Rosewood Phuket opened this week, nestled along 600 metres of one of the last remaining secluded beaches on the island of Emerald Bay in southwestern Phuket. Its debut marks not only the first Southeast Asia resort for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, but the unveiling of Asaya, Rosewood’s new wellness concept. Guests can enjoy convenient access to the bustling seaside towns along this stretch of coastline, while Phuket’s cultural heart, the historic Old Town, is a short drive away. The resort features 71 pool pavilions and villas within a 17-hectare landscape.
“In design, art, cuisine and most especially in gracious service synonymous with Thai culture, at Rosewood Phuket our brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy has found a rich context in which to flourish,” says Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We are also thrilled that guests will experience our first Asaya, an innovative concept in holistic and integrative wellness journeys.”
“Our resort opens a window to a unique Phuket experience in this very special setting, be it a romantic getaway or family and friends holiday, a once-in-lifetime celebration or a journey to discover the hidden natural wonders of the island,” says Andrew Turner, MD of Rosewood Phuket.
A Sense of Place concept in Phuket
Melbourne-based BAR Studio has applied its refined aesthetics to the resort’s design to celebrate its diverse landscapes. Rosewood’s A Sense of Place philosophy is expressed in a contemporary, environmentally sensitive architectural style that blends with the natural surroundings. An abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and open-sided spaces merge interiors with the outdoors.
Pavilions and villas
Each sea-facing, residential-style room features interiors that blend East and West. Their expansive garden terraces are private sanctuaries of relaxed outdoor seating, daybed, infinity pool and Andaman Sea views. The 130-square-metre Ocean View Pool Pavilions feature bedroom and living room areas and an exterior courtyard with deep soaking bathtub and rain shower. The 796-square-metre Ocean House comprises a master bedroom, twin bedroom, separate living and dining rooms and an oasis of garden courtyards and shady terraces, and guests can choose a plunge in their private infinity pool or taking a few short steps to the warm waters of Emerald Bay.
Asaya is designed to provide an opportunity for guests to discover their own path to wellness. At ‘Wellness Ateliers’ upon arrival, experts create experiences for guests and help them choose organic, homegrown herbs and ingredients to be used in tailored treatments. A menu of alternative therapies includes Watsu Therapy, Reiki Healing, Chi Nei Tsang, Life Force Healing Therapy and Sound Therapy. Fitness and lifestyle experiences include body stretching, Pilates, personal training sessions, high-intensity interval training, yoga and meditation, while specialised workshops and private sessions with visiting practitioners are based on various wellbeing practices.
Six suites include one signature wellness suite which caters for small groups of friends with dedicated treatment areas, outdoor relaxation space and Watsu pool. One- to 14-day packages combine wellness, fitness and healthy cuisine. Skin wellness rituals feature Maison Caulières and EviDenS de Beauté products.
Children are explorers too
The Rosewood Explorers Club is designed to stimulate the minds and bodies of the resort’s youngest guests. Facilities include a vibrant and colorful indoor space and outdoor play area. Children aged 3–8 will be able to take part in a program of activities with a hands-on focus on creativity and social responsibility.
Recreation for all tastes
The 24-hour fitness centre features an array of cardiovascular, strengthening and weight training equipment. Classes in yoga, Mat Pilates and HIIT/Tabata can be practised outdoors offering a connection with nature. The free-form pool provides a beachside oasis with sun decks, and separate sections for swimming pool, lap pool and children’s pool.
Sustainability at the forefront
The resort incorporates many sustainable design elements, including a rainwater harvest system providing the resort’s entire water supply. The solar renewable energy system is the largest of any Phuket hotel, while “landscaped” rooftops provide energy conservation. Over 75% of the interior spaces in the resort are exposed to daylight which helps to decrease overall energy consumption and the building materials contain recycled content where possible to help lower the carbon footprint.
A resort-sponsored coral reef restoration project is underway in Emerald Bay.
The Pavilion, a residential-style events and wedding space, sets the stage for Thailand destination weddings. Guests take the first steps on their wedding journey in the Event Studio, designed as a one-stop wedding service to satisfy personal styles and preferences. For intimate ceremonies and seated dinners, The Glass House is a 242-square-metre indoor space where guests enjoy views over the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, with the option of taking the celebrations outside for an extravagant cocktail reception for up to 250 guests on The Garden & Beach Lawn. The Courtyard is an enclosed and shaded outdoor space offering a venue for rehearsal dinners, pre-wedding gatherings, bridal luncheons or private dinners.