An oasis, far removed from the day to day of life where tropical breezes whisper through coconut trees and where your every need, and even needs you didn’t know you had, is met–this is a dream vacation and this is Amanpuri on the Thai island of Phuket.
The inaugural property in the extensive and renowned Aman portfolio, Amanpuri sits on a peninsula nestled in a coconut grove with sweeping views of the Andaman Sea. It is a secluded paradise built to let guests escape, unwind, and come away renewed in both body and spirit.
From the Phuket airport, the journey begins as you are whisked into the hills, catching glimpses of the west coast’s turquoise waters. You are delivered to a resort like no other, where the pointed roofs reflect the ancient architecture of Ayutthaya, the grounds showcase nature at its finest, and the amenities surpass modern expectations.
Room and Board
There is a space here for everyone–those that want solitude to those that seek adventure. The 40 guest Pavilions cater to singles and couples, while the 3 to 9 bedroom Villas welcome groups of family or friends. The rooms feature handpicked art and antiques reflective of Thailand; warm wood paneling, flooring, and accents to bring nature indoors; king size beds, and spacious bathrooms and dressing rooms. Each Pavilion has its own outdoor sala for lounging and outdoor dining, while some Villas offer private pools. The outdoor spaces are meant to be the center of your stay with ocean or tropical flora views, or even both if you can’t choose. Picture dining while watching the sunset turn the sky brilliant orange, gold, and red, or lounging while seabreezes whisper through the towering palms lulling you into a restive peace.
A resort of this caliber would not be complete without an abundance of dining options and here the food choices are endless. Traditional Thai food is featured on most menus, but Mediterranean, Japanese, and even Italian cuisine ensure variety to meet any taste and appetite. The spaces are intimate, with the largest of the restaurants maintaining a maximum capacity of just 80. Fresh ingredients, bounties from the sea, and coconut straight from the trees assure meals that burst with flavor. The venues include poolside and oceanfront areas, a thatched hut Beach Bar for smoothies and fresh juices, and the tucked away Magnum Room where a cocktail and snack can be enjoyed with a fine cigar
Luxury rooms and fine dining aside, Amanpuri leaves little reason to leave its beautiful grounds with a full array of activities and amenities on the resort property. No island vacation would be complete without the perfect pool and Amanpuri’s water-filled options will be sure to fulfill every desire with pools for kids, for swimming laps, and for slowly sinking into the warm crystal waters to ease away your cares. Imagine floating in freshwater seeing beautiful blue tiles below your feet that are matched by the azure sea that sits out in front of you. Vacation has begun.
If your day is not complete without a workout, visit the glass-walled gym with sea views to make that workout feel more like play, although personal trainers and group instructors are available to ensure you break a sweat. You can also play a round on the resort’s tennis courts or book a lesson with a hitting partner. Heart pumping activity is good for the body and soul so Amanpuri ensures you have options.
Holistic Wellness Centre
If getting away from it all means not just escaping to a secluded destination but also clearing all the worries from home, the Amanpuri Holistic Wellness Centre and Aman Wellness Immersions will clear the clutter, remove the toxins, and help you find peace and tranquility.
The Wellness Centre offers an extensive menu of therapies offered in each of its 12 treatment rooms. Classic Thai massage using aromatic herbal compresses or focusing on pressure point stimulation will bring rest to weary muscles, while body exfoliation and facials with Thai spices leave your skin glowing. A sauna, steamroom, jacuzzi, plunge pool, and salon round out the features of the Centre that can all be enjoyed with healthy drinks and juices that are available to sip while you steam or soak.
Truly unique to Amanpuri are the Wellness Immersions that begin with a comprehensive medical consultation and analysis to aid in forming a personalized program of on-site and future medical treatments, nutrition plans, private movement sessions, and specialized therapies and spa treatments. Your evaluation and treatment plan is coordinated by the Wellness Centre’s team of doctors, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.
Part of the Centre’s offerings include Integrated Medical Services with IV formulas that can help maintain cellular function, support cellular regeneration, increase energy, burn fat, or increase athletic ability. The Wellness Centre’s experts help determine the best therapy to steer participants in a new direction whether physically, emotionally, or both. Walk away feeling cleansed, renewed, and fully content.
Amanpuri does its best to restore and rejuvenate its guests with all it offers onsite, but there is more to be found outside the boundaries of the resort. There are five international-standard golf courses, charter boats for fishing, sailing, or diving adventures, and a beach that is lined with a full array of watersport possibilities from jet skis to kayaks, hobie cats to wakeboarding boats.
With waters so inviting, its no surprise that scuba diving in this area is extraordinary. You can swim with brilliant sea anemones, schools of eels, or even leopard sharks, who despite their name, are simply curious and not dangerous. A dive at Koh Dok Mai will have you exploring caves and crevices that are home to an endless variety of marine life that swim around you as a colorful rainbow.
If the kids are in tow, visit the Eco-Beach Discovery Centre for daily children’s activities that highlight nature and local customs. For some family-fun head to Hot Spot that has a rope-free bouldering wall and a skateboarding half-pipe to burn off energy, and a GoPro editing counter and screening room to ensure your moves are captured in the best way possible.
Still not convinced this paradise is everything you’ve dreamed? You can indulge in a Villa Experience with a minimum three-night stay to take advantage of all Amanpuri has to offer but with the added luxury of having 24-hour butler service, and a personal Thai chef for your entire stay who will provide a daily breakfast, afternoon Thai-style tea, and nightly 3-course dinner right in your villa. Added touches are a once a day replenishment of your minibar and tropical fruit basket, complimentary laundry service, and the pinnacle of being well-spoiled: luggage packing and unpacking. A massage, use of water sports equipment and access to nearby attractions are also part of this first-class package.
Paradise has been found. What are you waiting for?