Paresa

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Paresa

*****

Named after the 'heaven of heavens' in Sanskrit, Paresa boutique hotel in Phuket perches high on the cliffs of Kamala Bay, with sandy beaches within easy reach and god-given views of Andaman Sea sunsets from all of its contemporary rooms. Relax in the seductive day spa, learn Thai culinary tricks in the smart cooking school or just chill out by the jaw-dropping infinity pool. Overwater dining day-beds put the 'I do' into proposals.

Highlights:

  • Lofty coastal location with sea and sunset views from all pool villas

    Seductive modern design, from the sleek infinity pool to freestanding bath tubs

    Romantic outdoor and overwater dining areas, and a smart Thai cooking school

Smith extra

A Thai set lunch with a glass of house wine for two at Talung Thai Restaurant

In the know

Also need to know:

During peak season, a five-night minimum stay applies, and there's a compulsory Gala Dinner for guests staying on 31 December (THB9,000 a head). Smoking is allowed on room balconies only; pets are not welcome.Dine away from prying eyes in the Khao Sok forest; ask the Adventure Team and they'll set up a linen-topped table on a raft underneath the tree canopy. A little more labour intensive, but no less magical, fishing for your own supper in the Andaman Sea is a rewarding way to sample local fare.

Packing tips:

If ever there was a time to splash out on a fashion-forward bikini or pair of board shorts, it's when you've booked a sojourn at Paresa. A pool this dreamy deserves a sartorial style statement. Bring a notebook for jotting down Thai cooking class tips, yoga gear if you plan to get bendy, and boat shoes for hiring out the resort's yacht.

Dress code:

Relaxed by day, racy by night. There's something about oh-my-god ocean views that cry out for a bit of dramatic dressing up.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Think The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on steroids. It’s our last night in Phuket and we have VIP tickets for Simon Cabaret, famous for its lady boy stars. The costumes are incredible and, despite the fact that most of the performances are mimed, the ‘girls’ look stunning with bodies my gal pal and I would kill for. There’s even a little bit of Kylie Minogue thrown in for added camp. We walk out with faces aching from smiling.

Scroll back two days and I can sense Mrs Smith’s excitement as our plane flies in over the densely forested island. She’s my best friend and is soon to

Accommodation details

Address:

49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83150
Phuket
Thailand

Location:

13.2 mi / 21.4 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Italian and Mediterranean cooking is a devilish temptation at sleek wood-lined Diavolo Restaurant, where chef Luca Mancini serves up light, tasty treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner, such as smoked salmon and goat's cheese mille feuille with capers and gold leaf. Roasted fish, rosemary and Prosecco risotto with black truffle and asparagus veloute gets our attention, too. If you'd rather go local, Talung Thai Restaurant shares the same dining space and serves authentic cuisine with a southern Thai slant, with a gorgeous outdoor deck for saluting the sunset. Plus, there's a stellar drinks list with cool cocktails and wines from around the world.

Top table:

We love swimming and dining, so imagine our delight when we discovered Paresa's ultra-romantic 'infinity dining' concept. Snaffle a day-bed for two suspended over the infinity pool and waiters will wade out to serve you supper.

Last orders:

10.30pm for dinner, although the restaurants stay open from 6pm until midnight.

Room service:

Available 24 hours a day, mirroring the restaurant menu.

Hotel bar:

As well as Diavolo Bar, which keeps pouring until 11.30pm, Paresa serves drinks at the dramatic Infinity Pool Bar, the perfect spot for a sundowner. There are no DJs, but you can chill out to Latin sounds and lounge tunes. 'Rush hour' kicks in from 6pm, when guests gather to pay homage to the sunset.

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