Luxuriate in one of Phuket’s most scenic resorts, home to terra-cotta villas with infinity pools, a breathtaking rooftop bar, and more.
Sprawled across the jungle-filled Cape Panwa peninsula, Sri Panwa is blessed with commanding views of Phuket’s Southeastern tip. The vibe here is understated glamor, with a touch of contemporary Thai design — making it a top destination for discerning travelers, honeymooners, and even celebrities like Rihanna and Snoop Dog. While there’s not much going on in the immediate area (it’s about a 15-minute drive from Phuket city’s atmospheric Old Town), the family-run property has about everything one could desire, including three pools, nine dining options, and one of Asia’s most charming rooftop bars, called Baba Nest. Here, the beautiful spaces showcase traditional design adorned in natural materials like wood and stone, combined with clean, geometric lines that meld into the tropical surroundings.
From airy one-bedrooms to luxurious five-bedroom mansions, all of the resort’s 65 villas sit about 40-60 meters above sea level along the eastern and western ridges at the tip of the cape. I stayed in the Luxury Pool Villa, which came with its very own infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea, an in-room Jacuzzi, a steam room, and an ocean-view pavilion. Designed to feel like one’s home away from home, the villa features fine bed linen and traditional handcrafted furnishings, a nice contrast to its terra-cotta exterior. Whether one plans to have an intimate getaway or a party, the villa’s state-of-the-art entertainment system offers a well-curated list of tunes to suit any mood.
Breathtaking villas aside, the dining experiences at Sri Panwa are truly memorable. Be spoilt for choice by flame-grilled meats at Baba Box, fine Japanese dining at Iki, Chinese cuisine at Baba Chino, Thai comfort food at Baba Soul, and more. Aspiring cooks can also learn to whip up local favorites at cookery school Baba Hot Pot. Make it a point to check out Baba Nest, a showstopper of a rooftop bar, which boasts 360-degree panoramic views of the nearby islands, Andaman Sea, and Phuket’s Southeastern peninsula. A wrap-around infinity pool surrounds the photogenic rooftop deck, creating an expansive space that catches the sunlight at all the right places. Kickstart the evening with rounds of crafted cocktails, champagne, before tucking into Mexican-inspired canapés. P.S. Reservations are highly recommended so as to secure a seat during sunset.
If wellness is top among your holiday priorities, Sri Panwa’s signature Cool Spa is a must-visit. Expect a multi-sensorial experience with treatments that fuse local ancient healing rituals with modern treatments, such as full-body traditional Thai massages complete with herbal exfoliation and full body wraps with ingredients like mango, coconut, yogurt, and teas. Those looking to catch up on their fitness goals ought to check out the resort’s gym, which includes a cool muay thai boxing ring — the perfect place to work up a sweat under the guidance of local Thai boxing instructors. Alternatively, soak up the sun with complimentary water sports including snorkeling and stand-up paddling.
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