The former Regent Phuket Cape Panwa resort re-brands to the Amatara barely three after opening.
In October of this year the former Regent Phuket Cape Panwa was re-branded and management taken over by Amatara Resort & Wellness. This marks less than three years since the hotel was completed in December 2012.
Located on the Southeastern tip of Phuket island at Panwa Cape, the 2000 square meter property features 105 rooms and suites including Premier Sea View Rooms, Pavilions and Suites as well as extra luxurious private pool villas. All rooms offer expansive views of the ocean out over Cape Panwa. All of the photos in this post were taken by me during the soft opening in early 2013. The rooms are indeed beautiful and the sunsets over the ocean are breathtaking.
The Seaview rooms are quite spacious and are designed in an open-plan layout, accentuating the view of the ocean from practically anywhere in the room. While you don’t even have to get out of bed to enjoy the views, ordering breakfast via room service and enjoying it on your private balcony is well worth dragging yourself out of bed for.
The bathrooms also boast the same stunning view and feature amenities from L’occitaine, a nice extra luxurious treat after a day in the sun.
Without a doubt though the jewel in the crown of this property is the huge 55 meter pool surrounded by palm trees overlooking the bay. Could this be the biggest pool in Phuket?
Also don’t forget to explore the meandering pathways through the gardens and explore the beach at the bottom of the resort.
The only disappointing thing here is that the stunning ocean view is hampered by numerous oil tankers sitting in the bay all day waiting for their turn to go to the nearby deep sea port and oil refinery.
Don’t get me wrong, you cannot see the refinery and there are no ill-effects like visible pollution or smells or anything, it’s just that the view would be a lot nicer if not for the tankers on the horizon. But I guess that is a first-world complaint and there are lot more beautiful things to focus on here.
The new general manager Brice Borin was quoted in various media as saying, “In the coming months, our spa facilities will be extended to include the world’s first Thai Hamam, a combination of Thai and Turkish Hamam treatments, with a Salt Relaxation Room for asthma and allergies, and Rhassoul Clay treatments for improving the health and vitality of the body and skin.” The only other Hamam in Thailand that I know of is at The Siam in Bangkok, so if they are looking to position themselves in the higher end of the luxury scale with this offering they are in good company.