The Pavilions, Phuket
- Style Sino chic
- Setting Sunset-bathed hilltop
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 49 villas.
- Rates Double rooms from $647.63 (THB20,800), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
- More details Rates include champagne breakfast at the Plantation Club.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, book and DVD library, shop, gardens. In rooms: satellite TV, CD/DVD player, iPod, maxibar and fridge, private spa treatment room.
- Poolside 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.
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible (later check-outs are charged at half-day rates). Check-in, 2pm.
Children Kids under 16 aren't allowed, ensuring a calm, child-free zone.
- Also 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.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips A pair of binoculars for spotting wildlife or scoping the panoramic views from the bar.
- Also 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.
Food and drink at The Pavilions, Phuket
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details