Mai Khao is located in the northeast of the Island with a peaceful 11km coastline beach, one of the longest in Phuket, so perfect for a getaway vacation and perfect if you prefer to stay in a quieter area of the island.
I stayed for two nights in Mai Khao in 2023 for a short break in Phuket and selected Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites because of its raving positive reviews, prime location, and proximity to the airport as well as Mai Khao beach.
Read on to find out more about the hotel and my personal experience staying there.
Spoiler alert – I loved the hotel and its endless in-house activities for all ages!
Hotel Recommend for: Beach getaways, families, couples
Location: Mai Khao Beach (15-minute drive from the local airport)
Address: 887 Moo 3,Mai Khao, Thalang,Phuket 83110
Room types: One, two, and three large suites ranging from 81-196 sqm with the option for a private pool or sunset views.
Star rating: 5 star
Price range: 10-30k per night / per room (depending on season and promotional periods)
Compare prices (I used both booking.com and Agoda to find the best rates for my stay)
About the hotel
The newly opened (2021) hotel is part of the Minor Hotels Group and is a 15-minute drive from the airport, so ideal if you’re flying direct to Phuket from Bangkok or abroad.
The hotel has 70 large suites with modern decoration, and tropical trees and gardens surround the grounds.
The Mai Khao Beach is just a 5-minute walk (300 meters) from the hotel.
- Make your way down to the beach around 6 pm to catch the amazing sunsets over Mai Khao
Next to the resort is Turtle Village, an outdoor community mall with a selection of international/Thai restaurants and a supermarket.
- Head over to Turtle Village, where you’ll find THE COFFEE CLUB serving fresh coffee and intentional brunch
The hotel is also surrounded by other luxury hotels, including Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, and Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club.
Avani+ Mai Khao has impressive in-house facilities to keep you, and the family entertained during your stay in Phuket.
Facilities include a large swimming pool, jacuzzi, poolside bar (AQUA), Gym (AvaniFit), and a Tennis court (shared with Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas).
Other facilities at the resort:
- Rock climbing frame
- Outdoor Kids playground
- Indoor kids playroom (AvaniKids)
- Basketball hop
- Bike hire
- Five different meeting rooms
- Help with planning island excursions
You won’t go hungry because the resort also has seven in-house restaurants for various cuisines and budgets:
- Talad – serving delicious Thai street food
- Chop Chop – Burgers and pizzas
- Claws and Co – Seafood
- Sea. Fire. Salt. – Grill with a beachside location
- Tree House – Japanese food served with amazing nature views
- La Sala – International and Thai cuisine
- Tiffin by La Sala – Indian food
The hotel offers eight different room types ranging from 81 sqm suites all the way up to 196 sqm private pool suites. All the rooms have large balconies, en suite bathrooms, and separate living areas.
One, two, and three-bedroom suites are available, catering between 2-9 adults with the option for additional beds upon request.
Regarding the view, there is the option for sunset view suites that face the ocean but come at an additional cost.
The price of this hotel ranges from 10k – 30k per night / per room, with prices changing based on season and demand.
My stay at the hotel
Upon arrival at the hotel, the staff members were very helpful with our bags and getting us all checked in.
The hotel surroundings have a great tropical feel with lots of greenery to admire, and at the open-air reception area, there was a nice water feature and fountain.
I booked the two-bedroom standard suite but got upgraded to the two-bedroom sunset suite with views over the ocean upon arrival at no extra cost (we just asked the reception staff if they had any upgrade options).
I was staying at the hotel as a group of 5, so we ordered an extra bed for an additional 1,000 THB, which they’ll promptly set up upon check-in.
The room was 128 sqm, so large compared to most hotels I’ve stray at in Phuket. It was also nicely decorated with large bathrooms, a kitchen area, and a full-sized balcony with enough room space for 4-6 people to sit outside.
To my surprise, the kitchen was fully equipped for long-stay travelers and would be ideal for self-catering if you prefer to cook your meals (the is also a supermarket opposite the resort). I wasn’t expecting such a large kitchen!
The kitchen was kitted with:
- Nespresso machine
- Separate washer and dryer
- Full-size fridge stocked with wine and beverages
- Rice cooker!
- Full-size sink
- Complementary coffee and tea
- Enough tableware and cutlery for 4-5 people
The bedrooms were large and decorated in a nice floral but simplest design. The rooms have en suite bathrooms with separated his/her sinks, shower room, and toilet.
The larger two rooms had a benchtop desk with a chair and a large bathtub with atmospheric lighting.
The amenities in the showers were also a nice touch and seemed locally sourced with natural ingredients.
The breakfast, which is served from 7 am until 10:30 am, had a large selection of cooked and premade international and Thai cuisine.
Cooked breakfast could be made custom to order by the breakfast chef.
The was also a large selection of local fruits, including passion and dragon fruit.
My only issue about the breakfast was that there wasn’t any plant-based milk on display (although the staff could have probably provided that upon request).
There were cereals on offer, but most were sugar-based, and no choice of plain muesli.
Overall my stay at Avani+ Mai Khao was delightful, and I would highly recommend it to anyone planning to explore the north of Phuket in the Mia Khao region. I thought this area was perfect if you want to avoid the busier areas of Phuket and experience quieter, more beautiful beaches.
The hotel has so many activities you probably don’t need to leave the grounds, but if you want to venture afield there are plenty of transport options for getting around the island.
The location tops it for my recommendation of this hotel because it’s just a 15-minute drive from the international airport and a 5-minute walk from the peaceful beach!