Amanpuri, Phuket, Autumn Travel at Aman's Exclusive Resorts
In Sanskrit, Amanpuri means ‘place of peace’. It lies in a secluded coconut plantation by a private beach on Phuket’s west coast, a serene and restful setting, ideal for an autumn break or a well-deserved transformative retreat to recharge before winter.
Since its opening in 1988, this Thai beach resort has established a reputation for personal service, fine cuisine and cruising, all of which complement the natural beauty of its tropical island surroundings. Located on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, Amanpuri, known as the 'Pearl of the South', looks out on the turquoise expanse of the Andaman Sea.
The entrance sala, restaurants and bar overlook the resort’s main swimming pool. Amanpuri’s crescent beach lies at the foot of a cascading sweep of stone steps leading to the midnight-blue swimming pool and to the entrance sala. Drinks and light snacks are served beach- and pool-side.
The Terrace faces the pool and it specialises in Thai cuisine while the Restaurant serves Italian food. The Bar enjoys beautiful views of the Andaman Sea. Just steps from the beach, Naoki serves Kaiseki fare while the Beach Terrace offers al fresco dining at lunch-time. Overlooking Pansea Beach, Amanpuri’s intimate Beach Club features a 20m lap pool and a Thai sala with a cocktail bar and lounge seating. The Library houses over 1,000 books, from novels to works on Thai history and culture. The library lounge is a relaxing place for conversation and refreshments. The Boardroom is equipped with audio equipment and an LCD projector for meetings. Thai handicrafts are available for purchase in the Gallery.
Set in a secluded coconut grove, Aman Spa, Aman resort’s first full-service spa, is a holistic sanctuary that nurtures both body and mind. Using exclusively prepared products made from only the purest of ingredients, Aman Spa offers an extensive selection of treatments. Complimentary yoga and meditation sessions are also offered in open-sided salas set high on the hillside. The state-of-the-art Gym features floor-to-ceiling windows with open views, a Pilates studio and a juice bar.
Amanpuri provides Hobie Cats and equipment for windsurfing, snorkelling and kayaking. PADI-accredited dive programmes are available year-round. Six tennis courts are lit for night play and five internationalstandard golf courses are located within a 40-minute drive of Amanpuri.
Amanpuri’s own Aman Cruises fleet numbers more than 20 cruisers and sailing craft, one of the largest resort-owned fleets in Southeast Asia. Sailing, deepsea fishing, diving and overnight charters, with full crew, are all available. Maha Bhetra is a 90ft luxury cruiser with three air- conditioned cabins and a huge Thaistyle living sala on the top deck. It is ideal for cruising the islands and bays of Phang Nga and Krabi.
The resort’s 40 Thai-styled pavilions and 32 private villas are interspersed throughout the plantation. Each pavilion has an outdoor sala and sun deck, and is linked to the facilities by elevated walkways. Three of the pavilions feature their own private pools. All are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation providing shade and privacy. The elegant bedrooms lead to a spacious dressing area with twin vanity units. The bathrooms have a sunken bath and a separate shower. Most pavilions feature outdoor areas with day beds. Every villa is different in layout, but all consist of a number of separate pavilions and they are located on varying levels around a private swimming pool.
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