Looking for somewhere to refresh, recharge and revive? Then a trip to Amatara Phuket might be just what the doctor ordered. As Phuket’s first and only luxury spa destination, their fantastic all-inclusive holistic programmes tick all our wellness boxes and then some – but don’t just take our word for it! Here are a few more very good reasons why this gorgeous resort is currently top of our wellness holiday wish list:
Location, Location, Location
Tucked away on a peaceful corner of Thailand’s glorious Cape Panwa, Amatara Phuket boasts an incredible setting – with picture-perfect vistas of the turquoise Andaman Ocean and its pure white shores as far as the eye can see. This doesn’t just equal some envy-inducing shots for your Instagram though; it also means that the area is home to a plethora of wow-worthy diving spots, plus plenty of other nearby island paradises (including “James Bond Island” where The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed) for you to explore. Phuket Town itself, with its bustling markets and Buddhist temples, is a mere 15 minutes away too.
If the city grind has been getting you down, a few days of pure unadulterated pampering is the best option to hit that reset button – and Amatara Phuket has got everything you need to help you relax and unwind in tropical bliss. Its spa programmes deliver divine treatments galore, including facials, body wraps, traditional Thai massages, manicures, pedicures and just about everything else indulgent you can think of. Don’t forget to take advantages of the spa’s excellent facilities too – there’s a luxurious Thai Hammam experience that combines the best of Asian and Middle Eastern cleansing, rejuvenating and relaxing treatments, plus a steam room and infrared sauna.
Let's Get Physical
If working up a sweat is more your style, Amatara has a huge range of fitness offerings to help you up your performance levels. With expert professionals on hand for support in both private and group sessions, you can try your hand at Muay Thai, Pilates, traditional yoga, personal training, water exercise, mountain biking and beach sports… or a combination of all of the above! Meanwhile, tailored physiotherapy and deep-tissue massage sessions will ensure that any old or current injuries are effectively treated whilst also keeping any future ones at bay, making this a well-rounded active retreat that’s ideally suited to both beginners and seasoned athletes.
Make Yourself At Home
After a long day, nothing beats that feeling of flopping down onto a freshly-made bed – and rest assured, you’ll be doing that flopping in style at Amatara Phuket! Their ultra-spacious 22 pavilions and 48 suites offer the ultimate in comfort and sophistication, each featuring a luxurious king-sized bed and a private balcony that boasts majestic ocean views. Opt for one of the resort’s 35 pool villas to bag your own private pool, sprawling sundeck and resort butler to attend to your every waking need.
Clean & Lean
Spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to the contents of your wardrobe – and Amatara’s comprehensive detox programmes will have you feeling lighter and more energised in no time. Their carefully-balanced range of detoxifying body treatments, massages, a customised diet plan and supplements help to improve your digestive system, leaving you looking – and feeling – all the better for it. Meanwhile, Amatara’s weight management programmes offer a healthy, sustainable solution to shedding some pounds, but without that feeling of dread that usually comes with calorie-counting. Instead, you can enjoy a menu of delicious and nutritious cuisine alongside extensive exercise and physiotherapy sessions – meaning you can control your weight without losing that lovely holiday feeling. It’s also worth remembering that if none of the resort’s set programmes hit quite the right note, Amatara also offers bespoke programmes where their experts will help tailor-make an experience that exactly matches your needs.
Food, Glorious Food
You’ll be spoilt for choice with dining options at Amatara – with no less than seven venues dishing up fantastic food and drink throughout the day, plus the option of some authentic Thai cooking classes to show you how to whip up a feast once you’re back home. The Retreat is the best choice for those looking for healthy cuisine, with a focus on seasonal, unrefined, whole foods that nourish your body without stinting on flavour. Elsewhere, feast on the finest meat and fresh seafood (with an exemplary wine menu to match) at The Grill, enjoy both traditional Thai cuisine and international specialities at all-day dining venue The Restaurant, snack on light bites and drinks at the Pool Terrace, grab laidback beachside eats at The Beach Table, unwind with afternoon or evening drinks at The Library, enjoy sunset cocktails complete with stellar sea views at the roof terrace Sun & Moon… or forego the lot for some indulgent in-room dining. Whatever you’re craving, Amatara has well and truly got you covered!
By Rachel Read