Mom Tri’s Villa Royale is not just your regular hotel, it was the private house of Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul, a famous artist and architect better known in Thailand as ‘Mom Tri’, a descendant of a King Mongkut Rama IV. Almost two decade ago, Mom Tri converted his summer house into this surprising boutique hotel built on a rocky hillside overlooking the beautiful waters of Kata Noi Beach.
Mom Tri Villa Royale consists of two wings. In the original house, each room has a different design, shape, size and decoration and flower name such as ‘Dao-A-Dung’, ‘Fueng Fa’ and ‘Toey Talay’. We stayed several times at Villa Royale and each time was a different room and a totally different experience. One of the suites even comes with its own en-suite wine cellar built inside the rocky cliff and was originally filled with a large selection of excellent crus. I guess it was a bit too complicated to keep track of what guests were drinking and only a small wine selection is now stored in the wine cellar. Each suite still has a homey decoration and it feels a bit like being a guest invited in the house distinguished host.
The new wing is more traditional in design but no less luxurious with 26 suites, all sea facing while the original wing not always offers sea views. The resort has also a very cosy spa with the usual large range of treatments so enjoyable while on holiday in Thailand. Three small pools are available, including a beautiful one with sea water, but these are just good for relaxing more than swimming. The gardens are superbly decorated and even has a real temple front gate making a perfect background for weddings and special events.
The hotel is very famous for having one of the best restaurants on the island ‘Mom Tri’s Kitchen’, which has won several Wine Spectator Awards and is in our 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Phuket. It is expensive but definitely great for a special occasion, and if you are a wine lover, you will be able to enjoy a great selection of 700 wines, and 15 wines served by the glass.
A small staircase leads to the beautiful Kata Noi beach where beach chairs are complimentary for the guests of the hotel and you are just a short drive from Kata Beach, another great beach with plenty of shopping and dining venues.