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Luxury hotels in Phuket, Thailand

Bob Mortimore, a Travel Consultant here at Ultimate Destinations, recently travelled to Thailand and explored a range of luxury hotels in Phuket, Khao Lak and Bangkok. Bob throughly enjoyed his trip which was made possible by the Thai Tourist Board and Chic Locations. Here are his notes on the lovely luxury hotels in Phuket which he visited.

The Bell Pool Villa

The Bell Pool Villa Resort is located in Kamala, on the west coast of Phuket, alongside the beautiful turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. There is a free schedule shuttle ride to Kamala Beach, which takes just a few minutes and the hotel is only 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport.

In a quiet and peaceful location, The Bell Pool Villa Resort offers 16 luxurious private pool villas. They range between one, two, three, and four bedrooms and all have a large outdoor pool and full kitchen facilities, and a 24-hour butler service making them ideal for honeymooners, families and couples alike.

Air conditioned throughout, these villas have a spacious living and dining area, a very good home entertainment system and an outdoor terrace. Breakfast, which has to be ordered the night before, is served daily by the staff and is included in the price. The excellent Zhong Lounge features an extensive food and drinks menu.

The Heavens in Villa Spa is well equipped and offers a complete range of spa treatments in the privacy of your villa. Yoga can be arranged as well. If a change of scenery is needed, a few minutes’ drive away is a small town with shops and bars and the busy, lively Patong Beach area only a 15/20 minute drive away. Taxis are cheap to hire.

The Bell Pool Villa Resort is an ideal resort to relax in, sited in a very quiet and peaceful location. Not long built, it has a quiet ambiance of its own, in luxurious, spacious and well equipped surroundings.

The Regent Cape Panwa

The Regent Cape Panwa is quietly tucked away in the southern corner of Phuket, in the secluded area of Cape Panwa. It overlooks a secluded bay of pure white sands by the turquoise Andaman Sea and boasts some of the region’s most exhilarating diving.

The scenery around the luxurious Regent Cape Panwa is just lovely. It is a 45 minute journey from Phuket Airport, Phuket town is a 15 minute ride and Patong about 30 minutes away.

Accomodation

  • Stylishly designed throughout, all rooms feature private sea view balconies. There are many types of spacious luxury rooms to choose from and all rooms have a complimentary selected mini bar, 24 hour in room dining service,  an iPad and Wi Fi.
  • The Pavillion rooms are about 60sq m in size and have a large bedroom with a king size bed, a lovely bathroom and a balcony with table and chairs for dining or relaxing with ocean views.
  • The Bay suites are larger, being about 70sq m with a large bedroom and king size bed, beautiful bathroom and adjoining living room with ocean view balcony with table and chairs.
  • The Cape suites are of the same size again with a king size bed and lovely bathroom with separate living area with a sea view of the Andaman Sea, balcony with table and chairs and daily laundry and pressing services included.
  • The completely private Pool villas, which are 150sqm in size, have all the above room facilities plus a private outdoor pool with sun lounge area overlooking the sea. Guests have access to the Regent Club for breakfast, daily refreshments and evening cocktails. Daily laundry and pressing is offered as well as a stocked mini bar and 24 hour butler service.

Dining

  • Options are varied here and include a less formal pool bar and lounge.
  • The Restaurant offers all day dining and features International and Thai food, with live cooking.
  • The Grill is an informal fine dining experience serving fresh seafood and meat in local and international styles and has an extensive selection of wines.
  • The Grill Lounge offers a fine choice of wines and spirits and is an ideal place to start or end an evening in a roof top location.
  • Overlooking the Andaman Sea is the Beach Table offering delightful drinks and a good choice of snacks.
  • The Pool Terrace caters for Asian snacks and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages.
  • By the pool is the intimate Regent Club which has a dining room and a library.

With eight treatment rooms, the Regent Spa offers a very high quality of revitalising Thai and speciality massages and treatments including their unique infusion skin treatments. With a well-equipped gym, its location boasts stunning views of the ocean.

Due to its location in a quiet area of beautiful surroundings and tropical gardens, the Regent Hotel offers luxurious and contemporary design and a high standard of cuisine, rooms and facilities.

The Point Yamu by Como

Recently opened, The Point Yamu by Como is a new hotel with a funky style all of its own. It is situated in a very secluded location on the east coast peninsular of Phuket, with stunning views of the beautiful Andorran Sea. Transfer time from Phuket airport is about 35 minutes and the hotel can arrange fast track arrangements from the airport for a small cost.

The Point Yamu by Como’s very modern and contemporary design   is unique and very different from most hotels. Its modernistic approach to luxury style is evident throughout the resort.

Accomodation

There are 79 rooms and suites and 27 private luxury villas with floor to ceiling windows. All have a contemporary, colourful indigenous design which reflects the unique stylistic design of an artistic feeling of a well thought out modern chic décor.

  • Veranda rooms are spacious with a private veranda boasting either sea or cape views. Other ocean facing rooms with an added benefit of a 17 sqm pool and deck. All have lovely bathrooms.
  • Bay Suites are spacious and light and have an indoor dining table, separate living area and bedroom with balcony overlooking the bay and a very nice bathroom.
  • The Bay Pool Suites have large decks with a 27 sqm pool and guest powder room.
  • Veranda Suites are 120 sq m in size with a large balcony and extra space for indoor dining and powder room and spacious bedroom with king beds and bathroom and are delightful.
  • The Veranda Pool Suites are 156 sq m with an outdoor pool and decking for relaxing.
  • The Phang Nga Suites, 164 sq m in size, are spacious and have huge balconies and bedrooms and fine bathrooms with stunning bay views, while the Phang Nga Pool Suites are 180 sq m with a large balcony and outside decking and pool.
  • The Point Yamu Suite is ideal for families with a family room and large master bedroom with indoor dining facilities adequate for a family and is 144 sq m in size.
  • The Como Suite is a two bedroom suite with a large pool, balcony and outside space with indoor and outdoor dining areas, with king size beds and a wonderful bathroom. This suite can also be interconnected with two Bay rooms to create a four bedroom suite
  • One bedroom villas have a large 25 sq m pool and are 170 sq m in size so offer a large indoor and outdoor lounge and dining area. A second seating area is easily converted into a double bed for those travelling with small children and has all the facilities of being totally private.
  • Two bedroom villas have the largest pools in the resort, being 48sqm and have 2 bathrooms, pantry, and laundry with a storage room and could sleep 6 people. Again featuring king-size beds and are 226sqm in size, giving it an air of a private house with its abundance of space.
  • The private Pool villas, consist of three bedrooms, featuring king-size beds, have two floors with a 45sqm private pool with indoor and outdoor dining for up to 8 people. Spacious with living and dining areas, kitchen and small laundry. There is also a maid’s room which could also be a bedroom for a child as well.

Bars and Restaurants

  • The Italian restaurant, La Sirena, located poolside (you can sit inside or outside) and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast consists of fruit, cereals and continental breads, while lunch is pizza and seafood. Dinner offers a wider selection of Pastas and Seafood.
  • Open daily for lunch and dinner the Nahmyaa Thai restaurant, being inspired by a Thai street type of cooking, offers appetising snacks, soups, curries, fish and seafood and Thai deserts in a funky setting.
  • Due to the very high standard of cuisine and staff, private dining is a feature here for groups, families and couples and there is also a 20 seated private dining room as well as further meeting rooms and courtyard areas that can be used.
  • The Aqua Bar opens daily from 9 am until midnight offering cocktails, drinks and smoothies to be enjoyed there or in the other restaurants or by the pool, while the Lobby lounge, on the ground floor is open from 11am to 8pm each day serving drinks
  • Food is a big feature here and the Como Shambhala cuisine operates on a healthy, nutritious, organic style and there is a 24 hour room service, which offers a similar variety of foods.

The Shambhala Retreat has a yoga studio, treatment rooms and Thai massage alcoves plus steam rooms, jacuzzi and gym. It offers holistic and wellbeing treatments which can also be arranged in your room. There is a stunning 100 metre pool, but no beach although there plans to have one! There is a long beach on the island of Rang Yai where rest room facilities and drinks are available to which the hotel operates a shuttle of five minutes by car and a private boat trip of 15 minutes.

This is a stunning brand new hotel in a quiet location. It is one of the funkiest I have ever seen with its own contemporary style, unique in its ideas and focus on life. Staying here is a truly magnificent experience.

The Dewa

The Dewa is situated on Phuket’s North West coast a few metres from Nai Yang beach and is next to the Sirinath National Park.  I have stayed at this delightful 4 star Hotel before and this time, I was welcomed by Lillian the lovely General Manager.  The Dewa Phuket offers a blend of integrated resort and residential living with a good choice of accomodation.

Accomodation

  • There are 34 resort villas and 62 one and two bedroom residences.
  • The pool villas consist of blend of indoor and outdoor spacious living space. Inside is a four-poster bed and seating area decorated in Sino-Portuguese design. The outside bathroom area includes a plunge pool, surrounded by a grass garden and is completely enclosed.
  • The one and two bedroom residences all have balcony and come with a fully equipped kitchen, dining and sitting area and are well decorated with all comforts of home. These can either be rented or bought and are ideal for both couples and families and are of a very high standard.
  • Whilst The Dewa is only a few minutes from the airport, you never hear any planes fly over at all.

Facilities include a Spa which is tranquil, aromatic and extremely good, a library, fitness centre, Kids’ Club and two large pools – one for the pool villa area and one for the residential one. There is also a delicatessen and mini mart.

The air-conditioned restaurant offers al fresco dining as well as an open air lounge. Food is a highlight here with its fresh fusion style of cooking, blended with flavours of different culinary traditions.

Across a small road, a few steps away is the very pleasant beach where sunset watching is a favourite activity. Snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, kite boarding and canoeing can easily be arranged. The lovely and very well run Dewa Phuket does have a uniqueness feel about it in a boutique and stylish way. It offer an advantage over a lot of hotels through the choice of resort or residential living.

The Pavillions

Nestled dramatically on one of Phuket’s highest points, The Pavillions is only a 20 minute drive from Phuket Airport. Overlooking the nearby Bang Tao and Layan beaches, The Pavilions is a collection of private villas with their own pools, scattered around the hillside. As all accommodation and facilities are spread out in the grounds, the hotel does provide good transportation to its different parts.

This hotel is really only for a couples looking for a retreat with a tranquil and romantic ambience. It does not cater for guests under 16 years of age.

Accommodation

  • The main part of The Pavilions offers a variety of accommodation: 18 ocean view pool villas, 3 tropical pool villas and 4 three bedroom villas.
  • Set on the other side of the grounds and within a terraced hillside are a further 18 plantation pool villas, each with an exclusive spa room.
  • 6 plantation pool penthouses sit on the top of the terraced hillside, boasting great views of the surrounding area – these are two storey residences each with a luxurious spa. The design of each Thai themed villa is immaculate and fused with European influences (dark teak finishes and traditional hardwoods).
  • Each villa is spacious and has sizeable private pools and offers private dining as well as private spa treatments and is fully equipped, so that guests never need to leave their own personal retreat.

Dining

There are a choice of restaurants and bars within the estate, including

  • The 360 which is sited on the highest point of the estate offering dramatic views and a variety of Asian and Western food.
  • The Plantation Club, with its own living room, veranda and terrace serves an excellent choice of foods and cocktails.

And for beach lovers, the hotel exclusively reserves a section of nearby Layan beach which is available most of the year.

The Pavilions offers a different holiday experience  – it is a private hideaway, tucked away in a unique and stunning location.

The Sala Phuket Resort and Spa

The Sala Phuket Resort and Spa is located on the stunning Mai Khao beach, on the northwest coast of Phuket. Only 20 minutes transfer time from Phuket Airport, the luxurious Sala Resort and Spa is situated in tropical gardens and features elegant Portuguese architecture and contemporary design. There are three large sea facing swimming pools, a beachfront bar and restaurant. And with a modern and minimal approach, the Sala Phuket Resort and Spa offers total rejuvenation treatments in a relaxing atmosphere.

Accommodation

  • Many of the 79 villas, suites and guestrooms feature private pools.
  • The Sala Pool villa has its own private enclosed area with a lovely bedroom, 23sqm outdoor bathroom and large pool.
  • The one bedroom Pool villa Suite features the same and plus an air conditioned living room, while the two bedroom Pool villa Suite consists of two bedrooms, each with their own outdoor bathrooms.
  • The one bedroom Duplex Pool villa Suite features a downstairs very nice living room with patio and pool with a lovely upstairs bedroom with balcony plus an open air bathroom.
  • Consisting of two large bedrooms, each with its own private living room, the Presidential Pool villa has a large outdoor bathroom and huge private pool and is luxurious throughout.
  • The Garden Pool villas have private pools, bedroom and overlook an outdoor veranda and are on the ground floor.
  • The Deluxe Balcony rooms, located on the second floor have nice bedrooms, open air bathrooms and large balconies.

Dining

Enjoy beach views and rooftop dining at the Sala Restaurant, which serves a variety of International and Thai food including fresh sea food and delightful cuisine. The Lobby Bar serves a wide choice of beverages in an enjoyable and relaxing way.

The Sala Resort and Spa is a chic boutique style of hotel located in a tropical space of its own with a wonderful stretch of beach.

The Banyan Tree

Over looking the calm Andaman Seas, The Banyan Tree is situated at Bang Tao Bay on the north-western coast of Phuket Island.

Offering a sanctuary for peace and tranquillity, this is a luxurious and sophisticated resort nestled in extensive tropical gardens. Most of the accommodation is based around the large lagoon. The all Villa Banyan Tree is one of Thailand’s most prestigious luxury resorts. Its low rise Thai architectural style sits in a beautiful setting amongst the very spacious 1000 acre Laguna Phuket, alongside a pristine sandy beach.

Accommodation

  • There are well over 170 discreet private and spacious villas to choose from and are all open plan in design and are elegantly styled in a rich Thai culture. They all come with private garden with a jet pool or private swimming pool.
  • The De Luxe villas have jet pools while the Pool Villas have a swimming pool and an outdoor Sala.
  • The Sanctuary villas have private pools, separate living area and fully equipped kitchen.
  • The Spa villas have lily ponds, private pool, jet pool and an outdoor shower and sunken bath.
  • There are also one and two bedroom villas and also interconnecting villas as well and every villa comes equipped with a mini bar, Wi-Fi and TV.

Dining

There are eight bars, cafes and restaurants offering the very best in cuisine from Thai, Japanese and an International fayre and the in villa dining is a superb experience.

Facilities

  • The hotel’s facilities are superb:
  • Three tennis courts
  • A fabulous free form pool
  • The Laguna Phuket Golf Club as a neighbour.
  • Choose from a wealth of outdoor activities such as deep sea fishing, elephant trekking, horse riding and jungle safaris
  • For those looking for some peace and quiet, it also boasts an extensive library.There is also an adventure programme of adventurous abseiling or rock climbing with other activities such as aerobics, tai chi, diving, sailing including wind surfing.
  • Children are very welcome at the Banyan Tree where there are nature activities for the very young and an extensive activity programme for 9 to 14 year olds.
  • There is the superb Banyan Tree Spa which really is a wonderful experience in calm and lovely surroundings which is a big feature of the resort.

The Banyan Tree offers a wellbeing and calm experience and is superbly run and very well organised. It is a perfect setting for couple or families in every way, offering an opportunitiy to spend quality time in beautiful and tropical surroundings, with de luxe accommodation and excellent cuisine.

The Dusit Thani Laguna Resort

The Dusit Thani Laguna is stylishly nestled between two inland lagoons. Its’ wonderful beachfront location on Bang Tao Bay is surrounded by acres of tropical gardens. Only a 30 minute drive from Phuket Airport, with 225 rooms and suites plus 27 Pool Villas, The Dusit Thani Laguna is an idyllic retreat for all ages.

You will be immediately impressed with the space and ambiance of this lovely hotel – enter its open air lobby and take in the vaulted high ceilings and Thai-style elegant design. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, it offers a lively beach scene, including a great choice of water sports and beach front facilities. The hotel also has a large swimming pool, tennis courts, a kid’s club, a well equipped gym, recreation centre and the splendid Angsana Spa with full facilities and wonderful treatments.

Being beachside, The Dusit Thani Laguna is a wonderful location for weddings and garden ceremonies.

Dining

  • There are many bars and dining options including:
  • La Trattoria with its splendid array of Italian dishes
  • The Ruen Thai offering a superb Thai, the beach restaurant and bar, the delightful Horizon bar
  • The Laguna Café which offers international food and  the pool bar.
  • The Dusit is also part of the Dine Around option, where you can dine at the nearby hotels and be billed back at the hotel.

Accommodation

  • All rooms are bright, airy and spacious with a distinct native feel, utilising local wood tiles and ceramics, including carvings and textiles. Every room features TV, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, bath and shower with terrace or balcony.
  • De Luxe rooms are have either a lagoon or sea view. Ocean front ones are particularly popular as are very close to the beach.
  • The Dusit Club rooms are slightly bigger and Dusit Club benefits can be enjoyed at a reasonable one off fee. This will include daily breakfast buffet, daily fresh fruit basket, in room check in, welcome drink on arrival and free soft drinks from the mini bar. A pre-dinner drink at the Horizon Bar plus daily afternoon tea are also included, as well as a 24 hour concierge service and late checkout.
  • Occupying 292sqm of living area, the Dusit Pool villas are, like all the rooms, spacious in size, elegantly designed, situated close to the beach and surrounded by palm trees. With a private pool, these come with lagoon or sea view.

All in all, the Dusit Thani Laguna is a very good 4 star Hotel with excellent facilities and service in a truly relaxing and delightful way.

Bob also visited Kho Lhak and Bangkok. His reports on the luxury hotels and resorts he visited there will be published shortly.

Bob’s trip to visit luxury hotels in Phuket was sponsored by the Thai Tourist Board, here in London, who also arranged for him to attend the Seminar, Gala Dinner and Lunch by the Andaman Travel Trade/Thai Tourist Board in association with the Phuket Tourist Association. Thanks to Kannika from the London Office who was his escort and made it all possible. Thanks to David Kevan of Chic Locations, who kindly arranged all the hotel visits and stays and made our trip the marvellous one that it was and was a great travelling companion with his vast knowledge and experience of Thailand. And sincere thanks to my other travelling companion, Ian Robarts of Marco Polo Travel, who was a joy to be with on this wonderful journey.

 


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