There is a ‘place of peace’ nestled amongst coconut palms which leads to a private crescent beach touching brilliant turquoise sea. This place is Amanpuri, on Thailand’s jade green island of Phuket where nature and culture harmoniously merge yielding a pure tranquillity where less means more and luxury is found in graciousness.
Amanpuri embodies the inner spirit of the Thai culture while allowing nature to reign supreme. The natural beauty combined with sincere warmth and a genuine soul allows for complete rejuvenation.
Amanpuri translated in Sanskrit as place of peace was opened in 1988, the first born to the Aman ‘Resorts family’. This tranquil prodigy has pride of place on Phuket in a secluded natural coconut grove on a peninsula leading down to a soft crescent shaped beach overlooking a mesmerizing turquoise Andaman Sea. Amanpuri continues to evolve with a peaceful purity, which is reflected in its gracious service and the wonderful construction of its pavilions, villas, and stylish midnight blue pools.
Pavilions & Villas
The sense of ‘belonging’ while staying at Amanpuri is in part due to the authentic and sympathetically conceived architecture exposing swooping multi-tiered roof-lines, understated, but deeply comfortable, locally inspired air-conditioned interiors, outside salas or private dining decks. These are connected by a series of elevated walkways which lead to the cool and expansive reception area, the long exotic slate-blue pool reflecting statuesque palms and tropical skies and the sweeping stone steps down to the beach. The gentle fragrance of the ubiquitous frangipani flower gently permeates the soft sea air.
Pavillion rates are determined according to view and location, pavilion 105 and 103 enjoy the best views of the Andaman Sea.
Adjacent to the resort, almost hidden by coconut palms are 30 Villa Homes, many with ocean-front settings. Each villa consists of two to six separate bedrooms finished with Thai furnishings, art and antiques. Villas also enjoy a private pool plus living and dining Thai salas. A live-in maid and cook attend to all guests’ needs, including the preparation of Thai cuisine in your private kitchen. Amanpuri villas are ideal for small business meetings, weddings , honeymoons and special events.
The resort’s crescent-shaped white-sand beach is located at the foot of a cascading sweep of stone steps leading from the resort’s 27m main pool, restaurants and bar. The beach is lined with sundeck chairs and umbrellas. Amanpuri’s friendly ‘beach boys’ are available to offer the menu for light refreshments as well as cool cocktails and drinks, cold towels and ice. They will also ensure your feet are kept cool by watering pathways in the sand on the beach.
Amanresorts signature Spa is a holistic sanctuary for body and mind and uses exclusive products created from the purest ingredients.
The Spa is set in a secluded coconut grove where nature and nurture co-exist in perfect harmony and there are calming water features and outside salas made from sweet smelling varnished teak for yoga, pilates and meditation. The lush vegetation and birdsong complements the holistic treatments which take place in discreet therapy rooms where the art of simplicity has been mastered.
This unique cliff-side Spa at Amanpuri, uses its own natural and organic products and is dedicated to nourishing body and soul. Aman spa therapists are available to tailor-make a treatment programme based on an assessment of guest’s individual needs.
Six spacious Thai-style Spa Pavilions offer an open, light-filled space of wood and glass with a private steam room, shower, bath, dressing area and an outdoor meditation sala. Healing or traditional treatments can be enjoyed individually or as a couple.
Aman spa facilities also include a traditional sauna, granite steam room and a fountain terrace where health drinks are served. Complimentary guided yoga and meditation sessions are offered at daybreak in the open-sided teak salas set high on the hillside.
The Aman Spa Season runs from the beginning of May until the end of October each year. Enjoy a complimentary one-hour spa treatment with stays of three nights or more during the Aman Spa Season
Diving & Snorkelling
Perfect conditions prevail year-round in the warm waters off Phuket. Sites for novices and veterans. PADI–accredited dive programmes are available from the Dive Centre. There are introductory one-day courses as well as itineraries for the more experienced.
Amanpuri’s dive operation, H2O Sportz, is a PADI training facility specialising in programmes both for experienced divers and newcomers. The introductory course is a quick, safe way to experience the thrill of scuba diving in one day. The course consists of a brief introduction to the equipment followed by a pool session, during which you will be introduced to basic skills. That afternoon, you will be diving with your instructor. PADI Open Water Certification and all other PADI courses are featured along with a wide range of dive destinations for experienced divers. Full gear is available.
Racha Island, less than 15km south of Phuket, is one of the most beautiful destinations in the region. The Malay name for “king,” Racha Island has two snow-white sand beaches and is a great snorkelling and diving site.
Just 40 minutes from Amancruises’ eastern base, this is a shallow dive (about 10m). Shark Point is famous for tame leopard sharks, bright-purple sea anemones, snappers and schools of moray eels.
Koh Kai Nok
About 30 minutes from Amancruises’ eastern base, this shallow dive follows the small island of Koh Kai Nok. A wide variety of fish and coral are visible from the reef edge of the island.
Koh Dok Mai
Perhaps the area’s most spectacular site, Koh Dok Mai is about 40 minutes away. This wall dive brings you through caves and crevices filled with scorpion fish, sea anemones, coral and all that the brilliant underwater world of the Andaman Sea has to offer.
Complimentary windsurfing, snorkelling, sea kayaking, body boarding, Hobie cat and Laser sailing are available on the beach. Beach boys are qualified to offer instruction as needed. We offer complimentary fins, snorkels and masks too.
The pristine fairways of five of Thailands top golf courses await your eager swing. Allow the warm balmy breezes and verdant greenery to loosen the muscles and ease the mind as you seek the bottom of the cup.
Five international standard golf courses are located within 30-40 minutes of Amanpuri and visits can be easily arranged. Complimentary clubs are available.
- The Blue Canyon country Club – offers two championship layouts, the Lakes Course and the Canyon Course. It is ranked amongst the finest courses in Asia.
- The Phuket Country Club – An all-round course with good facilities
- The Laguna Golf Club -A relaxed resort 10 minutes from Amanpuri -style 18-hole course with wide fairways
- Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa -Located in dramatic coastal scenery, is more difficult.
Things to do
When the ‘James Bond’ team filmed part of Man with the Golden Gun in Phang Nga Bay, Phuket achieved international fame. Soon, hotels were built, small towns rose and the population quadrupled. Talang was the major town until 150 years ago. Today, the most colourful streets can be seen in the capital, Phuket Town – from shopping to dining the resort staff will be pleased to make recommendations and reservations. Its central market bustles from early morning to noon and the Butterfly Garden along with the Aquarium are popular options. Phuket has two museums, one in Phuket Town and the other in Talang, the latter with some excellent maps and an inexplicably large collection of artefacts from the Mollucas. There are about 30 Buddhists temples on the island, among them Wat Chalong with its gilt statues of two revered monks; Wat Phra Thong with its half-buried Buddha statue and Wat Phra Nang Sang which includes 3,000 year old Buddha heads and some interesting allegorical frescoes. Phuket also has several Islamic Mosques. Private-car tours of the island’s countryside sights can be arranged. Hikers and nature lovers will enjoy the four-hour morning trek into the rainforest through the virgin jungle of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park and elephant treks are available.
Aside from Thailand’s own festivals, Phuket celebrates two major events uniquely its own. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival which generally takes place in October coincides with the Chinese calendar’s ninth lunar month. Each year devotees at the six major Taoist temples abstain from alcohol, meat, sex and drugs. Temple ceremonies, parades and music are daily events. So too is the fire walking, bladed-ladder climbing, serious body piercing and more. The annual Phuket King’s Cup Regatta takes place each December. One of Asia’s leading regattas, it enjoys the royal patronage of the King of Thailand. Coming from all over the world, competitors embrace the wide blue spectrum, from world-class sailors to weekend pleasure boaters. The races themselves take place offshore from Phuket’s major beaches. There’s also a big run to the Phi Phi Islands. Plenty of parties for sailors and landlubbers alike take place throughout the King’s Cup Regatta.
Souvenirs can be found in shops around the island. Seashells and coconut art are plentiful. Nielloware, the black silverware finished with intricate designs, is produced here. Thai silk, antiques and pearls of high quality can also be found.
Neighbouring Aman Resorts
Bangkok airport offers an international gateway to other surrounding areas. Amansara in Cambodia is a 45-minute flight from Bangkok and a 15-minute complimentary transfer from Siem Reap airport to Amansara. Amankora offers five lodges across the central and western valleys of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The international airport of Paro takes 3¼ hours from Bangkok.
Amanpuri offers perhaps the best and most extensive selection of boats and cruise options of any resort in Asia, with a comprehensive range of boats from small dinghies for a picnic lunch at a nearby beach to luxury bluewater cruises aboard the 60ft Aman I.
Amancruises have a fleet of cruisers and sailing craft for sailing, deep-sea diving, snorkelling, overnight stays and sightseeing.
The fleet includes the Maha Bhetra (a 90ft three-cabin luxury cruiser), the Aman 1(60ft Bluewater yacht), the fast Amanpuri I and III (18ft speedboats built for speed and comfort) and Amanpuri II and IV (23ft Searay Lagunas powered by outboard engines). Other alternatives include Amancruises’ grande dame Maid Marina II, suitable for both day cruises and overnight trips. Divia III is a 72ft motor yacht, she is big, fast and comfortable. Fully air conditioned with a state of the art entertainment system she accommodate 20 for day trips and six for overnight cruises.
Champagne is a 48ft Concorde motor yacht. This performance sports cruiser is powered by twin engines and cruises at a speed of 22 knots. The vessel can house 12 persons for day charters and a couple for overnight cruises. Aman V has a six-seater covered seating platform and is powered by twin Yamaha engines used for a variety of activities. More adventurous alternatives include the fast and versatile Plabin dive boat fleet, two 38ft custom-built vessels are available with a cruising speed of over 30 knots for diving and snorkelling, and the Blowfish for fast cruising or fishing. Guests may also tour Phang Nga on a classic Chinese 40ft junk, the Sealion.
Visiting the nearby islands is an exhilarating experience. At the drop of anchor, the captain will happily allow passengers to explore the natural beauty where vegetation is dense, lush and tropical, where sea eagles glide overhead while lizards, sea egrets and curious ‘eyes’ look out from their vibrantly coloured habitat. Most of the islands have caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites leading to enclosed verdant green lagoons. Lunch and refreshments are served in the cool of the air-conditioned cabins with drinks and snacks being offered throughout the trips.