A family-run business with friendly local staff committed to good service
What To Know
A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
It is a 30-minute drive to Phuket town and 20 to Patong
Those with mobility issues could find reaching the beach tricky
The property can arrange Thai cooking classes and local excursions
Parking on site
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Family-run retreat in laid-back Kamala with an organic spa and an infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea
A 30-minute drive from the bustle of Phuket town, the family-run Ayara Kamala Resort showcases Thailand's natural assets, from the fresh seafood served at the Cradle restaurant and the organic treatments at the spa to the Andaman Sea views from the infinity pool. Local designer Khun V has created 42 stylish guestrooms that range from simple but chic balcony rooms to vast Grand Pool Villas. And Khun V’s daughter, who trained at the Swiss Hotel Management School, brings expert hospitality skills to the mix. Hot days and sultry nights see guests cooling off at the Ayara Parlour (which has a 360-degree glass-walled upper deck), at the quintessentially Thai spa or at the Overflow bar, where cocktails are a specialty. Guests can also sign up for scuba diving, cooking classes and visits to local tailors.
In the Area
If it’s peace and quiet you're looking for in Phuket, then Kamala is just the spot, with its villagey atmosphere and a smattering of seafood shacks and shops. The top place to dine is the low-key, family-run Charoen Seafood restaurant, which has been serving the freshest seafood for the past 20 years. Families will enjoy the fantastically kitsch Phuket Fantasea theme park. If high culture is more your cup of tea, it’s worth hopping over to nearby Phuket town for a wander around its Chinese temples, Portuguese shop houses and cool new boutiques and cafés; try the China Inn Café for lunch and Suay for a contemporary Thai dinner.