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Hotel Highlights

  • Luxe private villas
  • Lofty location with startling sea views
  • Child-free chill-out zone


If romantic, child-free seclusion is what you’re looking for, you can’t do better than The Pavilions, Phuket hotel. The 48 exclusive and opulent pool villas, many with panoramic ocean views, all offer complete privacy and the ultimate in a luxury stay. While you are welcome to order off of an impressive room-service menu, there’s also an excellent restaurant and the wonderful 360? Bar, if you decide to leave your little slice of paradise for a couple of hours.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Pavilions, Phuket with us:

A one-hour Pavilions oil massage for two


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Need To Know


49 villas.


12pm, but flexible (later check-outs are charged at half-day rates). Check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $506.24 (THB16,500), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include champagne breakfast at the Plantation Club.


Although it's tucked high in the hills, the Pavilions has a spot of Layan Beach designated solely for its guests. There's a free shuttle bus to and from Layan throughout the day.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, book and DVD library, shop, gardens. In rooms: satellite TV, CD/DVD player, iPod, maxibar and fridge, private spa treatment room.

Our favourite rooms

Part of the appeal of the Pavilions are the amazing views, so opt for an Ocean View Pool Villa. Like all the suites, it has its own walled entrance, which opens up to separate bed, living and bathing areas. The decor is a modern-classic mix of polished concrete floors and tasteful green and cream silks along with dark cherry wood and lacquerware. Scattered Thai artifacts and faux leopard-skin rugs add character.


Individual plunge pools are just about long enough for a few strokes, and there's a communal pool at Eastland, with its own bar and restaurant.

Packing tips

A pair of binoculars for spotting wildlife or scoping the panoramic views from the bar.


Smoking is allowed outdoors only. For a spa session with a difference, the Pavilions' treatments have been picked for their holistic properties. Relax with the utterly indulgent Scentsual Passion (the signature treatment) in the privacy of your villa.


Kids under 16 aren't allowed, ensuring a calm, child-free zone.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Hong Kong designer Rene Ozorio turned his finely tuned eye to the Plantation Club and created a pared-back, stylish take on Chinoiserie. The elegant dining room, with its ever-so-slightly distressed tables, high-backed chairs and charcoal colour palette, has floor-to-ceiling windows that fold back so you can enjoy the breeze and views. Chef Belinda Tuckwell's signature dishes include yam makua yoaw (roast eggplant salad with Thai herbs and poached jumbo prawns) and keang massaman gai (cinnamon- and anise-scented curry).

Hotel Bar

The Pavilions has three bars – there’s the masculine, clubby lounge at the Plantation Club, where you can sink into a comfy armchair as you nurse a brandy, and the fashionable 360 ̊. Perched up a lush path at the very top of a hill, this outdoor bar attracts locals in the know for sunset cocktails and tasty snacks with serenity-boosting views (it's at its busiest 5.30pm–7.30pm). Try the delectable mandarin and lemongrass mojito. Eastland, the hotel's newest addition, is an elegant sprawl of greenery on the resort's eastern flank, where an organic farm sits beside a glittering lake and a lush forest. Cool down in the lap pool, or enjoy a light lunch with a fruity cocktail. At night, flickering torches and the sparkling stars up the romance. 


Last orders

Dinner is served at the Plantation Club 6pm–10.30pm; bar 360º stays open till midnight.

Room service

Full restaurant menu available 6.30am–10.30pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Come as you are – Liza Bruce kaftans and relaxed linens fit in just nicely around the resort.

Top table

It’s hard to beat eating by your pool, but the best restaurant table is in the middle of the front row for unobstructed sea views.

Local Guide

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The Pavilions, Phuket Hotel – Phuket – Thailand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Phuket is an adventure island and the concierge at the Pavilions can organise activities such as snorkelling and diving, sailing, elephant trekking, horse riding, golf, quad biking, helicopter rides, market and temple tours, and private yoga. You can also take your pick from a soothing menu of in-villa spa treatments, including specialised traditional Thai and Western rituals drawing on Aromatherapy Associates products.

Local restaurants

DeDos Restaurant (8 Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay; +66 (0)76 325 182;, in the Laguna area, serves Asian tapas-style fingerfood inspired by Japanese, Mediterranean and French cuisine. Siam Supper Club (382 Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, opposite Laguna Resort; +66 (0)76 270 936) offers tropical sophistication and a jazzy soundtrack, attracting the island’s more discerning expats. Expect an appetising menu of pizzas, grilled fish, meat and cocktails. Lotus (Banyan Tree Beachfront, Moo 4, Cherngtalay; +66 (0)81 797 3110) is a casual, modern-rustic beach restaurant with spectacular sunset views. Book ahead as it’s extremely popular. Smart and elegant Silk, at the Surin Plaza mall (5/50 Moo 3, Cherngtalay; +66 (0)76 271 702), serves modern Thai food to a stylish crowd.

Local bars

Casual, chic and very white, Catch Beach Club at Twin Palms (106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherngtalay; +66 (0) 7631 6500) is a fashionable lounge bar and restaurant whipping up fresh seafood, barbecues, pizza and pasta for lunch and dinner. 

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Sunset-bathed hilltop

The Pavilions, Phuket

31/1 Moo 6, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand, Thailand 83110

The Pavilions, Phuket is perched on a lush hilltop overlooking Layan Beach in Cherngtalay, on the west coast of Phuket Island, south of the airport.


There are numerous flights to Phuket International Airport from Bangkok, as well as from international destinations including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, the UK and Germany.


The Pavilions, Phuket is a 25-minute drive from the airport. Phuket town is a 45-minute drive away. There's no charge to park your own car at the hotel.


Dock at Phuket Marina and it’s a 20- to 30-minute drive to the Pavilions.


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Anonymous review

by Charles Martin , Continent-crossing director

Phuket’s recently celebrated image as a luxury destination disappears in a puff of scooter smoke as we travel through the sleazy streets of razzle-dazzle holiday-makers, sex tourists and pissed-up Australians that is Patong. Think London’s Camden Market but beside the coast with hookers. I’m being harsh: if fakes are your thing then you can shop till you drop but my advice is vis…
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The Pavilions, Phuket

Anonymous review by Charles Martin, Continent-crossing director

Phuket’s recently celebrated image as a luxury destination disappears in a puff of scooter smoke as we travel through the sleazy streets of razzle-dazzle holiday-makers, sex tourists and pissed-up Australians that is Patong. Think London’s Camden Market but beside the coast with hookers. I’m being harsh: if fakes are your thing then you can shop till you drop but my advice is visit, don’t stay.

Thankfully, we’re not. We’re about an hour north, halfway up the west coast, at the Pavilions, Phuket resort on a headland overlooking Bang Tao, a five mile-long horseshoe bay of travel-brochure white sand. It is probably the island’s best beach outside a national park and is definitely the most serene. The seductive hideaway we are now entering hovers about 100 metres above sea level, a mile inland, camouflaged by coconut groves from unwanted attention. I am getting the feeling this is where the rich or famous stay.

As our taxi swings into reception we are greeted by an army of linen-clad staff, handed a cooling towel and whisked towards soft seating. Our very own personal guest handler, Ms Wong, welcomes us while simultaneously choreographing the ballet of booking us in. It is gracefully done. I share a grin with Mrs Smith – we are liking this place already.

A golf cart carries us up to the doors of our private Ocean View Pool Villa. It’s huge, all 310sq metres of it. Comfortable sofas are set in a vast living room with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto a secluded sun-deck with its own infinity pool. As it’s facing west, with an uninterrupted view of the ocean, we know the sunsets will be spectacular.

A king-size bed dominates the master bedroom, with more sliding doors opening up extra space, light and views across the pool. The bathroom is bigger than the bedroom, its cool, painted floors inviting us to kick off our Havaianas. Right on cue, spa therapists arrive to administer welcome foot massages.

We could have visited Ko Phing Kan, where they shot Bond film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, or kayaked through the caves of Ko Panyi; instead I pour drinks from the well stocked fridge as Mrs Smith connects iPod to sound system before we both jump into the pool. Bobbing at the edge of our aquatic galaxy we stare out to the sea’s infinite horizon. So relaxed we’re motionless, we order dinner off an extensive room service menu, make arrangements for the following day and snuggle down to watch a film.

We sleep deeply in the most comfortable bed in Asia, which is more than big enough for the both of us. In the morning we literally flop out of bed and into the pool, a perfect way to get up. Stop. Just give me a moment to be please. Here is perhaps the very essence of the Pavilions’ appeal, a combination of time and space in which to enjoy life’s true luxuries.

Mrs Smith dries her hair as I phone for a buggy. We are promptly collected and delivered to the Plantation Club, the communal hub of the Pavilions. It is stylishly designed; built on the site of an old rubber plantation then decked out with colonial elegance. You can take afternoon tea in the formal living room, check emails from the study’s sofas, and guzzle or quaff all day long at the terrace bar. It’s all beautifully designed, with hardwoods, soft pastel fabrics and overhead fans. Although it makes me want to take up bridge, we opt for breakfast instead.

This is served on the Terrace, a circular main dining room, with half its perimeter open to the elements. We take a table on the edge and enjoy the view. There’s only one other couple here but ample provisions of food: French cheeses, Italian meats and Scottish salmon. Mrs Smith’s carbon footprint policy means we opt for the local produce. So fruit, freshly baked bread, and a three-egg omelette is washed down with strong black coffee, my only concession on the imports.

We choose to push Mrs Smith back up the hill, then I crash breathlessly on the sofa. There’s a knock at the door and a troupe of beauty therapists arrive: we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of having a treatment in the privacy of our villa. Mrs Smith weirdly elects to have her nails done, while I stretch out in the bathroom and prepare to be rubbed, pummelled and pulled. Instead, I am caressed, soothed and anointed in a spectacular display of Asian massage prowess, followed by my first facial. The effect is miraculous: I look and feel less jaded and more angelic.

Topping up our tans dominates the rest of the afternoon, as I float back to earth after my massage high. Come sundown, we head up to 360° for expertly made caipirinhas. This is the Pavilions’ highest point, a lofty look-out marked out with an alfresco drinking lounge bedecked with white linen-wrapped chairs. We order some tapas and raise a toast to our setting. Sexy and secluded, it’s the perfect place to spend time together and reconnect behind closed doors. And as promised, the sun doesn’t let the show down, sinking below a blue horizon as if with a satisfied sigh.

The Guestbook

Reviews of The Pavilions, Phuket from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…


Stayed on

We loved

The Pavillions is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The food was sensational, and the staff were amazing.

Don’t expect

Our only complaint was there was no one there to pick us up on our arrival.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

I loved the glorious surroundings and the impeccable service – nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. The food is delicious and the massages in your room so relaxing.

Rating: 10/10 stars