With its bustling nightlife at the Patong area, Phuket may be more commonly associated as a party central. But for those in search of a serene beach getaway at Thailand’s largest island, Rosewood Phuket might just make you see the destination anew.
Situated at the island’s southern tip at Emerald Bay, the verdant property overlooks the Andaman sea, with its 71 villas and pavilions generously spread out across its sprawling 43.5 acre grounds. It’s close enough to Patong beach such that a visit to the main thoroughfare is still easily within reach while being sufficiently self-enclosed and private for those who prefer to stay within its compound.
1. First Impressions
Given the notorious traffic at rush hour, the drive from the airport towards Emerald Bay was far from the calmest of journeys; we had also visited Phuket in January, in the midst of its peak season. But the green and tranquil environment at Rosewood Phuket makes the sojourn worth the wait. Upon stepping onto the property you'll be greeted by a set of grand doors that lead to the sea-facing reception area. From the lobby, board a buggy that takes you around the hilly terrain to your pavilion. En route, property’s abundance of greenery stand out—lush foliage and vines line the sheltered hallways that lead to the pavilions, growing over and around the property and on the roofs.
The villas and pavilions of Rosewood Phuket have been built to accommodate the existing plant life where possible, to make the property truly feel at one with nature. Rainwater-retention ponds not only serve as a calming sight; these are also the primary source of the resort’s water supply.