High in the hills, with panoramic views overlooking Nai Harn bay, sits an icon of Phuket; The Nai Harn Hotel, a romantic sanctuary right by the sea that really does surpass all expectations.
Here you can escape into your own private sanctuary within a hotel that is sleek and contemporary with fresh and vibrant colours dotted around, an exotic oasis to spend some quality time together in a resort that just oozes luxury.
Everywhere in this hotel offers prime vantage points to take in the picture postcard perfect views over the soft white sands and turquoise blue waters of the Andaman Sea.
Boasting 130 rooms and suites all with private terraces and stunning sea views, this luxury resort has two restaurants, a rooftop lounge bar, pool, spa and gym.
Check in complete and we were whisked off to the 7th floor to our Grand Ocean View Room, beautifully decorated with neutral shades and light wood detailing, with plush fabrics and luxurious, high-tech amenities such as interactive TVs, built-in USB chargers and Wi-Fi. There is a lounge area with a comfy corner sofa, tea and coffee facilities and a plate of the most delicious melt in the mouth pastries just waiting for us to eat – Outside is a large terrace, thoughtfully laid out with a 4 poster day bed, with the most vibrant lime green cushions that blend with the blue sky’s and turquoise waters beyond perfectly. Back inside, the bathroom is equally as impressive; a large wooden door slides back to reveal an open plan haven, with a stand alone bathtub and a rainforest shower accessorized with Elle branded toiletries, shaving sets, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and more, and then there’s the finishing touches hidden away in the wardrobe; beach bag, mosquito spray, flip flops, slippers, yoga mat, incense and burner, the list is endless – they have thought of everything possible to make your stay just that little bit extra special.
We could have spent all our time lounging on the terrace enjoying the tropical paradise surrounding us, but the temptation of a visit to the spa cabana for a massage was too great. Set in its own space near the pool and hidden behind fragrant Frangipani trees and Bougainvillea flowers is an open air wooden whitewashed waiting room. Here your journey begins – fresh cooling fruit juice (carrot and apple), is served whilst you lie back and relax on the nautical striped cushions until its your turn to enter one of the treatment rooms. The Easy Breezy signature massage was a dream, just the right pressure, with a calm and soothing ambience that had you drifting away to another world. Treatment doesn’t end after the massage though; you are then taken back into the open-air room to enjoy some coconut tea at your leisure until you feel its time to move on.
And move on we did, not too far though, just to the pool. This is another area that takes full advantage of its position. Loungers and day beds being arranged strategically around the pool so they are facing the glorious views. From the pool area there is also direct access to the beach.
Sleeping, swimming and spa-ing is certainly hungry work, which meant only one thing – it was time to eat!
Restaurant wise, the hotel offers two different options – The first of which is Cosmo, an expansive open air affair, with a wrap around balcony overlooking the bay, food is just as amazing as the view, and includes a collection of authentic Thai dishes, with some Mediterranean dishes added into the mix. Food and service is outstanding. All freshly prepared and a real treat on your tastebuds, the chicken satay was delightful (be sure to try some) and the Nai Harns Petit Fours dessert just melts in the mouth, add to this a cocktail whilst soaking up the spectacular views and you may never want to come home.
The other restaurant Rock Salt combines mouth-watering fine dining with awe-inspiring scenery offering a fusion of world-class food and breath-taking views.
At The Nai Harn you begin to take the inspiring views for granted, until you visit The Reflections Rooftop Bar, this takes the views and experience to a completely new level – seating booths in a crescent shape, that are in the middle of an area of water (like a small pond) can only be reached by the over water walkway. It’s here; the two of you can sip cocktails, elevated in the middle of the water and watch the sun set over the clear blue waters – a sight not to be missed and a truly magical experience.
A stay here is all about romance and relaxation, which is why it is so perfectly suited to couples, you’ll come away with only one complaint – you’re not ready to leave!!
Rates in a Grand Ocean View Room start from £344 for 2 people including breakfast in June 2017