Warning: capping the night with a muscle-melting massage, room service and a bottle of sparkling wine could be habit-forming. Add in the other ways Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa tempts and spoils, and it’s a wonder guests have the willpower to check-out and return home. It needs to be stated upfront that this resort is on a hill.
As such, there are more than a few stairs. A shuttle patrols the path on the hotel’s perimeter and carts guests between high and low elevations, but door-to-door service isn’t an option. If you find walking difficult or undesirable, this isn’t the place for you. On the bright side, the hillside location means more rooms get sea views. And you stand a good chance of leaving in better physical shape than you arrived in.
Two Islands Are Better Than One
These days, being seafront doesn’t make an island resort unique. But having a second island is something few can offer. Visible from the resort, Bon Island is a 15-minute (complimentary) boat ride away. The island has a restaurant, bar, and plenty of activities (volleyball, snorkelling, wind surfing, Hobie Cats) to keep the restless entertained. Salas (Thai pavilions) – with daybeds, minibars, showers and sun chairs – overlook Evason Phuket’s private beach and are available for hotel guests to rent for the day.
The bad news: it’s literally a day rental; at five o’clock in the evening everybody heads back to the mainland (well, the main island). Everybody, that is, except the residents of the breezy Honeymoon Suite. With only one bed available for all-night occupancy, Bon Island becomes a romantic deserted island fantasy-come-true just before the sun goes down.
Picking My Jaw Up Off The Floor
A private island is tough to beat, but Evason Phuket has 28 private pools … and 28 luxurious rooms attached to them. The Evason Pool Villa Suites are the pinnacle of holiday highlife. Two pavilions – one a bedroom, the other a living room – sit on opposite sides of a stone walkway and overlook the Andaman Sea, private swimming pool, outdoor bathtub, lily pond and the inevitable puddle of drool that forms at the feet of anyone who steps through the gate.
The couches in the poolside salas are perfect for shaded rests between swims or evening drinks in water-centric ambiance. With an outdoor shower and a wall of windows that slides completely open – who needs glass between their bed and the sea? – the line between outdoors and indoors is erased. The one bedroom Evason Pool Villas are similar to the Evason Pool Villa Suites, but with only one pavilion and a slightly smaller pool.
Parents Take Note
Available in both one- and two-bedroom models, the Evason Duplex Pool Suites aren’t freestanding like their posh villa siblings, but they bring their own set of charms to the game. With two levels, they allow for a balance of privacy and togetherness that’s perfect for travelling families.
Dad can say “Kids, go downstairs and swim” while keeping a watchful eye from the balcony above. The two-bedroom suite is especially indulgent, with a master bedroom on the upper floor and a second bedroom, living room, and swimming pool on the ground floor – just a spiral staircase away.
Hints For The Budget-Minded
The remaining room types – Studio, Deluxe, and Junior Suite – share the Evason Phuket’s wispy-luxury-meets-chunky-colours theme, but offer differing amounts of room to roam. Large furniture make the Evason Studio feel smaller than it is, while the Evason Deluxe is a better balance of space for price; in either case, spending a little more for the sea view option is recommended.
The Evason Junior Suites trump them both with cavernous amounts of space, broad balconies, and separate living and sleeping areas. And if you’re lucky, it’s possible to score a partial sea view without paying the extra cost.
A Lot To Do And Plenty To Eat
Nearly 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the airport, between Chalong Bay and Rawai Beach on the island’s southeast coast, Evason Phuket is a bit out of the way. And for most guests that’s the point. But the resort offers enough ‘dining and doing’ options that leaving the hotel isn’t required.
First, the food. Into The View is the main restaurant, and the views justify the name. The breakfast buffet is huge, with plenty of Western and Asian choices, and an especially well-stocked selection of fresh juices. The dinner buffets are good too, and follow a theme that changes nightly.
The other restaurants are the waterfront Into The Beach (sand floor, lose the shoes), Into Thai (yes, Thai food), and Into The Sea (fine dining Mediterranean-style). All menus highlight which dishes are vegetarian, contain nuts, or are especially healthy. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Evason Phuket has three swimming pools (which also serve drinks and light munchies) surrounded by lounge chairs, but action at the resort isn’t limited to doggie-paddling. A pair of tennis courts – not called Into The Net – light up at night to keep the racket-swingers happy, while the gym has just enough equipment to ensure your holiday doesn’t hurt your fitness levels. Also onsite is a tour desk, dive shop, and shops featuring jewellery, wine, and nose-exciting spa products.
Lessons In Sustainability And Personality
Buckets of good karma come from the resort’s relentless pursuit of making the planet a better place. A recounting of every Earth-friendly measure taken would fill a book (it’s called The Little Green Book; there’s a copy in every room).
From composting to solar panels to having a totally self-sufficient water supply, it’s as much a paradise for tree-huggers as luxury-lovers.
And it’s the only resort in Thailand that is Green Globe Certified. The warm-fuzzies don’t end there. Management makes a very tangible effort to give the resort a soul and provide a personalized experience.
It starts with the hotel information book; that often basic introduction to the hair dryer and ironing board. Not so at Evason Phuket. The first three pages are detailed schedule of the month’s activities, followed by seven pages of profiles – with phone extensions – for everyone from the general manager to the executive chef to the head accountant.
You’ll also find a nature guide, complete with pictures and descriptions of the areas winged, finned, and furry creatures. It may not sound ground-breaking, but it’s representative of the unique vision and attention to rarely-considered details that earned Evason – in Phuket and elsewhere – its luxury credentials.
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