Total tranquillity on Thailand’s Tri Trang beach

Rosewood Phuket has copious outdoor space and a magical restaurant built from reclaimed teak

A beachfront villa at Rosewood Phuket, with a generous portion of outdoor space
A beachfront villa at Rosewood Phuket, with a generous portion of outdoor space

Those who thought Phuket had reached critical resort mass may have to revise their assessment, now that one eminent luxury company is entering the scene in time for the high season. Rosewood Phuket (rosewoodhotels.com; from $750) is set on the silvery filament of Tri Trang beach, just a couple of kilometres – but, in terms of tranquillity, light years away – from the throngs at Patong. Rosewood has excellent form with resorts (witness its masterful management of Castiglion del Bosco, Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo’s meticulously restored estate in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia) and this should be no different: the 71 rooms and villas, long on outdoor space and gratifyingly short on predictable Thai frippery, are cast in whites and pretty aqueous tones. But it’s the beach restaurant, built using reclaimed teak, that will probably take the fantasy-fulfilment prize.

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