The Pavilions Phuket
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily Champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, a welcome foot massage, a fruit platter on arrival and a shuttle to/from Layan Beach
- Creative cocktails and Thai tapas at 360?
What To Know
- ?Phuket’s best shopping is just minutes away by car, as are some of its prettiest beaches?
- The region's dry season falls between November and April; for the coolest dry days, book in January and February; the rainy season, May to October, is also the best for surfing
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter? checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a jungle-clad hillside in southwest Phuket, the Pavilions is a 49-villa retreat made for honeymooners and romance-seeking couples. All of the Asian-inspired pool villas overlook Bang Tao and Layan beaches and have pools big enough to actually swim in with roomy decks for sun and shade. The bar, 360˚, attracts the island’s best-dressed inhabitants, who flock at sundown for the calm view, then stay sipping colorful cocktails late into the warm night. And the staff lives up to the hotel’s motto, “No tan lines, no interruptions,” delivering service without a sound.
Bed and Bath
Roomy hillside villas feel like private tropical homes thanks to high, pitched ceilings, woven organic fiber furnishings, indigenous fabrics and collectible arts and local crafts. For guests who prefer not to leave their rooms, the kitchens allow in-room dining preparations and the bar is refilled daily with decadent sweet treats, drinks and plenty of fresh tropical fruit. French doors with floor-to-ceiling windows frame tropical scenes and make it easy to slip straight out of bed and into the private swimming pool.
For active types, the hotel provides a range of daytime activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, golf and elephant treks. For beach time there’s a shuttle that makes the five-minute trip down to the sandy beach throughout the day. For many guests, however, there is little need to leave the villas’ comfortable confines; even the pampering spa treatments are done on the private, shaded verandas. Breakfast is a mix of tropical fruit, freshly baked bread and banana pancakes (well worth indulging), and for dinner, guests gravitate to the Plantation Club, an open-air eatery with gourmet western fare and Phuket’s finest dessert soufflés. The resort’s most popular spot, however, is 360˚, a sleek hilltop bar with unbroken ocean views. The island’s best-dressed crowd flocks here each evening for a colorful cocktail and the spectacular sunset display.
How to Get There
This is a lovely place to kick back, the staff are great and the shuttle is very handy. My only criticism is that people sit and smoke on couches straight out side the firefly restaurant and the smoke can waft inside where you are eating, I think they need to shift that.
Whilst we were very happy with the room we had chosen, everything on the resort seemed too far away to walk there. That said the buggy service was extremely efficient and better then we have experienced at other resorts who provide a similar service.
English language (being understood) was at times challenging, but I guess that is to be expected.
Travelling anywhere outside the resort was a fair distance and expensive, and whilst we knew our resort was somewhat remote, it probably was more remote than we expected, compared to the many other times we have travelled to Thailand. Notwithstanding the positives and the value for money, we are not sure we would return here again.
A final point about the food options and inclusions in the Luxury Escapes package - it seemed unnecessarily complicated and choices generally were limited or the same. Quality, generally was well below what we would have expected from the resort. I hope my comments are of assistance. Thanks Lindsay and Bronnie Somerville
Amazing place. Everything was above and beyond. Staff go out of their way to provide excellent service. The suite was pristine . Lovely personal pool and your own discreet outside yard for relaxing also.