Need to know
Forty pavilions and 43 villas.
Noon. Check-in, 2pm. Late check-out until midnight can be arranged for 50 per cent of a night’s stay.
Double rooms from $800.00, excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (THB990 each for Continental breakfast, THB1,300 for American), but include 'Kanom Krok', a thai-style afternoon tea served daily poolside.
You can take PADI-accredited scuba courses here, then charter one of the 20 cruisers, yachts and speedboats for some undersea adventure. For those less inclined to take the full plunge, snorkelling gear is on hand at the beach.
The hotel closes annually in June.
At the hotel
Spa, tennis courts, private beach, watersports, diving school, charter fleet, library, gym, art gallery, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: fridge with minibar, CD player. TVs, iPod docks, a coffee machine and a kettle are available on request.
Our favourite rooms
With their distinctive roofs and polished wood interiors, Amanpuri’s pavilions exude understated Thai elegance. Garden pavilions are wonderfully secluded, with a walled garden, sunken bath and outdoor shower. Jutting out over the Andaman, Pavilions 103 and 105 have the most striking sea views and oodles of space. Pick a villa or the Garden Pool Pavilion for seductively private dips in your own plunge pool.
The 27-metre midnight-blue infinity pool and its surrounding stone walkway form Amanpuri’s stylish centrepiece. Temptingly close to the bar, the beach club has a smaller pool and day-beds shaded by trees in the afternoon. There’s a small pool for children on the beach.
Set in a secluded coconut grove, Aman Spa is a light-filled vision in wood and glass. The six Thai-inspired treatment pavilions each have a private steam room, shower, bath and outdoor sala for meditative contemplation. Inspired by ancient Thai techniques and Chinese medicine, the roasted coconut scrubs, reflexology-enhanced facials and sandalwood wraps provide head-to-toe indulgence.
Amanpuri is a blissfully low-tech retreat. If you need an entertainment fix, ask for a TV in your room, or bring a pre-loaded tablet.
Souvenir-hunters should visit the art gallery, which sells gifts and unusual Asian jewellery, as well as more basic essentials. Partial Ocean Pool Pavilions are accessible to wheelchair users.
Welcome. Under-12s stay free on cots or extra beds. The spa offers treatments for over-6s and babysitting is available (from US$9 an hour and $60 a day for one child).