Perched atop Kamala Beach between Millionaire’s Mile and the Amanpuri headland lies a new luxurious resort. Where a cosy mountain breeze leads you to a tropical escape, welcome to the InterContinental Phuket Resort. 

Just when we were finding an excuse to go back into the holiday mode, the resort made its official debut right at the start of 2020, to lure us to its beachfront for the new year. Cocooned by the forest hill of Kamala Beach and the vistas of the pristine Andaman Sea, the InterContinental Phuket Resort lies in the most exclusive area on the beautiful west coast of Phuket. Each of the 221 elegant rooms here are surrounded by pine forests with a panoramic view of the sea, capturing nature’s beauty into a heavenly capsule. Expect to be mesmerised by the true blend of the contemporary era of Thai hospitality, culture, and heritage, at this newly-opened lagoon resort. Here’s five reasons why we’re checking in.

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An artistic ‘Heaven on Earth’ concept  

Inspired by Traibhumikatha (which translates into “heaven” in Thai), the Bangkok-based and award-winning Habita Architects carved the lines of Thai heritage into the hotel by reinterpreting the concept from their personal perspectives. Remember the famous Giant Twins sculpture from the Bangkok Biennale 2018? As you walk through the hotel’s alleys, you will see renowned local artist Mr. Komkrit Teptian’s series of statuary arts that reflect Thai beliefs and culture about heaven and earth.

InterContinental Phuket Resort also boasts a beautiful series of mural paintings portraying life in Old Phuket Town — all by Fine Art Professor at Phuket Rajabhat University, Dr. Khan Payungphan. Similarly, each room and suite here is meticulously decorated with warm hues of wood, echoing Thai heritage. 

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Unrivalled facilities   

Wake up to the beautiful sunrise and spend your evenings watching the sunset at Club InterContinental Lounge. This sanctuary also comes with a beach vista frontage on the second floor, special butler services, private sundeck, and an infinity pool for you to take a dip, along with five (!) other swimming pools. You can hit the fitness centre or swing your rackets at the tennis court, drop your little ones at the Planet Trekkers Kids Club, and end your day with a craft cocktail, too. The options are endless. 

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Fine-dining experiences 

The InterContinental Phuket Resort makes sure your culinary dream is fulfilled with a quintessential fine-dining experience. For signature modern Thai fine-dining, head to Jaras, which celebrates sustainably-sourced products, and applies a farm-to-table concept. This means that many of the ingredients used come straight from the island’s own farm. Enjoy a sweet family dinner with Pinto’s international gourmet cuisine which is inspired by Old Phuket Town and the old-school shophouses and eateries.

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Enjoy a mesmerising view of the sunset at the scale barefoot beach bar, Pine. Sawan Beans and Leaves Bar brings handpicked wild grown teas straight from Chiang Mai, roasted coffee from local farmers, and chocolates from organic Thai cocoa. Get a true sense of locality right here. 

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Holistic spa and wellness  

Situated in the resort’s masterpiece, Heavenly Pavilion Lounge, the Sati Spa and Wellness elegantly sits there to take your mind, body, and soul for a luxury treat with deep-rooted traditional Asian healing arts. The signature treatments here are exclusive and tailored to every individual, offering bespoke services — from floral scents that are based on your date of birth to using Khit triangle pillow (the world’s first application, no less) to increase the benefits of Thai massage. Sati Spa applies HARNN’s spa and skincare products and offers nail salon services too if you want a manicure and pedicures for the day. Not to mention, there are eight treatment rooms and a duet suite with jacuzzi. 

Indulge yourself in the sought-after sanctuary, Wellness Escape, where you have the options of multi-day detox and wellness packages tailored to your preference to go along with other activities. To enhance health and wellbeing, try outdoor yoga, mindful practices, healthy dining, or even multi-sensory fitness experiences. 

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Innovative sustainable luxury

InterContinental Phuket Resort breaks new ground by committing to reducing our environmental footprint by using sustainable products. At this resort, you will find amenities in the room packed in paper boxes, biodegradable straws, glass-bottled drinking water, coconut shells instead of flower pots, and the first wooden hotel keycards to Phuket as part of their initiative. We salute it.

InterContinental Phuket Resort, 333 Moo 3, Kamala Sub-district, Kamala Beach, Phuket 83150, Call +66 (0) 76 629 999.

Alisha Pawa
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Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.