Paresa

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

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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 (THB8,500 a head). Smoking is allowed on room balconies only; pets are not welcome.Don't miss the twice-weekly Recipe by Ryan dinners in the cooking school, where you can watch the chef up close.

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
  • Concierge desk
  • 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 Ryan Arboleda 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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