Phuket: A Slice of Heaven in Your Very Own Private Pool Villa at TRISARA

There is nothing quite like laying on a secluded white sand beach, with nothing to tickle the ears but the sound of waves washing over the shore and palm trees swaying overhead to the beat of a gentle breeze. Though Phuket, Thailand’s largest and most popular island, is no longer a hidden gem, it offers pockets of peaceful bliss for visitors looking for reprieve from the outside world.

We found our pocket tucked into a hillside on the undeveloped northwest coast of the island. Trisara, which in Sanskrit means the "Third Garden in Heaven," features 39 private pool villas and numerous residential villas situated amidst 40 acres of lush tropical gardens, with resort-owned headlands framing the property. We looked forward to unwinding at the seaside retreat known as a hideaway for celebrities and honeymooners alike.

Our experience began with a 15-minute chauffeured ride to the property in one of Trisara’s fleet of Volvos. Refreshing cold hand towels and chilled water bottles were offered to us on the ride over. Upon arrival to the resort, we were greeted with a lovely flower corsage; shortly thereafter we were whisked away in a company golf cart to our own private villa.

Each villa is truly private, secluded from the others by an expanse of greenery. As our stay wore on, we found the privacy facilitated by the resort to be a priceless luxury. Décor within is minimalist, featuring dark woods, cream-colored walls and fabrics, and the occasional Thai or Khmer-influenced accent. The centerpiece of each room is the luxurious king-sized bed, from which we took in the view of our private infinity pool as its crystal-clear water seemingly spilled over into the Andaman Sea.

Room service was top-notch, surprising us daily with new and thoughtful touches. Our fruit basket was always filled with fresh fruits, tasty cookies, and complimentary tea, coffee, and water. Fresh flower petal accents graced our bath towels, and a new flower arrangement made its way onto our bed each day. On one particular day, we were greeted with a special treat—upon returning from our daytime excursions we found our bathtub filled with flower petals and surrounded by candles. Overall, the service staff was of the highest caliber—friendly, well-trained, and proactive.

We spent our afternoons reading and sipping wine as we lounged on the shaded teak deck surrounding our pool and further acquainted ourselves with the generous view. For those who wish to swim “uninhibited,” a Thai god statuette can be placed on the doorstep as a “do-not-disturb” sign. The concealed outdoor shower offers a romantic touch for those inclined to bathe by moonlight, but there is also an indoor bathtub housed within the elegant bathroom.

Though we had good reason to remain ensconced in our private retreat, we ventured out of our villa to see what else the resort had to offer. Our first stop was the 1,500-meter spa complex, which is comprised of six private treatment suites, each with a two-person treatment room, a steam room, changing rooms, two separate showers, a relaxing area, and a large open deck with a view. True to form with their thoughtful service, we were offered fresh ginger iced tea and refreshments while we waited. We opted for their “Signature” and “Sukhothai” massages the first time around and were so satisfied that we returned on another day for foot massages. The relaxing experience facilitated by the treatment room’s floor-to-ceiling glass window overlooking the ocean was irresistible.

Guests who want to actually feel the cool sea breeze on their skin can opt to receive their massages at the Spa Pavilion, a beautiful and private oasis set just over the water’s edge. Adjacent to the spa is the fully equipped gym, where guests can work up a sweat while once again taking in the exquisite view of the Andaman. The grounds also feature two floodlit tennis courts, with a world-class tennis coach on hand for private lessons. The well-stocked library was a nice surprise and carried everything from books and magazines to DVDs, iPod minis, and laptops.

An on-site restaurant/bar serves up grilled seafood, meat, and vegetables for dinner patrons. We opted to take most of our meals from the comfort of our villa, but we did enjoy a few meals on the public oceanfront deck where they offer Thai and Western cuisine throughout the day. We were so impressed by the quality of our Thai fare that we decided to try out a Thai cooking lesson and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Now we know how to make Pad Thai!

But our stay would not have been complete without checking out the beautiful white sand beach that brought us to Phuket in the first place. Trisara’s private beach is protected from the noise and distraction of jet skis by the coral reef fringing its bay. Guests can enjoy a boat ride to another nearby beach or to a snorkeling spot at a small island visible offshore. Or they can just lay out and enjoy the fulfillment of their island vacation fantasy.

For those who wish to prolong the fantasy, Trisara has just a few residential villas still available for purchase, including a 4-bedroom oceanfront beauty. Please contact trisara@privy.net for more information.

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