FOR a luxurious Thailand getaway, it doesn’t get more idyllic than the award-winning five-star resort Sri Panwa, the stately and more refined sister of the contemporary new Baba Beach Club.
Located atop spectacular Cape Panwa on the south-eastern tip of Phuket, this is one of Thailand’s best and most secluded resorts and, I confess, there were more than a few ‘pinch me’ moments during my stay.
My stylish one-bedroom luxury villa boasts a private pool, sauna, outdoor rain shower and, best of all, panoramic views of the Andaman Ocean.
Continuing my A-lister experience, a tuk tuk arrives at 5.30pm to take me to sunset drinks at Baba Nest. As soon as the elevator doors open, I am blown away by the 360-degree views this exclusive bar offers.
With a full selection of cocktails and Mexican nibbles, Baba Nest is the ultimate location in Phuket to take in the glorious sunset. The space is limited to 30 people giving you an intimate, VIP experience. Pinch me.
As the sun sets, a tuk tuk is waiting to take us over to Baba IKI for a 15-course Omakase meal. The sashimi is of the highest quality and the beef melts in my mouth but the highlight is a unique, cold Japanese noodle dish with salmon roe and black truffle. Watching the chef assemble each morsel is like watching an artist at work.
There is no shortage of dining options at Sri Panwa - from the mouth watering pork belly at Hot Box to the authentic Chinese experience at Baba Chino, as well as traditional Thai at Baba Soul Food.
With all of the dining options, it is a good thing the resort offers Muay Thai boxing and sunrise yoga. There’s also a fully equipped gym, tennis courts or kayaking for those wanting more physical activity. If exercise is not your thing, a tuk tuk ride over to BABA SPA should be.
The wonderful therapists will make you feel like a new person and offer a full range of spa treatments that leave you feeling Zen. Much like the entire bucket list experience at Sri Panwa.