Thailand's Favourite Celebrity Retreat Is The Ultimate Hideaway

By NIKOLINA SKORIC
23 June 2019
Thailand, Travel
Sri Panwa, Thailand
Deep in a jungle-covered peninsula in the southeast of Phuket

Favoured by the likes of Snoop Dog, Gordon Ramsay, Rita Ora Diplo, Skrillex, Flo Rida and Rihanna, Sri Panwa resort Phuket is located at the very tip of the Cape Panwa Peninsula, in the southeast of the island, blessed with an unbelievably picturesque panorama of the Andaman Sea.

Home to 52 suites and villas (24 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom to be exact), the property sits on a huge 40 acres and is a playground of infinity pools and blue-on-blue landscapes where sea met sky, and tuk tuks are on hand to ferry you between the many bars, pools, beach and suites.

As you enter the property you’re introduced to the reception area - a relaxed picturesque space that gives you an initial glimpse of the infinity views to come, with staff offering up the resort’s signature lemongrass ice tea to cool you from the humid temperatures outside.

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Once it becomes time to head to your room it’s easy to understand why it’s essential to have tuk tuks readily available; the terracotta villas are so spacious - and beautifully designed to maximise privacy and comfort - it’s almost like travelling around a village of winding roads where each one is so perfect positioned that from the inside you’d never know you had neighbours.

Inside the villa (ours was a one-bedroom but don’t let that fool you) can be described as nothing but breathtaking. Two separate spaces adjoined by an endless infinity pool: in one your living space where you’ll find a tv, lounge, kitchen, shower and bathroom. In the other your master suite with 180 degree views of the sea, a spa, sauna, wardrobe, bathroom and shower.

As well as all of the usual mod-cons and a complimentary mini bar, the offers private chef and massage services, and a surround sound system.

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But before you book you in-room massage, we suggest you take at least one visit to the resort’s spa, The Cool Spa, to take in the unimaginable beauty of the space. Almost floating in an infinity lily pond, Sri Panwa’s signature spa boasts private treatment rooms each with large terraces, soothing music and luxurious showers and bathrooms. Treatments range from traditional Thai to exotic signature massages, wraps, soaks, and rituals, with experienced masseuses giving you the option of choosing your own signature scent for the treatment.

Elsewhere on the property you’ll find the Habita, one of three main guest pavilions that boasts a two-level infinity pool which turns into a waterfall at the lower level, and a beach pool that sits alongside the tennis courts and gym (where you can sign up for a Thai boxing class that can’t come with a higher recommendation).

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For meals, guests can head into Baba’s Hot Box, a Josper-grill equipped casual outpost that offers premium meat & seafood. Baba Soul Food serves up traditional Thai cuisine in a cozy, relaxed setting, while the more formal Baba Iki is Japanese fine dining. Breakfast consists of a diverse buffet including traditional Thai dishes as well as wester essentials like waffles and Eggs Benedict.

Sri panwa is a family owned and managed estate. It is the first resort by one of Thailand’s most established developers, the Charn Issara Group, who are known for developing some of Thailand’s well known landmarks, both residential and commercial.

Issara Group’s young General Manager and owner, Wan Issara, opened Sri Panwa in his early 20s in post-tsunami Phuket and successfully grew it to be a reference family-owned and run resort in the competitive island. His time spent in Miami and his Swiss hospitality background coupled with Thailand’s legendary hospitality were a win from the beginning.

To find out more got to sripanwa.com.


Via GQ Australia