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Hotel Highlights

  • Step straight from your bedroom into your private infinity pool
  • Spacious secluded villas overlooking Cape Panwa’s beautiful beaches
  • Soak under the stars in outdoor terrazzo bathtubs big enough for two

Overview

Nestled on the edge of a coastal forest in Phuket,Sri Panwa hotel is adorned with 52 seductive villas, each with a glass-boxed bedroom overlooking the ocean just a splash from your bed to the private infinity pool. Decked out in wood and clean-lined modern furnishings, all villas are only a few steps down the slope to the warm white sands of the private beach.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Sri Panwa with us:

A cocktail for two; members staying five nights or more will receive a 30-minute 'Focus' massage for two at Cool Spa

Facilities

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Sri Panwa Hotel – Phuket – Thailand

Need To Know

Rooms

52.

Check–out

Midday; check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $527.56 (THB16,800), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast, welcome drink on arrival and tropical fruit basket, and in-villa minibar and snacks replenished daily.

Also

Don’t worry about bringing your music collection – the entertainment system includes pre-programmed music channels compiled by a DJ friend of Sri Panwa.

At the hotel

Private beach, spa, pool, club, cooking school, games room, gym, tennis courts, jogging and biking trails, yacht fleet, library, free WiFi, limousine service. In villas: outdoor terrazzo bath tub and rainshower, minibar, fridge, Nespresso machine, preloaded iPod, home cinema system, private deck, sun-pavilion.

Our favourite rooms

All villas are lavishly decked out with clean-lined contemporary furnishings, in soothing hues of taupe and umber – there’s a lot of wood at play – and all offer better-than-postcard sea views. The two-bedroom villas are perfect for sharing with another couple, although there may be a scuffle over who gets the bed by the pool.

Poolside

Surrounded on three sides by floor-to-ceiling glass doors, each villa’s bedroom opens directly onto a private counter-current infinity pool with massage jets, overlooking the Andaman Sea. At ocean view-blessed Baba Poolclub there's also a dreamy 25-metre infinity lap pool, lined with shaded loungers and handy poolside bar.

Packing tips

Aromatic massage oils – with a flabbergasting 180-degree panorama visible from your pillow, and complete forested seclusion all around, your bedroom is the perfect place for a romantic sunrise massage.

Also

Cool Spa is open for Thai and Swedish massages, facials and therapy baths, and boasts a floating yoga deck. There's a seven-night minimum stay between 20 December and 10 January.

Children

Under-12s stay for free. For older children, an extra bed can be provided for THB4,000 a night. Kid-friendly activities include swimming classes, batik making and a games room.

Eco‐friendly

Sri Panwa sources many of its restaurant ingredients from local Thai organic farms, in line with a royal-endorsed project to promote sustainable agriculture.

Food & Drink

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Sri Panwa Hotel – Phuket – Thailand

Hotel Restaurant

Housed in a poolside villa at the top of the hill, Baba’s open kitchen sizzles up creative Thai-inspired cuisine, with a leaning towards fresh seafood and lively, fruity sauces. At tempting Baba Soul Food, home-style Thai share dishes, such as braised pork belly, scallops in coconut soup and spicy green mango salad, are dished up in a breezy ocean-view eatery.

Hotel Bar

DJs spin out bossa nova, lounge and house in Baba, which has the triple role of bar, restaurant and general chill-out zone. Try a scrumptiously piquant Lycheetini by the pool.

Last orders

Baba stops serving food at 10pm. The bar shivers its shakers until the last guest has gone.

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Dress code

Laid-back (and thinking of Thailand) – you can even dine in swimwear.

Top table

Everywhere in the restaurant offers breath-stealing sunset views, but nothing beats dining privately in the shelter of your authentic sala pavilion.

Local Guide

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Sri Panwa Hotel – Phuket – Thailand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the seductive pools, the private beach is just a hop away in a calm cove. Swim, snorkel, kayak or scuba dive, or go boating around Phuket's archipelago (the islands of Racha, Phi Phi, Coral, Lone, Maiton and others are within 15 to 40 minutes cruising time). Luckily, Sri Panwa is blessed with a fleet of vessels, including long-tail boats and luxury private yachts.

 

Back on dry land, there are two tennis courts, a gym, jogging and biking trails, a pampering spa and cooking school to distract you from your sunlounger, as well as excursions further afield including golf and elephant trekking (just ask the concierge to hook you up with a car and driver). Feisty types will love the chance to learn Thai kickboxing at the hotel or there's yoga and Pilates if you'd prefer something more peaceful.

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Forest coasts of Phuket

Sri Panwa

88 Moo 8 Sakdidej Rd., Tambon Vichit, Phuket, Thailand, Thailand 83000

An enchantingly isolated resort, Sri Panwa is nestled among the lush forests of Cape Panwa on the south-east tip of Phuket.

Planes

Hightail it to Phuket International Airport (www.phuketairportonline.com) on any number of domestic or international flights.

Automobiles

Feeling adventurous? Ask your concierge at Sri Panwa to organise off-road 4WD driving or more sedate city tours.

Other

If the sea beckons, charter one of Sri Panwa’s yachts or speed boats to visit the outlying islands.

Reviews

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Sri Panwa Hotel – Phuket – Thailand

Anonymous review

by Richard Bence , Style informant

‘I got the stuff that you need, I got the things that you need, I got more than enough to make you drop to your knees…’ hollered the Whitney impersonator to ‘Queen of the Night’ in Phuket’s finest restaurant/ladyboy bar. I was mesmerised. And if it weren’t for the giveaway growl when said ladyboy started singing along a little too loudly, then I would hav…
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Sri Panwa

Anonymous review by Richard Bence, Style informant

‘I got the stuff that you need, I got the things that you need, I got more than enough to make you drop to your knees…’ hollered the Whitney impersonator to ‘Queen of the Night’ in Phuket’s finest restaurant/ladyboy bar. I was mesmerised. And if it weren’t for the giveaway growl when said ladyboy started singing along a little too loudly, then I would have been none the wiser. Unfortunately for me, my undivided attention made me a target for Ms Houston’s next part of the act – audience participation. I’m still trying to block out the memory of being asked to dance in front of an entire Phuket restaurant and actually getting up and doing it. But I’m a gentleman; and what decent Mr Smith could refuse a lady?

The Ka Jok See restaurant had come highly recommended by the young owners of Sri Panwa, Phuket’s most fashionable all-villa island rainforest resort just a 20-minute drive from Phuket town. Clinging to the slopes of lush green tropical rainforest on the southeastern tip of Phuket, Sri Panwa is an impressive property made up of private apartments and 30 villas. Our villa was pure James Bond villain’s lair. There were so many great things about it that it’s hard to know which to shout about first...

Sri Panwa’s cool, contemporary design and clean minimalist lines just demand pure indulgence. Let’s start with the outside bath and shower where you can lie back in a flurry of suds beneath the starry night sky. Our room was like a floating glass pavilion, with killer panoramic views of the Andaman Sea dotted with tiny islands and – get this for fun – we could even roll into the pool from the floor of our bedroom if we wanted. (And we did.) Even more impressive is the whopper 48-square-metre infinity pool wrapped around the luxury villas at Sri Panwa. Thailand is a long way and the time difference (GMT+6 hours) means that on your first couple of nights, thanks to the jetlag, you might find it hard to crash before 3am. That was fine with us; we were happy going for midnight swims splashing around like two playful otters in our private pool.

Rather handily, the hottest new restaurant on the island was slap bang at our boutique resort. The sleek interior of Baba mixes teak and bronze and the clever lighting creates a slinky sexy nightclub vibe. It’s a bit like walking into hip London eaterie, Hakkasan, except here the outdoor balcony up in the tree canopy is a distinct reminder that you are in a tropical Thailand. And if that doesn’t transport you entirely, the food certainly will. Fresh local ingredients at their finest. We devoured the authentic Thai favourites (Pad Thai, Tom Yum soup, tiger prawns with a passion fruit sake sauce and duck breast with lychee soy sauce) at low tables out on the balcony on big squidgy beanbags. Illuminated by flickering candles and a glowing full moon, it couldn’t have been more romantic.

Having crashed by our private Sri Panwa pool on the first day, we decided to venture a little further on our second. After a fruity breakfast on our balcony with only brightly coloured butterflies for company, we sped off by speedboat to one of the nearby islands. Our guide, Jared, had brought a perfect packed lunch of chicken wings and sandwiches – all we had to do was flop about on the beach and clamber around the deserted hotel building. A little spooky, it brought out our Famous Five fantasies. After a spot of snorkelling in the bath-warm turquoise sea and childish Enid Blyton-inspired treasure hunting, we jumped back onto our speedboat and headed back. Well, we did have a private barbecue pool party to get to – don’t suppose Julian, Dick, Anne and George ever had that problem.

Our Sri Panwa soirée was lovingly catered for by the head chef of Baba and ferried down by the smiley and eager-to-please staff.  Mmm, freshly caught fish wrapped in palm laves with zingy Thai spices. All we had to do was bung the prawns on the heat. Not much of a challenge you’d probably wager, yet still we managed to bungle the scallops. We resisted the urge to call reception for assistance – by this stage we had sunk into such deep relaxation mode that every decision became a Herculean task. After a Bailey’s on ice (or two) we turned in for the night, our brains buzzing with  eerie island adventures.

On our last day, Cape Panwa was whipped by a storm so we decided to hole up in our Phuket paradise and book an in-villa Sai Spa treatment. Strictly for professional research purposes, you understand. The poor lady arrived soaked and given that my Thai and her English were of about the same standard I had to resort to comedy panto-style gesticulations and facial expressions to try and indicate how sorry I was that’s she’d had to come to us and got so wet and – ‘Oh God… just shut up and lie down on the massage table’, everyone was probably thinking. You can take the boy out of Britain but not the Brit out of the boy, given my annoying habit to constantly apologise for everything, regardless of fault.

After a 30-minute head, neck and shoulder massage and an hour-long foot reflexology massage I was a lot more chilled again. In fact, so much so that I fell asleep and missed saying thank you for the treatment. Heaven forbid! Obviously I went running after the Sai Spa therapist to try and apologise. I think she thought I was mad. Then my Thai fisherman’s trousers came undone from all the running and suddenly I was the lead role in ‘Carry On at Sri Panwa’. Not quite the high-brow references I was hoping for when relaying my time at this sophisticated Phuket resort.

For all its beauty and stunning design, Sri Panwa’s greatest asset has to be the staff. Maybe it’s the Buddhist influence, but I’ve never come across such disarmingly lovely and genuinely kind people. It just shows you can go to all the hospitality schools in the world, but the innate gentleness and giving nature of the kind souls at these fabulous luxury resorts is what really sets Thailand apart. That and the ladyboys.

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