Hotel Highlights

  • Secluded tropical location, within easy reach of the beach
  • Seductive plunge pools and alfresco living areas
  • A choice of between one and four bedrooms, so ideal for families or groups

Overview

Total indulgence is the only option at Thailand’s The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket hotel. Each of the 16 Indo-chic villas features breezy alfresco spaces, a sexy onyx-black pool, and wonderfully comfortable furnishings. An on-call, round-the-clock butler will attend to your every whim, no matter how trivial. Lavish in-villa dining and any spa treatment you can imagine can be easily arranged.

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Here's what you get for booking The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket with us:

A bottle of sparkling wine and welcome canapés on arrival

Facilities

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The Bell Pool Villa Resort Hotel – Phuket – Thailand

Need To Know

Rooms

16 villas.

Check–out

Noon; check-in 3pm, but both are flexible subject to availability (from THB500 an hour).

Rates

Double rooms from $471.59 (THB15,206), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

The round-the-clock butler service means you need never leave your pad, as a sigh-inducing procession of spa masters, yoga instructors, cocktail shakers and chefs cater to your every whim.

At the hotel

24-hour butler service, gardens, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: kitchenette, Apple TV, minibar, plunge pool.

Our favourite rooms

With a sleek blueprint of cool white walls and floors, vaulted ceilings, delicious dark wood accents and splashes of cherry red in giant bell-shaped lanterns, there's little to set these smartly styled villas apart. Loved-up couples, opt for secluded Honeymoon Private Pool Villas, where you can while away the day by the onyx-black pool, lounging in the sala, or soaking in the oversized bath tub. If you have kids in tow, plump for a two-, three- or four-bedroom abode that'll comfortably contain your brood.

Poolside

Each of these white-hot villas overlooks a slick black-tiled plunge pool, surrounded by tropical gardens, a massage sala and alfresco dining areas.

Packing tips

Your Stella McCartney yoga kit for sun salutations, a bikini or boardshorts for the beach (but no-one's going to blame you if you go au naturel back at your villa) and a notepad for jotting down recipes in the Thai cooking class.

Also

A free shuttle service will run you from the hotel to the sugar-white sands of Kamala Beach in two minutes or the party hub of Patong in 15 minutes.

Children

All ages are welcome, and with a choice of one to four bedrooms, these villas are ideal for families.

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Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Fresh faced Zhong Lounge & Restaurant serves tasty Thai and Western fare in laid-back surrounds. If you fancy dining in your villa instead, each abode features a fully-fitted kitchen and a table for six inside; outside there's a barbecue and a dining area. Order from the à la carte menu and your butler will deliver and lay your meal out beautifully in your room, or arrange to have a chef come and whip dishes up in front of you. The lip-smacking line-up includes Thai curries and stir-fries, international favourites such as pizza, burgers and salads, and a choice of tasty barbecue options.

Hotel Bar

As there's no bar as such, the drinks come to you, so dial up and order a bottle of wine, a tropical cocktail or a virtuous fruit shake.

Last orders

Light bites and drinks are available until 10.30pm (allow 45 minutes for full meals to be prepared).

Room service

Available until 10.30pm, but it's best to give staff a head's up.

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Dress code

Anything goes, so slap a sarong over your swimsuit if you're happy to keep things casual, or dress up if you're out to impress.

Top table

Have your butler serve your dinner on the terrace by the pool, or dine inside at the six-seater table.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The tropical sophistication and jazzy soundtrack at Siam Supper Club (+66 (0)76 270 936) attracts the island’s more discerning expats. It serves an easy-going menu of pizzas, grilled fish and meat, and cocktails. Lotus (+66 (0)81 797 3110) is a casual beach restaurant with a modern-rustic vibe and jaw-dropping views at sunset. Book ahead as it’s extremely popular. In the nearby party town of Patong, cool interiors and fantastic fusion-modern Thai cuisine have made Lim’s (28 Phrabaramee Soi 7, Kalim Beach; +66 (0)76 344 834) one of the most popular restaurants for foodies on the island. Weaves Restaurant (121 Srisonthorn Road, Surin Beach; +66 (0)76 271 050) is a chichi spot where you can dine poolside or in the air-con comfort of a private room. 

Local cafés

If you fancy getting out of the hotel for breakfast or a snack, head to Paula’s Retro Café (+66 (0)76 270 283), a local favourite. For lunch, quiche, home-made bagels, fresh sandwiches and salads are on the menu.

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Chilled Kamala Beach

The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket

41/31 Moo 5, Baan Hua Khuan, , Soi Bell, Kamala, Phuket, Thailand 83150

The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket is on the west coast of Phuket, near Kamala Beach beside the Andaman Sea.

Planes

Phuket International Airport (www.phuketairportonline.com) is Thailand’s second busiest. Charter flights connect to dozens of long-haul destinations but fewer scheduled airlines make it here. However, connecting flights from Bangkok and plenty of other domestic (Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia, OneTwoGo) and regional (Malaysian Airlines, Korean Air, Air Asia, SilkAir, Tiger Airways) carriers arrive and depart with relentless regularity. From the airport, it's a 30-minute drive to the hotel.

Trains

There’s no rail service to Phuket. Buses travel from the Southern Bus Terminal in Thonburi, Bangkok, but the journey is a back-straining 14 hours. There are more costly and comfortable VIP buses, but it makes far more sense to hop on a one-hour no-frills flight.

Automobiles

Navigating around Phuket by car is manageable with the help of a decent map. Roads can be treacherous so don’t scrimp on insurance. Take the Thep Kasatri Road from the airport and follow the signs to Phuket town. A free shuttle service will run you from the hotel to Kamala Beach in two minutes, though, so once more you may not need your own wheels. For the brave (and fool-hardy), take one of the hotel's motorcycles out for a spin, or opt for a more sedate bicycle ride.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Yasmeen Hameed-Chan , Marketing maven

Time, it seems, stands still at the Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket. As soon as we arrive at this Thai island hideaway, our home for the next two days, Mr Smith’s watch stops ticking. Just like that. No amount of gentle tapping will resuscitate it. It’s almost as if it’s meant to be.

It’s a tad ironic, as time-keeping seems to be the Bell’s leitmotif...

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The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket

Anonymous review by Yasmeen Hameed-Chan, Marketing maven

Time, it seems, stands still at the Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket. As soon as we arrive at this Thai island hideaway, our home for the next two days, Mr Smith’s watch stops ticking. Just like that. No amount of gentle tapping will resuscitate it. It’s almost as if it’s meant to be.

It’s a tad ironic, as time-keeping seems to be the Bell’s leitmotif: a series of cast-iron gongs lines the driveway; three gorgeous bell-shaped lamps hang in the villa; and a gong features as a centre-piece in the outdoor sala (pavilion). Hopefully, though, time will become redundant here and we can really unwind.

Our butler Kong leads us to our Luxury Private Pool Villa, past lush gardens and a black lap pool, before handing us a mobile phone. 'Should you need anything, simply call me 24/7,’ he insists. Kong’s phone soon becomes our lifeline to the outside world. As the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant (one is slated to open soon), bar or a spa, everything that you want or need is delivered straight to your door.

‘If this is what it feels like to be trapped in paradise, exile me any day,’ muses Mr Smith, as we scan the room, taking in the rosewood furniture and traditional Chinese cabinets, offset by bold splashes of red.

Slinky Salma Hayek springs to mind as our eyes light upon the giant bell-shaped lanterns that grace the living area. In a deep shade of maroon, edged with black strips and tassels, these curvaceous lamps remind me of a corset, lending the Ming dynasty-inspired interior a seductive boudoir feel.

Things take a turn for the modern as we enter the svelte stainless-steel kitchen, equipped with an espresso coffee maker (very important to us), a gourmet stove and an armory of utensils (not important to us – we're so ordering in!).

Villa reconnaissance is hard work you know, and we’ve worked up a thirst with all of this exploring, so the bottle of chenin blanc we’ve brought with us calls out to be imbibed. We dial up Kong and order pad Thai and spring rolls, then ease into our lazy holiday with a relaxed lunch on the balcony.

I use the term ‘lazy’ loosely, as it’s not to say that the resort doesn’t have myriad activities around Phuket up for grabs, rather that Mr Smith and I have absolutely no desire to move from our villa – luxury lethargy has set in. Leafing through the guidebook, we can see that the hotel offers everything from cave canoeing to elephant trekking, but our ‘hardest’ task is to plot the three-hour pampering session we’re having later in the day.

Scrubbed, wrapped and massaged with a variety of oils, we lap up our bedroom spa treatment, which includes refreshing lemongrass and a sexy mocha scent. Surprisingly, the most invigorating aroma is one that is found in most Asian homes, Tiger Balm. As expert fingers ease the knots in our shoulders and necks, the powerful balm works its magic – who would’ve thought Grandma’s go-to potion would be the perfect antidote to a year’s worth of stress?

Feeling utterly relaxed (Mr Smith falls asleep during his facial, that’s how laid-back he is), we set about the next big job, deciding on our dinner menu and tomorrow morning’s breakfast. Then, after a delicious meal of herb-crusted lamb and salmon with a tasty red curry sauce, it’s off to la-la land for us, where we dream of tropical fruit platters and our next massage.

Not having been blessed with the early-rise gene, we sleep in blissfully late the next day. While Mr Smith does a few quick laps in the glistening pool, I practice some simple yoga asanas (nothing too intense please). Then, after a hearty breakfast we ogle more food as we take a cooking class with head chef Fabian and his two sous-chefs. Mr Smith whizzes through the beef rolls, tom yum soup and green chicken curry (admittedly, I need a bit of a hand from Fabian), which when then enjoy for dinner that night. For dessert, having learnt that today is our anniversary, Kong surprises us with a gorgeous chocolate truffle cake.

Our last morning rolls around, and with check-out time fast approaching, the biggest decision I face is whether to call for another massage, polish off the remainder of the chocolate cake or go skinny-dipping. Yes, life is tough in exile, but we're having the time of our lives...

 

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