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Amanpuri, Phuket


The Amanpuri has one of the best locations on Phuket. Its 70 pavillions and spacious villas are set in palm groves or overlook the pristine Pansea Beach, without doubt one of the finest bays on the island. For the active, there is a comprehensive range of facilities including a 20- metre lap pool and an excellent gym with stunning views of the ocean. For relaxation, the spa is considered one of the best in the Aman portfolio and complimentary guided yoga and meditation sessions are offered at sunrise. A number of fine restaurants include Naoki, serving original French kaiseki fare, combining the best of French techniques with Japanese artistry.

Our rating: Deluxe

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All room types have an outdoor sala with a sundeck and dining terrace, oversized bathrooms and spacious dressing areas.


On Pansea Beach in the north of Phuket, Amanpuri has what seems like a private beach with great views out toward the sunset.

You can walk to other bars and restaurants, and a short taxi ride will take you to all manner of shopping and attractions.

Food and drink

The Terrace Restaurant offers casual all-day dining in an al fresco setting whilst The Restaurant serves Italian cuisine and is open for dinner year-round and lunch during high season. Both are next to the resort’s main swimming pool.

Lunch can be enjoyed at the Beach Terrace, while Naoki, set just behind the beach and open during the high season, serves Chef Naoki Okumura’s blends of French technique with Japanese artistry.

The Bar offers poolside drinks and snacks throughout the day, and at dusk, half a dozen moulded brass tables and pairs of teak, rattan-backed chairs are set out along the terrace between the pool and the steps to the beach for guests to enjoy the sunset.


Children are welcome and there is a kids' pool as well as several good choices for family accommodation.

Facilities and activities

Amanpuri’s beach is set with loungers and beach attendants serve light refreshments as well as cool cocktails, cold towels and ice.

Complimentary windsurfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, body boarding are available — the best snorkeling is above the coral reef located between the swimming platform and headland. Water skiing is also available for a charge.

All activities are available between December and April, weather and tide permitting.

There are five golf courses within a 30- to 40-minute drive of Amanpuri.

Amanpuri works with a PADI facility, offering accredited dive courses as well as diving excursions. Racha Island, less than 15 km (9 miles) south of Phuket, is one of the most best dive destinations in the region. Shark Point is a shallow dive (about 10 m or 33 ft), known for gentle leopard sharks, bright-purple sea anemones and schools of moray eels.

Our opinion

This is the original Aman property and one that raised standards for luxury resorts around the world. Many guests find they don't want to go anywhere else afterwards and return year after year.

Excellent for

  • Diving
  • Families
  • Fine Dining
  • Marine Life
  • Spa

Style of property

  • Barefoot
  • Local Character
  • Modern Designer
  • Boutique
  • Luxury

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