“What is a private resort”, you ask?
The concept is actually pretty self-explanatory and once you wrap your head around it, your next question is sure to be, “where can I find myself one of these unicorns?”
In a nutshell, private resorts offer the facilities, staff and service of five-star resorts, except they’ve available exclusively to you (and your group).
The concept was coined by the amazing ÀNI Private Resorts group – the world’s first collection of high-end, all-inclusive private resorts in off-the-beaten-track nooks of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Anguilla and the Dominican Republic.
The ÀNI Private Resorts experience is the height of group holidays. Perfect for milestone celebrations, weddings, multi-generation getaways and corporate retreats, each destination is staffed with a full team dedicated to all aspects of a bespoke trip.
Imagine staff that would usually cost extra at villas, like private chefs, butlers, housekeepers and bartenders, all dedicated to pampering you. These team members are all included at ÀNI Private Resorts, as are services that normally carry an extra fee even at all-inclusive resorts, including tennis lessons, spa treatments, childcare and guided tours.
Catering for groups of eight to 30 people who want to experience a luxury resort setting in complete seclusion, ÀNI Private Resorts’ guests have access to amenities rarely found at villas, such as spas and fitness centres, multiple pools and dining areas, and private pavilions for anything from sunrise yoga to weddings.
All ÀNI properties are wheelchair accessible and are fitted with accessibility ramps and lifts. Plus, they all support ÀNI Art Academies – a not-for-profit organisation that provides an intensive art skills education to aspiring artists around the world. Each property is adorned with local art and is located within driving distance of its respective academy where ÀNI guests are invited to meet the students and participate in tours.
ÀNI Private Resorts are in a class of their own and have to be experienced to be believed!
Located on the serene island of Koh Yao Noi, ÀNI Thailand is a stunning ten-bedroom beachfront private resort that offers a magical Southeast Asian getaway for up to 20 guests.
Epitomising the word ‘zen’, the resort offers otherworldly views of the mythic limestone formations of Phang Nga Bay, and its remarkable design was inspired by the temples of Northern Thailand. Sacred pergolas, water features, dramatic columns and a soothingly minimalist wooden interior set in a gorgeous natural oasis of green tropical surroundings immerse guests in the harmonising forces of nature and luxury.
Perfect for weddings, private events and corporate retreats, the facilities and amenities include an oceanfront swimming pool, water slide and children’s pool; a therapist-staffed spa with Ayurvedic treatments; fitness centre; water sports equipment; yoga pavilion; multiple dining venues; and a cooking class facility.
In addition to the boutique perks of the estate itself, a wide range of activities embracing the local flair are offered including cave kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, Muay Thai Boxing classes and cooking classes with a personal chef.
The resort’s world-class dining experience offers a delightful mix of Southeast Asian flavours and international fare, with each group’s gourmet menus crafted by executive chef, Yao, to specifically to meet guest preferences and tastes. Meals are served in any of the estate’s spectacular dining venues including the main dining sala, which floats above the infinity pool at the beach’s edge.
ÀNI Sri Lanka
Perched atop a bluff overlooking pristine blue waters on the lush shores of southern Sri Lanka in Dickwella, ÀNI Sri Lanka has been custom designed to deliver the ultimate holiday for groups of up to 30 guests.
Sprawled across five acres of beautifully-manicured grounds and cradled within two headlands, the stunning estate commands its own stretch of white-sand beach and comprises 15 bedrooms across two luxury villas. Guests may opt to rent the estate as a whole or select one villa only.
ÀNI Sri Lanka synergises contemporary architecture with the finest bespoke fittings and first-class facilities, including a spa offering a menu of Asian-inspired treatments, oversized pools that showcase spellbinding views of the surrounding landscape, dedicated children’s pools with waterslides, and a plethora of spaces for dining and entertainment.
Executive chef, Cyril, ÀNI Sri Lanka delivers a world-class gourmet dining experience that incorporates both traditional Sri Lankan dishes – influenced by local spice producers, Indian neighbours and former colonial powers – and international fare.
Meals are served in any of the estate’s spectacular dining venues. The main open dining structures enjoy spectacular views from their perches above the beach. Cafés and instructional kitchens allow guests to learn from the chef and gain insight into Sri Lankan culinary technique.
Intrepid guests can venture beyond the estate to explore magical Sri Lanka—the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Galle, leopard-spotting at the nation’s game reserves , tea tasting at the highlands’ plantations—or simply settle in for quality time to reconnect.
Set on a dramatic clifftop overlooking the craggy Caribbean coastline of Little Bay, ÀNI Anguilla is a 10-bedroom resort that is divided into two standalone villas – North and South – that caters for up to 20 guests.
Stunning modern architecture and luxurious privacy fuse with coastal accents, such as clear views of the Caribbean Sea from almost every angle of the resort, and create a casually elegant island experience.
Guests can splash in the heated infinity swimming pool, enjoy a soothing soak in the breathtaking cliff-edge hot tub, kick back with a bespoke cocktail at the roof lounge or cabana lounge, explore the surrounding terrain in golf carts or mountain bikes, or watch a movie in the resort’s home theatre.
The experience at ÀNI Anguilla is further enhanced by the island’s collection of 33 shockingly white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and amazing assortment of local and fine dining restaurants, alongside a warm and welcoming population.
ÀNI Dominican Republic
ÀNI Dominican Republic is a 14-bedroom private resort catering for up to 28 guests that is located in a stunning, untouched, rural area of the island’s northern coast, close to the fishing village of Rio San Juan.
Built right on the waterfront within its own peninsula, ÀNI Dominican Republic is designed to integrate nature and style with a chic, open-air layout. Set on two acres of manicured, lush grounds, life at this private resort is all glass walls, outdoor showers and freestanding baths with jaw-dropping views.
Facilities include a private spa, gym, putting green, tennis court and resident tennis coach, two swimming pools plus a kids’ pool with a waterslide, billiard and shuffleboard tables, and yoga pavilion.
Adventurous guests are invited to go hiking through waterfalls, venture to natural sandy beaches a short stroll away, head into the local village for some local Caribbean food, or play a round at the famous Playa Grande Golf Club.