Living in Singapore makes weekend trips that little bit more exciting when you know you can hop on a plane to Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia in a matter of a few hours. I have visited Thailand a few times now and one of the easiest island’s to visit for a short weekend is Phuket. The flight from Singapore is only 1 hour 50 minutes and you can be at your resort within half an hour or less from the airport.
On my latest trip to Phuket I decided to venture further south than I have gone before on the island and stay at the Amatara Resort on the quiet Cape Panwa overlooking the turquoise Andaman sea.
The Amatara resort is situated an hours drive south of the airport. You can arrange for a VIP hotel transfer as we did, which includes being greeted off the plane, fast tracked through immigration and a pimped up ride to the hotel. Think leather arm chairs with mini bar, large tv screen and surround sound to enjoy a movie en route to the hotel. This was definitely a great way to start our trip. However if you would like to save a bit of cash the taxis from the airport are usually cheaper than the hotel transfers.
We stayed in a premier sea view room which overlooked Panwa Bay and the Andaman Sea. Our room was large and well appointed with Japanese inspired design accompanied with wooden details, kimono robes and open plan living and bathing. There was also a colonial style balcony to have your morning coffee on.
You will find a mixture of Thai and western cuisine in the resort. A continental breakfast is served of pastries, yogurt, fruit and cereal along with your choice of a hot dish. Unfortunately if you would like to sample one of the resort’s wellness juices this is at an extra charge of SG$10, which seemed a little excessive to me.
Lunch by the pool offers both Thai and western cuisine and the Thai beef salad and Pad Thai we ordered were both flavorsome, authentically Thai and delicious. The spring rolls on the other hand left a lot to be desired.
Dinner at The Grill, the resort’s laid back fine dining restaurant is set upon a high elevation in order to have sweeping views of Cape Panwa and surrounding landscape. The food is a little confusing as the menu description didn’t necessarily reflect what was served. For example, the ‘Thai Wok – hot and spicy Nam Prik Pao’ wasn’t spicy at all and wasn’t in line with other more authentic Thai versions of this dish that we have sampled before, which was a shame.
The large swimming pool is situated at the centre of the resort with the lobby, boutique and the Grill surrounding it. A definite plus point is that the infinity pool has plenty of sun beds to choose from and it gets the sun all day long.
A pleasant all round spa menu and setting situated with views overlooking the Andaman sea. Whilst the treatments are usually on the expensive side (in line with western prices) there is an early bird offer of 2-for-1 60 minute massages, which makes that holiday massage go that little further.
Whilst the setting was beautiful and the room luxurious and comfortable what disappointed me most was that everything outside of the room rate was very expensive for example, S$12 for a 500ml bottle of Evian and unfortunately this did detract from the overall peaceful feel of this resort.
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