“Stylish hotel with private pool villas overlooking the sparkling Andaman Ocean”
The Tropical Pool Villas, Ocean View Pool Villas and 3-Bedroom Pool Villas all share the same interiors. Reached through wooden double doors, they have smooth concrete floors, custom-made dark-wood daybeds and glass walls. There’s a black and chrome kitchenette (or kitchen in the 3-bedroom villa) adjoining the living space, and a 'maxi' bar which puts ordinary minibars to shame. There are more glass walls in the bedrooms, where kingsize beds face dazzling views. Outside comfortable sun loungers surround large infinity pools, a massage sala and dining area.
A huge dressing room opens 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, the Spa & Pool Pavilions are set on the terraced hillside and accessed by a cable-driven funicular. Each has an infinity pool and a personal spa room (which staff enter via a separate entrance). Further up the hill, each of the vast two-storey Spa & Pool Penthouses has a lounge, dining room, private terrace, spa and free-standing Jacuzzi upstairs. Since our visit, the Hill View Suites, Garden Suites and 2-bedroom Pool Lofts have also been added - we can't wait to see them for ourselves...
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.
Children are welcome and there are larger suites which can host families. Note that children under 16 are not permitted in the villas.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The 2-bedroom Pool Lofts and 3-bedroom Pool Villas are best for families: both have private pools, additional bedrooms for children and kitchens; the latter also has gardens and a dining room. For families with just one child, we suggest either the Hill View or Garden Suites, which have sofabeds