December 4, 2011
Since its opening in 1988, the Thai beach resort of Amanpuri has established a reputation for personal service, fine cuisine and cruising, all of which complement the natural beauty of its tropical island surroundings. Amanpuri, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘place of peace’, reflects its name in more ways than one.
Located on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, Amanpuri looks out over the turquoise expanse of the Andaman Sea. You are welcomed in an open air pavilion that looks out to the main pool and beyond to the sea. It is truly breathtaking. Lotus filled koi ponds flank the entry and surround the gift shop filled with only the most beautiful things you could imagine. The dark bottomed pool is a cool oasis for the pampered guests that don’t want to make the short walk down to the white sand beach. The guests that walk the 50 steps or so are rewarded with sumptuous lounge chairs, beautiful white parasols and servers waiting to take a drink or snack order.
The rooms are very Thai influenced low wide beds made with fine cotton sheeting look through the open rooms to large soaking tubs, double sinks and woven grass-covered walls. Among other amenities there is a beautiful spa and a gym with world-class views of the Andaman Sea. I strongly encourage you to spend a week at this magical resort. There really is no reason to leave with 3 restaurants to choose from and the best shopping steps away at the gift shop.