Finding a beautiful resort to stay in Thailand is easy. Finding a resort with a commitment to revolutionize your vacation experience is something that makes you redefine your expectations when selecting a luxury stay.
I was fortunate enough this summer to stay at the ultra-luxurious Avista Hideaway Spa and Resort in Phuket, which is perched on a lush peak overlooking Tri Trang and Patong beaches. Having stayed at five-star resorts in the Southeast-Asian country before, I had an assumption of what to expect. But from the minute I was picked up at the airport by a personal butler, which comes included with your stay, those expectations were thrown out the window.
After a 50 minute drive, I arrived at the property and was greeted with breathtaking vistas offering spectacular views across the Andaman Sea on one side, and the exquisite backdrop of the surrounding virgin jungle on the other.
All of the assumed amenities and comforts were in placeâa private beach club, three swimming pools with swim-up bar service and luxurious dining options courtesy of head chef Tim Westawayâwhile the property was designed in a way to offer privacy and tranquillity in as many areas as possible. It also included a range of tropical orchids, Zen gardens on rooftops and walls, plus an organic herb garden for fresh produce in the kitchens.
With a stunning exterior made for postcard pictures, the rooms interior did not disappoint. Styled by the heritage and legends of southern Thailand’s fishing villages, spice traders and mountain dwellers with a touch of Indian elegance to boot, the 145 sq meter indoor-outdoor room I stayed in featured a king-size bed with custom bedding, indoor and outdoor showers with bath, kitchen facilities, two 40′ LED TVs, free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station, daybed and the piÃ¨ce de résistance âa large private pool with jets overlooking the Andaman Sea.
With many resorts on the island focusing on well-being, Avista steps it up a notch to ensure both body and mind relaxation. Dr. Alvin James heads the wellness experience with yoga classes, recreation activities and an authentic Ayurvedic Spa, which includes Thai and Indian massage optionsâperfect for getting over your jet lag and an experience not to be missed. The resort takes pride in its wellness experience, offering sleep therapy programs, professional health advice and personalized menus to suit to your body’s needs.
For those who are looking for something to do without leaving the resort, there is plenty to do whether you’re a couple looking for relaxation, or a family looking for something to do with the kids as the resort is equipped with a fully equipped gym, a library with computer access, kid’s club and a games room. If you want to get away for a night on the town, the craziness of Patong is a short five minute taxi away, though it seems like a million miles away.
If you’re looking to spend a few bucks more on your next accommodation, rooms run from about 200,000 for the Buena Vista to 500,000 won per night for the duplex jacuzzi suite on their website, about 75% cheaper than the rack rate. Don’t be scared by the priceâit’s definitely worth every penny.
Contact: Avista Hideaway, 50/9 Muen Ngern Road, Patong, Amphur Kathu, Phuket 83150. +66 76 681 681. www.avistahideaway.com.