Phuket has a bit of a reputation for being a party island, having attracted backpackers and gap year party-goers since The Beach first glamorised the idyllic destination in the 1990s. But in recent years, the east coast of the island has been changing Phuket’s holiday scene with a flourishing selection of luxury wellness resorts – and perhaps none as much as Amatara. Encouraging guests to balance body and mind through life-enhancing wellness experiences, Amatara Wellness Resort offers versatile wellbeing packages in a luxury resort setting that highlights, enhances and reframes Phuket as a holiday destination.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Phuket, Amatara Wellness Resort overlooks a secluded bay in Cape Panwa. Lapped by the turquoise Andaman Sea, the resort is situated 45 minutes from Phuket International Airport and 15 minutes from Phuket town.
Amatara has 22 pavilions, 48 suites and 35 pool villas. Rooms are split into 8 luxury categories which include: ‘Premier Sea View’, ‘Pavilion’, ‘Sea View Cape’, ‘Ocean Cape’, ‘Pool Pavilion’, ‘Pool Sala Pavilion’, ‘Sea View Pool Villa, and ‘Ocean Pool Villa’. Most rooms have private balconies, many of which have sea views. The resort also has a Thai Hammam, outdoor yoga pavilion, Pilates studio, fitness space, tennis courts, and 2,000 square-metre spa including a steam room and infrared sauna.
Rooted in ancient traditions, the healthy cuisine served at Amatara embraces ‘healing’ and ‘living’ foods. Borrowing inspiration from Thai culture, local dishes are reinvented with a healthy twist, along with a range of international favourites. The kitchen serves up an assortment of innovative wellness meals, made from organic, whole foods using seasonal, unrefined ingredients that avoid additives, pesticides, toxins and refined sugars. Raw juice blends, superfood smoothies and herbal elixirs are found on the dinks menu alongside nutrient-dense salads, bone-broth soups and wholesome vegetarian meals.
Amatara has nine all-inclusive wellness programmes. Categorised as ‘Detox’, ‘Weight Management’, ‘Spa Revive’, ‘Connect’, ‘Active’, ‘Yoga’, ‘Brain Health Enhancement’, ‘Holistic Anti-Ageing’ and ‘Bespoke’, the packages cover all wellbeing bases. Spanning 3, 5 or 7 nights, each programme includes full board, individual wellness consultation, blood pressure check-up, daily massage, access to daily fitness classes, complimentary use of fitness facilities, steam and infrared sauna and departure consultation.
Guests are also entitled to a complimentary physical analysis by the retreat’s licensed physiotherapist, so imbalances can be pinpointed and remedied throughout their stay. Fitness activities include personal training sessions, circuit classes, TRX, Muay Thai instruction, Pilates, tennis coaching, aeroboxing, yoga, water aerobics, mountain biking and beach sports. Dedicated wellness consultants are also on-hand to remind you of your personal goals. If you enjoy kayaking, be sure to head down to Amatara’s private beach where you can paddle around in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
Expect to feel… ‘Amata’ translates to ‘immortality’ in Sanskrit and you’ll definitely feel like your lifespan has been extended after being immersed in one of Amatara’s wellness programmes for a week.