Hotel of the Week: Rosewood Phuket

Perched on the southwest coast of Thailand’s largest island, this sustainable-luxe resort is the ideal choice for couples and families alike.

The lobby at Rosewood Phuket. (All photos courtesy of Rosewood Phuket)

Why You Should Go

Rosewood Phuket steps down a forested hillside to the golden sands of Emerald Bay, and though the property is barely a 10-minute drive from the bars and nightclubs of Patong, it feels far removed from all that hedonism. Accommodations are ensconced in the lush tropical greenery — a number of century-old banyan trees were carefully preserved during the resort’s construction. Think luxury with a sustainable bent: Rosewood Phuket operates the largest solar power energy system on the island, and the eco-friendly architecture courtesy of Australian firm BAR Studio impresses through its passive solar design that also allows for rainwater harvesting.

Gourmands can also look forward to several excellent restaurants. Taking up a few beachfront pavilions, Ta Khai is a rustic spot that serves up an array of local specialties planned around the daily catch (if available, the southern Thai–style crab curry with betel leaves is a must-order). A team of Italian chefs helms the open kitchen at all-day dining venue Red Sauce, where patrons can enjoy freshly baked bread at the sumptuous breakfast buffet and the dinner menu includes such delights as stewed octopus and homemade strozzapreti pasta with pork sausage ragú.

Mai, the resort’s poolside bar and lounge.

Alfresco seating at Ta Khai, the signature Thai restaurant at Rosewood Phuket.

The Rooms

Guests bed down in 71 suites and villas, all featuring outdoor terraces with a daybed and a private plunge pool. The contemporary, residential-style lodgings sport a neutral color palette; pieces by Thai artists provide a subtle nod to the locale. Retractable floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light and allow breezes to flow through the spaces when required. Designer beds with Frette linens are a common feature, while bathrooms have his and hers washbasins, a deep soaking tub, and a rain shower. Sliding glass screens frame views of the Andaman Sea at the 326-square-meter Beachfront Pool villas, which come with a separate living and dining room as well as an outdoor courtyard. Entry-level Garden Pool Pavilions measure in at a roomy 130 square meters.

A daybed on the outdoor deck of a Partial Ocean View Pool Villa.

Inside the living room of a Beachfront Pool Villa.

The resort’s main pool is steps away from Emerald Bay Beach.

Things You Can Do

Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept, offers multi-day retreats tailored to each individual guest, while the extensive treatment menu includes Thai massage, sound therapy, watsu, and reiki healing. Hour-long classes in yoga and Muay Thai are also offered here. At low tide, when the beach at Emerald Bay is not suitable for swimming, guests can cool down with a dip in the resort’s free-form infinity pool: Wooden walkways divided it into a lap pool, an activity pool, and a children’s section. Kids aged three to eight can enjoy complimentary access to the Explorer’s Club, where the roster of hands-on activities either have an environmental message or incorporate a range of Thai crafts. As for off-site excursions, Rosewood’s concierges will be on hand to arrange longtail boat rides to hidden beaches and visits to eco-conscious attractions around the island.

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