Need To Know
49, including 36 suites.
12pm; check-in, 2pm, but both are flexible subject to availability. Late check-outs up to 6pm will be charged at 50 per cent of the room rate.
Double rooms from $419.61 (THB13,907), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include à la carte and buffet breakfast, daily snacks, unlimited access to the gym, sauna, infinity pool and Paresa Beach Club, and free shuttle bus to and from Kamala Beach.
Dine away from prying eyes in the Khao Sok forest; ask the Adventure Team and they'll set up a linen-topped table on a raft underneath the tree canopy. A little more labour intensive, but no less magical, fishing for your own supper in the Andaman Sea is a rewarding way to sample local fare.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, sauna, Muse library with books, DVDs, board games, guest computers and good selection of newspapers and magazines, cooking school, free WiFi throughout, concierge, gardens, beach club and private beach. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, preloaded iPod, minibar, espresso machine. Cliff Pool Villas and Ceilo Residences come with well stocked wine cellars, and Ceilo Residences also have a kitchen.
Our favourite rooms
All Paresa's pool villas offer seductive sea and sunset views off Phuket's west coast, but for a private plunge pool opt for an Aqua Pool Suite or any of the categories above it. We're pretty partial to the Dima Spa Suite, which comes with a private outdoor treatment sala, steam room, and a freestanding island bath tub with wraparound pool, as well as a free daily massage treatment each. For all-out luxe, the Cielo Residence boasts its own dining pavilion, kitchen and wine cellar.
Paresa's streamlined infinity pool is a thing of beauty, flanked by a vast wooden deck delivering Andaman Sea views. Poolside bar service means you won't go thirsty lapping up those sunsets on your lounger or beanbag, and the heady cliffside setting means you can survey your holiday kingdom from on high. Bossa Nova tunes will keep your toes tapping, or shake things up in the Energy Flotation Pool, a small, black-terrazzo number on the sun-deck with a rose quartz crystal obelisk for positive vibes. The pool is open between 9am and 6pm; after that, it's the setting for romantic dinners.
If ever there was a time to splash out on a fashion-forward bikini or pair of board shorts, it's when you've booked a sojourn at Paresa. A pool this dreamy deserves a sartorial style statement. Bring a notebook for jotting down Thai cooking class tips, yoga gear if you plan to get bendy, and boat shoes for hiring out the resort's yacht.
During peak season, a five-night minimum stay applies, and there's a compulsory Gala Dinner for guests staying on 31 December (THB9,000 a head). Smoking is allowed on room balconies only; pets are not welcome.
Welcome, but this is a romantic adult resort. Baby cribs aren't available; sofabeds for kids aged four to 11 are free, or THB3,500 for over-11s. Breakfast is THB400 a night (under-12s) plus tax; babysitting costs THB450 an hour.
Set atop the cape headland, Paresa has been sensitively designed around existing trees to make the most of its 30-acre coastal setting, with a natural palette of stone, timber and green slate roofs so it blends in with the bush.