“Once-in-a-lifetime luxury hotel with truly regal villas, private pools and stunning sunset views on Phuket’s virgin northwest coast”
The accommodation at Trisara is jaw-droppingly fabulous, taking the best of Thai and Balinese design with travertine marble floors, pitched ceilings panelled in golden teak, silk-padded doors, giants’ furniture, kingsize beds pillowed like a small mountain range, and tasteful antiques you can hang your hat on.
The least expensive, semi-detached, Ocean View Pool Rooms are at the top of the hill, these have some of the best sunset views; also at the top of the hill, but with twice as much space (including a living area), are the Ocean View Pool Suites. The Ocean View and Ocean Front Pool Villas are closer to the beach and also have generous sitting areas and private gardens. Families can make use of the 2-bedroom Ocean Front Pool Villas, which have generous living spaces - or you could opt for a Trisara Signature Villa which has a full kitchen and comes with its own housekeeper and cook!
Each is absolutely secluded with its own sundeck, loungers, shady terrace, uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea, and an infinity pool (ranging in size from 4-18m) which blurs the line of the horizon into an optical illusion.
Bath and dressing rooms come equipped with banquette, twin basins and Sodashi soaps, bath salts, shampoos and balms. There’s an indoor and outdoor rain shower and a couples’ bath festooned with an almost profligate selection of towels - one evening we counted 19 in the bathroom and on the terrace (most topped with a fresh orchid): enough to suit just about every eventuality.
Private bars offer complimentary snacks (homemade cookies, pistachios and crystallised fruits), fresh milk, cafetiere coffee and Tea-rapy teas. As you'd expect, there's a Bose sound system with iPod dock, gargantuan plasma TV, DVD player and free WiFi. Dressing gowns, beach sandals, a hairdryer, umbrellas, a safe, a daily newspaper, and an emergency torch are also provided.
For those who want absolute luxury, there are a selection of palatial private residences (with 3-6 bedrooms) to rent on the estate. Staffed with a cook and a housekeeper, the residences vary in size and design (reflecting each owner's taste in architecture and interiors) but are likely to have at least 1 sitting room, terraces, outdoor salas, a full kitchen, a huge (18-22m) private swimming pool, astonishing views and party-sized showers.
The food here is irresistible.
Breakfast is served a la carte in The Deck (additional to your room rate). Marvel at the centrepiece slab of honeycomb. Juices are freshly prepared to your own design – try celery, carrot and apple with a squidgeon of ginger for an energising boost. Then ruin all the good work with baked eggs and spicy chorizo, eggs Benedict, sliced avocado on sourdough toast with splashes of aged balsamic, or crisp, golden French toast with fresh peaches, bacon and maple syrup.
Lunch and dinner can also be eaten here. The restaurant cooks up zingy Thai dishes made with organic produce from the King’s project in Chiang Mai, which is committed to environmental care through best farming practice. We loved the deep fried garupa with lip-puckering som tam in a chilli sauce, and the creamy beef massaman curry, but were glad to cool things down afterwards with the pistachio dacquoise and the ice cream layer cake (the chocolate layer was like a whole wedge of a Neuhaus truffle). As well as Thai specialities, the restaurant also has a full vegetarian menu and a range of international dishes.
You can also try the ocean-front Trisara Seafood restaurant. Dishes, obviously, consist of freshly cooked seafood, served simply on the palm-shaded beachfront terrace or indoors in the whitewashed dining room. There's also a Sunday jazz brunch, which features fine wine, tapas and live cooking stations alongside the seafood.
If you can’t be torn from your divine villa, opt for a private poolside barbecue, just ask for everything (including your own chef, waiter and barbecue) to be sent up, so you can dine overlooking the Andaman Sea in splendid seclusion. Those in Trisara Signature Villas and Private Residences have full kitchens and dedicated cooks.
If you thought finding a family holiday that allows you to relax and stimulates your children at the same time was impossible, think again: Trisara is great for families.
Children are free up to 12 years old when sharing parents' room, whether in an existing or extra bed.
Children (4-12 years)
Ocean View Spa Pool Suites and Ocean View and Ocean Front Pool Villas take 1 extra bed, Two Bedroom Ocean Front Pool Villas can take 2 extra beds, and Private Residences take 2 adults plus 1 child per room. Some of the Ocean View Pool Rooms connect to the room next door too. All have bathtubs. The private residences have oodles of space for families and groups travelling together
English-speaking babysitting available by arrangement
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Trisara Kids has a dedicated pavilion away from the main hotel with a programme of inspiring activities including umbrella painting, coconut bowling, hula-hooping, kite-flying, snorkelling and daily beach volleyball at 5pm supervised by qualified personnel. It takes kids aged 4-16 and is free for guests; you must be on the property at all times while your children are there. Younger children can play as long as their parents are present
Food is available all day; purees can be created for the smallest family members, the delicious restaurant has a kids menu and serves smaller portions. Age-appropriate mocktails can be served in the bar.
Those staying in the Trisara Signature Villa or Private Residences have a full kitchen with a cook and a housekeeper. There's a microwave and blender available for those with babies
There are lifeguards at the pool. There are steps around the pool area and the villas. You don't need to bring everything with you - baby items, beach toys etc can be purchased on your behalf, as the closest shop is 15 minutes' drive away. There is a mobile signal everywhere