5 Things Every Luxury Hotel Should Offer


Images + Words by Kristen Kellogg

It was a long and exhilarating week of traveling around Bangkok and the Isaan Region of Thailand with Thailand Tourism for their 84 Perspectives adventure. At the end of this particular Thai trip (I’ve visited Thailand three times now), the only thing on my mind was retreating to a calm and serene space for a few days. I flew down south (this was my second time in the destination) with my friend Aida and checked in to check out, never leaving the comfort of our Phuket Luxury Hotel.

I found myself indulging in all that Sri Panwa had to offer and being reminded of what constitutes luxury within a luxury hotel for me. Here’s a look (WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE) and a list of things you should look for the next time you’re going to book your own luxury stay…one where you plan to do nothing but explore on-site offerings.


Baba Nest Yoga at Sri Panwa

The sunsets, stunning views and tranquil setting surrounded by nature is exactly what I look for when booking this Phuket Luxury Hotel. Feeling at peace is pure magic no matter where in the world you are. We practiced yoga at sunrise atop the resort on the deck surrounded by infinity pool edge at Baba Nest overlooking a panoramic view of the ocean with incredible views of the Southeastern tip of Phuket and the Cape Panwa peninsula. At night, they turn it into a Rooftop Bar where you can lounge around and watch the sunset paint the sky with a cocktail in hand.


Baba Nest Cooking Class

photo by Aida Mollenkamp

The best luxury hotels go beyond great amenities: they offer cultural and traditional experiences of the region without ever leaving the property. With countless activities offered ranging from Muy Thai boxing classes to ocean sports, art classes, Phuket was at our fingertips. One of my favorite things to do is take a cooking class. Baba Cooking School gave us a spicy lesson on experiencing culture through food.


Luxury is often synonymous with grandeur, which means that there is nothing more luxurious than sinking into an oversized tub at the end of the day…and being able to synch it with the type of mood you’re in with different lighting options. Add a couple candles, a glass of bubbly poured from the minibar, and slip under soft sheets – turndown service is another perk – for a great nights rest.


Local treatments traditional to a place give an authentic tie to the region’s products and traditions. Imagine yourself in a five-sensory spa experience, the sounds and serenity of the Thailand rainforest in the background, letting your mind drift away from all your travel-induced stress. This is exactly the way I spent an afternoon at the resort’s Cool Spa drenched in a Siam White Clay Wrap, the spa’s ‘miracle mud.’ The Thai White Clay contains numerous beneficial minerals that balance and replenish moisture levels as well as retain the skin’s natural glow — a perfect treatment that is much needed after a long flight or a long day exploring Thailand’s coastline.

Spa offerings at Sri Panwa in PhuketSri Panwa Spa

However, the mask is not the only rejuvenating therapy. You can book time in the private steam area equipped with a small private pool. Finding tranquility while reducing stress, revitalizing skin, and relaxing muscles for the weary traveler is amenity in a luxury hotel one cannot refuse to pass up.


Sri Panwa Penthouse Suites

Real luxury is the ability to step out of a bed and beside a pool. My spacious one bedroom Habita Suite in the Penthouse had an infinity pool at my doorstep. As if your own private pool overlooking the Andaman Sea wasn’t enough to hope for, the one and two bedroom VILLA’S have a forest waterfall pool ornamented with a beautiful water garden just steps from your bedroom door. Did I mention they also come with a private Butler at this Phuket Luxury Hotel?

What is your favorite luxury amenity, extra or splurge you look for when booking hotel? Let us know below!

This stay was hosted by Sri Panwa. As always, thoughts and words are my own.




  1. Grace November 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    This list is definitely what I’d look for when looking for a luxury hotel, if I could afford one someday haha

    love from Grace Says

  2. Sherri King November 23, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    This looks like the perfect luxury resort to me. I wonder if I could live there? The variety of seafood is fantastic, and just spending the day in such a peaceful resort would be amazing. I love your video!! It shows how amazing the experience is.

  3. Annie November 23, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, I could not agree more about an oversized tub! Half the reason I go on vacation and splash out on a luxury accommodation is because I want the biggest tub, with jets preferably, and a bottle of bubbly 🙂

  4. Nicole November 23, 2016 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I generally try to stay away from this type of accommodation when I travel. Only because I feel like it provides a bubble experience rather than being able to truly experience the place I’m visiting. However, I certainly know these accommodation options have their market. And I would never pass up an opportunity to stay for free!! It looks amazing!
    I note that you visited Isaan, and would love to read more about your impressions of the area when you post. I love the Isaan area and feel that region still feels more representative of Thailand than many places down south. I used to go there twice a year over a 3 year period to deliver teacher training workshops with the local teachers in the area, and I think it is a highly undervalued place. I haven’t been there in over ten years, though, so would love to read about a more recent experience.

    • kristen November 23, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! As I mentioned in the opening I was part of a trip with the tourism board the week prior for a trip called 84 Perspectives (this hotel stay was not with the tourism board, just the hotel and some much needed downtime for me – I’ve explored Phuket before and really love the Old Town part of the city!) and my group of 17 media LOVED extensively exploring the Isaan region. They are really doing a wonderful job of getting people interested in exploring the area and promoting it as a wonderful off the beaten and not what you typically think of when you come to Thailand. There is so much culture and history there! I did one blog post on Indigo Dying which you can find under destinations > Thailand. And many posts on my instagram @BorderFreeTravels from Isaan. I really hope I’ll be able to go back soon! Such lovely people.

  5. veronica November 23, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    The list in on point! Any stay that had some let alone all of those things would feel like a little trip to paradise. Looking forward to the day I get to experience all of the above 🙂 enjoy x

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for reading! Little trips to paradise always do the trick

  6. Sheila November 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Wow!! I love the idea of having your private pool! What can be better than that? 😀 I hope one day I can afford staying in one of these luxury hotels!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Millie November 24, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

    This looks like an amazing hotel and I loved the video. Sometimes there is nothing better than taking a few days to relax and recharge at a gorgeous resort.

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      I agree one hundred percent!

  8. Stephanie Fox November 24, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

    This has me longing for an exotic trip away! My favourite is a private pool, or a swim out pool, and adults only areas if they are child friendly! This hotel looks an absolute dream 🙂

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Yes! Private pools rock my world. Because you can easily hop out and back to bed after a morning dip haha

  9. Naomi November 24, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    This looks like a truly luxurious stay. I only booked a luxury hotel twice and I already feel my mood shifting. I never want to leave or book anything less than grand!

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Luxury stays definitely change your mood! Two nights and I’m like a whole new person 🙂

  10. Ivy November 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Yas 1 million times to everything on this list! I’m down for views, huge tubs, and good food all day everyday. And that video you made is beautiful! I love everything about this post <3

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      The Huge Tubs are always a favorite of mine 😛

  11. Jacky November 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    I must agree, those are some fantastic things to look for in a luxury hotel. Now if only we could afford it.. 😛 But in any case, seems to me that you get more bang for your buck in terms of luxury in Asia than in Europe.


    • kristen November 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Luxury in Thailand is much cheaper than many other part son the world, so it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of! Thanks for reading 🙂

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Yes you do get so much more bang for your buck in Thailand! Thanks for reading!!

  12. Elise November 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Great read. Really put me in the mood for Phuket – which I still need to see one day!

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Highly recommend this place if you go. It’s not too far from town either – 15 minutes to Old Town by car 🙂

  13. Nicki November 25, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Nice hotel. As a luxury traveler myself, you are definitely on point.

    It would be nice to have your own pool at every luxury hotel – but unfortunately that is not reality for a lot of places, like New York or Washington, D.C. where land is not only scarce but extremely expensive. The most important things for me are top notch customer service where they know me every time they see me, they know what I like without having to ask, food is gourmet, I can get a massage in my room, car service, high tea every afternoon, and so on.

  14. Lily November 30, 2016 at 4:30 am - Reply

    This hotel sounds AMAZING!!! I think I’d have a hard time not leaving though, but it’s probably the type of traveler I am. Either way, we all need that relaxing do nothing getaway once in a while, right?

    • kristen November 30, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I had a hard time leaving too haha Luxury is always a great way to end any adventure 🙂

  15. Christie November 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Ummmm what this video is amazing!!! It makes me want to learn to do that! Love the tips too… Mood lighting is always a good idea 🙂

Leave A Comment