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Put This Thailand Resort On Your Must-Visit List

by Rosie McKay

Incredible sea views, a sprawling villa with a private infinity pool and incredible food – Sri Panwa takes luxury to the next level...
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If you’ve ever dreamed of living the high life (literally and figuratively!) in a plush villa with unprecedented views of sunrise and sunset, an infinity pool bigger than the size of the average swimming pool and cool beats playing through a state-of-the-art sound system as you laze happily in your private daybed, then put Sri Panwa at the top of your "must-visit" or perhaps “possible honeymoon destinations” list.

With the promise of sunshine and blue skies almost all year round, Thailand is not only a popular family holiday destination, but also a go-to for newlyweds looking for a tropical honeymoon locale to unwind as they begin their new life as Mr and Mrs. And while Phuket has no shortage of resorts on offer, none compare to this sprawling luxury hotel, private pool villa and spa resort about a 45-minute drive from Phuket airport. And boy is it worth the drive. From the moment you enter the big guarded wooden gates, you can tell you have arrived somewhere truly special. 

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Scattered within 40 acres of lush vegetation, Sri Panwa occupies its own little slice of heaven atop Cape Panwa and commands unforgettable views of the Southeastern tip of Phuket. Making use of their prime location all of the estate’s 52 villas and public areas offer panoramic ocean views, some the full and uninterrupted 300-degrees.

Given its size even at capacity it feels like you have the entire place to yourself
- and in fact, the staff go above and beyond to make you feel that way too. Small touches like your usual morning coffee order arriving at the table the same time as you do, first name greetings and small notes with sayings, quotes and poems left on the pillow each night are just some examples of the level of five-star service you are in for at Sri Panwa. 

Home to three dining precincts (which offer over eight different dining experiences and cuisines between them), an on-site spa and hair salon, a private beach with its own jetty, three pools, gym facilities and access to private fitness classes, there is really is no reason to leave the resort at all. Activities include kayaking and paddle-boarding are complimentary. Paid activities including snorkeling, diving, day trips and cooking classes can be organised. 

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Stay In Style

Designed to feel like a private home, walking through the grand wooden doors that lead into the two-bedroom luxury pool villa (about 300-350sq.m in size) is a moment to savour. The first thing you are met with is panoramic ocean views and the glistening water of the private infinity pool. All tension is sure to fall away as relaxation mode kicks in. The infinity pool glistens, almost like it’s winking, beckoning for you to peel off your clothes and immerse your tired post-flight body into the water- which is exactly what is sure to happen the moment your tuk-tuk chauffeur departs. 

The immediate sense of peace you feel as you gaze outwards to the sea is the state you will remain for your entire stay. The focus on luxury and quality that flows through the estate is evident in the contemporary rooms, yet not in a cold, stark way. Instead the traditional handcrafted wooden furnishings and use of terracotta work to give it a traditional tropical vibe expected of Thailand, with the extra-special touches like comfy king beds dressed with the finest bed linens, bespoke toiletries, complimentary gourmet mini-bars, a Nespresso machine, outdoor Jacuzzi and shower and unlimited use of wireless broadband Internet all elevating the experience to the next level. 

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Bliss Out

There’s no doubt after a wedding and an international flight to boot, the first thing on the to-do list is to hit the spa for a spot of pampering. Sri Panwa’s on-site Cool Spa features six private treatment rooms and offers a range of therapies – from traditional massages to freshly made whole-body scrubs and facials. 

Want to stick together? Try the Home Sweet Together couples package, which starts with a floral foot bath followed by a full body scrub, massage of your choosing and facial -  you’ll feel completely blissed out and revived afterwards. Over the course of your stay book in to some of the other treatments on offer including a hot-stone massage, the Sweet Mango Delight – an aloe vera and honey hydrating gel wrap – or the Sabai facial. 

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

World class cuisine without the stuffiness you’d normal associate with fine dining is the best way to describe what to expect at Sri Panwa. Exceptional dishes made with the very best ingredients and prepared by chefs of the highest caliber make for memorable dishes. 

“Baba Dining” is made up of Baba Poolclub (international cuisine), Baba Soul Food (Thai) Baba IKI (Japanese), BabaQ (Thai and international), Baba Hotpot (Chinese), Baba Nest (Mexican Tapas), Baba Chino, (Chinese), Baba Hot Box (BBQ/Grill). Our advice is to let your tastebuds travel around the world and try as many of the different restaurants as possible. 

Staff are very knowledgeable on the dishes and are only too happy to help out with recommendations, so our tip is to take their advice! While it’s actually hard for us to play favourites some of the standout dishes include truffle pizza at BabaQ, the Crispy & Wok Fried Scallop With Pine Nut and Phuket Lobster done with a Salted Egg Sauce at Baba Chino and Gaeng Poo (Andaman crab meat in yellow curry) from Baba Soul Food. For the ultimate cocktail hour experience make a reservation at the resort’s rooftop bar, Baba Nest. A rooftop deck surrounded by a wrap around infinity pool and overlooking 360° panoramic views of the surrounding islands, Andaman Sea and Phuket’s Southeastern peninsula this is truly a magical experience.  

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Get Moving

Needless to say you might want to balance out all the indulgence with a little bit of movement. Forgoing the tuk-tuk chauffeur service and getting around the expansive resort on foot is a good start, but if you really want to get the heart rate up, book in for a private kickboxing lesson with trained Muay Thai fighters. Be prepared to be put through your paces as the professionals lead you through punching and kicking sequences. For something a little gentler book in for a private Yoga or Pilates lesson. The best time is sunrise so you take in the spectacular view from Baba Nest as you downward dog.

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Holiday Packages

Family Escape @ Sri panwa, PhuketThe Family Escape package allows you and the family to enjoy all Thailand has to offer, with 3 night’s accommodation in a Two-Bedroom Villa at Thailand’s jewel resort, the luxurious Sri panwa, Phuket. Enjoy daily breakfast and wireless internet access throughout your stay as well as an Aromatic Thai Oil Massage and your choice of Yoga, Thai Boxing or Pilates for two. Indulge with the family in a five course dinner at Baba Soulfood for four, enjoying the Thai fusion cuisine.

Inclusions

-       3 nights’ accommodation in a two-bedroom bedroom villa
-       Airport round trip transfers
-       One 60 minute Aromatic Thai Oil massage for two
-       Your choice of a 60 minute Yoga, Thai Boxing or Pilates class for two
-       One 5 course dinner at Baba Soulfood Thai Cuisine for four
-       Daily breakfast at Baba Poolclub
-       Welcome and daily fresh fruit basket
-       Complimentary minibar replenished daily
-       Complimentary wireless internet access during stay
-       Complimentary use of iPod with full play list in villa
-       Sri panwa special gift set

Price: Rates start from AU$5,350.26* (140,561 THB)     
Availability: 1 August 2016 – 19 December 2016 and 11 January – 16 April 2017
Terms and Conditions         
-       Bookings must be made before November 30 2016
-       Black-out periods include 20 December 2016 – 11 January 2017 and 24 January – 2 February 2017*as of exchange rate 23/11/16

Leisure Escape @ Sri panwa
The Leisure Escape package allows you to enjoy the perfect Thailand escape, with 3 nights’ accommodation in a One Bedroom Villa at the luxurious Phuket resort, Sri panwa. Relax with a complimentary 60 minute Aromatic Thai Oil massage and indulge in a five course dinner at Baba Soulfood, enjoying the Thai fusion cuisine.

Inclusions

·         3 nights’ accommodation in a one bedroom villa
·         Airport round trip transfers
·         One 60 minute Aromatic Thai Oil massage for two
·         One 5 course dinner at Baba Soulfood Thai Cuisine for two
·         Daily breakfast at Baba Poolclub
·         Welcome and daily fresh fruit basket
·         Complimentary minibar replenished daily
·         Complimentary wireless internet access during stay
·         Complimentary use of iPod with full play list in villa
·         Sri panwa special gift set

Price: Rates start from $AUD2,449.04* (64,335 THB) twin share
Availability: 1 August 2016 – 19 December 2016 and 11 January – 16 April 2017
Terms and Conditions:       
-       Bookings must be made before November 30 2016
-       Black-out periods include 20 December 2016 – 11 January 2017 and 24 January – 2 February 2017

Bookings
For bookings, please contact reservations on chill@sripanwa.com

*as of exchange rate 23/11/16

Getting There

Jetstar, Thai Airways, Qantas and Virgin Australia all operate flights from Australia to Phuket.

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