Paresa Resort Phuket
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast (served with sparkling wine)
- Villas perched high on the Kamala cliffs?
- Classical music and jazz plays throughout the property?
- The private plunge pool in the Aqua Pool Suite and the Cliff Pool Villa
- Talung Thai, an alfresco spot high atop the cliffs
What To Know
- All guestrooms and villas face the sea
- A free shuttle service runs to/from Kamala Beach
- Children 11 and under are not permitted in Cliff Pool Villas?
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built into the Kamala cliffs and looking out toward the sea, Paresa Resort blends so well into the surroundings it feels like a secret sanctuary. The architecture, inspired by traditional southern Thai homes, features authentic arts and crafts throughout. Native wood floors and local stone contrast with tech-savvy touches such as touchscreen lighting and high-quality audio in the living areas and terrace — even the pool.
Bed and Bath
Cliffside luxury continues in the 49 contemporary guestrooms and private villas, each of which has a spacious veranda and 270-degree sunset views. Some come with their own private infinity pool or plunge pool. All have indoor and outdoor showers, and the Dima Spa Suite has its own private steam room. Aqua Suites are an enormous 1,600 square feet, while the Cielo Residences are like private manors, at a mighty 7,100 square feet, and come with 24-hour butler service.
Paresa’s three restaurants, all with ocean views (of course), match the accommodations in wow factor. Diavolo serves up Italian fusion dishes, Talung Thai is an alfresco spot high atop the cliffs, and Recipe is a wonderfully intimate private dining room that hosts traditional Thai cooking classes and private dinner parties. You can stretch out on a lounger by the impressive infinity pool (or down at the Beach Club) and watch the sun set over the Andaman Sea, or indulge in a treatment on a private balcony at the spa.
How to Get There
The view down to the ocean and the rooms with private pool were awesome! The food in the restaurant was average, but we typically don't eat at the hotels we stay at so it wasn't that negative for us. If you want remote, and away from the crowds, this resort is for you. HOWEVER, a few things to consider: (1) there is no beach access - you can see the ocean clearly from your room and see great sunsets, but you are on top of the mountain. If you want to easily walk around and see the local culture this place may not be for you. You can still do this via taxi, but the time to get to Patong Beach or Kamala Beach can be up to 30 minutes b/c of traffic and minimal roads. I wish we'd stayed 3-4 days at the resort and then 1-2 days at Patong Beach - the life of Phuket!
The hotel is beautiful - staff are very friendly and the rooms are comfortable and classy.
However, service is not yet good enough to warrant the very high charges - charging so much everything should be exceptional.
Individually, the points below are insignificant and trivial but so many in a few days is not good enough at such an expensive place.
- Asking for housekeeping to come and no-one arrives
- Having no recollection of a table reservation for dinner
- Providing a vegetarian packed lunch consisting of a ham sandwich
- Different staff asking for food orders after an order had been placed
- The library with complimentary refreshments being closed for three days without explanation
- Failing to make us aware of a special vegetarian menu until our fourth day even though we had reminded the hotel of this when we checked in
- Noisy weddings by the pool three evenings out of five
- Not being able to use the main entrance after a trip due to the wedding - instead put on a buggy and transported through a service entrance.
As stated, individually none of these matter - but collectively this shows that the hotel is a long way from offering world class, polished five star service.
The room itself was comfortable and the views of the sea were great. However, our overall experience here was not good. The food at the restaurant was terrible, inconsistent, and vastly overpriced. The waitstaff were rude. There was no beach access and the beach we were driven to was run down and sketchy. We regretted being here for our honeymoon and would never recommend anyone stay here.
Went for happy hour and enjoyed one of the best sunsets of my life! If you are in Phuket this is a must visit place. Happy is good value. My next visit will be to stay at the resort. Book a table so you are not disappointed.
Paresa is a super special Hotel, is unique, is calm, beautiful atmosphere, excellent sea view, luxury and trendy rooms!!! Food is good, service is outstanding, The GM is the best always trying to make people feel happy, comfortable and special.
Ones you arrive to Paresa you have the feeling that you really landed in a very private piece of paradise all for you! You disconnect from your routine and start flying since you open the big door that connect you with the infinity sea!!!