Arriving in the hotel courtyard, you walk through a large double-door entry, stepping onto beautiful hardwood floors under a soaring roof in the open air lobby, with head-on views of the sea beyond the vast pool. We liked the simplicity of the design and the furniture throughout the resort: clean lines, solid woods, bamboo-framed chairs, and muted colors. All rooms have outdoor balconies or terraces, with Pool Villas – as the name suggests – featuring their own plunge pool.
The Regent Spa is at the top of the hill in order to take full advantage of the views. A large fitness center has all the latest equipment to keep up with your workout and balance out all the luxuriating and indulging that comes with staying in a Thai resort like this. Personal training is also available for that extra bit of push; the trainer running the place looked like he could break us in half without much effort, so there should be no issue there.
We were pleasantly surprised by the prices on the spa menu: treatments range from THB2,800 to THB4,000 (about $90 to $130). It’s substantially less than what we’ve seen at comparable luxury resorts in the area. You can choose your own oil when opting for a massage and the treatment is prefaced by a traditional foot bath. A song bowl is rung and circled around your body at both the beginning and the end, with the sound and vibrations moving through your body to signify start and finish. A cup of hot ginger tea on the balcony completes the experience, and had us relaxed to the point where we could have dozed off right then and there.
When you do want to connect to the outside world, it’s easy as can be, with free in-room iPads, WiFi, and broadband. Until the end of October, there are still opening offers with Pavilions starting at a very reasonable THB5,200 (about $170), including daily breakfast for two, complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, four pieces of laundry or pressing daily, and shuttle service to Phuket town. Rates are non-refundable, and you can get an additional 15% off if you book more than 30 days before your stay.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]