mylifestylenews

2016-03-04

THE PAVILIONS @ A Secluded Hillside Villa Escape

Flanked by a warm, turquoise sea and often referred to as the “Pearl of the Andaman”, Phuket is one of the many Thailand’s islands most visited destination as well as a whirl of colour and cosmopolitanism. With its natural resources, rocky peninsula, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical forests contribute to making it one of South Asia’s most popular islands. There are many ways to enjoy Phuket, mylifestylenews decided to see Phuket from an out of the way perspective and take you to a very secluded hillside villa stay and checked in to The Pavilions......


The Pavilions is located in the north-west of the island overlooking the expansive Layan Beach. On passing through the high wooden gates when you enter the property, you are transported to a world with a bamboo canopied drive replete with a Bhudda statue with a calm and spiritual greeting, which pretty much signals that this is not your typical resort, but a tropical oasis of secluded tranquility.


The Spacious in Villa Living room.


The reception lobby is the first point where you have an opportunity to take in the Laguna Estate view from high up the hill. The old style lobby that looks more like a run down bus station or waiting area and is lacking of any signature element from what we had just been through upon arrival.


The property is built around the hillside, a short buggy ride is the main mode of transport shuttering guests around from one point to another. Our Ocean Pool Villa is entered through gates with a lilly pond adjacent to the door. The villa retreat itself is huge, encompassing some 310 sqm of incredible space with a 12m x 4m infinity pool over looking the less populated Layan Beach.


While only one bedroom, the luxury of space gives you the feeling that you are in a mansion of some proportions. The modern and contemporary villa design comes with a main living area with a small bar/kitchen connecting to a large king bedroom opening onto the villa pool with the beach coastline view below.


The ensuite bathroom was designed in an incredible proportions with a focus on the large free-standing bathtub as well as his and hers vanities. The rain shower room is larger than most luxury resorts and space is definitely the King here no doubt.


An expansive Sala with canopied day bed at one end of the villa pool are set up together with the sun lounges and al fresco dining for in villa dining and entertainment pleasure. Privacy is highly valued at The Pavilions, the villas is the perfect vantage point for staring out to the Andaman Sea and watching the mesmerizing glowing sunsets within your intimate and secret hideaway. Such spacious designed villa is ideal for a long stay holiday makers.


Cheeky "make-up room" signage idea at the entrance door of each villa. 


The in villa 12m x 4m infinity pool over looking the less populated Layan Beach.


Lush of green surrounded the in villa pool provides multiple privacy.


Watching the sunset in your own villa is a must do every evening before heading out for dinner.


The Pavilions is catered for adults only and all the design elements reflect this, with a deeper villa pool than expected and an unfussy layout and fit out all over that tries to meet everyone’s expectation. The intent of the overall villa design is that you will want to cocoon yourselves within the villa walls and only step outside when you crave for more interaction with the outside world, hence the well-stocked mini bar and room service options for your convenience.


Subsequently, apart from the hilltop 360 Degree Bar & Grill, The Plantation Club main dining restaurant, gym, spa (treatments can also be done in villa, which we did) and the new swimming pool (currently under renovation) as well as some outside activities and destinations to explore when you are ready to escape the privacy of your villa. A short shutter transfer from the resort could take you to the less bustling Layan Beach with the hotel’s amenities like the beach towels and baskets in the villa to take to the beach.


The Plantation Club interior.


The Plantation Club is catered for all day dining.


Spacious dining area overlooking from the hill towards Layan beach.


Outdoor alfresco lounge area.


Asian and Thai breakfast is the preferred choice at The Pavillons.


Breakfast is served at The Plantation Club, with a variation of Asian and Thai selection as well as the Pacific Rim specialties. Despite the variation offers, some dishes are lacking of authenticity in flavours, including the eggs Benedict comes with a bland sauce and the Korean rice dishes selection.


However, the fresh juices are delicious and with plenty of cereals and pastries offered. Service staff seems working under pressure on our day one breakfast experience with poor kitchen management organization resulted the delivery and quality in time.


The food and beverage is not extensive in locations but covers mostly the basics. The 360 Degree Bar & Grill sits at the highest lookout point in the resort and no doubt is one of the best sunset watching spots with the strong hill sea breeze over a cocktail or two.


It has quite an extensive cocktail list inspired by local ingredients (herbs, spices and fruits alike) and also offers modern Asian and Western inspired tapas and grill specialties. However, we weren’t completely inspired by the service, staff were lacking of smile and with the unwilling to serve attitude which was a pity for such great destination.


Not only the food order took more than too long to arrive to the table but also served below warm temperature. Other guests also seemed anxious at the waiting times with disappointment.


Cocktails inspired by local ingredients and Tapas are offered at the 360 Degree Bar & Grill.


Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Pavilions, soaking up the secluded space and tranquility inside our villa walls and it is a perfect location to wind down after escaping the manic energy of Hong Kong. The Pavilions offers a range of locations, services and experiences that can broaden your enjoyment both inside and outside your villa, encouraging you to play, participate, explore or escape at a time of your choosing. Despite some moments of exasperation with service during our stay, if they can tweak the service levels and consistency then this would go toward creating a seamless experience, as there is that potential.



Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Room Amenities: 4/5
Food & Beverages: 3/5
Housekeeping: 4.5/5
Service: 3/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 3.5/5

Highlights:
 Villa Space of luxury

Flaws:
Service

31/1 Moo 6, Cherngtalay, Thalang Choeng Thale,
Phuket, Thailand
Tel: +66 7631 7600


Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated.