Spanish hotel company Melia Hotels International has opened a new luxurious resort on Phuket’s northwestern coastline in Thailand.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is owned by Thailand’s residential real estate developer Phuket Villa Group.

Phuket Villa Group managing director Maetapong Upatising said: “Through our partnership with Spain’s leading hotel group, we are thankful that we can significantly contribute to Phuket’s recovery in the wake of Covid-19 by creating much-needed jobs for the local tourism sector and setting a new benchmark for hospitality on Thailand’s largest island.”

Overlooking the Andaman Sea, the five-star property is situated near to Sirinat National Park, the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, and the Wat Phra Thong temple.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao has 30 one-bedroom suites and 70 one-bedroom wellness-inspired pool villas for families and couples.

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The spacious Mediterranean-inspired accommodations at the beachfront resort feature outdoor bathtubs, open-air showers, and outdoor terraces.

The resort provides guest amenities, such as saltwater swimming pools, private villa pools, a reflection pond, water gardens, vertical falls, and irrigation misting.

Guests can enjoy food and beverages at four outlets, including Gaia Beach Club, SASA and Elyxr Café within the resort.

It also features its signature YHI Spa with five luxurious treatment rooms, fitness centre, a venue for weddings and events, including a grand ballroom and two additional multi-function rooms.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao general manager Magdalena Martorell said: “Thailand is an incredible destination which popularity has grown in the last years and we are proud to be collaborating with Phuket Villa Group to increase the visibility of its magnificent locations.

“Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is one of the first resorts in the area and we look forward to welcoming our guests and make them experience an unforgettable service and build lifetime memories.” ​