Trisara (pronounced ‘tree-sara’) perfectly complements the beauty of the Andaman Sea and vice versa. This spectacular, all-villa resort, built into the contours of a verdant private bay just south of Nai Thon Beach in the northern part of Phuket is – not to put a fine point on it, simply fabulous.
From the moment guests arrive at the elegant, open-sided reception it is more than apparent that each member of staff has a ‘can-do’ attitude and is more than willing to make your stay a memorable one.
There’s no unnecessary lingering around reception except to enjoy a delicious glass of sweetened ginger juice and to accept a clever little garland of jasmine flowers; registration is done in your villa. A stylishly dressed staff member helps us into an electric buggy then drives us to the lower reception area where we alight and enjoy a walking tour around the restaurant, library, swimming pool and beach. She then drives us to our one-bedroom pool villa where we learn how to operate the DVD, the Bose surround-sound system, the aircon and extensive indoors and outdoor lighting arrangements. She also takes our order for dinner.
It’s hard to find adjectives to describe the sensation of luxury, opulence and well-being this 42-villa resort imparts so I should perhaps opt to list some of the features our completely private 240sqm pool villa offered. These include a personally handwritten welcome note from the resort’s GM, a generous bowl of seasonal fruit, a mini bar stocked to its roof with the best beer, spirits and wine, a 46-inch plasma TV connected to a Bose DVD, stereo, an Ipod, WiFi high-speed Internet connection, a king-sized bed with a direct view over the 10-metre infinity pool to the Andaman and a lot more than you could ever conceive a resort villa can offer.
The room’s design and execution defines the word ‘luxury’. The bed – in spite of its size – doesn’t dominate and each area retains its own personality: the writing desk doubles as a work space, the alcove by the TV a private little nook, and there is absolutely no feeling of being cramped in here. Most of the fittings are in teak with traditional Thai ‘antiques’ used as decorative extras (many of them are available at the resort’s boutique).
The large bathroom is incredibly well appointed with generous seating featuring silk cushion covers, two state-of-the-art wash basins with powerful mirrors, mountains of giant-sized towels, sliding ‘mirror doors’ that reveal a view straight through the main room onto the infinity pool and the Andaman. The spacious wardrobes are self-illuminating and contain bathrobes and slippers; the wardrobe exteriors match the dark-wood Venetian blinds which in turn complement the dark teakwood fittings throughout.
There are smart non-breakable glass shampoo, gel, jojoba and hair conditioner containers and an outside, open-to-the-moonlight rain shower in a private courtyard. The bath itself is giant sized and extremely comfortable.
And then there’s the villa’s pool. Completely private, the almost hypnotic infinity illusion drops straight into the Andaman, encouraging meditative reflections on the sheer beauty of this location and accommodation.
The 10-metre grey marble pool is surrounded by teak decks and furniture and, facing directly west, is the perfect sunset viewing location. At night, several of the surrounding palms are spotlit. Every one of the resort’s 42 villas feature a west-facing view to die for.
There are two restaurant outlets at Trisara, both on the lowest level of the resort and both offering international and Thai dining with a definite emphasis on freshness, quality and inventive presentation.
You can also order around-the-clock 24-hour room dining service as well as booking a barbecue chef for private poolside dining. In clement weather the resort’s lower level also features spacious al fresco dining by the sea or by the pool.
Most of the resort’s facilities except the spa and beauty salon come free of charge. There is an extensive library with a great selection of elegantly bound books on subjects as wide ranging as Andy Warhol to sport to history and a choice of DVD’s – for both adults and children as well as an extensive collection of children’s games. The library also offers free use of personal mini iPods and guests can select and download music from the generous collection. There is also free use of laptops in the library (you can rent one for your villa for a small charge) and Internet access – in fact there is WiFi access throughout the whole of the 40-acre resort. Use of the 100sqm gym is free and professional advice and a trainer is available 00:07 to 20:00 daily.
Within the resort are two blue Plexipave tennis courts and beach activities are helped along by windsurfing equipment, a Hobie Cat, surf and boogie boards. There is also free dinghy transportation if you wish to visit the other beaches along this coast, along with half-day and full-day luxury motor yacht cruises to nearby destinations or to Phang Nga Bay. Trisara offers daily dive excursions, PADI instruction and certification as well. As for golfing enthusiasts, the resort holds a membership with Blue Canyon Country Club – a 15-minute ride away, and use of quality golf clubs is free.
Impeccable. Our interaction with each member of Trisara staff was a joy. The restaurant wait staff was knowledgeable and understanding (we stayed with our five-year old child) and were more than willing to help in special ways. We checked out on a rainy afternoon and instead of the usual electric buggy the resort sent one of its Volvo limos to our villa to drive us up to our car. Trisara has staff to cater for guests around the clock and they simply cannot do enough for you.
There are four different types of villas at Trisara: One-bedroom villas, two bedroom villas, one-bedroom pool suites and two-bedroom pool suites – all are absolutely private and simply tops when it comes to utter luxury with fabulous views.
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