Set in the enchanting surrounds of Krabi, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, stands as an emblem of secluded opulence amongst the ethereal limestone mountains and celestial beaches of the Andaman Sea.
Although the hotel is located on the edge of a town rather than a private island, guests could be forgiven for feeling they’ve stumbled upon an undiscovered, secret realm – a hideaway where natural beauty coexists with unprecedented luxury.
The resort itself – one of only five Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties in the world – is set among untouched rainforests, crystal-clear waterfalls, and pristine beaches, effortlessly blending touches of traditional Thai elegance with contemporary luxury.
Offering a sanctuary within a sanctuary, each of the hotel’s Reserve Pool Villas seamlessly transition indoor opulence to breathtaking outdoor panoramas, blurring the lines between the built and natural environments.
Each villa features a private plunge pool and expansive views of the surrounding landscapes, with plenty of spots to maximise relaxation.
The villa’s extravagant double-length beds – complete with custom-sized linens – provide a haven of rest amid the whispering tides and rustling leaves.
A magnificent bath pavilion attached to the bedroom offers a sanctum with almost triple-height ceilings and windows opening out to the mesmerising sounds of the local wildlife.
It is here that guests can soak in a tub of aromatic bath salts, meticulously prepared by the butler, with the tranquil environment enriching the experience.
The villa’s alluring outdoor daybed, shielded beneath a pavilion, offers a serene spot to take in the ocean waves, enabling guests to savour the beauty of the seascape even amid the often unpredictable tropical weather of Thailand.
The outdoor bath – surrounded by carefully raked sand – is another masterpiece, exquisitely designed and theatrically illuminated during darker hours, offering a unique experience under the twinkling stars.
Arriving at each villa is a sensory journey, too, with intricate paths carving through lush hills and dense forests.
The resorts smaller size means the main infinity pool and restaurants are just a short walk away, but a buggy service is available at a moment’s notice to whisk you wherever you need.
Although the focus of each villa is on relaxation, modern touches are integrated discreetly, such as a television that folds out from the wall and butlers available through WhatsApp 24 hours a day.