We Stayed at Phuket’s First Luxury Resort

The Nai Harn resort, which is located in the southern end of Phuket, reminds me of a crisp white Jil Sander shirt: The lines are pure, and the design has the same elegant ease and timelessness. The 130-room resort, which opened in the ’80s and underwent major renos in 2016, is described as one of Phuket’s first luxury hotels.

The rooms, including my Ocean View Suite, are built on the hillside overlooking Nai Harn beach. (It landed on Trip Advisor’s top 10 beaches in Asia in 2017.) From the four-poster cabana bed on my deck, I can look out onto the white sandy beach and calm bay, which is dotted with catamarans and sailboats. There’s the option to have a private barbeque on your terrace, and the poshest rooms have a button that summons a butler to bring champagne.

I did manage to leave this heavenly retreat and head up to Reflections, the Nai Harn’s rooftop terrace/bar, to catch the sunset. For eats, there’s Cosmo or the resort’s beachfront Rock Salt. The resort offers beachside butler service, or there’s the pool if you prefer to lounge in a private setting surrounded by bougainvillea while sipping a rum-based Lady Nai Harn.

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