The Amatara Wellness Resort is located in a quiet corner of Phuket at scenic Cape Panwa. Get set for enchanting views across the Andaman Sea. It’s just a 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and 15 minutes from Phuket Town. The resort is set in beautiful tropical gardens and once you are settled you won’t want to leave.
Formerly part of the Regent Hotel chain, Amatara Wellness Resort was rebranded two years ago and quickly won a series of awards after reopening as a luxury holistic spa. The accolades include the top Luxury Holistic Retreat title in the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards. The resort takes a “middle road” approach to wellness that can be sustained at home and be included in your daily program. It is family-friendly and you can be as dedicated as you want regarding the wellness programs or just enjoy a fabulous healthy holiday.
From the moment you arrive you are looked after by efficient staff with consultations about wellness programs and treatments you have planned. Nothing is too much trouble at this luxury resort that offers life-enhancing wellness experiences. It is also suitable for families and couples who just want to relax and not participate in the wellness program.
The 105 suites and villas all have their own balconies with ocean or bay views where you can enjoy sunrises or sunsets. Some have their own private pools and the packages include lots of extras.
Our spacious pool villa has great views over the beach and a huge bathroom. The adjoining living room has a sofa you can sink into and there’s a sundeck with lounges poolside with fabulous views over the Andaman Sea. The complimentary mini bar is replaced daily and the free eight-piece daily laundry or ironing service certainly is a bonus plus there’s access to The Retreat for daily healthy cuisine breakfasts and free wifi.
Complimentary afternoon tea is served at The Library daily and refreshment drinks and mocktail hour and Sun and Moon at 7pm each day.
There’s a wide variety of excellent wellness programs on offer including detox, revive, anti-ageing, fitness, yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, weight-management, life-coaching and bespoke wellness.
It is geared towards the whole family and children are welcome. There’s a great kids’ club and nanny and babysitting services are offered. For those serious about improving their health you can book wellness consultations, blood pressure-testing, blood-testing, naturopathy and vitamin supplementation, and a series of treatments and activities according to the program selected.
Dining is an adventure and there are lots of options. All day dining is offered at The Restaurant featuring traditional Thai cuisine, Asian influences and international specialties. The dishes are inspired by the chef’s initiatives and feature fresh local produce. Breakfast features a buffet and there’s lots of choice, for lunch we loved the fresh salads and at night tasty dishes. The Grill offers informal fine dining restaurant where you can dine on the freshest seafood and the best meat cuts. It also has an excellent wine list. Before you head to The Grill, climb the stairs to the Rooftop Bar for drinks where the views and sunset take your breath away. The cocktails are excellent. Sun and Moon is a romantic roof terrace with a panoramic view of the Andaman Sea and surrounding islands offering fresh cocktails and the finest vintages. Pool Villa guests can enjoy complimentary evening refreshment drinks and mocktails.
The Retreat is perfect for healthy food lovers and opens for breakfast for Wellness Retreat guests and Pool Villa guests as well as lunch and dinner for all guest, while The Library is the place for a relaxing afternoon tea, pre or post dinner drink with a fine selection of wines, cognacs, whiskies, liqueurs and cigars. Exclusively for Pool Villa guests, The Library offers complimentary afternoon tea, coffee as well as the pre-dinner evening cocktails.
The Central Pool
The huge central infinity pool is perfect for laps and lounging by with wonderful sea views.
Step into the world’s first Thai Hamman and you are treated to rituals inspired by traditional Turkish and Moroccan bathing practices incorporating gentler Thai spa therapies. There’s also a wide range of excellent treatments and luxurious pampering.
Take a walk around the gardens and stop and smell the frangipani, take time to enjoy the views and chill.
What I loved
The Thai Hammam Treatment amid cascading ceramics and Moroccan touches is a must do. It leaves you feeling invigorated and the massages are fabulous. Stretch out on a warmed stone bed for a full body black soap massage, exfoliation and Thai herbal body scrub. That’s followed by a therapeutic mud rub, a thermal mud bath with ghassoul, a mineral-rich clay from Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Hungarian Moor mud that detoxifies the body. Then sit in the Himalayan salt room where negative ions are released into its air to ‘wake up’ the respiratory system, followed by the resort’s signature Amatara massage – it’s heaven.
There’s plenty to see in Phuket including a golf course that’s 25 minutes’ away and sight-seeing excursions on offer.
But chances are you will just want to chill out at this beautiful resort.
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