First mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century, Phuket was a regular port of call for Arab and Chinese ships. Portuguese and Chinese settlements began to appear in the 18th century, and until the middle of the 19th century, tigers and elephants wandered freely in local jungles. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and located off the country's southern coast. It is largely mountainous with a range in the west running from north to south. The mountains of Phuket form the southern end of the Phuket mountain range which extends for 440km from the Kra Isthmus. Phuket is 50km long and 21km at its widest point. Connected to Thailand's Phang Nga province by bridge, the island is surrounded by the azure Andaman Sea, which joins the Indian Ocean to the south. Well over half of the island is covered by forest; the northern Khao Phra Thaeo National Park protects more than 20 square kilometres of rainforest.
Guest accommodations consist of 40 Thai-style pavilions and 30 private Villa Homes set within a mature coconut plantation and connected by elevated walkways. All pavilions feature an outdoor sala with a sun deck and dining terrace, a king-size bed, oversized bathrooms and spacious dressing areas.
Phuket Island is located off the west coast of Kra Isthmus, 890km south of Bangkok. The island is 50km long and 21km at its widest point. Connected to Thailand’s Phang Nga province by a bridge, Phuket is surrounded by the Andaman Sea, which joins the Indian Ocean to the south.
Phuket is just over 1½ hours by air from Bangkok and is serviced by direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Tokyo. Allow 12 hours to reach Phuket by car from Bangkok.
Situated above Pansea Beach on the west coast of Phuket Island, Amanpuri is a 30-minute, 25km drive from Phuket airport. Complimentary private limousine transfers to and from the airport are offered to guests.
Amanpuri has one of the largest, most comprehensive resort charter fleets in Southeast Asia. The professionally-crewed vessels range from 20 to 110ft, carry full insurance and keep a variety of recreational equipment on board. All craft are available year round, weather permitting. Vessels depart from three bases on Phuket to the many beautiful beaches and islands in the area. Between December and March, some of the vessels are anchored off Amanpuri’s beach. All vessels are exclusively for the use of Amanpuri guests. Amanpuri also prov...
An exclusive selection of Asian jewellery, antiques, textiles, artefacts, Thai fabrics, gifts, souvenirs and general sundries is available for purchase.
Amanpuri’s 27-metre fresh-water swimming pool is finished in midnight-blue tiling. Complimentary Thai tea is served daily late in the afternoons, and traditional Thai music is performed most evenings at the pool pavilion. A 20-metre lap pool is available at the Beach Club.
The hotel offers four floodlit courts. Playing partners and equipment are available.
Five-Star PADI diving courses
Amanpuri offers PADI-accredited dive programmes year round from introductory to advanced levels. The introductory course is a quick, safe way to experience the thrill of scuba diving in one day. The course consists of a brief introduction to the equipment followed by a pool session during which you will be introduced to basic skills. That afternoon, you will dive with your instructor. PADI Open Water Certification and all other PADI courses are featured, along with a wide range of dive destinations for expe...
Amanpuri's beach is lined with sun deck chairs and umbrellas. Beach attendants serve light refreshments as well as cool cocktails, cold towels and ice. Complimentary windsurfing, snorkelling, sea kayaking, body boarding, Hobie cat and Laser sailing are available, with attendants providing qualified instruction as needed. A nearby reef is flush with fish. Complimentary fins, snorkels and masks are provided. The best snorkelling is above the coral reef located between the swimming platform and headland in front of the villas. Snorkellers can h...
Five international-standard golf courses are located within 30-40 minutes of Amanpuri, and visits can be easily arranged. Complimentary golf clubs are available at the resort for guests’ use.
The Blue Canyon Country Club is ranked amongst the finest courses in Asia and offers two championship layouts – the Lakes Course and the Canyon Course. The Phuket Country Club is an all-round course with excellent facilities. TheLaguna Golf Club, just 10 minutes from Amanpuri, is a relaxed resort-style 18-hole course with wide fai...
Amanpuri newest dining and lounge addition offering a selection of Appetizers, Mozzarella Bar, Oysters Charcuterie and an Assortment of Artisan Cheese to compliment your Sunset Drink or as a light and casual alternative to Lunch and Dinner. More than 200 labels from some of the finest wine producers throughout the world are on offer at the walk-in wine room.
Weather-permitting, guests can enjoy lunches held at the Beach Terrace.
The Bar offers poolside drinks and snacks. At last light, half a dozen moulded-brass tables and pairings of teak, rattan-backed chairs are set out along the terrace between the pool and the steps leading to the beach. The view is to the Andaman Sea and the setting sun.
It is accessible from a pathway linked to the Terrace restaurant and beach. It features a 20-metre tiled pool and a Thai sala with cocktail bar and lounge seating.
The Beach Club
From late November to April, weather and tide permitting, evening torch-lit barbecues are held on the beach.
The 350-square-metre glass-walled gym is perched on the highest point of the property and offers a Pilates studio and spectacular views. A variety of cardiovascular equipment including a Power Plate machine and free weights are available. Personal trainers are on hand to provide individual attention.
The light-filled Library houses a wide selection of books ranging from novels and travel guides, to coffee table books about Southeast Asia. A wide variety of magazines, international newspapers, board games, CDs and DVDs is also available.
Meeting facilities include a boardroom with audio equipment and an LCD projector.
The Restaurant serves Italian cuisine and is open for dinner year round, and lunch between November and April.
The Terrace offers casual, all-day dining in an alfresco setting and features Thai and European specialties.
Naoki, which is only steps from the beach, is open between November and April. It serves signature French Kaiseki fare which combines the best of French technique with Japanese artistry.
The Aman Spa features six spacious Thai-style pavilions, each an open, light-filled space of wood and glass with private steam room, shower, bath, dressing area and outdoor meditation sala. Treatments can be enjoyed individually or as a couple. There is also a sauna, granite steam room and fountain terrace where health drinks are served. Complimentary guided yoga and meditation sessions are offered at daybreak in the open-sided teakwood salas set high on the hillside. The extensive Aman Spa menu includes a range of wellness therapies as well...
Adjacent to the resort and shaded by coconut palms are Villa Homes, many of them with ocean-front settings. Each villa consists of two to six separate bedrooms finished with Thai furnishings, art and antiques. Villas also enjoy a private pool plus living and dining salas. A live-in maid and cook attend to all guests’ needs, including the preparation of Thai cuisine in a private kitchen. The villas are ideal for weddings, special events and business meetings.
Forty Thai-styled Pavilions are set in a coconut plantation overlooking the Andaman Sea. All Pavilions feature a king-size bed, oversized bathrooms, spacious dressing areas and an outdoor sala with a sun deck and dining terrace. Pool Pavilions also offer private pools. Wireless broadband connections are available in all resort accommodation and public areas.
Pool Pavilion (two-bedroom)
The spacious two-bedroom Pool Pavilion features two separate freestanding bedrooms connected by an external walkway.
Partial Ocean Pool Pavilions
Partial Ocean Pool Pavilions offer partial views of the ocean and feature private pools.
Garden Pool Pavilion
The Garden Pool Pavilion overlooks the resort’s coconut plantation and features a private pool.
Deluxe & Premium Ocean Pavilions
Deluxe and Premium Ocean Pavilions enjoy premium views of the Andaman Sea.
Ocean Pavilions have sea views.
Partial Ocean Pavilions
Partial Ocean Pavilions are set slightly farther back from the shore.
Garden Pavilions are situated amongst the coconut palms.
Pavilions are located along the resort’s internal passageway.
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