Sri panwa is in a class of its own. Effortlessly cool, it is a mix of private residences and pool villas perched at the tip of Cape Panwa in Phuket. Set in lush tropical surroundings, this really is luxury personified, but ever so relaxed in the delivery. The staff are warm, open and eager to help, but not in your face. All of the pool villas have their own 12 metre infinity edge pool which wraps around the bedroom and separate living space. There’s a day bed, two bathrooms, terrace and sun loungers and naturally, ipod docks are programmed with the very latest, chilled beats.
On arrival at Sri panwa you are greeted by your personal villa assistant who can handle any request, no matter how big or small. Our two requests – cold milk for our tea in the morning and finding my notebook, which was on the other side of Phuket – returned with a smile.
It’s peaceful, tranquil and very, very private. The outdoor shower is a must. We hardly left the seclusion of our villa, except to eat and visit the spa. Dining options include Baba Soul Food – traditional comfort food from Thailand and Baba Poolclub – this offered a mix of international cuisine, again with some fabulous Thai options. All of the food, including breakfast was first class, but again, ever so relaxed. It’s hard to describe. You feel at home and nothing is too much trouble. And do not miss cocktails at sunset with 360 degree views of southern Phuket from Baba Nest. As the sun gently descends, a few cocktails accompanied by best sunset beats, this really is paradise.
COOL SPA AT SRI PANWA
You could walk to the spa or call a tuk-tuk. As we were really in holiday mode, we called the tuk-tuk. The Cool Spa (as it’s known) is a secluded space with floating yoga decks and shallow pools set around the reception. Resembling Thai style villas, it offers views across the bay towards Big Buddha on the hills in the distance. On arrival you can centre yourself with some chysanthemum tea and cool mint infused towels. This sets the scene for a wholly relaxing and truly Thai experience. The treatment rooms are located beneath the reception and are both spacious and boast a waterfall tumbling over from the rooftop. This constant sound of running water is calming, relaxing and rather unique. Touches like this make it a calming space and truly memorable.
On arriving at the treatment rooms it’s time for a foot ritual with a light scrub using fresh tamarind and sea salt. We went for the couples’ option and had a fresh mango body scrub – fruity, fragrant and softening on the skin. You shower this concoction off in preparation for the Thai style body massage. There’s a choice of 6 essential oil blends with the Aromatic Thai oil massage, I opted for lemongrass and it was the perfect partner after the mango scrub. My skin was revitalised, refreshed and alive. The massage was an oil based version of the traditional Thai style massage. Ever so expertly handled, it wasn’t rough or too vigorous, but firm and definite. The therapists were gentle, calm and ever so friendly. I returned the next day for a banana body wrap and Thai Herb healer massage with a warm compress of Thai herbs. The use of fresh fruits made this a spa experience to remember.
THE BEST BITS:
The fabulous staff
Mango body scrub and banana body wrap
The infinity pool and view
The outdoor shower
Cocktails at sunset at Baba Nest
Toasting life and good health with the owner, Wan
ROOM TO IMPROVE?
Wow, that’s hard. It was pretty much perfect. Although we didn’t discover the spa relaxation zones until the second day, that could have been pointed out on arrival.
The price for Thai aromatic oil (60 min) is 3,500 THB (approx £64), Mango Body scrub is 2,200 THB (approx £40).
Pool Suite is 21,000 THB (approx £382), Pool Villa is 32,000 THB (approx £582).