Luxury villas on Mai Khao Beach
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort is a great hotel we had the chance to experience in Phuket, but this is not a resort for everyone. It is on Mai Khao Beach, in the north part of the island, where the beach is all yours; it is exclusive, making it rather expensive, and it comes only with two or three-bedroom villas. This is the perfect hideaway for a group of friends or three couples who want to travel together and share their holiday in style.
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort consists of 22 exclusive pool villas, each so huge I probably kept my mouth open for a while when I walked in. The first thing I did once my butler showed me around was walk from the entrance to the back door: I counted 44 steps (casual steps). Now stand up, find the longest part of your house and count 44 steps; it will give you an idea of the size of my villa. And each villa has two floors! Villas are tastefully decorated in a discreet Thai style with elegant traditional Thai murals and many touches of luxury. The ground floor includes a vast dining/living room sitting six people comfortably and a well-equipped kitchen with a cooking island.
If cooking is your thing, you can buy your ingredients at the fresh market near the airport, but apparently, the popular option is to ask a hotel chef to cook for your party… how is that for a perfect holiday? Each of the three bedrooms is oversized with velvet sofas, plenty of cushions everywhere and a massive bathroom with a bathtub twice the usual size… just look at the many photos to appreciate the discreet luxury and the attention to detail. The next highlight of the villa is the outdoor setting.
This villa doesn’t have a private pool… it comes with THREE private pools! A large one, a Jacuzzi pool next to a private ‘Sala’ (a traditional Thai house with a pointy roof and no walls), and another private pool on the second floor for the occupants of the upstairs bedroom… did I mention that the water from upstairs pool cascades down in the large lower pool? The staircase to reach upstairs is also unusually large, taking you to a bedroom on the right and the second living room on the left, both beautifully fitted and decorated, with an outdoor wooden deck and a pool!
It’s a home away from home, just a lot nicer. A great amount of effort, passion and money was invested in this exclusive property. I spent a lot of time in my villa, swimming, writing in my outdoor Sala and opening the many doors of the many rooms, but I had to go and explore the rest of the resort.
The indoor restaurant is rather small compared to the villas, but I was told that most guests spend most of their time in their room. The open-air restaurant above is a must-try; nicely designed with dim lights, it’s a cool place for a cosy dinner. On the top floor of the main building, the luxurious spa is another must-try…
I have been to many spas in Thailand, but I was surprised by the skills of my therapist. Not only did she speak good English, but she knew exactly how much pressure to apply to my sore muscles. The treatment was delightful and well needed; my sore muscles were thankful for it. The spa offers a wide array of treatments that can be combined for up to 4 hours! I asked if anyone ever had 4 hours of treatment… she said quite often yes. I don’t think I could stay without running around for 4 hours… or would I? Maikhao Dream Villa Resort also features a well-equipped fitness, kids club and library with computers and internet. In front of the main building is the main pool but not many guests feel the need to use it since they have a large private one.
And a special mention should be made about the service; discreet, attentive and friendly and your villa come with your private butler, whatever you need and whenever you need it!
Then you have the beach… an amazing 11 km long strip of deserted sand with a handful of beach chairs waiting for you… look in both directions: you are the only person here apart from a handful of other guests… Maikhao Dream Villa Resort deserves its name; it is the dream place for those more interested in the unspoiled face of Phuket; pure relaxation with the right mix of luxury, style, space and one of the most amazing beaches on the island. Isn’t this how Phuket is supposed to be?
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Maikhao Dream Villa Resort Info
Swimming pools: 1 (plus 2 or 3 pools in each villa)
Restaurants and bars: 1
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach
Distance from airport: 10.5 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 38 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 37 km
Maikhao Dream Villa Resort Map