What We Love
- Taking lessons in Thai kick-boxing
- The incredible free-form pool that has sections for laps, kids' play and activities
- The thoughtful amenities for children, like the child-sized sun loungers
What To Know
- The beach is surprisingly rocky
- You can borrow paddleboards and canoes
- You can try all sorts of alternative therapies, from reiki to sound therapy
In the tourist-filled, cheesy parts of Phuket, it’s all bucket cocktails and sex shows that obscure the fact that the island is one of Thailand’s most beautiful. The Rosewood has eschewed the cheap thrills, though, by ensconcing itself on the southwest coast in a calm bay backed by forest, accessed by a winding coast road. The resort itself is a haven of fabulous swimming pools and welcoming villas and pavilions, all of which are spacious and clearly designed for long, leisurely stays when unpacking and spreading out is indicated. Each has its own pool, perfect for under-the-stars nighttime dips, but you’ll probably spend less time in them than you expect: the resort has enough activities on offer that you can fill your days with something new every hour. Before a spa treatment, visit the herb garden to choose ingredients for a custom body wrap or scrub, go snorkeling in Andaman Bay, charter a luxury yacht and lounge on hidden beaches, visit one of three golf courses, go sea kayaking….and the list goes on.
In the Area
You can explore the island via helicopter or boat, or even hike through the jungle on foot, and Rosewood can arrange all of these for you. It’s a quick drive into the historic Old Town if you’re in the mood for eclectic nightlife options or a new dining experience. On Sundays, head to Lard Yai walking street for an outdoor market of handicrafts and street food. Ban Boran Textiles is a must-stop for shoppers; it sells incredible textiles in silks and cottons, including embroidered decorative fabrics and clothes made by Thailand’s hill tribes. Make a reservation at Acqua for a special night: one of the island’s best restaurants, it has a seafood-heavy menu that benefits from a strong French and Italian influence. Exploring the island’s temples shouldn’t be neglected: both Wat Chalong and Wat Suwan Khuha, with their rich decorations and Buddhist relics, are fascinating, and the latter also boasts a lively monkey population.
How to Get There
Walkthru review and dinner. Pulling into the nearly hidden entrance, looking disheveled and riding a noisy scooter, the highly secured property barely let me in! However, once arriving at the upper lobby, the staff welcomed me like royalty.
At $1000+ a night, this property caters to a well-heeled and select customer base. At this rate, even minor annoyances can seem major though.
The grounds are expansive and lush. With huge staff and only 80 rooms, even at full capacity, you might never see another guest. Multiple pools ensure a quiet environment and the hotels cater to families traveling with separate play areas and staff.
The spa while expensive is a virtual oasis in your own private apartment. Well thought out and peaceful.
The hotel has a formal Italian restaurant staff with Italian's (of course), the head chef made time to meet me and clearly, the property is passionate about food, freshness, and flavor.
We came to check out the authentic country Thai Restaurant Ta Khai. The restaurant is open to anyone and has it's own entrance (down the road from the main entrance) and welcoming to visitors (smart dress, outdoor seating primarily). Prices are very reasonable and I would consider a bargain given the quality and space.
The restaurant imported an elderly Thai couple (who speak no English) to replicate old Thai recipes. This is the real deal, freshly ground spices, no fusion fiddling, beautiful cookware, and an open kitchen. Fresh live seafood from the 'pond' is available. Service is relaxed and the food was excellent. Reservations highly suggested.
The staff appears to be continually working on balancing levels of friendly and invisible service. Thai's by nature tend to be very friendly and it's a fine balance to hit by all staff.
Many thanks to the Executive Chef Luca De Negr, Chef of Ta Khai and numerous staff who were generous with their time during our day visit to the property and subsequent evening meal.
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Rosewood Phuket. I travelled with my mother and two children (aged 5 and almost 7yrs). We couldn’t fault the resort and we have very high expectations! The three main areas that we were particularly impressed with were the staff and service, quality and freshness of the food, and lastly the kids explorers club (my kids LOVED it and they don’t usually like kids clubs).
From the moment we arrived at Rosewood we were welcomed like family. You can have all the luxury in the world, but it is the people that truly make a place special and that certainly is the case at Rosewood Phuket. We are already planning our next visit!
We are fortunate enough to have stayed in many high quality hotels and this is among the very best. The best bits : (1) the staff : they really made our stay feel special. We have two boys (aged 7 & 9) and they can’t stop talking about how nice the people are. From Top and Cream who made us feel so welcome on the first night at the Shack restaurant, to Dean who made the boys’ buggy rides such fun, the Red Sauce staff that made the boys laugh at breakfast, the Kids Club staff who engaged so well in clever and creative activities and Pee and others who were always available to help in the gym. (2) the aesthetics of the hotel itself : the villas are well designed and beautifully tasteful as are the restaurants and spa/gym. The Red Sauce restaurant has a special ambience for breakfast due to the design and stunning view. The Thai restaurant is also stunning in a very different way. The layout of the hotel is also clever with everything conveniently located. (3) the gym has good new equipment and really helpful staff with a former Muay Thai fighter that is available to give fun private lessons which test your fitness. Whilst the gym is not massive it has all you need and is complimented by outdoor classes that are well thought out. (4) the Kids Club : not an electronic device in sight and the boys didn’t once ask for it. They were cleverly entertained with creative activities including loom weaving, ice cream making and pottery. Not the activities our football/rugby crazy kids would normally go for but our boys didn’t want to leave - again the staff played a huge part in that.
Well done to the management and staff who have made this place feel so special.
the hotel is nice and new!
however, the rooms are small and dark.
the gym was located in the clubhouse infront of the kids area.
the private pool was smaller than expected. but all the newer hotels seems to be smaller.
overall, the hotel was good, the food can be better.
its hard to access the public beaches from this hotel. so if you plan to just stay inside the hotel. this is definity a good pick!
This was our second visit-Enjoying the location you actually feel you are on a small island not at all in Phuket.While the first time I loved the accommodation Decor and grounds of this property-the real noticeable difference in 6 months was the staff.They are engaged helpful and no one passes without a greeting and a smile.The food in all the restaurants were outstanding quality and you really could taste the freshness.Second visit but not the last..