Saturday, 24 December 2011

Sri Panwa, Phuket , Thailand - the perfect hideaway

Sri Panwa, Phuket , Thailand
 About 45km away from Phuket , Thailand
Number of rooms: 52

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A cool hideaway with spectucalar views that go on forever
The winding drive is long, forested and punctuated by the call of howler monkeys, which makes touchdown at the main building – a soaring modernist affair – come as something of a jaw-dropper.

It’s a fitting introduction to a hotel that re-sets the bar for lavish treatment and luxurious surroundings. The 50 villas, with private entryways, glassed-in infinity pools and multiple sundecks, cling to the sunrise side of the peninsula edge and are arranged to deliver staggering, uninterrupted views
pool villas at Sri Panwa, Phuket
Pool villas consist of two separate pavilions: one bedroom and one living room/kitchen (a bit superfluous in a hotel known for its food), both with iPod sound systems loaded with requisite Cafe del Mar-type tunes.

Despite all the Thai design and in-room indulgence, the view is the real star of the show. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors make it easy to while a day away just lying in bed, watching boats move toward the small karst islands dotted across the Malacca Strait.
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Spa: The multi-level Cool Spa in Majorelle Blue resembles a floating garden more closely than a spa. It’s a palace of relaxation best visited during the heat of the day.
Restuarants:  Baba Dining Lounge, which is probably all that needs to be said. Fiery pad krapao and a rainbow of curry types raise excellent excuses for that third cocktail or beer. 
Best room:  Pool Villas
Best dish: Spicy chicken wings
Design credentials:  black-and-white striped outdoor upholstery, water features , and a cool orange and grey colour scheme 
Malacca Strait. view from Sri Panwa, Phuket
Sri Panwa, Phuket , overview
Sri Panwa, Phuket ,bedroom

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