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.
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.
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.
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.
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.