The Racha

The Racha

*****

Luminescent turquoise water and a powdery-white beach on a tiny island south of Phuket create a classic postcard backdrop for boutique hotel The Racha. Pared down and eco-chic, this modern oasis has been built in low-rise harmony with its environment, with serene whitewashed villas for clutter-free cool.

Highlights:

  • Urban luxury in a mesmerising setting

  • Imagine a private island paradise

  • An underwater menagerie just off the beach

Smith extra

A bottle of wine and a fruit basket

In the know

Also need to know:

The Racha is on just-remote-enough Racha Yai Island, 20km south of Phuket, so getting here is a bit James Bond. Take a private limousine from Phuket airport and a thrilling 35-minute speedboat trip.The Racha smells divine with fresh lemongrass fragrance permeating throughout. Choose from lemongrass, jasmine or lavender scents for your room. Smoking is allowed outdoors and in open-air restaurants only.

Packing tips:

The Racha is pretty remote, so bring plenty of books and magazines as you won’t be able to buy any once there. Pack your Blackberry if you need to stay in touch as stormy weather can make broadband connections erratic.

Dress code:

Hippie chic – designer dip-dye vests and maxi-dresses.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Mermaids have always fascinated me, I once confessed to Mr Smith. Sometimes I wonder if, with my intense love of the ocean, I might actually be one (or at least a related species). Perhaps that’s why, for our first holiday in many years, he’s chosen to take me to the Racha, located on its very own secluded island just off Phuket in Thailand.

The island sun is beating down on our white BMW 520d as we head south to Chalong Pier in Phuket. This is the location of the Racha’s office and the place where we are to leave the mainland and catch a speedboat to the resort. I’ve been warned that, since

Accommodation details

Address:

42/12-13, Moo 5, Rawai, Muang, Phuket, Thailand, Thailand 83130
Phuket
Thailand

Location:

36.3 mi / 58.5 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Exercise gym
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

The Racha has restaurants to suit all food moods. The relaxed, contemporary Earth Café serves breakfast and dinner indoors and alfresco. Opening onto the pool deck, the romantic Fire Grill plates up pizzas, pastas and salads during the day and gourmet offerings at night. Casual Sunset Beach Restaurant lets you sink your toes into the sand as you graze on Thai food and burgers at lunch and barbecued seafood and steak in the evening. On the eastern side of the island, chic daytime café Gerardo’s Beach Club offers Thai-Western fusion dishes and killer cocktails.

Top table:

Private dinners are encouraged – opt for a candlelit dinner on the Star Deck.

Last orders:

All the restaurants take orders until 10.30pm, then hit the Ice Bar which stays open until 1am.

Room service:

Available 7am–midnight, or book a private chef for a barbecue on your terrace.

Hotel bar:

Nurse a mojito as you watch the sun set over the sea at the smart Lobby Bar. Ice Bar is a late-night perch for drinks, live music and karaoke. The Club del Mar Beach Club is the go-to spot for nocturnal quaffing, with a DJ spinning tunes (it also boasts a pool, spa and dishes up a mean buffet lunch).

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