Avani+ Khao Lak Resort Debuts in Southern Thailand

Families and couples seeking out an idyllic beach getaway in Phang Nga province have a brand-new hotel to check in to.

The poolside sala of a Two-Bedroom Family Pool suite at the resort. (All photos: Avani Hotels)

A fun-filled Easter break awaits at the just-opened Avani+ Khao Lak Resort, a 327-room oceanfront property on Bangsak Beach, located just 90 minutes by car from Phuket International Airport. The brand’s largest resort in Thailand also serves as a launch pad for AvaniFit — a new lifestyle concept that aims to put fun and variety into the hotel fitness experience.

With no less than four swimming pools, the modern 10-hectare resort promises family-friendly amenities and front-row views of the Andaman Sea. Guests can choose from nearly a dozen different room categories, from Deluxe Lagoon Pool rooms ideal for couples and solo travelers to the Two-Bedroom Family Pool suites with 165 square meters of living space — promising plenty of running room for even the most energetic child.

The resort’s AvaniFit is more than a 24-hour gym; guests can also sign up for boxing or tennis classes, or try their hand at hanging yoga and indoor or outdoor climbing. Beach assault courses and pool workouts are also on the menu, as are ocean kayaking, on-property PADI dive lessons, and surfing.

A Deluxe Pool Access room at Avani+ Khao Lak.

The kids’ pool at Avani+ Khao Lak.

A cozy corner of AvaniKids.

Comprising six treatment rooms set in manicured gardens, AvaniSpa offers healing therapies, multi-day nutrition and wellness packages, and even spa treatments for children. At the two-story AvaniKids club, billed as the largest of its kind in Khao Lak, children of similar ages will frolic in dedicated play zones that feature age-appropriate playgrounds, board games, and a PlayStation corner. AvaniKids’ outdoor facilities include a splash park and a private skate-park complete with a pump track, ramps, and fun boxes for older kids to perfect their technique.

Sustainable eating is a recurring theme at Avani+ Khao Lak: ethically sourced local ingredients are put to good use in hearty breakfasts, gourmet lunches and themed dinners at all-day dining restaurant Elements. The Beach House is just the place for sundowners and grilled seafood, while poolside venue Splash serves up artisanal pizza and homemade gelato. Health-conscious travelers will gravitate toward Aqua Juice Bar for its vitamin-packed cold-pressed concoctions, and The Pantry, Avani’s on-the-go dining concept, offers wholesome salads and sandwiches, juices, and freshly baked pastries.

Outdoor lounge seating at The Beach House, one of five restaurants and bars on site.

Breakfast buffet counters inside Elements, the resort’s all-day dining venue.

Poolside at a Two-Bedroom Family Pool suite.

On-property activities include sunrise yoga sessions and cooking classes, while there are also plenty of off-site adventures: think a day trip to Takuapa Old Town for a slice of local life and a closer look at the area’s Sino-Portuguese heritage, as well as excursions to the Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay, or Koh Phi Phi.

For event planners, Avani+ Khao Lak Resort has over 1,000 square meters of meeting space, including a ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 people, a dedicated wedding pavilion, flexible breakout rooms, an outdoor garden, and a purpose-built beachside venue.

Members of the Avani/GHA Discovery loyalty program who book a stay at Avani+ Khao Lak, Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket, or Avani+ Koh Lanta before March 31, 2022 will be rewarded with a complimentary night. Alternatively, via the Advance Purchase special, guests can save 20 percent on room rates for reservations made at least three days ahead of time.

Doubles from US$115; avanihotels.com

An Andaman Sea sunset as seen from the terrace of The Beach House.

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