Amanpuri- Forever One of Thailand’s Best Luxury Hideaways
It was many years ago when I first set foot at Amanpuri, in awe of its stunning beauty- intricately carved rooves, azure tiles and hand-crafted teak furniture. This was one of my earlier visits to an Aman property, one that left me more in love with the boutique luxury brand than I imagined possible, after having been to Amanusa and Amankila. Like its sister properties, Amanpuri, known as one of Thailand’s best luxury hideaways, overwhelmed my senses with gorgeous views of sparkling waters at its footsteps, with service so genuine and outlandishly personalized that I never wanted to leave.
Hidden on a secluded peninsula on Thailand’s ever popular Phuket Island sits this flagship of the Aman family. With world-wide acclaim and every possible award in the industry to its name, Amanpuri is every bit the magical gem its reputation suggests. With over twenty years under its luxurious belt, Amanpuri is the original master of creating the kind of mystical experience that guests continue to dream about long after they’ve left.
Culture and nature fuse seamlessly here, as does traditional Thai architecture with the crystal clear aqua blue of the Andaman Sea, of which Amanpuri has unobstructed access to with its private crescent shaped, white sand beach. Amanpuri’s signature trademark is its midnight blue freshwater pool, which has deservingly been the obsession of countless publications around the world. In classic Aman service, complimentary Thai tea is served poolside daily as you are hypnotized by the enchanting sounds of live traditional Thai music drifting in the background.
Villas are mini homes, larger than the average New York apartment, with hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, California king beds with crisp, cool white linens, and cozy sitting areas beckoning a good book and iced tea. Outdoors and indoors blend seamlessly, the scent of tropical trees and the warm sea breeze wafting in casually. Here, simplicity does not mean bare; understated luxury is deftly crafted.
Also infamous is the Aman Spa, boasting a one of a kind granite steam room and offering complimentary yoga and meditation sessions to all guests.
Enjoy an authentic Thai meal while laying about in the outdoor salas, overlooking the pristine waters from above the peaks of olive green coconut trees. The gentle scent of sweet frangipani blooms serves only to lull you into a deep and comfortable nap with the warm wind slipping by as you lay back against triangular, plush Thai pillows. It is impossible at Amanpuri, to tell where the hotel begins and where nature ends. Romantic hideaways abound here, with a seemingly endless choice of salas hidden between expanses of trees and flowers, long walkways interspersed for afternoon conversations. There is absolutely no mystery as to why Amanpuri has remained a beloved favorite of the most jaded travelers for over two decades and spawned the chain of Aman Resorts that would become synonymous with luxury and exquisite service.
It is a place I consider home in many ways, a place I always cannot wait to go back to.