morning flow we went straight to the beach for breakfast. A moreish Flaxseed Porridge was promptly delivered to our table and we both ate it at lightening speed. We also had a lovely Creamy Carrot and Cucumber Juice and a little herbal tea.
12pm: Lunch was a chilled Green Juice, Fresh Crab Rice Paper Rolls with dipping sauce arrived, followed soon after by a Quinoa, Avocado and Roasted Vegetable Salad. It was healthy, fresh and very filling.
2pm: The Oxygen Therapy room awaited. 30 minutes later and we were ushered into a treatment room for a Healing Massage; which was exactly what we needed after feeling a bit tight from yoga.
4.30pm: We decided to give Muay Thai a try in the afternoon in lieu of yoga as neither of us had learnt the discipline before. Trainer “Mr Big” demonstrated each movement clearly and built up the combinations so the session was challenging but also whole lot of fun.
7pm: Feeling a little weary we asked for our evening Wellness Dinner be sent to our villa. We were very excited to see Pad Thai with Scallops, a Chicken Soup and a Green Juice arrive.
9pm: Our Detox Juices arrived right on time.
7am: Our final morning began with yoga. We were both enjoying the benefits already.
8.30pm: Oat Porridge was on the menu for breakfast and a fresh Vegetable Juice.
11am: We began in the Oxygen Therapy room. Afterwards we were treated to an incredible Haute Couture Facial.
12.30pm: A gorgeous Green Salad, Steamed Chicken with Vegetables and Green Juice was delivered to the villa to eat while packing. They even sent a cucumber and Kaffir Lime Spritz for us too.
Whether you are looking for a spa break, a quiet place to relax on the sand or you want to make a shift in your health through a personally tailored wellness program, Aleenta Phuket could be the place for you. We left feeling refreshed and back on a more balanced path.
The Fit Traveller was a guest of Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa for this experience. As always, the opinions, words and images are authentically our own.
Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa
33 Moo 5, Takua Thung, Khok Kloi
Phang Nga, Phuket 82140 Thailand
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