I don’t get many chances to totally switch off from life. I haven’t even thought of taking a 2 week vacation in the past 10 years. So, my normal time off is to tag on a few days here or there when I have a work trip.
This trip to Bangkok I was invited to see the beautiful resort “Sri Panwa ” in Phuket. Check them out here.
I had two nights but it felt rather like a week’s worth of recharging and I am looking forward to getting back.
It started with a private swift transfer from Phuket airport to the resort about 45 minutes away.
The resort is one of the most tranquil, idyllic places I have seen. It’s on the peninsula of Panwa and has sweeping views of the Amman sea.
The hotel is composed of 1 ,2 and up to 5 bedroom villas. All incredibly private. All with personal plunge pools where you will see not another villa or guest in site. The villas are modern Thai and hold very expensive decor.
My villa was just fabulous. I would wake up with floor to ceiling windows surrounding me and see islands like Koh Pipi in the near distance. I’d jump in my pool and just have my mind drift away. A nice touch was the mini bar which is filled daily and has no extra charge for beers, soft drinks and snacks.
There is a main pool where a buffet breakfast is served if you want to be more social with other guests.
Transport around the hotel is easy with 10 tuk tuks available by simply calling 0.
There is a spa, beach and a newer part of the complex called Habbita. These suites are all ocean facing with private plunge pools but also more affordable. Rates start about $500 USD a night compared to $2000 for the villas.
If you are a true foodie, you will find Sri Panwa has everything that you are looking for. There are many options. Hot box is the best pool side restaurant I have seen. You can get burgers with a twist and options of brilliant BBQ grilled food from huge tiger prawns to lamb, chicken and beefs. The twist is they are served with in house made sauces that are simply brilliant. For example, chimchuri sauce or my favorite spices miso made with Korean chili.
Iki is the Japanese restaurant. There are classic options of sashimi and sushi but also a snow fish dish that blew my mind. You can get blue fin tuna flown in from Japan that cost the restaurant over $75 a pound. There is happy hour served at Baba and you will never see a sunset like it. Huge bean bags are placed on the deck and you see 360 deg views of the Amman sea. It’s spectacular!
The restaurants are fantastic. Each one is run very independently, so they are very authentic and of great standard.
With the Thai hospitality, incredible views, privacy, great food and five-star accommodation, I would go back in a shot.
When you are considering a memorable stay experience in Phuket, come to Sri Panwa.
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