What could be more romantic than whisking your loved one away for a St Valentine’s luxury break in Phuket? With average daily temperatures of around 28 degrees in February, swap the chill of winter and celebrate St Valentine’s Day at Paresa Resort Phuket (www.paresaresorts.com) where couples can learn the art of Thai massage, receive a monk’s blessing of love at the local temple, chill out at an exclusive beach club, and indulge in an intimate private dining experience overlooking the Andaman Sea.
Translated as ‘Heaven of all Heavens’ in Sanskrit, Paresa Resort Phuket is surrounded by lush tropical virgin forest. Hidden by the canopy of exotic banyan trees couples can retreat to their beautifully appointed Ocean Pool Suite with its own private infinity plunge pool, indoor/outdoor showers and breath-taking 270-degree views over the Andaman Sea.
For a serious spot of pampering The Spa at Paresa has double treatment rooms to allow couples to enjoy indulgent spa treatments together. From the 60-minute Dark Chocolate Champagne Body Wrap (£68), which uses warm organic chocolate to melt away tension, to an aromatic couples’ bath, the spa provides a wonderfully soothing environment, perfect for rekindling romance. Couples can even learn the art of massage together with a series of 45-minute lessons – whatever their interest, from key Thai massage stretches to relaxing oil-based foot massage, Paresa’s expert therapists will guide couples in discovering a range of sensual massage techniques. Each 45-minute lesson costs £64 per couple.
For more skin tingling sensations, the Javanese Lulur Body Scrub is based on a traditional Indonesian pre-wedding preparation for brides. At Paresa Resort Phuket guests can now indulge in this wonderfully relaxing and purifying spa experience whether they are getting married or not. Using a traditional lulur paste of indigenous herbs, spices and flowers including jasmine, ginger and coffee combined with the exfoliating properties of rice, the skin is smoothed and refined to glowing and radiant flawlessness. The 45-minute treatment costs £52 per person.
For beach lovers, a few minutes by car from Paresa is Phuket’s most exciting and stylish new beach club, HQ Lounge at Kamala Beach. Set on Kamala beautiful soft sand couples can indulge in a choice of butler-served light beach snacks, exotic cocktails and an international menu of old world wines, set off by a backdrop of soothing soul music. The HQ Lounge facilities include padded beach mats for two, with cushions, towels and changing rooms. Guests at Paresa receive a 50% discount, paying only 200 Baht (just over £4.50) per person per day. Or spend 1000 Baht (£22.60) on refreshments at the HQ Lounge and entry is free.
Couples staying up to five nights at Paresa can take a sunrise visit to one of Paresa’s favourite local pagodas in nearby Kamala where monks traditionally accept alms from the local community. Here, the couple can offer a small basket of items prepared by the Paresa chefs to the monks and in return he shows his thanks with a spiritual blessing. The monk presents a small dish of holy water, gently pouring it over the couples’ hands to cleanse the spirit whilst chanting ancient Pali-Sanskrit mantras. The remaining holy water is lightly sprinkled around as part of the ceremony.
Back at Paresa Resort, there are plenty of wonderfully romantic dining options. The truly memorable Infinity Pool Dining (£80 per person) experience allows couples to enjoy a special, personalised three-course dinner prepared by Paresa’s expert chefs, surrounded by the twinkling lights of the fibre optic lit pool and Phuket’s star studded sky. Or opt for Paresa’s Romantic Beach Seafood BBQ (£225 per couple / Baht 10,000) offering the unique opportunity for a private beach side BBQ in the breath-taking setting of a secluded beach while sampling the freshest seafood on the island. At Paresa, guests are encouraged to experience the intimacy of dining privately wherever they choose. Whether it’s a gourmet picnic on board the resort’s exclusive long tail boat, or a private dinner amidst the tropical forest surrounding the resort, the expert team at Paresa will make it happen.
During February 2017 7-nights at Paresa Resort Phuket costs from £1,350 per person based on two sharing an Ocean Pool Suite including sparkling wine breakfast. Flight prices from £567 per person with qatarairways.com. Transfers £35 per person. To book contact Paresa Resort Phuket (+66 76 302 000, parsearesorts.com)
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Paresa Resort Phuket
Translated as ‘Heaven of all Heavens’ in Sanskrit, Paresa Resort Phuket is a luxurious, boutique ‘hideaway’ resort surrounded by lush tropical virgin forest. It features 48 individually designed pool villas, each of which has breath-taking 180-degree views over the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Add to this a superb award-winning spa and a chef with 3 Michelin star experience, along with private tailor-made local experiences such as romantic beach dining, cave exploring or island hopping, and you have a truly unforgettable Thai escape … Phuket’s best kept secret.
Central to the Paresa ethos is offering an experience that is in harmony with nature, and the resort’s architecture and design blends into the surrounding environment. Built around several magnificently preserved Banyan trees, Paresa has been described as a modern day interpretation of Southern Thai design, with an understated style, soaring pavilion-style ceilings and spacious, light interiors which seamlessly link through to the external space, framing the wonderful views beyond.
2016 Thailand Tatler - Best Restaurant for Diavolo
2016 Nominee for 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards
2016 Nominee for Travel+Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards Survey
2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards- Country Winner – Luxury Boutique Hotel
2015 World Boutique Hotel Awards - Winner 2015 – South East Asia's Best Culinary Boutique Hotel
2015 World Luxury Spa Awards – Finalist - Best Luxury Resort Spa
2015 Luxury Travel Guide - Luxury Spa Resort of the Year
2015 Hotels.com - The Best Outstanding Reviews and Rating from Guests
2015 The Best of Thailand Awards - Top Ten Best Resort as voted by Chinese Tourism
2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards - Best Luxury Resort Spa in Thailand
2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards - Luxury Wedding Destination in Thailand
2010, 2011 and 2012 TripAdvisor’s Best Spa and Relaxation Hotel in the Traveller’s Choice Award