If exotica excites your A-list clients, suggest a stay at Aleenta Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Aleenta lures guests with its setting alongside the Andaman Sea on Natai Beach. Popular requests include Pool Suites (they offer private pools and full sea views; book one month in advance) and Ocean View Lofts (the most basic—two stories with floor-to-ceiling windows and a shared pool). Pool Villas offer more living space and privacy, but, as they don't have sea views, we say three-bedroom Beachfront Villas and two-bedroom Ocean View Residences are best; both have private pools and butler service. Agents: General Manager Anchalika Kijkanakorn (66-2-508-5333) is your go-to person for bookings and VIP concerns; or, ask for assistance domestically via SLH's VIP desk ([email protected]).
A Small But Well-Regarded Spa
To help clients recover from the long flight, suggest treatments at Aleenta's spa; there's no need to reserve in advance unless clients plan to stay during the Christmas and the New Year holidays, when reservations should be made a week ahead via Nichapat "Koi" Burarak ([email protected]; 76-580-333). There are four treatment rooms; be sure to request the one with sea views. Wattanakorn "Nont" Suksi's specialty is the Thai Massage—she's known for her knowledge of stress relief points and reflexology. Malee "Tree" Sirmjit and Yaowalak "Kwan" Somjai are experts on facial and skin care and are said to give the perfect pedicure and manicure.
Yoga enthusiasts won't want to miss a session with the resort's private instructor, Master Gautam, a celebrated yogi who's known for his emphasis on breathing techniques and his ability to work with guests recovering from injuries.
Have a client whose objectives at Aleenta are rejuvenation and romance? Ask Reservation Manager Anyarat Saisakais ([email protected]; 66-2-508-5333) about the Spa Residence Special Spa Retreat, which includes accommodations in the new Private Spa Residence (private treatment room, pool and sundeck, gourmet spa cuisine, champagne and spa treatments) and a customized three-day, two-night program for two.
Aleenta's signature restaurant serves Thai and inter-national fare, and we hear that its monthly winemaker dinners, which are hosted by various vineyards around the world, are not to be missed. Contact PR Manager Mantana Tanudom ([email protected]; 66-2-508-5333) for dates and availability, and to make dining reservations, which are accepted up to a month in advance.
Head Concierge Sarawut Kotheme ([email protected];
66-76-580-333) and the concierge staff can arrange a surprise birthday party
complete with Thai dancing on the beach, as well as fireworks and floating
lanterns. The concierge staff once even arranged a fireworks display that
spelled out "Will you marry me?" for an enamored guest. Not exclusive
enough? Ask them to arrange a private helicopter landing for a VIP right on the
beach, or a private cruise aboard a super-luxe Pershing to visit hard-to-reach
beaches and private islands.