“Sexy, stylish hotel with private pool villas overlooking the sparkling Andaman Ocean”
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.
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.