After my recent relaxing stay at the Rosewood Phuket, I can very clearly state that this property is the perfect epitome of understated luxury.
This fantastic resort is located on Phuket's southwest coast, around a 90-minute drive from the airport. Don't be put off by it's proximity to the commercialized area of Patong, the hotel's location is actually discreetly tucked away around the coast on the other side of Emerald Bay and feels a world away from the infamous hustle and bustle of Patong.
As you arrive at the property you are greeted with the most beautiful welcome area with huge wooden doors opening into a tropical haven. Once checked in the buggy will take you to your villa which is located down the hill towards the ocean.
The 71 spacious suites and villas have been covered with eco-friendly roof gardens and embedded into the jungle landscape. Categories range from hillside pavilion suites with plunge pools that can be interconnecting and two-bedroom villas with infinity pools, grassy courtyards and access straight onto the beach.
Entering the villa you are greeted by a very neutral pallet of soft furnishing with a hint of baby blue along with a black wooden floor, providing a very chic interior. The main large room is cleverly divided into a living room and bedroom with a giant mirror giving the illusion of bringing the outside in.
Throughout the entire villa going into the bathroom there’s a touch of brass fixtures, from lights to the bathroom faucets. The bathroom also comes with an outdoor bath and shower. All the villas are smart living and run on a central touch button system for the lights, music and blinds.
The outdoor area has a nice private pool, with a large day bed and a seating area for in-villa dining .
You can enjoy the beautiful beach or the hotel’s large gorgeous swimming pool which is wrapped around palm trees and floating platforms. The pool is split into sections for all ages including an adults only pool. The staff are all well dressed wearing panama hats and a chic uniform. The stunning Mai restaurant & pool deck is very Tulum style with elegant dining areas and a great menu.
Hidden in the heart of the resort, out of sight but within easy reach of the main swimming pool you will find the Explorer's Club for children aged three to eight. There's a terrific variety of activities, a wooden pirate ship, splash area all with a focus on sustainability and cultural awareness – Thai language classes, umbrella painting, picking herbs, digging for worms and tree planting. Along with cooking classes in the outdoor large kitchen children can easily idle the day away in this thoughtfully designed space.
On the hillside, Asaya, the Rosewood Group's first spa concept, is already one of the best in a country and I would not hesitate to say its truly up there in terms of world-class wellness facilities. More than just a pretty space, it offers life and relationship coaching, holistic bodywork therapies and bespoke retreats designed to help you eat, sleep and generally live a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Red Sauce is the all day dining area and the location for breakfast. I really loved the breakfast as you can enjoy part buffet part menu. The menu offered such healthy items such as power balls, protein bars, overnight oats, detox drinks, elixir shots and a large selection of gluten free items. In the evening the menu offers Italian cuisine.
The Shack is a laid back dining experience with freshly prepared seafood
Ta Khai – designed to look like a rustic Thai village, its situated next to the ocean and delivers an authentic array of dishes with the daily fisherman’s catch being a crowd favorite. Not much else needs to be said when the following accomplishments adorn the front door:
2019 MICHELIN GUIDE, 2020 MICHELIN GUIDE, 2021 MICHELIN GUIDE, 2022 MICHELIN GUIDE; 2019 TRIP ADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
This hidden gem of a property also has impeccable green credentials –
ecologically-sound architecture and sustainable practices such as 100 per cent rainwater harvesting, coral reef restoration to the largest solar energy system in Phuket as well as villas topped with roof gardens to help naturally cool the interiors.
Constructed from indigenous stone and timber, its minimalist lines merge into thick jungle greenery; tin-roofed restaurants sit under hundred-year old banyan trees; and retractable glass panels open onto Andaman Sea views, with hanging ferns and fabulous rattan sculptures.
Rosewood Phuket is a very chic family friendly resort, which ticks every box for the modern traveller. I highly recommend the property, from the climate conscious traveller bringing a large family to a travel savvy couple just seeking a little down time. Rosewood Phuket carries that incredible energy of making everyone that walks though the door, immediately feel like they are home.
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