SETTING THE SCENE
I didn’t feel eager when my friend asked me to join them for a weekend at Patong Beach, Phuket. It’s just too many things for a wallflower like me – but I was wrong. That weekend, we drove passing the vivacious beach to the southernmost corner. Hidden there on a secluded beach, Amari Phuket offers a prime location embraced by the Andaman Sea. It settles itself peacefully, and privately, but also in a convenient distance for accessing other attractions.
The grandeur of the open-air lobby overlooking the stunning seascape implied a sense of lavish holiday to me. Among three wings housing guestrooms: Superior and Deluxe Wings, Ocean Wing and Clubhouse Wings, I chose the middle one. Tucked in a tropical forest perched atop a hillside above the ocean, the suite provides a kitchen and dining area, as well as plush beds and convenient amenities. Its warm tones and chic décor enhanced the superb views from the windows.
Besides, I was allowed to enjoy an infinity pool, a fitness room, and an exclusive breakfast at Clubhouse lounge. During my stay, I spent one morning at Breeze Spa. Aside from the pampering body massage, I was stunned by the open-air salas on the hillside which gave me a day of utter relaxation.
Featuring contemporary Italian cuisine, La Gritta is a chic destination restaurant sure to wow the senses. From authentic flavours to awe-inspiring views of Patong Bay, La Gritta Bar is a stylish venue for enjoying creative cocktails and selection of premium wines with accompanying tapas.
I had a crush on Amari’s bars. Samutr Bar offered me a vibe of chilled-out escape, owing to its comfortable seating, breathtaking panoramic views of the bay and an extensive list of beers and cocktails. But the picturesque Jetty is the utmost with its close-to- the-sea location, extending out into the calm emerald water. I spent an afternoon lying out on the sun beds until the sunset came. Time flew so incredibly fast!
WHY I’D RETURN
Amari Phuket has changed my attitude towards Patong Beach and it will absolutely be my choice for my next visit. The staff are truly polite, friendly and service-minded. The spectacular vistas from the comfy suite and cosy bistro are unrivalled. I’m dreaming of a soothing weekend once again.
2 Meun-Ngern Road, Patong Beach, Kathu District Phuket 83150
T: +66 (0) 7634 0106-14
Text by Thanisara Ruangdej / Photos by Pimlada Thanachoknitiwat + Amari Phuket
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