What is Baba Nest?
Baba Nest at Sri Panwa Hotel is the ultimate rooftop bar in Phuket. It is built high above Phuket Aquarium on the remote Cape Panwa, on the south-east of Phuket Island. It’s far, hard to find, hard to book as you can expect a two weeks waiting list to get a reservation, but it’s worth it. Once you managed to get a table, you will finally have a cocktail or a glass of Champagne and witness a glorious sunset over the Panwa Bay; you will very quickly understand why you went through this hassle.
And when we say it is difficult to get a table, you can take our word for it. Let us describe how hard it was. The 1st time we naively drove to the gate, not realising how exclusive the hotel was. At the entrance we were asked if we had a reservation, which we didn’t. We were politely denied entry and advised to book in advance as the place was full. The next day we called, but Baba Nest was packed for the many days to come.
We decided to stay at Sri Panwa Hotel and review both the hotel and the rooftop…. Seems logical, right? We booked the hotel weeks before and again naively assumed that, as guests, we would have no problem getting our Baba Nest table. Wrong! Few days before we had a doubt and called to secure one, just in case. Sorry, Baba Nest is full on the two nights of your stay. How unfortunate; but we can put you on a 3rd waiting list. Wow. But we took that waiting list.
On the day we stayed at the hotel (which is fabulous), we walked there at 5 pm as they allow hotel guests who didn’t get a table to take photos only between 5 pm and 5.30, and while we were shooting, guess what: there was a cancellation, and we got our table!
How Does Baba Nest Look Like?
The Rooftop is a square platform surrounded by a water pond, overlooking the fantastic Panwa bay, all the way to Phang Nga Bay on the east side and Phuket hills in the west. Apparently, on some days go the year, you can even see the sun set exactly behind the giant sitting Big Buddha (but not on our day).
At 5.30 pm all the guests arrive, sit on big cushions, order fancy drinks from the extensive (and expensive) drink list. Selfie sessions start at all tables until sun explodes in red and pink tones over the sea and the clouds. Everyone stops and stares at the incredible panorama. Baba Nest rooftop offers almost a 360˙ panoramic view, and wherever you look, it’s incredible. We even got a rainbow to the east while the sun was setting on the west. It can’t get better than this.
Just as you can expect it in such a popular venue in a 5-star hotel, all prices are very high. You can order wines, cocktails or Mexican tapas (about 400 baht per). A glass of wine is 480 baht, and a glass of Champagne is 990 baht. Note that if you are an outside guest, there is a minimum spend of 2,000 baht per person, and the booking will be confirmed with a credit card authorisation form, non-refundable.
We had a truly fantastic and unforgettable evening, and it makes no doubt that it was worth all the trouble. And by the way, the hotel was excellent too, and the staff are all amiable and highly competent.
Usual note: As usual, this is not a sponsored review: we paid for our stay, all expenses and came unannounced.
How to Book Baba Nest?
Location: Cape Panwa
Address: Sri Panwa Phuket, 88/5 Sakdidej Rd, Tambon Wichit, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000
Open: 5 pm – 9 pm
Phone: 076 371 000
Where is Baba Nest?
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