- 14 Jan 2016 11:00 AM
Worth knowing is that Angsana Laguna is not only popular with visitors to Phuket, but also with local expats and prestigious organizations such as Amcham, which held its 2015 Christmas party at the resort. Santa Claus was on hand then to meet the kids at a fun-filled early evening event - all for a good cause too, since at the suggestion of the hotel GM Brian Connelly all funds raised were donated to ‘Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation’ .
It's also worth knowing that Angsana Laguna is part of the impressive 'Laguna Phuket' project, Asia’s first integrated resort. Meaning this holiday haven has unrivalled access to related facilities including championship standard golf, not to mention the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea - and all the services necessary to enjoy such a promised-filled vacation. With 400+ rooms of varying sizes and configurations, offering views of lush gardens or calm waters, guests are spoilt for choice about where to stay with the resort.
There is an accommodation option for every family, individual or group. For that precious parent-children bonding, the Laguna Premier Room welcomes families with a master bed for parents and cozy bedding for the little ones.
Angsana Pool Residence offeres families privacy as well as luxury, with three- and four-bedroom villas located in an exclusive area commanding views of the championship Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Replete with its own pool, the expansive space in each villa offers an ideal mix of privacy and participation. With close proximity to the main resort, Angsana Pool Residence offers transport on-call and, for those who prefer the indoors, in-villa BBQ and grocery shopping service.
A third accommodation opinion really deserving of a highlight here is the Angsana One-Bedroom Loft, which we tried and tested, and totally recommend for a romantic getaway. Designed for two and built right over the lagoon, complete with a private jetty and outdoor soaking tub, this double-storey hideout is customized for honeymooners looking for the ultimate sensual retreat.
As well as a truly fabulous range of room choices, the food options here are amazing too. You can enjoy popular Asian-fusion cuisine and international fare within the resort at Market Place, or dive into Baan Talay for authentic seafood specialties, featuring live fish tanks and an open kitchen. Swim towards the Poolside sunken bar for a thirst-quencher or casual bites.
Families are advised to 'climb-up' the Tree House Kids Café, dedicated to children with the choosiest of taste buds. The menu features kid- friendly meals that guarantee stress-free feeding, squeals of delight and many thumbs-up.
Light snacks are also available at Village Bakery, situated in the heart of Canal Village in Laguna Phuket, a mere two minute drive by boat from the pool jetty. Village Bakery offers pastries, salads, sandwiches and pastas along with fresh juices and shakes.
Bodega & Grill exudes the charm of the Mediterranean with its robust grilled steaks and pastas that are not for the faint-hearted. Request for a table for two set up by the beach with gentle waves licking at the feet, or reserve a private setting for romantic dining on the Destination Tower overlooking Laguna Phuket to send your lovers heart aflutter.
As the sun moves across the sky, the drama unfolds at XANA Beach Club. Designed in a contemporary style with a swim-up bar, it features private beach cabanas and deejay-spun hits for chill-out afternoons or secret sunset shows. Evenings are also magical at Loy Krathong Bar led by an entertaining life band.
An outstanding offer at Xana Beach Club is the ‘Sunday Fun Day’ Brunch (THB 2,250++ Free Flow). Guests can grab a lobster and ask the Chef to grill it as you watch. Also worth checking out for great fresh food and also great entertainment is XANA’s Friday Night Seafood BBQ and Fire Show Performance.
Phuket’s first kids club themed around a unique tree house will wave to both kids bent on fun and to parents looking for an inspiring learning environment for them. Children’s books and Thai cultural lessons feature alongside video games and art classes. There is also an outdoor playground with padded flooring to keep kids safe and sound, as well as an indoor play area dedicated to toddlers.
While the kids are busy, parents can say yes to Yoga and please to Pilates. Both workouts are complimentary and target the mind and body. Yoga for kids is also available. Tennis, aerobics and a spot of beach soccer can be arranged for a muscle-flexing good time.
Guests can also explore the wonders of the Andaman Sea through diving. Guided by experienced instructors, lessons get you started on the journey. Also guests can Keep fit come rain or shine at the Fitness Studios equipped with high cardio machines, LCD screens to view TV programs and online access.
There’s nothing like a Traditional Thai massage in tropical Thailand to ease tired muscles after a day of seaside adventures, yoga or a gym workout. Relax in the hands of highly professional therapists to feel the tension melt away, it's a 5* service really worth enjoying.
Guests can always find respite from the fun and sun at the award-winning Angsana Spa. Using a blend of traditional Thai remedies, western techniques and fresh botanicals, expert therapists deliver relaxation and rejuvenation with every treatment.
Offering treatment rooms for singles and couples, each equipped with shower facilities for added privacy, the Spa also features a signature rain mist facility, steam room and sauna. Beauty salon services are also available, along with a range of kids’ spa packages for pampering with the family. Indulgence at its best.
From signature spa amenities to unique handicrafts made by Thai artisans, the Angsana Gallery Laguna Phuket carefully collects all the merchandise you will need to recreate the Angsana experience at home or to share the quintessential Angsana allure with your loved ones.
To round up this review it's worth returning to the topic of the World Travel Awards™. It was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. This brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
The last word here rightly goes to Mr. Brian Connelly, General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket, “It is our honor to receive the ‘Thailand’s Leading Family Resort’ award for the second consecutive year. This accolade recognizes the Hotel as one of the top family destinations globally and proves our hotel has consistently maintained an outstanding level of service and dedication to families and truly understands their needs and requirements.”