Our pick up was right on time and made a good impression to begin our stay with Sri panwa. Passing through the main gate entrance at the base, we were driven to the reception going uphill along those narrow slopes while the sea view gradually emerged by looking through forestry trees which surrounded the entire resort. Perched high atop Cape Panwa, the Southeastern tip of Phuket and definitely away from the touristy tracks, the resort occupies the Cape Panwa peninsula in its entirety and commanding one of the best uninterrupted sunset views from its reknown Baba Nest infinity rooftop bar. Sri panwa offers what you need while taking a break escaping to a tropical paradise to unwind, relax and do absolutely nothing and to have a slow paced agenda of a not so typical hill side resort stay.
Our room with partially sea view.
Designed to offer both a chilled out and party ambience, the villa’s surrounding common areas provides surround sound entertainment systems and iPod preloaded vibe music to add moods. The system in our villa was in poor quality with broken speakers transmitting irritating music when it is played. The outdoor shower area could be another alternative exotic add-on facility in the villa but due to the unclean standing shower area loaded with falling branches and leaves, we thought it was best to stay with the indoor shower and bath instead. With that thought in mind, quality assurance check is definitely lacking here.
The room’s interior embraces the essence of tropical contemporary design and is rather comfy and spacious, integrating its natural jungle and ocean surroundings with modern comfort and living. High wooden ceiling, extra King size bed, his and hers dressing area, roomy indoor shower, sino-Portuguese tiles motif and cozy lighting that calms the mood in harmony.
After unpacking we headed to the resort main swimming pool for further relaxation. This 25-meter infinity-edge lap pool has plentiful modern, chic sun lounges as well as cabanas for more intimate and further chill, with a separation of the top pool that provide a water fall effect to the lower deck pool which is ideal for the family. Live DJ spinning latest top hits as well as lounge chill music from time to time while you are soaking the sun from the isle of Phuket.
You may make a grand entrance to the main swimming pool
The main swimming pool provides plentiful sun lounges to relax
The top level of the pool creates a waterfall effect to the lower deck pool which is ideal for family
Sun lounges aligned by the poolside
The Spa retreat is another alternative on the to-do-list for further indulgence and well being and we managed to book ourselves at The Cool Spa for a relaxing escapade.
Baba Nest would definitely be the first choice for sunset cocktail, unfortunately it was closed for refurbishment during our stay. The Sunset Bar - one floor below Baba Nest was the alternative during the upgrading work in progress, the view was not as good as it should be in comparing Baba Nest that offers a 360 degree panoramic view. The open concept washroom with lily water pond features attracts little frogs jumping to the floor, and while it is nice to be close to nature, having them in the toilets can be quite a frightening experience to some.
View from the Sunset Bar
The food & beverage concepts here are rather confusing, with the choice of different selections carrying the name Baba to lead, which has three locations, thanks to the settlements by the Indians, Hokkien Chinese & Portuguese in the early 1800’s. With the old & new sharing common goal over time, the relationship within the settlements was imminent. “Baba” was the name given to male offspring & “Nyonya” to the female. These children were the result of different people, cultures, ideas, philosophies & tastes coming together & creating something truly unique. Hence, the food & beverage outlets come with the name Baba Poolclub, Baba Hot Pot, Baba Fun, Baba88, Baba Nest, Soul Food @ Baba Dining Lounge and so forth.
We missed our wake up call on our first morning in Sri panwa which was set at 9.15am and the following morning call came 15 minutes earlier. Not only with poor greetings but with no second call offer to follow, seemingly, the telephone manners do really need more supervision with listening and communication skills.
Breakfast is served at Baba, the only outlet that caters for the breakfast. With limited seats during the peak hours, be prepared to be seated at the nearby bar area that is away from the main restaurant. The buffet is well spread with a good combination of local Thai delicacies and international supplies of pastry. If you fancy some bubbly in the morning, Italian prosecco is ready for unlimited pouring. Service was attentive yet a little slow in response, so be patient for the delivery after you have placed any order.