South West Thailand
Iniala, Khao Lak

One of the most talked-about hotels in Asia, Iniala really has to be seen to be believed. This show-stopping style hotel sits amongst peaceful fields on the shores of the turquoise Andaman Sea. Its futuristic-style villas, designed with every luxury imaginable, comprise 3 Beach-front Villas, a Penthouse and 4 Deluxe Family Villas, all of which nestle beautifully into the natural backdrop.

With smiling staff on hand to cater to your every whim, you’ll be living the dream from the moment the fragrant necklace of frangipani is draped around your neck on arrival. For the philanthropists among you, 10% of the revenues go directly to the Inspirasia Foundation. Private, exclusive and unique, it’s no wonder it has been host to several high-profile celebrities since opening.

Facilities & Activities

With a team of personal butlers, chauffers, chefs, therapists and fitness instructors, you really don’t have to move far. Each villa at Iniala Beach House has a private infinity pool that overlooks the breath-taking beach. Soaking in the cool waters definitely counts as an activity here. Your own private spa is found in-villa with a dedicated therapist, it’s just a matter of browsing your personal in-house iPad and selecting your treatment. For the more energetic, then the resort’s fitness trainers can ramp things up a level – go for the boot camps, yoga or have a personal training session – all using the beach as a backdrop. Alternatively, there is a gym with a full-size Thai boxing ring for those that fancy a go.

Watersports are also available including wake-boarding, sailing and paddle-boarding and the resort has access to a huge fleet of yachts to explore the beautiful Phang Nga Bay, accompanied by your own chef, butler and a masseuse should you desire. The peaceful surrounding countryside is perfect for exploring by bike or kayak. For golfers, there are two 18-hole championship golf courses, just 20 minutes away and for divers, Thailand’s best diving is found in Khao Lak, just an easy hour’s drive up the coast.

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Unsurprisingly the restaurant and in-house dining offer menus that fuse the best of contemporary European, Thai and International Cuisine and have been created by the best master chefs from around the world. The in-house restaurant, Esenzi, is located within the grounds of the beach house and the seasonal tasting menus are sophisticated but authentic with a seafood focus. Or guests can enjoy a wish list of dishes, from just-baked breads and pastries to local Thai delicacies served in-villa. With bespoke menus catering to every individual taste, anything is possible for Iniala’s charmed guests!


Iniala consists of Iniala Beach House: three individually styled beach-front villas; Siam, Bianca and the Collector’s Villa (originally the owner’s house) which are set right on the beach. These incredible villas, conceived by world-class designers would fit in perfectly on a lavish film set. Siam and Bianca offer two double bedroom suites conjoined by an 18m lap pool and private terraces, whilst the Collectors Villa comprises an entire villa complete with 3 bedrooms, living spaces, dining rooms, private cinema and terrace with pool.

In contrast, yet equally spectacular, there is Iniala Shores, located just down the road. Four family villas consisting of 4 and 5 bedroomed spaces, designed with chic simplicity – think huge white spaces and swathes of glass offering panoramic views over the infinity pool, the white-sand beach and turquoise sea. The epitome of a perfect luxury family hideout.

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It isn’t just the adults that are pampered here. It’s undoubtedly a child’s dream come true. The Children’s Club, set just steps from the villas, has its own stage and wardrobe full of dressing up paraphernalia along with colourful toys and plenty of space. However, at night time, the area transforms into an adventure bedroom of tree houses and caves and provides a unique Kid’s Hotel that can be booked exclusively for a family or groups of friends.

Each child receives a back pack of goodies on arrival, including a story book, T-shirt and games. Plus there is a dedicated child-carer on hand to look after their every need.

The Villas offer plenty of space for families, have two large double rooms and can be booked in their entirety (with extra beds if required). Iniala Shores offer space in abundance – an option of 4 or 5 bedrooms in each property, some with separate staircases, and huge turquoise infinity pools that lead straight to the beach. Ideal for larger family gatherings and group get-togethers.


Since its inception, philanthropy has been at the very heart of Iniala. Iniala donates 10% of room revenues and 5% of all other revenues to the Inspirasia Foundation, a grant-making foundation dedicated to funding and supporting exceptional projects in health and education for marginalised communities and persons with disabilities.


Iniala is located on the golden edges of Natai beach, on the mainland, a 25-minute drive north of Phuket Airport. With little else in the area it feels completely off the radar – exactly what most of Iniala’s guests are looking for. Complimentary transfers from Phuket Airport include a VIP fast-track service and complimentary use of a vehicle for the length of your stay.

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