The Pavilions, Phuket

Thalang, Phuket, Thailand Book from THB11,100

Sexy, stylish hotel with private pool villas overlooking the sparkling Andaman Ocean
The unofficial tagline says it all: no tan lines, no buffets, no kids. The Pavilions, Phuket is a seriously sexy hotel for honeymooners or young couples more used to sleek, chic European hotels than traditional Thai accommodation. Its successful combination of stylish surroundings and friendly service means guests are defecting here from the nearby Banyan Tree and Amanpuri hotels.

Perched upon a hill, the open-air reception, roof-top bar and rooms (all villas or pavilions) have stunning views over the pine-fringed bays of Bang Tao and Layan to the Andaman Ocean. These are 2 of Phuket's loveliest beaches, with soft sands, exotic birds, fine coral, a lagoon and few tourists. The villas are enormous, all cool grey concrete, glass and splashes of colour, and are staggered up the hillside. You can enjoy a sunset massage in total seclusion, or take a moonlit skinny-dip in your large private infinity pool right outside your bedroom door.

Highs

  • The quiet, sandy coastline is away from Phuket's throngs
  • It's extremely romantic, with in-villa spa treatments, a private pool for each villa or pavilion, and private dining under the stars
  • The staff are friendly but never obsequious, plus Jean Christophe, the General Manager, is a mine of information
  • The rooftop bar is named 360 for its spectacular views
  • You'll find elegant bespoke furniture throughout the hotel

Lows

  • You're not on the beach, but a short shuttle bus-ride away
  • There is building work going on in the valley, and some undeveloped scrubland nearby, but the hotel advises it is no longer causing any disturbance
  • It's not a place to socialise: few common areas, mostly couples, and no kids
  • It would be easy to spend days here without seeing any of Phuket
  • You would soon exhaust the menu if you eat in every day

Best time to go

High season is over Christmas and New Year, which chimes with the island’s best weather (November to February). Days are hot and sunny, though there can be cloud and occasional rain. May to October is the monsoon season, but you often get short patches of hot sunshine between longer bursts of showers.

Our top tips

You'll need at least a week if you want to get your fill of the seclusion and also have chance to explore Phuket.

Great for...

Beach
Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Beach Resort
  • 49 villas
  • Restaurants and bars (open daily)
  • Over 16s welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Tropical Pool Villa

Rooms

The hotel has 3 Tropical Pool Villas, 18 Ocean View Pool Villas overlooking the ocean and 4 large 3-Bedroom Pool Villas. All share the same interiors, reached through wooden double doors. Inside, the dark hues of smooth concrete floors, custom-made dark wood daybeds, floor lamps and wicker chairs are lifted by red silk pillows, glass walls, an animal-print rug, a colourful painting and rustic sculptures in the large living area. There’s a black and chrome kitchen adjoining the space, and the TV and DVD player (with DVDs) are hidden in an attractive armoire. All rooms have air conditioning, ceiling fans and a 'maxi' bar which puts ordinary minibars to shame.

There are more glass walls in the bedroom, where the kingsize bed faces the dazzling view. The dark wood bed head forms a desk on the other side where industrious guests can utilize the hotel’s WiFi access. The décor is uncluttered with Asian accents; this means a Balinese print runner on the beds and low shelves featuring wooden bowls and polished metal vases. Outside there are comfortable sun loungers around the large infinity pool, a massage sala and dining area.

A huge dressing room with dressing table, hairdryer, safe and wardrobe opens from the bedroom into an even bigger bathroom. The oversized bath stands on a bed of smooth pebbles and you can look onto a small palm garden as you laze. There’s also an open-air shower.

If you want even greater privacy, there are 18 Spa & Pool Pavilions set on the terraced hillside and accessed by a cable-driven funicular. Each has an infinity pool, a personal spa room (which staff enter via a separate entrance), a steam room and a private courtyard. Further up the hill are 6 vast Spa & Pool Penthouses. Spread over 2 levels, they have a lounge, dining room, guest bathroom, private terrace and spa downstairs and a bedroom, dressing room, ensuite bathroom and free-standing Jacuzzi upstairs.

Features include:

  • 'Maxi' bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Kitchenette
  • Phone
  • Pre-loaded iPod
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

There are 3 onsite restaurants: the main restaurant, the Plantation Club, which is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea; 360, serving drinks and tapas-style plates alongside views to die for; and the pool bar, Eastlands which serves snacks and Japanese-influenced lunches, as well as drinks. A lot of guests take advantage of the private dining and eat on the terrace of their villa or pavilion.

For breakfast choose from eggs, bacon and hash browns or banana pancakes, muesli, yoghurt, fresh bread, fruit and juices if you want to eat in your villa, or head to the restaurant for a full buffet with more hot options.

Lunch means spicy Thai salads, a club sandwich or Tom Ka Gai (chicken in coconut soup). Dinner could be tea smoked duck spring rolls, Phad Thai (stir fried noodles), spaghetti in tomato sauce or locally caught sea bass. As well as the in-room menu there is an impressive ‘maxi’ bar, which, includes proper sized bottles of champagne, spirits and wine, as well as a generous variety of crisps and snacks.

Step through the bamboo-fringed entrance to the hotel’s chic hilltop lounge bar and you'll see why it's called 360: it commands panoramic views over Phuket’s green interior and the glittering Andaman Ocean. Lit with lanterns and furnished with oversized chairs and sofas, it's a cool spot to hang out of an evening. Choose a cocktail or a light meal from the multi-levelled V shaped bar and relax to chill-out music or the occasional guest DJ. On Friday evenings a 4-course 'surprise-menu' dinner is served and on Sundays there's a 'Latin Flavours BBQ'.

For meals out, the hotel can make bookings at Lotus, a restaurant on Bang Tao Beach, and also recommend Ka Jok See restaurant in Phuket town (both are a taxi ride away). The latter is a charming, authentic hole in the wall visited by locals, tourists and a smattering of celebrities.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Kitchenette
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating: 360
Activity:

Activities

  • Take advantage of the privacy: laze by the pool, have al fresco massages and dine under the stars
  • Get the complimentary shuttle to the hotel's private area on Layan beach, nestled among pine trees in Sirinat National Park (loungers and towels provided). It’s a stunning, frequently deserted stretch of white sand with tiny beach bars where you can stop for a beer. You can also take the shuttle further down the beach to Bang Tao
  • Head to the Laguna complex for shopping, dining or the beach in that area
  • Laguna stables are nearby. Go horse riding on Layen or Bang Tao beach or ride along along tree-lined trails
  • You haven’t experienced Phuket until you’ve seen it from the water. Charter a boat with Tawan Cruises to the island’s dramatic limestone islands or go kayaking by starlight. Both can be organized through the hotel
  • Phuket is famous for its scuba diving
  • Tee off on one of the 3 world class golf courses nearby - Blue Canyon, Mission Hills and Laguna Phuket Golf Club
  • Go mountain biking through local villages and coconut groves
  • Head off for a shopping trip: check out the boutiques and galleries in Surin Plaza for Thai homeware and art and visit Patong night market for handbags
  • Check out the nightlife in Phuket Town or Patong (a 25-minute drive)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

The hotel has a no-children policy. Over 16s only are accepted.

Kid Friendly: Three Bedroom Pool Villa

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
5/
Food
6/
Service
6/
Value
7/
Overall

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