We chose this little gem wrapped away in the Phuket tropical rainforest as the first stop of our honeymoon. It is located in a quiet part of Phuket about 15 minutes away from the airport and it certainly did not dissapoint with its beautiful ocean facing pool villas.
The resort was picture perfect and it felt like a dream. It was so tranquil and so green. It was like.. paradise on earth.
A journey of wonder and discovery…
After a few days of wild tuk-tuk rides up and down the winding coastal rides of Phuket, it was nice to be greeted by a Volvo SUV which whisked us away to Trisara. The XC90 (or so my hubby tells me – he’s a bit of a car fanatic) was kitted out with cold towels and refreshments, but the best part was the passenger-controlled iPod selection of any pop music you fancy.
On arrival, we were greeted Hawaiian-style by the welcoming staff with ginger and hibiscus tea (divine!) and a flower garland for the lady (none for the guys – sorry fellas!). A very friendly and helpful resort staff member, Ton, gave us a tour of the resort and then drove us on a buggy to our villa. After giving us a run down of where everything was and how everything worked, he conducted our check-in in the room. No hotel lobby queues here!
Food for thought…
Breakfast each morning proved to be a bit of a challenge as the menu seemed to have every base covered. It really was a case of ‘let’s try the Japanese breakfast set, oh but I also want mango and honeycomb butter pancakes!’ Unlimited freshly squeezed juices were also on offer, which really did make having breakkie by the beach each morning all the more bearable =) For lunch and dinner you can choose between casual Thai and Western cuisine, or alternatively feast on everything the Andaman sea has to offer in their wonderful seafood restaurant.
For anyone planning a trip to Trisara, try and organize it so you can experience the Sunday brunch. It’s like one big tropical gastronomical party full of canapés and freshly made-on-the-spot spaghetti and fruit crepes!
Private beach anyone?
The Trisara resort backs onto a beautiful beach that is not open to the public, and which is probably why we hardly ever saw anyone there. It is great for sunbaking and reading a book by the sea but it is a little too rocky to swim in the waters. Sporting equipment like sea kayaks are available though.
What we did find out however is that Trisara offers an oceanfront and very private SEA SPA, located right on the beach. Disrobing in the privacy of their open-air cabana and having a great massage while being at one with the sounds of the sea and breezes is apparently one of the must-do experiences at Trisara, but is only available from December to April. Despite us being there in the last week of April, it was unfortunately not running due to unpredictable weather =(
The Spa and Library
So instead we had to make-do with their world-class spa resort facilities. The sea spa disappointment soon became a distant memory as we stepped into a private treatment suite set amongst a tropical garden with a gorgeous view overlooking the Andaman Sea.
The usual array of treatments including body wraps, scrubs and facials are on offer, but their wide selection of massages truly impresses. Their signature massage treatment, the “Royal Trisara” involves 3 (yes THREE) pairs of hands simultaneously caressing and nurturing every ache in your body. This sounded a bit too hardcore for me so I opted for a more normal Trisara oil massage, which was excellent. Hubby opted for the deep tissue massage which ended up being similar to the Trisara oil massage anyways. The Thais really do know a thing or two about massage. It was probably one of the best massages I’ve had.
After relaxing in the Spa it was time to catch a few rays by the poolside and catch up on some reading. Trisara has that covered as well, with its own private library for guests to use as they please. So if like us, you forgot to pick up the latest Cosmopolitan or GQ magazine at the airport, don’t worry you’re in good hands. And once the sun has set, you can even settle in and borrow some DVDs from their rather up-to-date collection including Skyfall which the hubby insisted we watch since we were headed to London.
More about our villa in my next post! Stay tuned!