Sri Panwa Phuket Hotel: The Luxury Resort To Stay At
I open the door to our suite at Sri Panwa – one of Phuket’s most Instagrammable luxury resorts – and a mix of Bossa Nova music and contemporary decor greet us. If I wasn’t in awe already, I get another hit of sensory overload when the balcony door slides open, revealing a spa pool and a stunning spectacle that is the Andaman sea. Beach tropical holiday, I’m so ready for you.
To celebrate Glenn’s birthday, we chose to come back to Phuket, Thailand again. We were here four years ago on our first overseas trip as a couple and remember fondly the food, culture and affable locals. Since we’ve explored most of the tourist hot spots like Patong Beach and James Bond Island previously, we spend our days enjoying the offerings at Sri Panwa this trip, from spa pamper packages to lazy relaxation at one of the infinity pools.
I live for Thai cuisine and the dishes at the different restaurants here really leave a delightful mark on one’s taste bud. It’s true that there’s no shortage of Thai food back in Sydney but you can always count on a wider and spicier variety in Thailand. I must admit there are times when I struggle with the spices but for those with a delicate palate, you can request for mild versions of the dishes.
Sri Panwa focuses on fresh and local produce so you know you’re getting quality and authentic culinary. I highly recommend the pomelo salad at Baba Poolclub, a refreshing citrus blend of fruit and vegetables, perfect for the tropical Phuket weather.
When we’re not enjoying the food, we’re hard at work stand-up paddle boarding, or renewing our tanlines at one of the infinity pools or floating pontoon. This is my favourite part of the resort which you can see from the east facing infinity pools. Like a tiny jutting white line that stretches out towards the sea, the pontoon is perfect for diving into the ocean and snorkelling, and revelling in the spectacle of the terracotta villas on the cliff.
Speaking of scenery, Sri Panwa rooftop bar Baba Best offers one of the most memorable and breathtaking water views. Set in the middle of an infinity pool, the water from the pool looks like it’s sluicing into the azure Andaman sea. A must-visit if you ever come here but make sure you book before arriving. This place is often packed out for those eager to sip cocktails while enjoying the sunset and snapping for Instagram.
If you miss out on this stunning vista, don’t worry. The villas sit 60 metres above sea level, perched atop Cape Panwa so the panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and the surrounding tropical jungle are easily accessible from your suite.
Another thing I love about this Phuket beach resort is the choice of music. Bossa Nova greets you as you first enter your suite and soul, house and retro mash-ups provide the welcoming allure in the restaurants and lounges. The lively tunes set the pace for a modern retreat getaway and an immersive experience for savvy globetrotters and tastemakers who travel in style.
It’s easy to get used to the sophisticated and laid-back lifestyle that Sri Panwa has designed and you’ll be forgiven to have never left the resort during your stay. Although you don’t get to see what the rest of Phuket has to offer, you take away an experience that your mind and body will thank you for.
How to get to Sri Panwa
From Phuket International Airport, it takes up to 90 minutes to transfer to Sri Panwa. It’s advised to pre-arrange your transfers, at a cost, with concierge prior to arrival.