This is where it all started: Amanpuri was the first Aman resort to open, and serves as the flagship for the Singapore hospitality concern’s winning blend of modern design, classic luxury, stunning settings and first-rate service. Here on the west coast of the island of Phuket lies an exclusive beachfront resort, occupying what was once a coconut plantation, isolated on a lush peninsula overlooking Pansea Beach. Built by the American architect Ed Tuttle, it’s a smart mix of traditional Thai elements and a sort of late-eighties Zen modernism that somehow still looks fresh today.
Forty pavilions and thirty exclusive private villas line the hillsides, the best ones offering views of the sea, but all featuring private outdoor terraces with garden views at the very least. Inside the pavilions it’s modern luxury to the extreme, with low-slung king-sized beds atop hardwood floors, surrounded by clean lines and touches of authentic local color. Bathrooms are just as luxurious, if not more so, with separate baths and showers.
The villas continue in a similar vein, each containing anywhere from two to six bedrooms, decorated in a slightly more ornate style, filled with Thai art and antiques. Private pools and outdoor dining pavilions are standard, as are live-in maids and cooks.
These days few guests would think of checking out of Amanpuri without a visit to the Aman Spa. Three couples rooms and three single rooms are available in which to enjoy massage and beauty treatments as well as holistic healing, and facilities are available for yoga and meditation.
The Beach Club offers a 20m lap-pool, cocktail lounge and an array of water sports, as well as sun beds and towels, and a seaside gym with remarkable views through full-length windows. There’s that famous swimming pool, too — one look at the 27-meter pool, tiled in midnight blue, and you risk becoming an Aman addict for life.
Phuket is served by numerous domestic and regional flights and is a 1 1/2 hour flight from Bangkok Airport. Complimentary private limousine transfers to and from Phuket airport are offered to guests and the 17km drive to Amanpuri takes 25 minutes. Contact email@example.com to arrange airport transfers.
Pansea Beach, Phuket Area