Since the Rosewood Phuket opened its doors, starry eyed guests have called it the best hotel in Thailand. It was the brand’s first hotel in South-east Asia, and the whole of it was is fresh out of the ground.


Five years on, if you’re planning a trip to Thailand, and you’d like to try a fresh piece of uncharted luxury territory, the Rosewood Phuket is still the place to stay, and here are 7 reasons why…

1. It’s close to one of the best beaches in Thailand

The Rosewood Phuket Emerald Bay

The Rosewood Phuket, Emerald Bay.

The Rosewood group have a knack for finding those postcard perfect spots to build their hotels, and the Rosewood Phuket is no different.

Located within a short walking distance from Emerald Beach, staying here gives you easy access to the best sunbathing spots in Phuket, and one of few remaining secluded beaches in Thailand. That being said, if you want to mingle with locals and experience some of the vibrant nightlife on offer, the coastal town of Patong is a 20-minute drive away, and Phuket’s Old Town is also close by. 

2. It’s a suite- and villa-only hotel, and they all come with private plunge pools

The Rosewood Phuket - Ocean View Suite

Rosewood Phuket: The Ocean House

No tropical hotel resort would be complete without a plunge pool, and the Rosewood Phuket duly obliges by equipping all of its suites and villas with one. Whether it’s the entry level Pavilion Suite or the massive Beach House you decide to book, you can always enjoy the pleasure of cooling off in the pool whenever you feel the need.

3. It’s designed with nature in mind

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The Rosewood Phuket: Ocean View Suite: Bathroom

The Rosewood Phuket’s connection with nature runs deep. It’s built from the ground up to be environmentally friendly, and its design merges seamlessly with Phuket’s jungle and coastline landscape.

“The fundamental experience is that of being at one with this incredible environment of tropical jungle, hilltop views and stunning coastline”, says Andrew Turner, Managing Director of the Rosewood Phuke, and that’s exactly what they’ve managed to do. Each room’s large outdoor area, plunge pool and massive windows put you at one with Phuket’s breathtaking landscape.

4. It’s one of Thailand’s most environmentally friendly and self-sustainable hotels

The Rosewood Phuket - Poolside

Rosewood Phuket: Poolisde

The Rosewood Phuket is nestled within 43 acres of gorgeous coastline, forest and wetlands, and it is built with their preservation in mind. Nearly 100 percent of its water is obtained through sustainable methods, while many of the indigenous foliage on site, including 150-year-old Banyan trees, have been left intact. Anything that had to go was relocated to other sites. Then, of course, there is the hotel’s extensive use of windows in private and public places, and the fact that 30 percent of the building rooftops are covered in gardens to reduce the use of artificial light and air conditioning.

When you absolutely need to flick a switch, power comes courtesy of the largest solar panel ever installed in a Phuket hotel.

5. The hotel’s activity list is one of the best around

The Rosewood Phuket - Sailing

The Rosewood Phuket: Sailing in Phang Nga Bay

Once again, the Rosewood’s activity list is a winner. Whether you’re after an all-out wow factor or a deep cultural experience, the Rosewood Phuket is able to provide. Activities include island hopping, helicopter tours, deep dives in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, a quiet afternoon sails in Phang Nga Bay and guided tours of cultural landmarks.

6. The Asaya Wellness Center is heaven under a roof

The Rosewood Phuket - The Asaya

The Rosewood Phuket: The Asaya Wellness Centre

For those who have always wanted a wellness experience that goes deeper than what your average hotel spa offers, the Asaya is what you’ve been waiting for. If you’re willing to try it, you can expect one of the most personalized wellness programs ever devised by a hotel.

Found in a fragrant garden filled with herbs and local foliage, and framed by Phuket’s lush jungles, the quintessential Thai landscape is the perfect environment for a unique wellness concept centered around self acceptance and discovery.

With the help of resident practitioner Steve Harvey (formerly from the Six Senses Zighy Bay with Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lopez and Bruce Willis on his list of former clients), you’ll be able to learn the benefits of an energized life via programs that include mindful eating, ideal balance, meditation and yoga, inner peace and healthy sleep.

7. The four restaurants are among the best you’ll find in South West Phuket

The Rosewood Phuket - Ta Khai

The Rosewood Phuket: Ta Khai Restaurant

Though still new, it’s clear that in terms of fine dining options, design and menu, the Rosewood Phuket’s restaurants are set to reign supreme in Emerald Bay.

For a menu dictated by the catch of the day, and a design reminiscent of a rustic Thai village, the Ta Khai restaurant is where you want to be. For an even more laid-back and rustic vibe, head to The Shack, where an open kitchen equipped with a hot stone oven and charcoal grill pumps out some of the best seafood in the Indian Ocean.

Idyllic vistas of Emerald Bay and flavorsome Italian food are also yours to enjoy at the Red Sauce restaurant, while MAI is the poolside bar you go to shoot the breeze with other guests, and enjoy cocktails to the sounds of chill music.

There you have it, seven reasons to book the Rosewood Phuket, though of course, the hotel has plenty more in store. That being said, if you’re still trying to decide whether it’s the right hotel for you, our exclusive Grand Luxury Hotel member perks should help you to make up your mind.

Book the Rosewood Phuket through us, and benefit from your very own travel assistant to help you organize your trip, room upgrades, a VIP welcome, and more. It’s simply the best way to travel.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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