We've been tardy in writing this review, but here's the long and the short of it. We stayed at the Paresa for nine days for our holiday, and every single one of those days was extraordinary.
Pros: breathtaking views over the sea, lovely well-designed rooms, private plunge pools with every room, great food, kind and attentive staff, truly beautiful main infinity pool, responsive service, great cooking class...I could go on. Suffice it to say that my bride and I had all of our expectations exceeded.
Cons: the floors in the bath rooms can get a bit slick when wet (a minor inconvenience), my once white shirt was turned pink in their laundry (but they did comp the service fee and provided some money toward replacement)...neither of these detracted from our time there.
Be aware...the hotel is outside of town...all the towns. There is really no easy way to get to town without either a cab or using the resort's car service.
Here's the long version. We stumbled across the resort while searching for an truly memorable honeymoon. We were picked up at the airport as soon as our flight landed and were thrilled with our choice as soon as we walked into the open lobby. Our first room was and Aqua Suite, which was lovely and well appointed. The trees provided great privacy for the pool.
Being the off-season, the resort was more than willing to let us try other rooms. So after two nights we upgraded to a Dima Suite. This is a spectacular room. A nice elevated seating area inside and the most incredible bathroom you have ever seen. It is entirely outdoors, so be prepared, but the uniqueness of it is well worth the brief mental adjustment needed. The infinity pool winds its way around the bathroom, so I could go for a short swim while my wife sat in the tub. Trees again provided privacy, and the ability to stand outside, enjoying the night air while getting ready for bed was amazing. This was our favorite room of them all largely because it is so unique.
After four nights in the Dima we upgraded again to a Cielo. This is a truly massive, beautiful room. It is broken up into three spaces - the sleeping area and bathroom, a sitting room and dining room that can be either open or closed off with glass doors and a kitchen. A giant infinity pool is cantilevered over the edge of the building (the Cielo's are at the top of each building). You get uninterrupted views and really feel like king of the place.
So those were the rooms...the other aspect that set this resort apart was the service. Everyone was friendly and outgoing, meeting needs before we even realized we needed them. Given that it was the off season, staff members took us into to town, showed us around markets and temples and made sure we went to the right Thai places rather than the tourist centers. We highly, highly recommend you take advantage of the cooking classes, they are fun and very useful. And you must, MUST do one of the night dinners in the main infinity pool. It is a once in a lifetime experience.
Perhaps the highest praise I can give is that my wife and I have already discussed going back, 14 hour flight and all. We've held off for now, but we know we'll return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paresa Resort, "Heaven of all Heavens," is a truly unique hideaway-style luxury resort surrounded by lush tropical forest on Kamala's "Millionaires Mile." The breathtaking location is paired with uninterrupted Andaman sea views, two coveted restaurants serving genuine Mediterranean and authentic Thai cuisine, an award-winning spa and personalized Bespoke Experiences offered by our own adventure guides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paresa Hotel Kamala
- Paresa Resort Phuket Kamala