Reserve Pool Villa Sea View at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand

Reserve Pool Villa Sea View at Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi in Thailand

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.

Complimentary gifts of wine, rich chocolates, and authentic Thai treats are the cherries on top, with the iced tea (available via room service) standing out as a menu highlight.

Beyond the material, the villa is enriched with splendid Thai artwork on folding panels, narrating tales of rich heritage and cultural mosaic.

The Reserve Pool Villa Sea View at Phulay Bay effortlessly combines Thai heritage with modern opulence and natural brilliance.

Once you delve into the double-length bed and soak up the salts in your bath pavilion – prepared by your butler, of course – you’ll never want to leave.