Iniala Beach House is situated on the beautiful golden sands of Natai beach, Thailand, facing the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The majority of guests arrive by private jet, lured to the resort by the promise of show-stopping interiors, world-class dining and an unbeatable beachside setting.
Setting itself apart from the crowd, 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 aside from a handful of private homes, tangled fields and lazy buffalo, it feels pleasingly off the radar – which is exactly what most of Iniala’s high-flying guests are looking for.
Address: 40/14 Moo 6 Kok Kloi, Takuathung, Phang-Nga, Natai Beach, 82140
Style & character
Surreal, sexy and a little bit sci-fi, Iniala looks like it might have been stolen from the set of Barbarella. The exteriors are cosmically cool – armadillo-shaped buildings, jewel-like mosaics, infinity pools shooting into the horizon – while the interiors have been put together by 10 designers at the top of their game – including Irishman Joseph Walsh, the Brazilian Campana brothers and Mark Brazier Jones, who also designed the sets for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
Service & facilities
Personal butlers, chauffeurs, chefs, spa therapists, fitness instructors and nannies – the service team spirit around the property granting wishes like genies.
- Fitness centre
- Kids’ club
- Room service
The 10 rooms are spread across three three-bedroom villas and a penthouse, and are closer to elaborate theatre sets than your average luxury hotel room. Every space is completely different and extraordinary in its own way; the penthouse has “floating” furniture and soft spongy floors; the Collector’s villa wows with walls clad in broken celadon ceramics; Villa Siam has a golden, beehive-like spa chamber, while the white-on-white Villa Bianca has swinging chairs shaped like Russian Matryoshka dolls.
In contrast, Iniala Shores, a collection of four five-bedroom villas, are calm uncluttered affairs – enormous Ibiza-esque white spaces with huge turquoise infinity pools that roll straight onto the beach. Perfect for families and group get-togethers.
Food & drink
Naturally, all this fabulousness has food to match. Flagship restaurant Esenzi is helmed by New Yorker Tim Butler, the mastermind behind the highly-acclaimed hugely-popular Bangkok restaurants Eat Me and Bunker. Seasonal tasting menus are sophisticated with a seafood focus – delicate quail eggs topped with crème fraiche and caviar, A5 Ohmi wagyu beef teamed with tender swordfish belly, Japanese shima aji tartar.
When not dining on eight-course degustation menus, guests can enjoy a wish-list of dishes – everything from just-out-the-oven breads for breakfast to rare Royal Thai recipes – whipped up for them by head chef Sandro Aguilera.
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