A Weekend at Sri Panwa
Sri Panwa is one of Phuket most impressive and most exclusive hotels. Everyone we know heard of it, but not many actually stayed there, and we finally did. This resort is built on a hillside of the remote Cape Panwa and is best known for its incredible rooftop bar called Baba Nest. We booked a weekend at Sri Panwa and even after so many years spent in Thailand and so many hotels reviews, they managed to impress us.
As usual, we were not sponsored and paid in full for our stay. We came unannounced to experience the hotel the way any regular guest would.
The exclusivity of Sri Panwa strikes you as soon as you reach the gates. Security staff is friendly and polite but serious; they will take you to the lobby through a road liked with manicured bamboo trees. The reception area where you check-in looks surprisingly ordinary, but it seems to be a purposely smart way to prepare you for what happens next.
Once the doors of our one-bedroom villa opened for us, we couldn’t hold our surprise and pleasure. Our villa was huge, divided into two-room with a large infinity pool in the front part, and beyond the pool was a glorious sea view. We did stay at most 5 star resorts in Phuket and many more around the world, but this was simply perfect. Exactly what we needed for a weekend hideaway far from the crowd.
The Pool Villa
The villa is large and so well designed we spent a lot more time enjoy it than we thought we would. On the right is the bedroom and on the right is the living room we used for work(yes we did!).
The bedroom is vast, with a comfortable living area between the sleeping area and the pool, and the oversized bathroom. Both the beds and the large sofa enjoy a panoramic sea view. Watching the first lights of the day over the ocean is such a fantastic way to wake up in the morning, and walk straight from your bed to the pool is simply perfect. (Then swim to the supplied espresso machine is also a nice touch).
The bathroom is large with an indoor shower (with steam!) and an outdoor rain shower. The bathtub comes with a Jacuzzi and can accommodate two persons.
The villa on the left comes with a table and day bed, a small attached kitchen with all you need to prepare your first breakfast or even cook if you don’t feel like going anywhere. In front of these rooms, you will find the outdoor living area fitted with beach chairs. Your infinity swimming pool is large, surprisingly deep and very private. Your neighbours can’t see you, but people on the boats anchored in the bay might. However, they are probably too far to appreciate ‘the details’.
Sri Panwa has no less than six restaurants, all surprisingly good. We started with Baba Iki, Japanese, which served us a beautifully presented and very fresh choice of sashimi. The restaurant mostly consists of a single massive table designed to create a casual party atmosphere, which is a little surprising at first. The views on the ocean through the floor to ceiling glass walls is superb.
For our first dinner, we went to Baba Hot Box BBQ and Steak House and were pleasantly surprised. The quality of the meat, the cool equipment used to cook and smoke it to perfection (a Spanish Josper BBQ) and most importantly, the skills of the chef made this evening a treat. Probably one of the best steak experience on the island. We probably will go back for the steak!
The Thai restaurant was maybe the least impressive because it missed the views (you tend to get used to this luxury at Sri Panwa) but the food was good, and of course, the service was spotless.
Guests can enjoy breakfast at the beautiful seaside restaurant with an extensive buffet. Breakfast pretty much defines how your day starts and Sri Panwa makes sure your day is perfect from the moment it starts.
Baba Nest Rooftop Bar
And what better way to end the day at Baba Nest rooftop bar? This now-legendary rooftop bar offers such a 360 panoramic view on the bay of Panwa in the south of Phuket; it is fully booked weeks in advance! Just look at the photos, and you will understand why. On the day we had the privilege to sit there, we had the most glorious sunset on the west and a rainbow on the east side! How can you possibly beat that? Outside guests are allowed, but minimum spending is requested and seriously, book long in advance! Don’t just drive there the way we did the first time; it is a long way! Read more
Sri Panwa only has a tiny beach, but we loved it. It has a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ feel with the jungle crawling on the hills all around and many coconut trees. The stairs leading to the beach are a little steep, but that is a good exercise. On the beach a few water sports are available, and guests mostly use the floating pier for selfies and photo shoots.
There are three swimming pools for you to enjoy if your private infinity pool isn’t enough, or if you booked one of the few rooms without a swimming-pool.
‘Cool Spa’ is Sri Panwa’s wellness centre, offering a long list of very relaxing treatments to choose from, including a special ‘La Mer’ package!
Sri Panwa is simple the most incredible place to hide and release the stress from your busy life. The staff is friendly and attentive in a casual way that makes you feel cosy (not ‘at home’: better than at home!) It may not have a fantastic beach, but the location and the views are unbeatable to make your holiday as perfect and as relaxing as it can be.
Swimming pools: 3
Restaurants and bars: 6
Distance to the closest beach: just a small private beach
Distance from airport: 44 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 26 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 12 km
Sri Panwa Info
Location: Cape Panwa
Address: 88 Sakdidej Rd, Vichit Muang Chang Wat Phuket 83000
Phone: 076 371 000
Open: 24 hours
Bookings: See Rates for Sri Panwa
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