March 19, 2014 00:00 By Phoowadon Duangmee The Nation
Trisara Phuket really does mean getting away from it all and wallowing in the lap of luxury
Trisara, says the resort website, means the Third Garden in Heaven. I don’t speak Sanskrit, and I’ve never been is heaven to the best of my knowledge but after a short stay at the luxurious resort, I do have an idea of what paradise might be like.
Here, at Trisara resort, I recline in the infinity pool outside my private villa and, with drink in hand, watch the sun sink deep into the Andaman Sea. By the time the rays have vanished, I’ve convinced myself that two nights in this beautiful private villa are not part of my routine work but a lifestyle choice.
Tucked away in Cherng Thale, the quietest bay in northern Phuket, Trisara is designed for the discerning traveller who wants to leave the hectic world behind.
Perched on a hill, every private pool villa and suite is enclosed by a thick wall of tropical garden ensuring complete privacy and a oneness with nature. Designed in contemporary Thai villa style, the resort is considered one of the island’s finest inns. Simple yet elegant, it offers a true tropical retreat.
I check into Villa 204 for two nights and fall in love with this Ocean Front Pool Villa, a one-bedroom bungalow with a 10-square-metre private infinity pool. Charm and elegance are in the details at Trisara. With hardwood floors, teak furniture and fine decor, the villa is designed for guests wanting to embrace the lavish lifestyles of the Thai elite. With rooms around 280 square metres, there is ample room to wander around the comfy king-size bed bordered by a teak dining table on one side and a sizeable working table on another side. This sense of spaciousness distinguishes Trisara from other Phuket’s resorts.
The resort designer has also given a great deal of thought to the bathroom.
Hidden behind the sliding door beyond the bed, the restroom is split into different small spaces: toilet, private shower, basins for him and her, a bathtub for both of them and a sizeable closet. I instead choose to celebrate the unusual feeling of total privacy and wash off in the outdoor shower located in the small courtyard adjacent to the villa.
Besides the Ocean Front Pool Villa, Trisara also offers the Ocean View Pool Villa, Ocean View Pool Suite, Ocean View Pool Room and two-bedroom Ocean Front Pool Villa. They’re pretty much the same in terms of design and decor, the only differences being the amount of space and distance from the beach.
The Ocean View Pool Room, for example, is smaller and further from the beach though it’s also cheaper. The two-bedroom Ocean Front Pool Villa, on other hand, is an ideal for two couples who enjoy vacationing together but don’t want to be on top of each other. For “lone rangers” like me, the Ocean Front Pool Villa with the length of the pool sticking out over the ocean is probably the best choice while for couples who like to cuddle, the Ocean View Pool Villa with the horizontal swimming pool is a must.
Trisala serves authentic Thai food at The Deck – a dining area on the expansive oceanfront teak deck. You can have a la carte breakfast here too. I try “khao tom thale” – rice soup with spicy seafood – and am slightly disappointed with the taste.
However, the real draw for guests from Bangkok and Southeast Asia countries is probably Trisara Seafood restaurant. Billed as Phuket’s newest and most sophisticated oceanfront dining experience, the restaurant serves the very best Mediterranean seafood. I have dinner here one evening, and am impressed both by the food and the length of the wine list. Trisara is also proud of its Sunday Brunch, which sees local residents and guests gather for fresh seafood, tapas and live jazz music.
Those in need of pampering should head to Trisara Spa and let three therapists ease away all the stress with the signature “Royal Trisara Six Hands Massage”.
In summary, even a short stay at Trisara will see you settling so comfortably in the lap of luxury that you don’t want to get back up and return to the real world. However, with prices starting at Bt40,000 per night, that same short stay could burn a big hole in your pocket.
At a glance
High points: Privacy and luxury go hand in hand in Phuket’s questest bay.
Low points: The resort is not an ideal for beachcombers as the beach is hardly more than a strip of beach – if not at all. You’re also far from Karon, Kata and Patong.
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