Continuing our series of top beaches and luxury hotels around the world, I pick the best luxury spa resorts in Phuket, which will relax and rejuvenate your body and soul. From the simple health blast to a complete healing escape, these stunning spa resorts are worth travelling to:
This privately owned and family run resort features 41 villas, a world-class Ayurveda Spa and an authentic Thai Restaurant and Wine Cellar, all surrounded by lush green tropical gardens.
Beautifully positioned on a hillside with stunning views that take in 4 bays and numerous lush islands, Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa, (pictured above), feels a world away from the chaos of popular tourism but yet still close enough to explore when you want to. There are 6 varieties of Villa but all include private terraces or balconies and big rain showers. For the ultimate romantic haven, I would suggest a Royal Balcony Jacuzzi Villa featuring a private Jacuzzi out on the balcony at the top of the hillside to maximise those stunning views.
The food at Mangosteen is primarily authentic Thai with a modern twist, accompanied by Mediterranean delights. Billed as organic, fresh and healthy, the focus is on sophisticated but fun food. The swimming pools are truly breath-taking, you could almost forget you’re not just swimming in the gardens themselves!
The Ayurveda Spa is based on the healing and balancing practises of Ayurveda, introducing an entire way of life that aims to bring about the perfect balance of your personality – body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda is based on theory of “Tridosha”, the three Biological forces – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Disease arises when there is an imbalance among the three Doshas and aim of the therapy is to bring about the required equilibrium.
All treatments begin with a detailed consultation with the specialist Ayurvedic Doctor. The consultant determines your “Dosha” and other parameters of the body and prescribes the treatments most appropriate to your body needs. These detoxification and rejuvenation programs provide customised treatments and cures as Ayurveda has solutions for almost all disorders. The Ayurveda Spa, also heals your mind and soul, through authentic Ayurvedic therapies, spiritual practices, yoga and meditation.
Six Senses Yao Noi is one of the most luxury resorts in Asia with a price tag to match. 56 pool villas will appeal to your inner child. They feel like you are staying in a luxury tree house. Perched on a cliffside, with jaw-dropping views over Phang Nga Bay’s fantastical limestone pinnacles, these rustic villas with palm leaf roofs, provide generous personal space and utter luxury.
The Six Senses Spa village is nestled into the lush tropical hillside. A Long House Suite is modelled on a typical village house from northern Thailand. It offers treatments designed to create a unique and memorable spa journey through four interconnected spaces. Using only naturally and ethically produced spa products, the treatment menu promotes traditional Thai healing practices and incorporates the four elements of earth, water, fire and air, to ensure the senses are balanced.
Laze by the infinity pool which is so perfect that you feel you might swim right off the edge. Eat at the split-level Dining Room is surrounded by natural vegetation and a waterfall, drink on a day-bed in the main house, stay as long as you can afford.
It is no secret that I love Aman Hotels. You can read about my recent trip to Aman Grand Canale Venice which was also utterly romantic.
Amanpuri is tucked away in Surin beach alongside the holiday homes of the rich and famous on Phuket. The beach can only be reached via the hotel or by boat, keeping it almost completely private.
A towering Thai pavilion sits at the Amanpuri’s centre, fringed by lush jungle and facing onto a vast black-tiled swimming pool with a glorious view of the Andaman Sea. A stone staircase leads to Pansea beach, a rustic-chic restaurant, more swimming pools, a watersports centre and tennis courts. An excellent spa is tucked away on the other side of the resort, overlooking Bang Tao beach.
Amanpuri’s rooms exude Thai elegance. Garden pavilions are secluded, with a walled garden, sunken bath and outdoor shower. Pavilions 103 and 105 have the most striking sea views. Pick a Garden Pool Pavilion for utterly private dips in your own plunge pool.
At the Aman Spa, natural herb-infused treatments are offered in six light-filled pavilions that include a private steam room, shower, bath, and outdoor meditation sala. These are joined by a gym and Pilates studio with panoramic views, a yoga and meditation pavilion and four floodlit tennis courts
Keemala is nestled amidst lush flora on the rainforest encrusted hills of Phuket. Overlooking Kamala village and out to the Andaman Sea, this member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World is hidden away from the crowds and offers a serene retreat.
38 Pool Villas offer pretty thatched roofs, huge four-poster beds, outdoor bath tubs and private lap pools. All rooms overlook the rainforest, mountains and Andaman Sea. Over and above your own private lap pool, you will find the resort’s main freeform pool and Jacuzzi flanked with sun loungers. There is also an hourly shuttle to Kamala beach.
The Mala Spa at Keemala helps you unwind from the stresses of modern day living. The spa embraces traditional healing approaches to the body, mind and soul, and integrates these with the best of modern pampering and beautifying regimes.
Keemala is just 3-minutes drive from Kamala Beach and not far from the liveliness of Patong Beach, but feels a world away.
Keemala Phuket also features in my best romantic hotels and resorts for couples in Thailand and Best Wilderness Resorts In Asia.
This exceptional resort is perfectly romantic with some the best pool villas in Thailand. Arranged in the style of a tranquil Thai village, the resort’s stunning villas surround a sparkling lagoon and feature an open-air bath and a private sundeck with jet pool or private swimming pool. Banyan Pool Villas offer a serene setting in landscaped gardens while the Banyan Lagoon Pool Villas overlook the tranquil lagoon.
This tropical fairytale sits to the side of Bang Tao Bay which always sparkles. Facilities include swimming pools, 3 km of sandy shores, a championship 18-hole golf course and a choice of five sumptuous dining restaurants.
Banyan Tree Phuket’s luxury spa restores your body’s natural energy balance through the soothing treatment sessions. The treatments are complimented by the finest Ayurvedic oils and herbs from India to refresh your mind and detoxify your body. There is a choice of air-conditioned and open-air Spa Pavilions recreated to emulate the splendour of royal Thai salas and a Yoga & Meditation Pavilion featuring a Double Room and a comprehensive yoga schedule.
Read my other top five best articles to discover the best luxury hotels in Thailand with private pools or infinity pools, my best destinations in Europe and my best wilderness lodges in the world.
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