I was thrilled to visit Sri Panwa Luxury Spa Resort, because all the pictures I’d seen of this luxury villa and spa resort were truly spectacular! As we were driving to the southern tip of Phuket and saw one beautiful vista after the other, I got more and more excited. And boy, the Sri Panwa was everything I could have imagined – and then some! Sri Panwa is basically a small village, spread out against beautiful, lush, green hills overlooking the Andaman Sea and Phuket’s Southeasern peninsula.
With its 100-meter pier, you can actually arrive at Sri Panwa by boat from one of the many beautiful islands in the Phuket archipelago nearby: Racha, Maiton, Phi Phi, Coral, Lon and many more are only 15-40 minutes away by boat.
The amazing thing is that at first, I didn’t really comprehend how many different features the Sri Panwa offers. This is the whole concept: there is a tremendous feeling of serenity and peace, while at the same time there are all the services and amenities one can think of. From an amazing spa to personal trainers and tennis courts, to boat trips and diving excursions, there is always something to see or do. But it’s never in your face, everything feels very secluded, like a tropical oasis of tranquility.
We stayed at a beautiful penthouse overlooking the ocean, but… this was not a ‘normal’ penthouse, if such a place exists. At one point during our stay, I was swimming in the incredible pool, surrounded by tall palmtrees. As I looked up towards our room, I saw the boyfriend swimming as well, except he was doing laps in the private pool on the terrace of our penthouse! I have never seen anything like it.
The penthouse itself was incredibly spacious, with a large living room, open dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. The minibar was an excursion in itself, since it offered way more than a bar and there was nothing mini about it. The boyfriend was a huge fan of the enormous sofa that overlooked the Andaman sea. I throughly enjoyed the friendly personal butler who insisted he was at our every beck and call.
As you can tell from the pictures, the villas are amazing as well. They are also very large and luxurious and laid out in such a way that they offer a magnificent view, without impeding on anyone’s privacy.
I have to mention the wide variety of culinary options at Sri Panwa. Starting with the breakfast, there’s a choice of either enjoying an amazing buffet or ordering a la carte. I love having that choice every morning, especially when the buffet also offered a full Asian breakfast with soups and my favorite curries!
At sunset, I highly recommend cocktails at rooftop bar Baba Nest. It offers a bird’s eye view of this southern tip of Phuket that is simply breathtaking. There are many different cuisine choices at Sri Panwa every night.
We were extremely lucky that our stay happened to coincide with the visit of Italian Michelin-starred chef Stefano Baiocco and his team from Villa Feltrinelli at Lake Garda. Drawing on influences from modern Italian and Thai cuisines, Baiocco created a specially curated unique eight-course dining experience using only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients. We enjoyed a menu with the most delicious dishes of pasta, meat, seafood, desserts and wines. I think it’s very important to note that all this took place in a very casual, laid back environment that completely fits Sri Panwa. Guests were welcomed to take a look in the kitchen as Baiocco was waving his magic wand (spoon) and he greeted each and every guest like only an Italian can.
LOCATION // Sri Panwa, Phuket