EVERYTHING!! It was an amazing hotel, loved the amount of space at the villas and the private pool. The restaurants were wonderful, in particular SFS (Sea Fire and Salt). It is a very peaceful resort that makes you feel as though you were in a spa the whole time. There is peaceful music by the main swimming pool and you get water refils and apples during the day, with snacks like dim sum and prawn spring rolls at 4:30 onwards. The beach is beautiful and not busy at all. We can't wait to go there again!!!
The villa are simple perfect. The privacy is complete, and the small private pool makes it into a small paradise. Outside the villa, there are all the things you expect from a nice resort, beautiful swimming pool, direct access to the sea, two restaurants, an impressive Spa and the famous Thai service with a smile. The resort is adjacent to the J.W. Marriott, 5 min walk, with extra restaurants options (especially the coffee shop and teh Italian restaurant).
Of course the price is too high, even compared to other offerings on Phuket, despite the global economic downturn, no discounts or combi packages (E.G. Spa treatments, transportation to/from airport, etc.) are available, and more worrysome for the Anantara company, the resort had a very low occupancy rate during both my stays there (December 2008, July 2009).