This week, we’re feeling totally tropical (no, we don’t mean *that*). Sitting pretty by the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve‘s lush contemporary villas showcase traditional Thai elegance and modern flair. Explore the nearby archipelagos, relax at the indulgent spa or find inner peace with a yoga session. This rejuvenating retreat can’t help but calm even the most muddled of minds.
Style Peaceful elegance
Setting Andaman Coast
Why this week? As the end of the dry season approaches and with the Easter holidays almost upon us, this is the perfect time to replenish your energy and unwind in Krabi, Thailand. Laze by the pool in your own secluded cabana, or take a boat trip to explore a neighbouring island. Make the most of your relaxing getaway with this Phulay Bay hotel offer for Smith members: the Andaman Wellness Retreat package, which includes a healthy daily lunch, yoga, meditation and massage therapy.
Our favourite bits Each villa feels like your own peaceful palace, and with views across the bay and into the vibrant leafy surroundings from your window, there’s every reason to just stay in for the day. You’ll struggle to get yourself out of the sprawling big bed every morning but, if you can do it, the resort is your oyster. Relax in motion with candlelit yoga or eat fresh, organic produce at Raw Café, where all ingredients sourced from local markets. To really unwind and escape the daily grind, take a day-trip to the pristine beaches of Hong Island. Explore the labyrinth of underwater caves and snorkel in the clear blue waters (don’t forget your underwater GoPro) or just stake out a patch of sand with your pre-prepared picnic from the resort. If you wish to venture further, there are 130 islands to explore around Krabi.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Like the portals to a forgotten empire, two imposing doors open gradually to reveal Phulay Bay’s regal courtyard enclosed by 30-foot walls. Half expecting to be greeted by a burly, sabre-wielding gatekeeper, we’re relieved to be met by beaming smiles and refreshing herb-infused cocktails. After winding through a palm-fringed corridor, we cross an expansive water feature, padding over limestone stepping-stones. At each foot-fall a gong sounds out our arrival. Mrs Smith loves the theatrics and puts on a suitably majestic air.
The charismatic Song, our personal butler, whisks us away in a golf buggy to check in at our Reserve Pavilion, whizzing past cascading streams and verdant gardens bulging with mangosteen trees. A wooden bridge, over a bubbling waterway, leads to our new home on stilts. Song slides the huge glass door open to show off the four-metre-long bed (the biggest I’ve ever seen!).’ Read the full anonymous review of Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve…
*Copy compiled by Katherine Williams