What was your first impression?
Scattered across the mountains above the Andaman Sea in Phuket, Thailand, Sri Panwa resort is home to about 45 villas, which range from 750 to 1,500 square feet in size. Each villa feels like its own little oasis because you have your own pool, lots of privacy and you are surrounded by nature.
The design is also really inviting – picture a mix of tropical Thai decor, smooth dark wood, modern furniture and enormous glass windows. I particularly loved the cosy striped lounges by the pools and the views across the Andaman Sea.
The hotel also has a private beach and pier, so you can easily laze around in the sun or go island hopping around the Cape Panwa. The entire place lives in harmony with the trees, water and sky.
What about environmental efforts?
Cape Panwa has curbed plastic consumption by only offering straws on request and using reusable packaging for its room amenities. In addition, the resort was built around ancient hardwood trees (instead of cutting them down) and the owners also planted many new trees and flowers to fortify the natural surrounds.
In addition, the stone, wood and terracotta buildings feature open-plan designs that enable natural ventilation and reduce the need for air-conditioning. The hotel also uses all LED lighting and sources its restaurant ingredients from local producers whenever possible.
Any wellness perks?
Head to Cool Spa to be immersed in the rainforest. The spa offers several ‘waterfall’ treatment rooms, a private hair salon, yoga, a juice bar and a restaurant dedicated to healthy dining. Try a Thai-inspired treatment, like the signature two-hour body and mind treatment, which includes a floral bath, traditional Thai massage, Thai herbal compress and a refreshing tea or juice.
Before or after the treatment, you can make use of the spa’s extensive relaxation areas, from vitality pools to ‘steam coves’, rainforest pavilions and plunge pools. If you’re looking for exercise, try your hand at Thai boxing or tennis. There’s also a fully equipped gym if you prefer to stick to your usual routine.
Good to know:
It’s about an hour’s drive from the airport, so you will need to plan ahead if you want to explore the island.
Why we’ll be back:
The views are unbeatable at Sri Panwa, but I also loved the private infinity pool and Thai boxing classes.