Absolutely stunning, lush grounds. You feel far from the rest of the world, yet are proximal to some nearby stores, restaurants, etc (not that you have to leave the property, as there are multiple restaurants with flavors from various global regions...nor do you ever really want to leave your villa!) Not a single detail is missed within the villas, from the lighting to the beautiful wooden built-ins to the private pool. It is truly exquisite. The team is on top of everything: the front desk with checking in, the concierge for booking excursions, the breakfast staff assuring your mimosa flutes are full and you feel at right home. Speaking of breakfast, it was THE absolute best we’ve had at any hotel/resort stay. Totally over the top in terms of selection, yet utterly laid back in terms of your ability to lounge there for a lovely brunch hour (or two!) The staff are among the warmest of all of the Anantara Mai Khao team, and always make sure to chat and teach you local lingo. The main hotel pool is very beautiful, and although we came during high season, the layout allows for privacy and space. The poolside Infinity Bar keeps the spirits flowing, and provided some of our favorite meals of the trip (Short rib burger and Caesar salad - sounds basic but it’s super yummy!) My only qualm about this property is the sea on which it sits. I wondered prior to coming why no one was ever on the beach in the hotel photos. Upon arrival, we found that the sea water has a rather foul smell.