Aman Spa at Amanpuri (Phuket)

Aman Spa, which opened in 2001, is set alongside Phuket's exclusive Amanpuri Resort in a coconut grove gently sloping down to the Andaman Sea. And in case Amanpuri is a new name for you, it is synonymous with ultimate luxury. This small, exclusive hotel chain is recognized as one of the best in the world, with locations from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to Bhutan. The Amanpuri in Phuket was the first, and continues to serve as the standard bearer for luxury travel everywhere.

With its intense attention to detail, this hotel is definitely not for those on a budget. At $680 to $7,800 per night, guests are assured a level of privacy most commonly reserved for celebrities. With only 30 individual bungalows and 40 pavilions spaced out within the resort's compound overlooking the turquoise Andaman Sea, perhaps money can buy you happiness after all.

Amanpuri's spa is as enticing as the hotel. Unlike many Thai hotel spas, it's for guests only, and its breathtaking natural surroundings, world-class holistic and traditional therapists, and exquisitely designed individual treatment quarters easily set it apart from other spas throughout the world. Each guest has their own changing pavilion, and spa facilities include a traditional sauna room, granite steam room, beauty salon, and two open-air pavilions where guests can enjoy guided meditation and yoga sessions. The six treatment pavilions are situated along a peninsula, and each has its own teakwood sala (the Thai word for terrace) for relaxation or outdoor treatments. Couples can enjoy side-by-side massages, and with a six-to-one staff-customer ratio, it's impossible for visitors to feel neglected.

Amanpuri room rates include one daily treatment per person during "spa season," which the resort lists as running from June until October. Packages start from $1,500.

More Info: +66.76.324.333; www.amanpuri.com


Published: 15 Dec 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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