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Amatara Wellness Resort

Panwa Beach, Phuket, Thailand

The Amatara Wellness Resort, cleaved into the Cape Panwa hillside, in the south of Phuket, offers traditional tropical holidays as well as an excellent range of health and wellness programmes, including fitness, yoga, meditation, weight loss and detox, in a beautiful tropical setting.

Location

8 / 10

Amatara is located in Cape Panwa, in the far southeast of the island, around a one-hour drive from the airport and 15 minutes from Phuket Old Town. The resort is perched on a pretty peninsula overlooking a circular bay on one side and emerald seas dotted with limestone karsts on the other. There are no bad views.

Style & character

8 / 10

Whether you're here for a fun-in-the-sun beach break or to throw yourself into one of the resort's comprehensive wellness programmes, Amatara's pretty peaked roof pavilions, shining hardwood floors, fragrant gardens, tinkling water features and panoramic sea views induce an instant sense of relaxation.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

The main swimming pool is a showstopper; 180-ft long, surrounded by lush tropical foliage, with an infinity edge running between sea and sky. There's also a second smaller pool with a wellness café tucked away behind the spa for those craving a bit more privacy.

Wellness facilities are tip-top and include a large spa with a Moroccan hammam (I recommend the decadent Thai Hammam journey), as well as a gym, fitness studios and a sea view yoga platform. If you need a change of scene, the resort offers daily shuttle buses to Patong and Phuket Town's historic district for a small fee.   

Staff were generally very sweet but inconsistent; friendly and switched on at reception, extremely passionate and professional in the spa, but with grumpy pool attendants and slow service in the restaurants.   

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Kids' club
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

The resort features 105 suites and villas stacked around the hillside to ensure each and every one has a view of that glowing green Andaman Sea. Every villa also has its own balcony or outdoor terrace, while higher categories also feature plunge pools. Interiors are simple and elegant, lots of wheats and creams, with teak floors, rattan furnishings and large marble bathrooms. All very conducive to de-stressing.

Food & drink

7 / 10

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in all-day restaurant, 'The Restaurant', an enclosed air-conditioned pavilion with a terrible name, zero atmosphere, disconcertingly bright lighting but pretty good food. In the morning, choose from a large buffet of colourful tropical fruits, freshly squeezed juices, eggs, cheese, curried fried rice and soupy noodles.

Alternatively, pleasingly priced drinks and snacks are available by the main pool, health foods – green drinks, vegetable rice paper rolls, prawn cakes – are available at The Retreat. Or, for something more formal, book a table for a romantic dinner of fresh seafood and fine wines at The Grill.     

Value for money

9 / 10

Double rooms from THB 4,520 (£112) in low season; and from THB 6,370 (£157) in high. Breakfast inc luded. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Not suitable.

Family-friendly?

Yes, there's a free kid's club for children aged four to 12 years old.

84 Moo 8 Sakdidej Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket, Panwa Beach, 83000, Thailand.
00 66 76 200 800
Rooms from £ 116
per night
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