PUBLISHED November 14th, 2019 07:00 am | UPDATED May 18th, 2020 07:22 pm
If Phuket is a slice of tropical paradise, Thalang District is certainly its cherry on top. This northern oasis may be lesser-known than raucous neighbours like Patong, but it’s a gem for all peace-seekers and wellness lovers. Home to Phuket’s last virgin rainforest and stretches of mostly undeveloped beaches, Thalang is a natural tonic to rejuvenate your jaded urban senses. In such a lush setting, it’s no wonder a cornucopia of luxury resorts and dining spots have bloomed over the past decades. Here’s where to go for the best of sensuous pampering.
Revitalize Your Body & Mind
COMO Point Yamu
Marvels meet the eye everywhere you turn at COMO Point Yamu, a wellness retreat overlooking Phang Nga Bay and the cobalt-blue Andaman Sea. No dreamier views to drift off to, as you detox with top-to-toe pampering at the exclusive COMO Shambhala Retreat. The grub runs the gamut from spa cuisine to rich Thai dishes, all crafted to deliver nourishing bursts of flavour.
COMO Point Yamu is located at 225 Moo 7, Paklok, Talang, Phuket 83110, Thailand, p. +66 76 360 100.
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The Slate Phuket
Exuding rustic chic and cool contemporary details, this resort’s crowning glory is its famous Coqoon Spa. Wellness treatments unfold in picturesque thatched cocoons among the trees – think traditional Thai massages accented by balmy breezes and yoga classes amidst tropical birdsong. Here, the only problem you’ll have is which pool to luxuriate in – one boasting a cascading waterfall, another with a swim-up bar, plus an infinity lap pool.
The Slate Phuket is located at Nai Yang Beach 116 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand, p. +66 76 327 006.
The Pavilions Phuket
Bespoke indulgence is the name of the game at The Pavilions Phuket, with private dining experiences, cocktail classes, and even a personal infinity pool and spa to each villa. You’ll find some truly eclectic spa signatures to get your energies flowing, from hydrating chocolate body masques to mandarin orange scrubs. Once you’re all refreshed, pique your palate with spicy tipples and tapas at the iconic 360° Bar and Lounge.
The Pavilions Phuket is located at 31/1 Moo 6, Cherngtalay Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand, p. +66 7631 7600.
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The flagship of Aman Resorts’ luxe empire, Amanpuri is perfect for those craving an intensive spiritual reboot. Its medical-grade Holistic Wellness Centre offers immersive programmes like Life Reset and Detox & Cleansing, customised to purify you body and soul. With its ocean-facing pavilions surrounded by coconut groves, you won’t find a more peaceful spot to enjoy water sports or feast on fresh produce.
Amanpuri is located at Pansea Beach, Cherngtalay Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand, p. +66 76 324 333.
Tantalize Your Tastebuds
Since its 2016 debut, Phuket’s first (and only) Michelin-starred restaurant has been getting gourmands buzzing with its terroir-driven dining. PRU’s dishes are crafted to draw out exquisitely complex flavours from locally-sourced ingredients – black crab infused in Phuket coffee, for instance, or carrots cooked in the soil they came from – and the menu refreshes every few months.
PRU is located at 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand, p. +66 76 310 100. Open Mon-Sat 6pm − 10.30pm.
‘Kin Dee’ is Thai for ‘eat well’, and you’re sure to do just that at this rustic, family-run restaurant. Tucked within Mai Khao’s lush mangrove forests, this hidden gem dishes up spicy Thai favourites such as tom yum goong and green curry chicken. Cool off on one of their airy bamboo salas with local beers or a whole young coconut.
Kin Dee is located at 71/6, Thepkrasattree Street (402) Mu 5 Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket 83110, p. +66 76 328 293. Open daily 10.30am − 10pm.
CUT Grill & Lounge
A perfectly circular lounge perched by a Bangtao lake, CUT pairs stunning visuals with a succulent spread of steaks. Free-range meats on the menu include New Zealand Lamb Rack and Australian Black Angus Tomahawk, which also make their way into luscious burgers and tapas. Cap off your foodie bliss with a signature Phuket-themed cocktail by their infinity pool.
CUT Grill & Lounge is located at Boat Avenue Cherngtalay, Phuket, Thailand 83000, p. +66 93 638 8921. Open daily 11am − 11.30pm.
A colourful garden cafe, a spa with classic Thai massages, an art haven hosting creative workshops. Project Artisan blends all of these. Dining options here are aptly eclectic, ranging from wholesome brunch nosh to moreish BBQ dishes paired with Thai craft beers.
Project Artisan is located at 53/17 Moo.6, Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand, p. +66 93 790 9911. Open daily 8.30am − 11pm.
Luxuriate In Nature
Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
Soak up pure air and scenic beauties in Phuket’s last virgin rainforest, home to exotic fauna like gibbons and barking deer. But if you’re not up for rugged hiking, stop for a refreshing dip in Bang Pae Waterfall, Phuket’s largest waterfall.
Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is located at Thep Krasatti, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand.
Sirinat National Park
Boasting four pine-fringed, wildlife-rich beaches (Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Nai Thon, and Sai Kaew), Sirinat National Park is where you can get an invigorating dose of sun and sea. Lounge back on the white sands to work on your bronze glow, or snorkel amongst the corals nestled just offshore.
Sirinat National Park is located at 89/1, Moo 1, Nai Yang, Sakhu, Phuket 83110, Thailand.
Surin Beach has become quite the jetsetters’ playground, and no wonder – its heavy waves pose a tempting challenge to surfing enthusiasts, while an array of luxe resorts lie a stone’s throw away. During the high season, its golden sands get bustling with vibrant lines of street food vendors, beach toy sellers, and even masseurs.
Surin Beach is located at Choeng Thale, Phuket 83110, Thailand.
Top Image: COMO Point Yamu