Thailand's tropical and posh destination, Phuket, has been buzzing lately with a slew of hotel announcements. If you are looking to stay in style at this VIP destination, here are some sizzling properties you will not want to miss.
Singapore-based COMO Hotels and Resorts will open their 10th property in the first quarter of 2013. Located on the northeast coast of the isle of Phuket, Point Yamu by COMO will have 109 rooms, including 30 private villas, overlooking the private beach and the Andaman Sea. Easily reached from the hotel: both the Phuket International Airport (20 minutes drive), and the dramatic limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay. The contemporary interiors are by Italian designer Paola Navone. Think blues and oranges inspired by both the sea and Thailand's Buddhist monks.
What's in store for guests: a 100-meter swimming pool; a COMO Shambhala Retreat with eight treatment rooms; a yoga studio; an Italian and Thai restaurant called Glow serving up COMO Shambhala's healthy cuisine.
The resort features 105 rooms, made up of 35 Pool Villas, 48 Suites and 22 Pavilions. The 645-square-foot Pavilions include bedrooms with a king-size bed, sea views, ocean view balcony and a table for al fresco dining. The Suites measure 753 square feet, while the Regent Pool Villas weigh in at a massive 1,600 square feet. These villas have their own outdoor pools and sun lounges overlooking the ocean.
Time to dine: Two signature restaurants are available at the property. The Grill restaurant serves up seafood and meats in a variety of local and international styles. The Restaurant is the all-day venue with Thai and Asian specialties. Guests can also visit the Beach Bar and Library for snacks, wines, cocktails and liqueurs.
The spa has eight private treatment rooms, six of which are open air. The Regent Spa offers Thai and specialty massages.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has announced its plan to open by end-2014 Rosewood Phuket, which will be the second Rosewood property in Asia following Rosewood Beijing's summer 2013 opening. The resort, including 87 villas, 20 residences and six hideaway homes, will be located on the 1,968-foot Emerald Bay beachfront in Western Phuket, one of the island's last remaining areas for a secluded beach resort enclave. All private and public areas will blend interiors and exteriors with retractable glass walls. To preserve the 40-acre forest, including 150-year-old Banyan trees considered sacred in Thai culture, Bangkok-based P-Landscapes will retain or carefully transplant every tree within the site.
The 20 two-to-nine-bedroom tropical mansion residences are set on sties that will average half an acre, while the six two-to-three-bedroom forest hideaway homes are positioned on a steep slope with views of Emerald Bay, with a private gymnasium 20-meter lap pool and lounge for exclusive use.
Six restaurants and lounges will include a Thai seafood restaurant on the beach, built with recycled teak wood; a hillside restaurant offering authentic Asian and Western cuisines; an all-day dining bistro; library lounge; spa cafe; and a beachfront lounge and bar deck area.
Sense spa will feature five treatment rooms, seven spa villas with steam and shower, a swimming and Watsu pool. A labyrinth garden, the central feature of the spa, will provide herbs and ingredients for the spa cafe and use in specialized treatments.
Rosewood Phuket will also feature The Pavilion, a new concept of residential-style meeting and function venue and a signature for all Rosewood hotels in Asia. Exclusive corporate retreats and social events of up to 300 for cocktail parties, will take place in a free-standing structure offering relaxation areas, a residential-style kitchen, open terraces and a private entrance.
Recreational facilities will include a free-form and children's pool, a beachside lap pool and a cascading spa pool with filtered waters. Also on offer will be a health club with gymnasium, yoga pavilion and rooftop tennis court.