Experience utmost tranquility and indulgence at Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, with its exclusive locale and luxurious amenities
While it's no secret that Thailand's largest island, Phuket, is a reveller’s paradise with its abundance of nightspots, beaches and night markets –especially in Patong on the West coast, its Southeastern tip, Cape Panwa, is still relatively untouched by mass tourism.
With its old-world charm and lush tropical grounds, Cape Panwa Hotel stands out from the abundance of tranquil resorts in the area. Notably, the hotel is also one of the few in the region that can lay claim to having its own private beach and jetty, accessible only to hotel guests.
Bird's-eye view of Cape Panwa Hotel
Cape Panwa Hotel's private stretch of beachfront
Your luxurious vacation begins the minute you touch down at Phuket International Airport. An hour’s drive in a limousine takes you from airport to Cape Panwa Hotel, where you check into the Cape Absolute Suite. The crown jewel among the hotel’s 200-odd keys, the suite is a sprawling 530m2 two-bedroom abode that comes equipped with its own lift, spa, kitchen and bar. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore the island, a Mercedes-Benz limousine is also at your service.
Picturesque 360-degree views of the Andaman Sea surround the suite, while the pristine blue waters beckon you to venture out to sea. Guests of the suite enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s own Panwa Princess yacht (subject to length of stay and availability), so do make time for snorkelling or scuba diving trips to nearby islands.
Cape Absolute Suite
Cape Absolute Suite
After a day out at sea, whetting your appetite are the hotel’s 10 food & beverage outlets. Sumptuous breakfast buffet spreads can be had at Café Andaman, which also serves lunch. For dinner, adjourn to either Top of the Reef, an intimate fine dining restaurant that serves up delectable French cuisine, or Panwa House, a historic Sino-Portuguese mansion by the beach that offers authentic Thai dishes.
For a unique experience, request for a candlelight dinner on the beach, as you savour your favourite dishes in cool, breezy comfort.
Candlelight dinner on the beach
While trips to nearby Phuket Town and water sports activities can be arranged via the hotel’s activities centre, guests can also immerse themselves in local culture by participating in Thai cooking classes and batik painting workshops.
Top off your stay with a visit to the luxurious Cape Spa, which offers a plethora of Asian-inspired treatments that range from Oriental-inspired remedies to traditional Thai massages. City-dwellers will appreciate the Full Moon Anti-Stress Massage. A foot-soak soothes tired feet, and the therapist’s skillful massaging of the head, shoulders and back relieve aching muscles. Finish off with a warm herbal compress, which promises calming effects and sets you in a peaceful state of mind.
Photos: Cape Panwa Hotel