Set amongst coconut trees on a secluded private peninsula, Amanpuri, Phuket epitomises luxury in a relaxed, eastern style. Thai-styled Pavilions are dotted around the coconut plantation, overlooking the Andaman Sea and feature a king-size bed, oversized bathrooms, spacious dressing areas and an outdoor sala (Thai style relaxation space) with a sun deck and dining terrace. There are also larger pavilions and private villas on site too.
Truly Thai, you could stay in your room, order in food and hide away from the world. And we did for a while, but then wanted to explore. Amanpuri’s private beach is pristine with pure white sand and luxury sun loungers. If sand is not your scene, try relaxing by the pool or enjoy complimentary afternoon tea of Thai pancakes and tropical fruits. Dining options are plentiful with Italian, Thai and relaxed poolside dining. The food was excellent, the staff attentive and there’s a live performance of traditional Thai music in the evening.
THE SPA AT AMANPURI, PHUKET:
At the rear of the resort looking out toward Bang Tao Beach is the fabulous Aman Spa. It features six spacious Thai-style pavilions; each is its own separate treatment room. These are huge – filled with natural light and have with private steam room, shower, bath, dressing area and outdoor meditation sala. Treatments can be enjoyed individually or as a couple. I really loved the space – open to daylight and the coconut palms.
The staff were all attentive, warm and gentle and I felt cocooned from arrival and didn’t want to leave.
There’s a sauna, granite steam room and fountain terrace on site and whilst there, we enjoyed a complimentary meditation session at daybreak with a former monk in the open-sided teakwood salas set high on the hillside. This is spa at its best – connecting mind, body and spirit.
The Aman Spa menu is extensive and includes a range of wellness therapies as well as facials, body wraps, scrubs and baths.
About to hit a brick wall from a long flight and a horrendous bout of jet lag – the Amanpuri Awakening treatment really had its work cut out. I was tired, spaced out and unbalanced. After a refreshing welcome drink of hibiscus tea, a cool compress and a friendly smile I surrendered. My therapist was skilful, adept and ever so skilful. Using a combination dry massage to prepare and relax the muscles, steam (there’s a steam room in the room), to warm the muscles and open the airways, you return to the bed for a heated Thai herbal compress massage, which included a fantastic stomach massage. Revitalising and awakening – it truly was.
THE BEST BITS:
Morning meditation with a former monk
Lotus flower bath at turn down
Tasting Phuket prawns wrapped in noodles
The bathroom amenities – spicy and fragrant
Thai herb compress massage
The spa staff – I felt cocooned from start to finish
ROOM TO IMPROVE:
Post treatment you have some tea in a little chair near reception, perhaps this coudl be taken in the relaxation zone.
Rooms at Amanpuri, Phuket start from US$1,150 including return airport transfers, but excluding tax.
For stays between 1 May and 31 October the rates include daily breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner (excluding beverages).
The Aman Awakening treatment: 120 minutes long is THB 8,000 (approx. £147)