Sri Panwa is a fabulously secluded resort hidden among the treetops of Cape Panwa in Phuket. With private plunge pools and panoramic views, it’s an Instagrammer’s paradise…
Phuket is known for its stunning rainforests and mountain landscapes, not to mention some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, but the beauty of Sri Panwa, Phuket, will still take your breath away.
Although Phuket is one of the largest islands at 49km, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on one of the smallest and most remote when you arrive in Sri Panwa. The resort is situated at the top of Cape Panwa on the southeastern tip of Phuket, hidden away off the beaten track.
James Bond-esque villas, surrounded by private infinity pools, sit on the top of rocky hills and boast full ocean views. Wherever you turn on this resort, you’ll be met with amazing scenery. It’s an Instagrammers paradise.
After a 45-minute transfer from the airport, I arrived at the most incredible villa. Set in a gated enclave, the main bedroom has a bathroom with couples’ jacuzzi and steam room and the living room overlooks the wraparound private infinity pool. In a separate building across the garden there is a dining area perfect for room service overlooking the Andaman Sea below, and a generously stocked complimentary mini bar and kitchen.
The new habitat offering, The Habita at Sri Panwa, is an enclave of 20 new pool suites and 10 penthouses with its own infinity swimming pools boasting panoramic blue-hued views and an Olympic-size forest waterfall pool enveloped within a tranquil water garden. If your dream escape is kicking back on a cabana bed, with cocktail in hand and cascading waterfalls, then this is the place for you. They’re no less beautiful than the villas, but they are somewhat friendlier on the purse.
If your dream escape is kicking back on a cabana bed, with cocktail in hand and cascading waterfalls, then this is the place for you
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of peace and contentment generated by the sight of ocean meeting sky, and this is something you have in abundance in Sri Panwa. In fact, nearly everywhere you turn you will be greeted with this view. It means that their rooftop bar offerings are something else. Baba Nest, for example, is a rooftop deck set on top of one of the resort’s buildings with a wrap-around infinity pool and 360-degree views of the surrounding islands.
And for those yogis out there, the opportunity to take part in yoga lessons on top of the world at Baba Nest is not one to miss. In fact, Sri Panwa is a great place to stay if you like a combination of activity and relaxation. The resort is fully equipped with a gym and tennis courts, but you can also take part in a Muay Thai boxing class with a champion boxer.
The hospitality here is truly second to none. A Tuk Tuk will arrive at a moment’s notice to whisk you off to anywhere – even within a few lazy feet – on the resort, but the staff will also be on hand to take you out to the old town for a day or a boat ride to the islands. An opportunity not to miss, in my eyes.
Take a trip into the old town of Phuket to immerse yourself in the colourful, vibrant and historic culture of the island and forget about the modern world. Meander down the higgledy piggledy backstreets, slowly browse the sights and smells of some of the best markets and take in the magnificence and the architecture of the temples.
Take a trip into the old town of Phuket to immerse yourself in the colourful, vibrant and historic culture of the island and forget about the modern world
We made a little stop off in one of the most well-known restaurants on the island, Raya, and were served up the most spectacular feast. With original, colonial style seating and the feeling of eating in someone’s house, it is a great way to immerse yourself within the culture.
The owner, Khun Kulab, is a keen restaurateur who is so popular, there are even orders coming in from as far away as Bangkok. But the food at Sri Panwa is quite the feast too, with 11 different restaurants and bars to choose from onsite – each very different.
From the dramatic scenery of the islands to the rich culture and traditional cuisine, combined perfectly with luxury resorts, you can see why people flock to this part of the world. Words don’t do this place and its beautiful attack on the senses justice – it is simply a very special place.
Accommodation at Sri Panwa starts from £325 per room per night in the Habita suite, and £495 per villa per night for a Garden View Pool Villa. Prices include daily breakfast for two, unlimited wireless internet, in-villa mini bar, Nespresso machine and snacks replenished daily. For further information, visit sripanwa.com or call +66 7637 1000. You can fly daily from Heathrow to Bangkok with EVA Air. Return fares start from £465pp inclusive of taxes.