Phuket’s Hot Hotels
Phuket is only a hop, skip and a jump away for Hongkongers looking for a few days of rest and relaxation. LOFT picks out a few of its favourite hideaways for style conscious jet setters.
New kid on the Phuket block, Kata Rocks, made some serious noise when it officially opened its doors at the end of November. The luxury oceanfront resort and residence, located on Phuket’s popular west coast at the southern end of Kata Beach, is effortlessly stylish and promises to create the ultimate relaxation experience for its guests. The colour white dominates with eye-catching wraparound glass and metal creating a retro, nautical, space-age look that’s set to get the cool kids talking…and perhaps change their holiday plans.
Iniala Beach House
The brainchild of Mark Weingard, Iniala is an intimate luxury resort on Natai Beach which has been influenced by a whole host of renowned international designers. The tiny, ten room boutique resort focuses around art and design and several A-list celebrities have stayed here this year in search of the ultimate in privacy.
Point Yamu by COMO
With interiors by Italian designer Paola Navone, this resort overlooking the Andaman Sea and the limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay offers a unique expression of contemporary Thai luxury. According to COMO it is all about Zen and you only have to step into the spa minimalist rooms to get that feeling.
Occupying the whole of Cape Panwa on the island’s Southeastern Penninsula, Phuket’s boutique Sri Panwa resort features lavish private villas each boasting panoramic views of the ocean, an infinity pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi bathtub and steam room. Design wise Sri Panwa has a natural approach to luxury with all the private and communal areas feeling almost rustic and a place where you don’t have to stand on ceremony. This place is different from your average luxury hotel, it’s cool and chic without trying too hard; you could say it’s got soul.
48 luxury pool rooms and villas set along a private bay on Phuket’s tranquil north-west coast form this oh-so-chic resort. If privacy is what you’re after then look no further for your perfect holiday hideaway, with each villa being designed so all that it looks over is a panoramic view of the cobalt blue ocean. And while you’re there, you might as well check our the drop-dead gorgeous spa where you can enjoy the hotel’s famous six-handed massage.
With 49 luxury suites and villas that boast stunning views of the Andaman Sea, Paresa is a secluded haven for those looking to get away and unwind. Influenced by Southern Thai homes, the retreat’s traditional design elements combining timber and natural materials is both organic and chic. If you’re looking for indulgence, you can treat yourself at The Paresa Spa, whose Thai inspired therapies use fresh locally sourced ingredients to for the ultimate in relaxation.