The Resort

Pansea Beach, Phuket
There is a ‘place of peace’ nestled amongst coconut palms which leads to a private crescent beach touching brilliant turquoise sea. This place is Amanpuri, on Thailand’s jade green island of Phuket, where nature and culture harmoniously merge, yielding a pure tranquillity where less means more and luxury is found in graciousness.
Nestling in a spectacular grove of palm trees, the forty Thai-style temple pavilions are scattered under the swaying fronds like private residences in an oriental palace garden. Little footpaths link them to the blackly shimmering swimming pool, the restaurants, the library and the shopping galleria. But you can happily spend your entire stay in your teak villa, with private pool, personal servants, your own cook and a dream-like peace hovering between the roaring of the sea and jungle cacophony. Sailing, surfing, water-skiing or a a game of tennis are activity enough to fill the day. For divers, anglers and photographers a yacht lies at anchor, from which to explore the submarine world between coral reefs, uninhabited islands and the eerie caves which once formed a James Bond film scenario.

The Charm Hotel

The Royal Phuket Yacht Club a Puravarna Resort
Nai Harn Beach, Phuket
Calm and serene, The Royal Phuket Yacht Club a Puravarna Resort is one of Thailand's premier resorts and provides an oasis of peace and tranquility. Nestled in a hillside overlooking beautiful Nai Harn Bay on the southern tip of Phuket Island, this secluded and romantic hideaway offers a perfect blend of location, superb service and understated style.

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, with 110 oceanfront suites and bedrooms, superbly designed with a spacious private terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea the far horizon, it offers a unique, luxurious and totally relaxing experience. The harbor view is dotted with private yachts and a white-sand beach cove fringes the azure waters. The terraced rooms in the elegantly descending structure are private little hideaways in themselves.

The Banyan Tree
33 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Amphur Talang, Phuket
In the shade of the revered banyan tree you will find beauty, charm and inner peace. Evoking the water palaces of Bali, Phuket's newest spa resort overlays the sun set sand routine with ancient Eastern healing therapies and Nouvelle Cuisine Thailandaise to create a world of leisure from which you will emerge rested and refreshed.

Social Dining

The Quarterdeck - Hotel Phuket Yacht Club
Cuisine: Thai/International
The informal open-air terrace above Nai Harn Bay is a focal point on the southern tip of the island. Throughout the day it seems to be a social platform, but in the evening it serves as casual-romantic rendezvous for dinner, Thai or European-style. Sometimes theme events are featured, such as South Seas Buffet or Lobster Night. The band plays every night.

Romantic Dining

The Terrace - Hotel Amanpuri
Cuisine: Thai/International
There are place under the moon which couldn't be created more ideally by Holly-wood. This is one: temple roots, royal palms, stars and stage lighting and a ranad trio in golden gowns across the reflecting pool attuning you to a night of magic moments. Come for an aperitif and the sunset and for the simple local dishes served alluringly by angelic hostesses.

Panoramic Dining

Baan Rim Pa
100/7 Kalim Beach ROad, Patong Beach
Cuisine: Thai
Phuket's most famous restaurant is also its best and - like paradisiacal Amanpuri - among the most beautiful. Dinner on the terrace of either of the dining rooms of this twin-level Thai house is picture-perfect and the specialties are worth the voyage.

Getaway Specials from Marriott.

The Seafood Place
Rimlay - Hotel Pansea Beach
Every day yachtsmen pull up at Pansea beach day to join stars and tycoons residing at next-door Amanpuri for an alfresco dining experience at this terrace hut between the waterfront and a fresh-water pond. Sheer pleasure to indulge in the catch of the day, stuffed baby squid green curry or steamed crab meat with coconut milk and Thai spices along with good wines from way across the Andaman Sea.

Catch Beach Club
Location: Surin
Open daily 08:00-01:00
Phuket's most fashionable beach club. Great for private parties and good times!
“Catch Beach Club carefree beach living at Catch, the newest addition to Twinpalms Phuket on bustling Surin Beach. A private, trendy beach club offering succulent fresh live seafood, generous bar, luxury beach lounge, live recording artists and private restroom.”

The Eclectic

The Boathouse Inn - Kata Beach.
Cuisine: Thai/International
This hideaway hotel in the south of the island is as renowned for its restaurant's cuisine as for the private-home atmosphere of its three dozen rooms. Between bay and pool, with sea breezes caressing your tan, the maritime setting determines the menu of fresh prepared Thai-style or a la francaise by a chef trained in the homeland of gourmet grandeur.

Unfortunately, the Elysium of Phuket has opened its gates wide to mass tourism, importing the sins of pagans and plebeians like Pattaya, south of Bangkok. The pandemonic jungle of open air bars, cheap cabarets and hostess clubs on Patong Bay's. Soi Bangla is at least, run by the most graceful and charming people in Asia. The discotheque Titanic and the Marina Lounge at the Merlin Hotel almost seem civilized compared to Bananas, a multi-level delirium of cacophony, culture clash and corps a corps encounters.

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