As you guys have been seeing, as my online website empire has been growing, occasionally I’ve been treating myself to some luxury, and while I’m still a backpacker at heart (as my impending trip to Papua New Guinea can testify), it’s so nice to kick back, and rejoice in some lavishness now and again, and in Phuket I did just that. With bells on.
With my travel lifestyle I’m well experienced with people harking on about ‘this amazing hotel’ here, and that ‘gorgeous sunset’ there but my dear friends, you ain’t seen nothing yet. I’m leaving Thailand to hit the road again so I thought I’d treat my girlfriend to a few nights in what is often considered the best hotel in Thailand, the Sri PanWa in Phuket. And never has a hotel met, and exceeded, my expectations as much as this beauty.
The hotel is on the utmost southern point of Phuket Island, on the PanWa cape. It’s about a 45 minute taxi ride from the airport, and although that’s a little further than ideal, it’s worth every minute of the journey.
I stayed in a one-bedroom pool villa, my girlfriend and I were escorted to our villa by our ‘villa representative’, he is then our go-to-guy for everything (EVERYTHING!) we needed, we got his personal number and he’s literally at your beck and call.
Walking into the villa was a genuine jaw-dropping moment, as soon as you open the door the first thing that hits you is the insanely beautiful ocean view, unobstructed and stretching across the whole cape.
I think got a tour of the villa, first the living room complete with bose speakers, complimentary Ipod number 1, recliners and of course a sprawling view of the ocean. Inside is a shower, just incase it’s too far to walk to your room, and you wanna shower here! Out of the front of the living room are 2 sunbeds, again with the most majestic views, these are beautifully propped up beside the main attraction of the hotel, the private pool.
Around the second room (the bedroom), is a u-shaped private infinity pool, deep enough to dive in and about 12m long. The pool guys come and clean it daily so it’s in amazing condition. On the end of each of the branches are Jacuzzi streams so any remaining stress you have in your body can be buzzed away in minutes. Although if you experience any stress in Sri Panwa hotel, then you’re certainly doing it wrong!
The bedroom is a huge space, with a massive king-size bed. Another flatscreen, full of international channels (including the football, bonus!) and of course another complimentart iPod and surround sound system are all waiting for you. As you leave the bed, and step down to the l-shaped couch again you’re confronted with the most amazing view, the massive glass wall opens up onto the private pool with the ocean starting straight back at you, waking up to his never gets old.
I ‘ve been to a lot of place, and stayed in a lot of hotels but I woke up here on my first morning, forgot where I was for a second and literally shouted ‘wow’, when I saw it first thing. I’ll never forget that reaction, I’d go as far to say this is the best view any hotel room in the world can have, you can only match it, not better it.
The ensuite to the bedroom is a sight to behold too, behind outdoor shower where you can gaze into the Andaman sea is a double Jacuzzi hot tub, behind that is your own private steam room and of course more showers and bathrooms.
Normally I live to explore areas but I feel no shame in saying I spent almost 48 hours in Sri Panwa without even leaving the resort, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat, this is unadulterated luxury. Best hotel in world? It’s certainly in with a shout.
Of course, that’s just the one bed villa, the hotel also has amazing facilities. Tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, an awesome breakfast and a very, very special spa. I couldn’t resist adding to the grandeur of the whole thing so my gf and I indulged further with a 90 minute treatment at the spa in the hotel.
I’ve always wanted to experience a hot-stone massage so what better place than Sri Panwa, right?! Right! Well I did it, and I think a week later, I’m still relaxed! They discuss with you any past injuries (a lot), any areas you enjoy the massage most, how hot the stones should be – really, this is service like I’ve never seen before. So 90 minutes came and went in the blink of an eye, but what an experience.
My final night here was spent with a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant, a Thai fusion menu with really reasonable prices, I was expecting a horrific bill for our dinner for two, but 2 courses with a couple of drinks came to around $45, considering the surroundings, I was pleasantly surprised.
Before dinner though, was this:
This is the view from Baba’s Nest, the boutique bar that Sri Panwa are justifiably proud of. Recently voted as one of the top 10 bars in the world, and often referred to as the best sunset point in Thailand, this place is somewhere genuinely special. There are only about 10 tables or so, so book in advance if you wanna get here! There’s no food on offer, just drinks and they don’t come cheap. My cocktail was about $40, beers run around $13 but we all need to splash out now and again, and rather than burning $100 on a drunken, forgettable night in Patong, Phuket don your gladrags and get yourself here. This is the sort of place you’ll be talking about for years, honestly. It’s literally almost breathtaking.
I knew I was coming about a month or so early, so I reserved the corner table – the best seat in the house, with no one between us and the sunset view. Amazing.
My time in Sri Panwa, the spa, Baba’s Nest was the best hotel experience of my life. I’m terrified now though, because after this, I don’t think I can ever impress my gf again, this is the pinnacle! Anyways, I’m back to the real world now – sitting in Don Muang Airport on the way to Malaysia, backpack by my side, and a sense of wander in my heart. Here we go again… Happy travels!