Trisara Phuket puts a private luxury resort in Thailand on the map where visitors would usually find a phalanx of budget to mass market, to family-friendly inns eager to offer proximity to public beaches with a bunch of affordability.
But if you are a celebrity (Trisara Phuket has been a fave with Maroon 5 and Paris Hilton) or want to be treated like one, choosing Trisara as your resort for a visit to Phuket, Thailand, ensures a seamless stay in stunning surroundings.
An easy 15-minute transfer from Phuket International Airport, Trisara is a 40-acre hideaway on a secluded beach. Privacy is at a premium here. Some 63 individual pool villas and suites and an array of 2- to 7-bedroom lavish residences peek out of a forest of bamboo canopies and banana trees on a hill overlooking the Andaman Sea. Orchids, lilies and lotus plants line the trickling waterscapes that meander through the resort. The wind through the leaves and the calm, lapping waves providing the soundscapes.
Luxury at Trisara Phuket
Trisara brings a selection of one- and two-bedroom pool villas starting with a 1,450-square-foot Jr. Suite (and going as large as two bedrooms with 3,200 square feet). All villas offer a signature element that separates Trisara into a class of its own when it comes to hospitality choices on Phuket: a spacious pool terrace with dreamy ocean views. Luxury at Trisara Phuket can easily be defined as desire to stay wrapped up in these sumptuous accommodations. But there are plenty of draws at the resort competing for guests’ ooohs and aaahs.
While it is tempting to order room service and enjoy quiet meals on your private terrace, two restaurants at Trisara offer two different approaches to fine dining in both taste and ambience. PRU bases its menu on western approaches of farm-to-table cuisine and provides locally sourced ingredients from its very own farm within unusual fusions of eastern and western culinary philosophies. Think: Phang Nga black crab salad with marinated kohlrabi, local avocado, PRU papaya and a crab sauce infused with foraged sour leaves; or pumpkin cooked overnight in a pit and then topped with homemade goat cheese and sorrel leaves.
A second restaurant, Seafood at Trisara, offers authentic and fresh Thai seafood from the Andaman Sea inspired by long-forgotten local “Mama” recipes. Casual comfort food and cocktails are served on The Deck, which overlooks the resort’s secluded beach. It’s also the location of a must-do Sunday Jazz Brunch.
For private groups, weddings that seat up to 100 guests can be arranged at the resort’s picturesque Sunset Point, or in one of the lavish private pool residences.
Trisara Phuket: Simple Thai Surprise
Massage and pampering treatments are also on the menu at Trisara. JARA Spa receives continued buzz for its legendary “Royal Trisara Six Hands Massage.” This is one time when three is not a crowd — six hands knead and stretch in the traditions of Thai medicine to produce a harmonious, sublime balance. Organic, chemical-free potions are used for massage and facial treatments, aiming to touch the five pillars of physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Treatments as simple as a 60-minute foot massage, or as involved as the six-hour holistic JARA Wellbeing Discovery, are all rooted in traditional Thai healing practices, some of which date back thousands of years.
Tours and Treats at Trisara Phuket
As one of the few resorts in Phuket to offer a private beach, guests often spend time in the peaceful cove waters and protected white sand expanse, snorkeling and enjoying the beach’s ease of use. But Trisara can arrange cruises to special snorkel spots, to the Similian Islands and to the beaches of Phang Nga Bay, UNESCO world-heritage site. The tour circles dramatic limestone islets that jut from the emerald sea. There, you will see James Bond Island, an iconic limestone tower surrounded by water, seen in the 1974 film The Man with The Golden Gun. An air-conditioned fitness gym is available for those who want to stay in shape and a small kids’ club is available for families, although the resort is mostly popular with adults and honeymooners.
Although Trisara tends to be quiet and peaceful, that does not mean the party does not go on. Trisara guests have access to nearby Dream Beach Club, a well-known brand in glamorous beach club spots offering cozy day beds, flows of sushi and champagne and a guest list that often includes billionaires and celebrities from around the world. The beach, swimming pool, restaurant, all day DJ ensures the party never stops … and then there is the welcome quiet of Trisara waiting at the end of the craziness.
Stay at Trisara; Explore Phuket
Phuket is well worth the exploration in its own right. Only 90 minutes from Bangkok, numerous flights from Bangkok make it easy and a must for anyone visiting Thailand. Knowns as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket is the largest island (bridge connected) located on the southern leg of Thailand reaching down toward Malaysia. The area bears the influence of the Portuguese, Dutch, English and Chinese traders and Burmese invaders before a succession of Siamese kings strengthened their hold on the land.
A walk through the narrow, preserved streets of Old Phuket Town brings a colorful collage of Sino-Portuguese buildings developed through profitable centuries of mining and trading in tin and now converted into a lively collection of shops, hotels, restaurants and museums. Trisara’s Senior Resort Hosts gladly take guests on a hosted tour of the lesser known streets of Phuket Town, and introduce them to intriguing local artists and gourmet street food stalls.
Other take-ins include Phuket’s revered Big Buddha landmark, the island’s renowned monastery of Wat Chalong, and the sweeping views at Promthep Cape.
Nature and animal lovers can head to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, a vast jungle reserve home to a handful of rescued elephants that guests can observe from a respectful distance.
Diving enthusiasts can get trained at Koh Tao (costs for PADI certification are relatively reasonable in Thailand) then head out to Similan Islands National Park for some once-in-a-lifetime submerged sightseeing.
Island boat tours, a rivetingly beautiful elephant show at Fantasea, a visit to a small and remote band of “sea gypsies at Rawai Village, even a half-day cooking lesson at the Blue Elephant Cooking School – there is no shortage of actions and distractions in Phuket. But a stay at Trisara, Phuket guarantees guests time to experience the real Phuket through the pauses.
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