Need to know
Seventy-one, including 54 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a charge (50 per cent of the nightly rate, if you stay till 2pm; 100 per cent of the nightly rate from 2pm–6pm). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $601.34 (THB18,800), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast (buffet and à la carte options), a fast-track airport service (international direct flights only), select minibar treats (restocked daily), high-speed WiFi and 24-hour access to the fitness centre.
Design fans have plenty to admire here, from the lashings of pale wood to the plush fabrics, lamps and cushions; the hotel has also seamlessly blended its inside and outdoor spaces. The overall effect is incredibly relaxing.
At the hotel
Access to Tri Trang public beach; tropical gardens; incredible kids’ club; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, La Bottega bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Opt for a room with direct beach access for maximum seaside smugness; if your budget allows, splash out on one of the villas and pretend you own the place – if only briefly.
The hotel has cleverly sliced its paradisiacal pool, perched above a blissful stretch of white-sand beach, into different sections. There’s a sporty stretch for lengths, a kids’ section for all-ages frolics, a quiet section for lovebirds, and so on. Hit up the handy poolside Shack when you need light refreshments. Picture the scene by night, when it twinkles magically with lights…
Your body really is a temple at Rosewood Phuket’s Asaya spa, which is designed to be a true sanctuary for wellness. There are yoga areas, tranquil treatment rooms, a herb laboratory and an extensive list of spa rituals. Pluck fresh-as-can-be herbs for your treatments in the spa garden; you’ll even be shown how the essential oils are extracted.
Bring finery for Ta Khai restaurant and an appetite for seafood.
Guests who have time to kill between check-out and the woeful flight home can use the hotel’s swimming pool and luggage-storage area.
Furry Smiths weighing in at 15 kilogrammes (or less) are very welcome: they’ll even get an on-loan bed, bowl, water, a toy and a homemade treat. Ask staff about the dog-walking service, puppy menu, pet beds and in-room doggie dining menu. Woof. See more pet-friendly hotels in Phuket.
Little Smiths are very welcome: under-12s can stay for free in their parents’ room; over-12s can stay with parents from THB4,500 a night (includes breakfast; excludes tax and service charge). Babysitting can be arranged (THB400 an hour).
Smiths of all sizes will go nuts for this place; don’t expect a tantrum-free departure. Under-12s stay for free in their parents’ room.
Families seeking buckets of space should opt for the Ocean or Beach House; they both span 796sq m and have two bedrooms, a living and dining room, a private pool and plenty of green, serene outdoor space.
The Rosewood Explorers Club has an exciting indoor clubhouse (replete with climbing walls, arts and crafts areas, a stage for performances and relaxing reading nooks), a kids’ pool, cabanas and children's sunloungers. Crafty types can learn to make clay sea creatures, potpourri, woven fabrics or a traditional Thai kite; staff also take little Smiths on Gardener Explorer tours or culinary tours of the kitchen. There’s also the option of learning a bit of Muay Thai…
Little Smiths are welcome in the restaurants at all times; they’re bound to love the pastas and pizzas at Red Sauce. There’s also a tot-tailored room-service menu: Rosebuds. You can buy baby food and kiddy snacks at the hotel.
Babysitting can be arranged (THB400 an hour; an extra surcharge covers the sitter’s taxi home for bookings after 10pm).
No need to pack
Rosewood Phuket has on-loan baby bedlinen, changing mats, potties, baby steps, black-out blinds, bottle-sterilising kit, socket covers, highchairs, bibs, beakers/feeder cups, weaning spoons/kids cutlery and soft toys.
The hotel has two on-loan prams/strollers; book yours in advance.
The hotel has impeccable green credentials: it harvests plain water for its water supply and uses a solar renewable-energy system. Landscaped rooftops mean that more than 75 per cent of the interior spaces are exposed to daylight; buildings star recycled and reclaimed materials. Learn about the local area by visiting a local fish farm, going snorkelling or joining a Phuket Elephant Sanctuary tour.