"A couple's ideal hideaway"
Returned to Paresa for the 2nd time after the initial stay 2 years ago. The ambience remains as its villas are private and serene with great views of the sea and star gazing from your own front yard.The food is above what most 5 star hotels serve for breakfast and better than most resorts we had been to.It is also a great venue to get married.
"What a wonderful holiday"
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for the service and care we received at Paresa from 15-17 Oct.
The Team made our holiday perfect and unforgettable. In particular, Staff in DIAVOLO restaurant, NATTY, was very helpful and deserve a great deal of praise for her excellent customer service, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Staying in Paresa actually enhanced our holiday experience.Hope to receive such environment and service always with your resort!"Heaven of Heavens"
Upon arrival (after a very smooth and comfortable airport transfer arranged by Paresa), we were given a very nice welcome by Nam and the Team. We stayed at the Cliff Pool Villa which was nothing short of amazing with an almost 180 degree uninterrupted view of the beautiful Andaman Sea with waves crashing upon the rockface below. My wife and I had had a splendid time just enjoying the spacious villa and lounging by our private poolside. Due to the rain, we could not do very much but luckily we managed to have a full day with two very amazing guides - Ah Long & Alif who gave us a very memorable and insightful tour of Phuket! From the Wats to the special 9 Gods Festival where we had splendid vegetarian street food, and a very nice meal at Tunk-Ka Hilltop Cafe, the trip was one of the best day trips we ever had (mind you, we travel A LOT)! We would like to thank Team Paresa for their very kind, warm and sincere hospitality and we look forward to returning sometime early next year when the weather improves for a longer trip! Great job guys n gals and ขอขอบคุณ!
We were totally WOWed by this property. From the minute we stepped out of our transfer to the short cart ride to our room we were surprised. The hotel itself and grounds are gorgeous. Our room (Spa Pool Suite) was a decent sized room but when you opened the door to the 'bathroom' it was actually a large pool with spa in the middle, shower and toilet and then your own private steam room. I have many pictures but none do it justice.
The staff were lovely and attentive and when we were checking out we overhead the general manager organising to take (in his own car) one of the guests on a private tour of some antique shops because the weather had been a little wet and the guests wanted to do something different.
MaxMartin1"Incredible Thai Zen"
We resided in one of the Aqua Suites for 7 nights during early May 2016, enjoying the full dedication and attention of the Paresa Angels throughout our stay.
Beautiful views, incredible calm and delicious cuisine come as standard.. just add zen.
We look forwards to our next visit..!!!
skyehalliwell"A resort which shows genuine interest in your needs"
My partner and i spent 2 unforgettable nights at Paresa. Other than the surreal tranquility you’ll be hard pressed to find in other Phuketian resorts in the area, Dawid (Paresa’s GM) and his team impressed us with their sincere hospitality and warmness throughout our stay. He and his team saw to it personally that every one of our creature comforts was met during our stay so much so that at times it almost felt like we were their only guests (rest assured we were not; we met many other guests at the dining hall).
Most importantly, Dawid showed genuine interest in getting to know his guests’ needs and concerns, and on occasion even offered us solutions to concerns we had yet to even voice! During our stay, we visited other popular seaside resorts in the area (such as Kata Rocks) as well, but find Paresa’s quiet serenity unmatched. I highly recommend Paresa if you’re looking for an escape from city life, or simply just looking for some time alone with your loved ones.
Dear Angels & GM David, would like to specially thank all of you, who made this such a memorable event, being so meticulous to each and every single detail, from the rose petals layout in the bath, to coordinating with my Fiancé on the layout of the villa... All I can say is that, as a returning customer, you guys made me feel really special on this lifetime event & I really thank all of you for this. Please do not hesitate to book their one bedroom villa, it's a room with a million dollars view. Wait till you see their bath! The Thann bubble bath was really enjoyable in the sea-view tub.
The 30-min massage in the villa with masseuse Tan, was the best I've experienced so far. All in all, I'm definitely coming back for the villa. Paresa is my second home to-go in Phuket.
Thank you all, would definitely be back soon!
The dining experince here is the best in Phuket in my opinion. Simply breathtaking views over the ocean and the food is fantastic. Great service and just a perfect place to go for sunset dinners in a very luxurious environment. Highly recommended.Vonny-Powell
We spent a few nights at this amazing resort at the end of 'Millionaires row' and while you don't have to be a millionaire to stay there you feel like one..
The rooms all have private pools and sea views, they are all very private but what makes it extra special are the 'Angels' more commonly known as staff..
I had an amazing Spa Treatment and we had 'Tapas' from the new chef and one night we had the 'Thai Set Menu' which couldn't have been improved on.
The wonderful GM Dawid greeted us and explained the concept of the resort and we left as friends which I am sure most of their guests do..
So a massive Thank You for making our last few nights holiday so special.
Yvonne & Ross..xxRoger P"Top notch service and view"
I've been to numerous resorts around the globe and I must say, my experience at Paresa Phuket far exceeded my expectations and we are already planning to return next summer! Extremely friendly staff, great food, breath taking view and very clean room! Can't ask for anything better!
Roger P"Top notch service and view"
I've been to numerous resorts around the globe and I must say, my experience at Paresa Phuket far exceeded my expectations and we are already planning to return next summer! Extremely friendly staff, great food, breath taking view and very clean room! Can't ask for anything better!
Kimmydk - Lemvig, Denmark"Heaven of all Heavens in Phuket"
This Resort is as good as it gets. Super service minded staff and wonderful settings hillside on the westcost of Phuket. Located right on the Millionaire’s Mile of Kata beach. The resort offers superb suites and villas with amazing vistas of the Amdemann sea. Every suite/villa with own infineti pools and truly luxury amenities. And nice outdoor shower. This is one the best places for relaxing and unwinding. This is the heaven of all heavens, a real piece of paradise for the few. Go go go go if you can afford it.Stayed June 2016, traveled as a couple
Juan G“Heavenly experience”
Phuket was more a pit stop in our grander honeymoon journey through Thailand than anything, but Paresa is so good that we both left wishing our 2,5 days stay had been a full week.
The hotel had a major challenge as we had a 36 hour flight to Colombia in our sight and needed to relax properly. Paresa simply excelled brilliantly in all fronts.
Our angel Ken was wonderful in showing us the entire premises, which we enjoyed to the fullest. Our room was a glorious suite with private pool overlooking the gorgeous Adaman sea. Beautifully decorated and totally comfortable, there was almost no incentive to even discover the rest of the hotel, if it wasn't for the fact that everything else lives up to the same high standard.
Each waiter was charming, specially Ba who took take of us during our wordless poolside private dinner. We had a great couple of conversations with chef Jordi, who we connected with easily thanks to our latin roots. The food is another chapter. We felt like a little tragedy had occurred every time we finished our courses.
The Spa is world class. The honors and accreditations as the best in its category are well deserved.
Had a nice chat with the GM towards the end of our trip and as we both agreed in: "hotels at this level vary little in comfort and accommodations. Difference is made by customer service". They have understood that here, and that's a major thing on its own.
From a simple stop, Paresa has single managed to change our minds towards considering Phuket an end destination of one of our next trips through Asia.
We stayed at Paresa for a week in August 2016. The place is as the name suggests - Heaven. We had a beautiful, spacious room with a private infinity pool overlooking the ocean. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The chefs were also excellent - there's Thai and Spanish/italian food. The tapas menu was particularly good & the ceviche is a must. Chef Attasit took us to the local food market & taught us how to make delicious local cuisine. Overall a very relaxing week. We will definitely be back.
We spent a brief time here as a couple. Loved the views and food! The staff/service were exceptional. Breakfast buffet is fresh, delicious, filling. We also took advantage of their SPA (awesome, though of course overpriced for Thailand) and the cooking class(highly recommend).
281gins“We had our wedding here and it was amazing.”
MWe worked with Ting and Yui (Paresa's on site wedding planners) for months via email prior to the big day. We were nervous to the say the least as we had about 30+ special requests. On the day of everything was perfect from the flowers, to music, to make up, after party and the next morning.... everything was perfect. Ting and Yui were always quick to respond to my emails and requests while we were staying there. I would highly recommend booking your wedding here.. not only will your friends and family say it's "the most beautiful wedding they've ever been to!" But Ting and Yui will make your wishes come true.
ButterflyInks - From Singapore, Singapore“Memorable birthday celebration for the boyfriend”
Paresa is an excellent resort for anyone to relax and indulge in the beautiful scenery. I booked the Cliff Pool Villa for a 3D2N stay, and I am overwhelmed by the service of all the staff. Everyone was polite, friendly and attentive.
The resort is beautifully designed (in a Zen way) with lots of trees, plants and flowers. It can be tedious for the elderly or anyone who is not able to climb a lot of stairs as it takes quite a bit of climbing to get to the higher level (restaurants and entrance of the resort). There are always buggy rides to get around within the resort anyway!
The cliff pool villa is spacious and beautiful. The bedroom, toilet and lounge (pool included)areas are really spacious. As the resort is built on/in a mountain, there are always dead bugs and leaves around the lounge area. Those are always gone by the next day! It was a thoughtful gesture to keep the areas clean.
The resort is in the Kamala region, which is pretty quiet compared to Patong. Hence, the bf and I rented an automatic motorcycle and toured around by ourselves. There are also free shuttle buses to the Kamala beach, but to Patong there is a minimum fee of 100+ THB if I remembered correctly.
I also booked the romantic poolside infinity dinner but it was raining the whole day. So we were moved to a private area instead, and the staff were attentive and kind to decorate the setup so romantically and nicely. Dinner was awesome, and the private waiter (Bao), manager (Mummy) were very friendly and interactive too. I spent about SGD$300 for 2 pax for a 5 course gourmet dinner.
Overall, it was such a wonderful experience that I had to leave a good review. It is expensive but it's worth it to wake up to the sea every morning! I cannot recommend enough if you are looking for a laid back and romantic place in Phuket. 2 thumbs up !
BEN L“Excellent resort!”
We have spent four days in Paresa, and everything is great!
The sea-view, hotel room, service, food are excellent.
It is highly recommended.
The resort is far away from the town, so i take 30 mins to town such as PaTong beach...It take around 1600 Baht for around trip taxi, so it is good to rent a car for few hours.
TheMiniMillionaire - from Wakefield“Luxury at it's best.”
e stayed at the Paresa Resort for 2 nights during June 2016.
The entrance is very grand, almost temple-like. The check-in process was simple and easy, the staff were all so happy and polite, we were even asked what soap we’d like to for the sinks in our room – a really nice added touch.
Once we’d checked in we were able to ‘ring the gong’ to those who’ve never stayed here this will probably sound a little weird, but those who’ve stayed here will know exactly what I mean. Again, a great added touch which was actually really fun! The garden like terrace once you go through the doors after ringing the gong is like something from a movie or something. It’s so beautiful, all you can see is the sea for miles and miles! (we took plenty of great selfies up there!)
Then we were taken to our room on one of the resorts many buggies (little golf-like trolleys) the gentleman who took us explained everything about our room and the services available.
The room itself was really spacious, you’ve got almost a living and sleeping area with the television being the divide in the room on a cabinet that allows for the TV to turn 180 degrees so you can watch it at either side. The bathroom is as big as the living & sleeping area with his and hers sinks and dressing area’s along with a huge shower and bathtub overlooking the pool and out to the amazing sea view. Then of course there’s your private pool… This was the first time we’d had a private pool and it was everything we’d hoped for and more. On our first night we was able to just swim, watching the sunset perfectly into the sea.
The resort itself is situated in-between two beaches one of them is the Patong beach the other is the Kamala beach (Kamala is slightly closer) the resort offers a complimentary bus service to Kamala, but personally we never used it.
We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort. Each and every meal was fantastic! Starting with breakfast where the choices were endless, and plentiful. From fruit to full-English and everything in-between we never struggled with choice. For lunch we tasted the tapas on offer (see photos attached to this review) I’m not a foodie but the lunch and dinner at this place was enough to make me become one! The flavours were so fresh, the combinations between different ingredients worked really, really well and the portions were always plentiful. I’d recommend the food so much, I’d advice you to come and have a meal here even if you don’t stay here.
On our second day we went out on one of the many tours on offer by the resort – The Phuket Town Heritage Tour. The driver picked us up at 8am and drove us from the resort to visit a location in which Thai farmers and delivery drivers go for a traditional Thai breakfast once you’ve made they’re deliveries for the day. It was fantastic to add some traditional Thai experiences to our time in Thailand that we otherwise wouldn’t have known about or tried. We then drove around 20 minutes to Phuket town. Our guide was really knowledgeable and showed us the first hotel in Phuket (on on hotel) this was featured in the film The Beach. We also saw plenty of street art and artists working in different studios – every piece of artwork was absolutely stunning! We stopped for coffee before heading up to a viewpoint where we could see across the entire Phuket town from above. This also provided us with fantastic views of the Giant Buddha. I’d really recommend taking part in one of these tours if you get the chance. We saw things and experienced things that I’m 100% sure we wouldn’t have otherwise and for that I’m really grateful.
The swimming pool on-site is beautiful, we only visited it once but a really good size, and really quiet too (I imagine because many people such as ourselves take advantage of the swimming pool at the room) we had the entire pool to ourselves.
On leaving the resort we were taken by a driver to our new hotel, we really appreciated this as it was up by the airport so quite a distance. The car used was the same make and model as the one from the tour (4 x 4) it had amazing air-conditioning (much appreciated in the 40 degree heat) so we arrived looking and feeling really refreshed.
asiatraveler1964 - from san francisco"Another amazing stay at Paresa"
Stayed here for 2 nights during a business trip. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I booked a cliff villa again and it was spectacular. Hotel staff was busy as they had a wedding and massive rain made their lives much more difficult. However they were extremely professional . The General manager was always around to assist and entertain. Dawid is a great guy . I definitely come back .
K L - From London, United Kingdom“The perfect stay”
In addition to being jaw-droppingly beautiful in design and location, the staff here could not be nicer or more willing to help. The unassuming reception area really did not hint at the amazing views and luxury to follow once you have gone down the stairs into the main hotel, so first impressions on check-in don't do it justice.
Staying at other hotels on the island afterwards really highlighted what a tight ship the manager runs at Paresa, putting all the other hotels in the shade. From the moment we arrived and were shown to our villa, we felt in holiday mode. Due to a very noisy family staying in the room next to us, the manager very kindly offered to move us to a quieter and more secluded room - nothing was too much trouble. Although it is a relatively expensive hotel, the experience you get while staying there makes it good value for money in my opinion. We moved to a second hotel for our second week on the island, which was more expensive but not even half as nice - we immediately regretted leaving Paresa! Paresa is spectacular for the ocean views, the hotel design and architecture, and the cocktails. The food is generally good too. It's a bit of a ride from Kamala and quite secluded, so don't expect to be able to casually pop out to other restaurants - you need to get taxis.
There isn't a beach, but we borrowed the hotel kayaks and paddled out to a stunning nearby bay for snorkelling. As you also have your own private pool in every villa, plus the hotel's stunning infinity pool, we really didn't miss having a beach at all - I loved jumping straight off the pontoon on the rocks into the sea. If you get bitten by mosquitos make sure you bring repellant - due to lots of the rooms (and the restaurant) being situated in and amongst the trees, there are a lot of mozzies around. On the plus side, the hotel really feels like it has been built sympathetically to fit with the landscape.
My only niggle was that service by the swimming pool tended to take a long time, perhaps due to the hotel layout (the kitchen where they made the drinks may have been far away) - given the fantastic experience we had overall however this really does feel like a minor point.
Belinda T"Unforgetable bliss and very special place"
The welcoming team all were genuinely happy to greet us and we could not believe the arrival experience. A wow moment - and I won't spoil it for you, you have to experience it for yourself. We stayed in their top villa the Grand Residence and as my husband and I lead extremely busy lives, the space and facilities our villa offered exactly what we needed to unwind, catch up and enjoy time together without sitting at a resort pool with other guests. We were very happy with the quality of the villas, I couldn't think of anything else we would need. The sunsets are spectacular at Paresa and their restaurant experience was without fault. An excellent menu and their food exceptional. Compliments to the chef! Really fantastic. The General Manager at Paresa Dawid was fabulous, extremely helpful and so friendly and passionate about his job. The Spa is exceptional too and I love a great spa and the Spa at Paresa had some very interesting treatments just wish I was staying longer to try more. We booked a private tour with Paresa which was definitely a highlight of our time in Phuket not just at Paresa. We absolutely loved the private tour, it was personalised and we felt like we experienced a different side to Phuket. We also experienced their cooking school and Chef Bo is amazing, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Their cooking school/kitchen is state of art and especially created for that purpose (not an after thought or half done facility or experience like we've experienced at other luxury resorts) . We had so many special moments but the highlights for us - Remarkable view, privacy, great staff, exceptional food and their experiences (cooking class and private tours - a must!). Thank you Paresa we will return soon.
Rebecca W - From Hobart, Australia“Ahhhmazing!!!”
What can I say... this resort is absolutely stunning!! As we are normally budget travellers we decided to splurge this trip and spend 3 nights in an ocean pool villa. We got an incredible price on Agoda for approx. $360 per night.. For this price we'd be lucky to get a studio room in Sydney at maybe a 4 star hotel. From the moment we were arrived we felt like we were treated like royalty. We arrived a little bit before check in time and were asked to take a seat in a sunken area as the staff brought up a welcome drink of lemongrass tea (which was beautiful) and check in form to sign. This was a nice change from having to stand at a reception desk. Our room was about 30 minutes away from being ready so we were taken to the library to wait where we could get a coffee and read magazines. We were escorted out of the lobby down the stairs to where as a welcome we were asked to hit the gong as hard as we could. This was a nice touch. the doors open to unveil incredible 180 degree views of the ocean! We were in awe! Underneath the lobby is the restaurant where Italian is inside seating and Thai is outside seating. A breakfast buffet is also served here which includes continental items such as fruits breads, cakes, muffins, cereals & muesli's, as well as some Thai dishes and steamed buns. A menu is presented if you wish to purchase other items such as bacon and eggs or pancakes etc. Breakfast was beautiful but I was a little disappointed that there were no eggs or bacon included in the buffet. I have to make note of their home made jams (banana & lemon) this was quite possibly the best jam i have ever had!! Food in the restaurant was amazing. We had Italian one night and Thai the other. My husband ordered the ravioli, a Paresa signature dish, he was a little shocked when about 5 pieces of ravioli was delivered on a plate but he was very impressed with it, just had share some of my mushroom lasagne. Happy hour is buy one get one free from 5-7pm. Cocktail prices are approximately 400 baht which is very similar to prices in Australia. Coffees & smoothies at around 200 baht we felt was too expensive when comparing it to Australian prices. Nonetheless this is a luxury resort and one should be prepared for top quality at higher prices. The library and concierge is located underneath the restaurant, dvd's are available to hire. We had to chuckle when we saw 'knock off' dvd's. Stairs run along side all main areas which is fine for the fit and healthy but the elderly may wish to utilise the buggy facility. Staff will happily cart you around the resort since it is set on a cliff side. Recipe is located above the library, we did a cooking class where the chef took us down to a local market in Patong and explained all fruit, veg, seafood, spices and how they are best used. We loved this and the cooking class was even better. We chose what we wanted to cook and it was all prepared ready. The kitchen has stunning views of the ocean as does all public areas of the resort and we received a coconut and water to have with our 'creations'. Our room was very spacious and included a coffee machine, mini bar (at a cost), tv & dvd player, huge bathroom with bath in window bar overlooking the private pool and ocean, robes, slippers, you name it! The room & pool is very clean. The gym again, has amazing views and great equipment! There is a shuttle service available at set times during the day down to Kamala (Free) and Patong (150 baht). As we checked out early morning for our flight we were provided with a 'breakfast to go' which was great! Overall this resort is incredible!!! We really enjoyed our stay. P.s The staff are amazing! Incredibly friendly and go above and beyond to ensure you have a comfortable stay.
tanavat622 - From Bangkok, Thailand“Truly Heaven on Earth”
A great place to be, excellent view from the Talay Suit Pool Villa. Very comfortable place to stay, great services. Food is also excellent. It's truly heaven on earth. Plan to come back for another stay for sure.
nella6666 - From Melbourne, Australia“heaven and paradise is the only way to explain this place to stay”
the place has breath taking views ,excellent dining privacy in your own pool suite still with a view of the ocean ,
the only place i will stay when visiting kamala beach ,there is nothing you can fault
Em L“Truly a remarkable experience”
IParesa is the heaven of heavens!
We had the wonderful experience of attending a cooking class at Paresa. Chef Bo was incredible, very patient and informative while teaching us how to prepare and cook 4 Thai dishes. The service staff were very attentive and ensured we were well supplied with wine (as every aspiring cook needs!).
General Manager Dawid and head Chef Jordi spend time getting to know their guests and this very personalised experience at Paresa is a very special thing. They cater for your needs to a very high standard and do everything possible to ensure that you having a great time. I am allergic to shellfish and forgot to pre-warn the Chef before the class. Chef Bo took this in his stride and altered recipes which turned out to be some of the most delicious and fresh food I have ever tasted.
Our room had incredible views over the ocean, a perfect place to sit or float around in your very own infinity pool and watch the world go by. The room itself was spacious, with a bathroom design was one that you need to see for yourself. It is a perfect place to enjoy with a partner or friends.
Lastly the spa. What a relaxing experience! I must say that I have visited quite a few Spa's here in Thailand but this one is the winner.
We left Paresa feeling so relaxed and can only sing the highest of praises for the dedication of their staff.
Aaron T“Who says you cant find heaven on earth”
Had a stay here recently for a total of 4 days and 3 nights. Upon arrival, the resort personnel were really really kind and courteous, took us on a mini resort tour to familiarize with the place. The room was fantastic (DIMA SUITE), FREE COFFEE! very clean and well kept, comfy bed.
The resort food is really good. The Thai food menu has a section which says "DO NOT LEAVE PHUKET BEFORE TRYING THESE" (somewhere along those lines). Those are worth every single penny and your calorie count,.... if that matters.
Would definitely be back here in the near future
_pw_fwoodson - From Melbourne, Australia"Heaven of Heaven's it certainly is"
We have stayed at Paresa 3 times over the past years visiting Thailand.
They continue to keep maintaining the property to a very high standard which is such an important factor in tropical conditions that would usually run most properties down.
The level of service and attention to detail always exceeds our expectations.
The Hotel is always so peaceful the way its set up you would almost think your the only guests there.
You must try the restaurant the food and the views are amazing.
Don't forget to visit the main pool and take a swim , grab a cocktail and take in the incredible views .
Level of service from all the staff is fantastic, such great people.
We were treated like Royalty
We've stayed in several of the room types all of which are just stunning.
Cant wait to get back there on our next visit.
Don't miss this place its stunning.
Cerlyn L“great for private staycation”
It was during monsoon season, and rained most of the time. Yet we had great 4N stay in Paresa. Staff were responsive to every last min request we made e.g. arranging a day tour, arranging transport up and downhill etc.
The only unpleasant experience was the driver did not pick us up from the airport as requested. The Hotel Manager apologised to us personally while we were having breakfast.
My advice to selecting this resort: as the resort is on top of the hill, do get your snacks and beverages before returning to your room in case you get hungry in the middle of the night. The nearest convenience store 7-11 is right at the bottom of the hill. Btw, there aren't lamp posts along the way thus is not safe to cycle, drive and walk.
jerseytraveller2016 - From St. Helier, United Kingdom“Excellent get away from it all retreat”
y husband and I had a lovely 5 night stay recently at this hotel in an Aqua Pool Room which we were upgraded to on arrival. The resort is so peaceful and has stunning views and is just something different to the normal resort hotels. If you are looking for a "get away from it all" hotel for a few days then this is the place for you. It isn't ideal for the less mobile as the resort is very steep and there are lots of steps but there are buggies around the resort so it isn't too much of a problem. The staff are lovely and really helpful. A special thanks to the GM, Dawid, who went out of his way to make our stay great. The spa treatments were excellent.
Paul B - from Grand Rapids, Michigan“Where to even start.. Heaven on Earth?”
My now wife and I stayed at Paresa for our wedding 25-APR till 29-APR 2016. We eloped and used Paresa as our wedding resort. The short story is, Paresa is perfect.
Wedding - I (the husband), did the heavy lifting of evaluating possible locations for our wedding. Short review is this. If you're looking at Phuket, put Paresa at the top of your list, and only maybe 5 other places you love under it. It was just my wife and I, but we still wanted a great venue, great views, not the beach like so many destinations only offered. From the onset Khun Ting and Khun Yui were by FAR the most responsive, adaptable and best people to work with from 1/2 a world away. Out of 20+ resorts we looked at, they were FAR and above the best. The actual day was awesome. Great location, great service, makeup (that fit my wife's American standards), photography. Everything was awesome.
Room - We had the Cielo residence, which I think now they refer to as "The Residence", suite #121. Absolutely awesome. Huge, full kitchen we were able to stock some food/drink in, a great sitting room, huge bathroom. A pool with a view to die for. The room attendants were absolutely awesome. We were high enough that we never had any mosquito issues at all. I've read a few negatives about upkeep of the property overall, but honestly it's a beautiful place that sits where it's consistently 90+ fahrenheit and 80%+ humidity. There will be maintenance needs, but I didn't see anything off putting at all.
Restaurant - As many reviews state, one restaurant with 2 menus. Rule #1 of traveling is eat the local menu. While they offer an Italian menu we never tried it. Breakfast was well above average and included. Everything from great cheeses and meats, to Dim Sum, awesome Thai dishes, some western flavors.. It was great. For lunch/dinner stick to the Thai menu, it was absolutely wonderful.
Spa - again, wonderful. We did a couples "Paresa" massage, 90 minutes and the best experience we've had in Thailand as far as massage/spa treatments. The women did a wonderful job
Staff - Here is where I can not say enough. The staff at Paresa were AMAZING. Lets start at the top with Dawid, the hotel Director. He stopped by our second morning and brought some sparkling wine. He was amazing, very friendly and always knew what was going on with us specifically. We had several interactions and all were great. Next, "The Angels" who are the people who pick up the other end of the phone when you call. Khun Nam and Khun Ken get a special recognition. My fiancée came down with a sickness and they went FAR above what was expected to get us a proper doctor and get things sorted out. Khun Nam consistently was very helpful to us throughout the stay, and for that we are very thankful. In the restaurant Khun Vid was amazing. He and his staff never let a glass go empty and had wonderful recommendations for food and the like. I've already spoken about Khun Yui and the wedding staff... they are amazing.
So there you have it. I hope my now wife and I can come back to Paresa to celebrate our anniversaries in the future. I'd bring my whole family and rent out an entire block of rooms if I could convince them of the 25 hours of travel to get there, it's definitely worth it.
MJXO - From Eindhoven, The Netherlands“Heaven”
Despite having seen a ton of amazing reviews, our experience at the Paresa exceeded our expectations in every way possible. And let me just say we have high expectations! From the shuttle service from the airport, to the spectacular welcome and introduction to "heaven on earth", to an unexpected room upgrade, to outstanding food and service...there is truly not one area of a vacation experience that we can offer any "criticism" of at all. The private infinity pool and balcony was unforgettable, the views of the sea were so special, the feeling of privacy and downright luxurious pampering was unbelievable. This is indeed a first-class boutique hotel. Perhaps not the perfect spot for kids, and indeed the climbs to and from the rooms mean you don't have to worry about exercise (although the golf cart is always on call!). Highly recommend the romantic dinner event-- the singer/entertainment was great, food was outstanding. Beaches so easy to reach by shuttle if desired, but honestly, we spent most of our time on the property. The spa was one of the best we've ever experienced (and we travel quite a bit). The staff was perfection. The General Manager, Dawid, is genuinely interested and concerned that your every need is met. So stop reading and start booking. You will have an experience you'll never forget. We're plotting how and when we'll be back.
Farhan S“Amazing experience her. Muslim friendly!!! ”
This hotel by far has to be the best hotel iv been in.
The staff were great. The restaurant was amazing.
They were all responsive when I had a light problem which was fixed within the time I got back from Patong. When my pool had slight bugs in it (which is expected) they quickly got rid of them professionally.
I asked for a high room as we were a Muslim couple and they honoured this.
The food for dinner is halal although we thought it wasn't. The chef even bought me the certificate.
They clean the room thoroughly everyday and leave drinking water. The gym is so clean and empty so I was doing my morning jogs. Even got a complimentary 15 min massage which was great.
Buggies were available within minutes but sometimes when they were busy I'd just walk back.
Paresa is up in the mountains in kamala so they have shuttle services to patong for 150bt (£3) pp which is like 30 min drive and that is twice a day. None in the evenings, latest is around 5pm. But I paid for local taxis which was like £15 per trip.
Another free service to Kamala which is much regular.
Breakfast is not halal as they don't serve halal sausages etc but the normal egg, toast, beans fruit and other stuff is always there.
As a Muslim couple here I really enjoyed it and although it's pricey you can't put a price on privacy and the needed extras to abide by muslim jurisprudence.
As a Muslim couple I'd defo recommend this place as it's private and away from Patong where it has the night life. And I live in London and that's the last thing I wanted. It's a few miles away but just pay for the cabs which are safe or use the hotels private taxis.
Also closest muslim village is Baotong Beach which is like 700/800 bt. It has loads of Muslims and masjid.
Thank you Paresa for an amazing relaxing problem free experience.
xanyeung - from Hong Kong, China“Best of the best”
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Cielo Residence, a huge 7000 square feet (approximately) multi-storeyed villa. The view is absolutely breathtaking and I love the minimalistic interior design. Service was impeccable. Food was just okay. It's a really quick taxi ride to Patong Beach, one of the busiest/touristy/nightlife locations of Phuket! Would definitely recommend this place for couples.
Yukalinda34 - From 名古屋市, 愛知県“Literally heavenly weekend”
We stayed at Aqua pool for 3 nights from 26th -29th March. Our first time in Phuket. The reasons we decided to stay Paresa are ; private pool, sea view, shuttle service to beach, not in Patong beach, quiet in nature are must. I sent several mails to other hotels or villas in Phuket, this Paresa answered very quickly, very helpful, most courteous mails to me less than 2 hrs.
Room are clean, views from patio, pool, bathroom are amazing. We spent most of time in pool and bathing. As we have allergy to insect bite, I asked higher floor and mosquitoes repellents. Those worked good to us, we got a few bites but it was not a big deal.
At restaurant, we had cocktails and dinner. Views were gorgeous and foods was great. We enjoyed breakfast there, all dishes were fabulous! We picked one dish each of us, falled in love Thai foods. Prices are quite reasonable.
We didn't join any activities. Just chilling with views. They also have some fun tours or romatic plans. Ask anything, they will arrenge for you.
All angels, buggy drivers, pick up driver, maid, staffs at restaurant are extremely nice to us. Everything we demand, they provide. We enjoyed talking with all of them.
Thank you so much Paresa! Literally heavenly place!!! Super relaxing weekend in exotic Thailand. <3 <3
Tips: Higher floor is better. Cliff pool villa or spa villa next time.
There are free shuttle bus to Kamala beach. Shopping center is 10mins walking from shuttle station. Ask driver how to get there. Otherwise, you will be exthusted wrong long way in heat. That was good exercise but never do again. Plus there were NO Paresa's own beach beds on Kamala beach (Paresa used to have own area but anymore). You have to pay 200BERT for daybeds at locals. Beach was not clean at all, my boys got lots of sealice bites. Don't go into the ocean. Beach massages ( I LOVE IT!!! ), vendors, bars are fun. We didn't go Surin beach but if they drive to there for free, we might try. They said no shuttle but taxi to get to Surin beach.
Drew M - from Sydney, Australia“One of the best”
One of the best boutique hotels around. Stunning location perched on the cliff with sensational views, minimalistic design but done beautifully. Food, amenities including an amazing pool all first rate.
Clarence H“Beautiful resort”
Such a gem this resort is. It's perched on a cliff, amazing views and they even offer champagne breakfast! Rooms were tidy and clean and they upgraded us so we would have our own private pool. Great for couples going on honeymoon or just w but or luxury as this place is just class.
The only downside is if you are wanting to leave the resort, there are only select times when the shuttle will take you however with such beautiful surrounds why would you want to leave.
pandainsingers - From Singapore, Singapore“As pefect as always”
Our third visit. Excellent, as usual!
Highly recommended. Great location (quiet but close enough to busier areas - halfway between Kamala and Patong). Glamorous rooms, with Thai design features. A lot of space in all rooms.
Never crowded. A feeling of having the place to yourselves. Nb, not specifically designed for children - more for romantic couples. "Refined and elegant" rather than "fun and noise".
Exceptional staff. Faultless. Discreet. Happy. Cannot do enough for you, 24-hrs a day.
We'll go for our fourth trip later this year. Already looking forward to it.
Amazing secluded location, wonderful staff and beautiful room!
I have stayed here twice now, and am already looking forward to a third!
Just make sure you have everything you need when you arrive as you really do not want to leave!
Old G - From Fleming Island, Florida“All I Can Say is WOW!!!”
My wife and I just returned from an amazing 10 day stay at Paresa in celebration of our 5 year Anniversary and things could not have been any better! In today's world, 5 stars means different things to different people. To me, it means world class facilities and amenities, exceptional cuisine, and impeccable service. Our stay at Paresa far exceeded our expectations in all of the above areas and then some. Below are the pros and cons to consider as you evaluate where you will stay:
Cons- As shared by others, any cons here would be truly nit-picking. Yes, there are really steep hills that lead from the rooms to the restaurant and other facilities. This should be expected since the resort sits neatly atop a cliff. Paresa's solution to this was to have friendly drivers pick you up at your room via "buggy" or golf cart and take you anywhere you want to go. After the first day or so I learned it would take exactly 3 minutes for the buggy to arrive to my room and we were able to meet it just as it arrived. In the cases where it got there early, they would come and knock on the door to let me know they were there- problem solved! Yes, there are mosquitoes and they were present everywhere we went in Phuket. To counter this the resort provides an incense-type burner for the outdoor pool area and two electric plug-in devices for the room if some manage to get into the room (we never had to use them as we were pretty diligent about keeping our doors closed). It is also true that there isn't a traditional beach onsite at Paresa. To counter this, the resort has a partnership with Zazada Beach club in nearby Kamala which is an awesome experience. Let the Angels know and they will reserve free lounge chairs/umbrella for you a day in advance at Zazada which is normally 800 baht per day. This place reminds me of something you might see in South Beach, or the South of France- Hip music, awesome selection of food served to your lounge chairs (billed directly to Paresa if you like), swimming pool access, onsite massage available, showers, clean restrooms, etc. Don't miss out on Zazada as it was our favorite beach destination while in Phuket. Also be sure to bring your snorkel gear as there are tons of fish at the beach along the rocks.
Pros- Not even sure where to begin. First I would probably start with the staff. Dawid the GM is extremely warm and helpful. It is obvious that making sure each guest is happy is his top priority. We booked our trip online via travelocity and shared that this visit was in celebration of our anniversary and everyone congratulated us on our arrival, and upon checking into our room (which was upgraded to cliff pool), we were greeted with a nice bottle of champagne and a large fresh fruit platter. When we let Dawid know that our flight out of Phuket would be leaving after midnight, he graciously gave us a late checkout (10pm) so we could enjoy our last day in comfort without incurring the cost of another day's stay. Dawid, thank you so much. Denea and I had a blast and will cherish our memories at Paresa for the rest of our lives! The other angels we consulted with the most (Nammi, Nung, Fee) were equally amazing and helped us maximize our time in Phuket. They took the time to understand what we liked and wanted to experience and then helped set everything up whether through the hotel's excursions (which are all fantastic) or otherwise. It was evident that the name Paresa commands respect in the Kamala / Patong community as we received the VIP treatment everywhere we went once the angels were able to work their magic. While many of the excursions through Paresa are more expensive than what you would find on your own, it certainly is worth the money if you are planning to visit some of the featured attractions like phi phi (which is notorious for its beauty and large crowds). Our tour guides seemed to know the best way to enjoy these sites while avoiding the crowds, spoke great English, were extremely professional, and helped us to create some awesome memories. The food at the resort was phenomenal! We consider ourselves foodies and didn't have one bad meal throughout our stay. During our visit we got to know Jordi (head chef) and we enjoyed hearing about his training and travels across Europe and Asia. Be sure to request his Pannetone at some point for breakfast- Out of this world :)
My wife and I also found the location to work very well for us. Quiet and secluded enough to provide tons of privacy in a extremely romantic setting, but close enough to everything that you have quick access to many of the other things Phuket has to offer (Zazada Beach club, shopping in Jungceylon, craziness of Bangla Rd in Patong, close proximity to the Temples, local shows, pearl farm, rubber tree / rice farms, Phuket town, etc).
In sum, Paresa is truly a magical place for couples seeking romance. I have not found better or more consistent service in my travels, and I look forward to returning again soon!
jheschel - From Columbus, Ohio“Amazing, my favorite hotel ever!”
I have so many wonderful things to say about Paresa, I don't know where to start. I actually get a little blue writing this because I'm here in the US and not there. From the minute we were picked up at the airport, I knew we made a great choice. Our driver was so friendly and nice, and the fresh fruit and cold towels (and beer) were super welcoming as well. Check-in was a breeze and we were able to go straight to our rooms with an early arrival. The views as you walk in the resort are literally breath taking. As was our room. It was huge! And we had our own private pool in the Aqua Suite. We were offered an upgrade at one point, but our room was so lovely I didn't feel the need to move. The dinner location is really fabulous and you can eat all meals here if you want. Breakfast has everything you could possibly need and they even made hearts and patterns in my latte foam every morning. Those little things are what puts Paresa over the top. Its also so peaceful, calm and quiet - like a tranquil retreat on the cliffs. I loved listening to all the different sounds at night starting right at sunset. There were butterflies everywhere, sea eagles, frogs and always a gentle breeze. The rooms themselves are immaculate and super clean. The lighting system is fun to figure out, but we learned soon enough. I could go on and on about the staff - so helpful, friendly, happy and accommodating. You can tell they love their jobs and I can see why. Finally, all the activities the hotel offers are well worth it. Our neighbors did some of their private boat tours and said they were fantastic. We, sadly, had already booked an outside group tour before we arrived and it was not as great. The cooking class was really fun and we actually made some really tasty food. I also highly recommend checking out both Kamala Beach via free shuttle, and Surin beach in a taxi. Both options offer different experiences and have pluses and minuses (but in my mind, both better than crazy crowded Patong beach). The point is, whatever you need, they will make it happen and if you don't want to do anything, you have an amazing suite and resort to just kick back and enjoy. We had 5 nights which seems like a lot of time in the states, but I wish we had 10. Next time....
caveyma - from Jersey“Paresa the closest you will get to Heaven on Earth”
We have stayed in a number of 5* resorts and I must agree with everyone else Paresa is defiantly a cut above the rest. Ok with every Resort there are always some Issue, whether an issue with the airport transfer or a problem with the Steam Room, but it is how the resort and the staff deal with them that allows a resort to stand out above the rest. With regards to Paresa then I must say that the staff (or I should call them Angels) certainly do know how to deal with these issues and ensure that they are addresses with the minimal inconvenience to you. This I think has something to do with the General Manager Dawid who runs the resort as he makes it his job to know what is going on within his resort, so that he may discuss it with you when you see him around the resort.
So what is the resort like, well you are greeted in the Car park by the Angels with a warm Thai welcome and shown to reception where you are offered one of their special drinks and a refreshing cool towel. We were introduced to Dawid when one of the Angels dealt with checking us in. As soon as this was completed which only takes a couple of minutes we were taken to the Gong which announces you to the resort. We were then given a tour of the resort, asked if we wanted to book a table at the restaurant (including if we wanted to sit inside or outside) and shown to our Suite (Dima Spa) and shown how everything works.
As we booked the Dima Spa we received daily 30 mins massage so within an hour of arriving at the resort we were already experiencing the delight of receiving a massage, which was just what the doctor ordered after a 13 hour flight.
The suites are amazing; the beds are so big that you have to roll over a couple of time just to get a cuddle from your partner. As you will see from the various photo’s on Trip Advisor the Dima Spa Suites the bathrooms are outside. Despite this they are extremely private and no one will be able to see you. As they are outside the resort supplies mosquito coils so that you may use them at night. My wife was bitten a lot on the first night so we asked for additional coils and the Angels were more than willing to supply them. So in the end we had 2 coils lit 24/7. I would also suggest that you use the mosquito spray the resort offers (it is only 150bht) as it does really work.
The resort is built on a hill so there are multiple levels with some steep sections, however you can get a buggy to take you around or alternatively just walk to burn off a couple of calories after eating at the resorts 2 restaurants. The food is to out of the world plenty of it. I ordered the Thai fish cakes and think I would just get 3 like you do when you get a takeaway how wrong was I, you get 6. So you will not go hungry. We never made it to the deserts so I can’t comment on them. Also if you are into your wine then you will not miss as the resort stocks a large wine cellar thanks to Dawid.
If you want to eat outside of the resort then can I suggest the Bau Restaurant which is in Kamala Beach only about 10 mins taxi. The food is amazing (see my review on it) They Angels can arrange taxi and booking a table is you want to go and when you want to return back to Paresa then the restaurant is more than happy to arrange for a taxi for you (400bht).
I would recommend everyone to try the cookery class as we did it and we learnt so much. We can now create authentic Thai dishes thanks to our chef Preecha. Preecha even took us to the local market and took us around describing all the different veg and fruits. It is worth a visit.
If you are an animal lover then lookout for the resident cat, he is very friendly so give him a pat. And if you are extremely lucky then you may also get the change to be introduced to Jack (Dawid’s Jack Russel), who is a cheeky little devil.
Finally I would like to say a big thank you too all the Angels at Paresa. And also thank you Dawid for arranging the Massage on our final day. It made our long flight back home a little more bearable.
perhley - from London, United Kingdom"wonderful and relaxing stay; staff were more than happy to help"
Similar to another review on here, we, too, stayed here for 8 nights in March and we were so glad we chose this hotel over some of the others we had on our list.
As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by the reception staff and we were presented with a refreshing drink and cold towels whilst they checked us in (exactly what we needed after 20+ hours of travelling.
We stayed in an aqua room. Absolutely beautiful. The room was big, really quiet, had amazing views of the sea, his and hers wash basins, huge bathroom, comfortable bed and your very own balcony complete with your own infinity pool. Moment later, one of the staff (they call them Paresa Angels there) brought us a champagne bottle and two flutes. Was a nice surprise.
We had breakfast there everyday which I can say was really good. There was a lot of variety from continental style breakfast, to thai-style, smoothies, congee, noodles and if you wanted to have something extra special, you could always upgrade for a nominal price.
The restaurant also serves Italian and Thai cuisine during lunch and dinner which were also very good. The views fro the restaurant were great and if the sound of cicadas don't annoy you, then this really is a perfect setting.
In addition, they have a huge infinity pool for any of the hotel guests to use (I used it and it was great!). There are eight sun loungers right in the water and and Angel readily available to serve you drinks and snacks.
There is also a spa (did not use) which looked great and there is a library, a small shop and additional services that are outside of the resort. They have connections with a beach club in Surin Beach called Zazada Beach Club. The Angels were more than helpful in booking us sun loungers, transport and drinks for our arrival.
They also had some private tours. One of them that we would definitely recommend is the one that they advertised as 'Coral Island' with snorkeling. We were so lucky with our tours guide. As it was a private tour, it was just myself, my boyfriend, Patrick the guide and the boatman. Patrick drove us across the whole island from Karon Viewpoint, to the Wat Chalong, the cashew factory and back to hotel. In between all that, we had an amazing time snorkeling and even swam with us for bit. The restaurant that he took us to was on this tiny little island (where the locals call 'Wedding island'). He couldn't have been more helpful. Offered us cold drinks throughout the day, gave us loads of facts about Thailand and probably spent more time with us than we had originally booked in for!
I know it sounds too good to be true but I guess if I had to make some gripes about this place then they would be really tenuous ones such as when I ordered something hot from the breakfast menu, it look a lot longer than I thought it would given we were the only people in the dining area at one point (but then we weren't in a rush and we were feeling relaxed so what did it matter?).
The only thing I will say is that if you are looking for party central and want to be a part of that 24/7 then Paresa is not the hotel for you and I would advise staying closer to Patong Beach. We did venture down that way a couple of times but it is still a cab ride away. If, however, you are looking for something more serene, chilled out and private, then I would definitely recommend the Paresa hotel.
Personal thanks to Patrick, Chart, Pang and David for making our stay so, so welcome!
Julesar- from Dubai, United Arab Emirates"Simply a picturesque hotel and amazing service"
This place is magical at sunset.
On arrival we were greeted by GM Dawid who was very attentive and accommodative, he also made sure that we had a great and unique stay.
We stayed at Paresa for 4 nights, and I must say that the hotel is fantastic, great villas with infinity pools, friendly and helpful staff, and a killer sunset view. Excellent retreat!
Breakfast was great with free flow of champagne and a great sea view, we couldn’t ask for better way to start our day.
I strongly recommend the Cuban night, a great way to enjoy a romantic fine dining experience with spectacular views and live music from a Cuban singer.
What an amazing experience and stay. We can’t wait to return.
Loretta Y - From Hong Kong, China“Perfect!!”
WWe stayed at the Dima Spa Hotel, despite having issues with the steaming spa on and off. Still, it was the perfect place to stay!
In-room lunch + dinner was reasonably price and yummy.
We would def recommend to everyone, and WE WILL BE BACK!
SFORunner“Truly a magical place! ”
If Paresa isn't on your bucket list then it should be. I had the chance to spend 5 wonderful nights in a truly breath taking villa perched on a cliff.
From the warm welcome I received as soon as arriving to the resort, the attention to care didn't stop there. After a delightful check in you get to announce your entrance to the heaven of all heavens at the ancient Burmese gong. You are the taken across the golden carpet to enter into your heavenly retreat.
The villas are well appointed with all the amenities one could desire. The main infinity pool is breath taking, but when you have your own private infinity pool just steps away from your bed it's hard to say that I spent much time in the main pool. If you are looking for a little adventure in your life all you have to do is book some time with the adventure boys to go out kayaking and snorkeling below the cliffs the report sits on. As I was enjoying the private infinity pool at my villa in the first few hours of my visit I had the chance to see the sea eagles flying over head. The sunsets are some of the best I've ever seen.
They have buggies that will transport you from you villa to the dinning and other areas of interest on the property. Very helpful as my travel partner has limited mobility and was able to get around just fine.
The breakfast was great with unmatched views to enjoy. The staff in the dinning is very attentive and do a terrific job of making sure you enjoy your meals.
If you want to explore I would recommend setting up an excursion through the resort for the VIP treatment. During the day long excursion at no point did I feel rushed. Very informative and pleasant.
If you get the change to meet Dawid the general manager you are in for a treat! He shows a genuine interest in how your stay and experiences are going. One of the most charismatic individuals I've ever met. He and his staff ensure you enjoy every moment you spend with them.
Highly recommend, if even just a night or two!
MissMegHK - From Hong Kong“The Perfect Wedding”
Paresa made my wedding day an absolute dream. Not only is the location amazing, but the facilities are clean, understated, and beautiful. The 'Miracle Lawn' where we had our ceremony overlooks the sun setting on the Andaman Sea and comfortably fits a small-ish wedding crowd. I doubt that more than fifty guests could fit in this particular location.
Everything from the flow of events, the mic and speaker setup, the music cues, and the champagne service were perfect. The only hiccup was that a maintenance worker started smoking out mosquitoes right next to the ceremony just after it started. Other staff members were quick to run over and stop this, but there should probably be better communication between all staff about big events like weddings.
We had our own wedding planner, but the wedding coordinator at Paresa obviously worked well with our team as there were no last-minute scrambles. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony and photo session.
A_Wine_Story_Team - from Phuket, Thailand“A stay that I will never forget for the rest of my life!”
When we moved from Hong Kong to Phuket, my husband made me the best surprise ever with 2 weeks booking in this magic place! I will never forget that stay for the rest of my life, the best way to start a new life indeed! I found everything perfect at Paresa. It's the kind of luxury I love, descrete not redundant, with an overall great service, perfectly in harmony with the nature around. The staff is amazing, all of them, from the receptionists to the room service, to the guys in the restaurant, and of course the managers, they just have a style that thrilled me, they make you feel like a queen but in a very natural way...I would say like angels! :) The food was great, both for breakfast and dinner. Honestly if we hadn't to look for a home, I think we would have spent all the 14 days without going out at all! I really enjoyed the sunset from the infinity pool in our suit, it was so recharging, so magic and of course being in the condition of starting a new life in the tropics it's been like a dream to me. I love Paresa!!! <3
64jdp - From Atlanta, Georgia“Heaven on the Andaman Sea - Phuket, Thailand”
We spent 6 nights at Paresa & cherished our time there. The hotel setting & the rooms are amazing, the staff are all delightful & the meals were outstanding. Each day was started out with the wonderful breakfast with the amazing views. Some days we never made it beyond the infinity pool, other days we ventured out on tours & to visit nearby Patong. We would recommend Paresa to any couple wanting to experience a very unique , special place
Neal_Dsouza - From Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates“Totally lives up to their name”
My wife and I chose to stay here for 3 nights as part of our mini-moon after a hectic wedding week. We were looking for a luxury resort just to unwind in, as we had no intentions to head out into the city. And Paresa couldn't have been a better choice!
Word of advice: Don't stay here for too long. Once you get used to the place, going back to regular life is not easy. We've been back from Paresa a few days now and are going through serious withdrawal.
Down to the review, Lets get the faults out of the way first:
If I had to point out problems, i'd be nitpicking, but these would be it:
1. The housekeeping was very hit-and-miss. Sometimes we'd ask for ice and it'd show up at the door in under 5 minutes. Other times we'd ask for something and it would take over half an hour, and several reminders. (I don't mean room service. Food was always delivered very quickly)
2. There was a thunderstorm the first night we were there, and so the water supply to the bathtub was quite dirty. We mentioned this to the front desk and they got it sorted the very next day.
Now the good stuff:
I'd arranged for an airport transfer while I made our booking, and our chauffeur was waiting for us right outside the airport. It's about a 45 minute drive from Phuket airport to the resort, and the transfer was complete with cold towels, drinks, and a fruit platter. Check-in was a breeze - we arrived at the resort around 1PM and our room was ready for us.
The entrance to the resort is rather unassuming. Large open hallway with the reception to one side, and a set of stairs leading downwards with a door at the end of it. But don't let that fool you. Once you open that door, WOW!
We'd booked the Aqua pool suite and got room #251. Very simple, yet tasteful interiors. Large bathroom, outdoor and an indoor shower, and a large bathtub.
But the best part had to be the private infinity pool and a gorgeous view of the andaman sea. We LOVED our room. We were even offered an upgrade to a cliff villa the next day, but decided to stick with our original room. The property has a large common infinity pool as well, but we never bothered with it, our own pool was more than enough!
Breakfast was amazing, the spread isn't as massive as some of the 5 star chain hotels, but it's plenty! Everything they did have on offer, tasted amazing. I guess they've gone for quality over quantity. In addition to the buffet they have quite a large a la carte selection as well. And to top it all off - free flowing bubbly!
if you're staying here, you will definitely be ordering in room service, and Paresa has you covered. Excellent thai dishes, and a good range of European cuisine as well. I'd also recommend the cheese plate with a bottle of red. I'm drooling as I type this.
As the other guests have mentioned, there is no beach, but if you can make the trip down (and eventually back up) the stairs to the sea, there's a very cool swimming platform from which you can snorkel, or borrow a kayak and paddle around. Ask the guys at muse (the adventure section/library), they'll hook you up.
And then finally, there were the angels. More than happy to help and always smiling. Just to name a few -
Starting with Dawid - the General Manager (Head Angel?), who had a chat with us during breakfast and made sure we were having a good time. He also made sure we had a day room to stay in after checking out, since our flight out of Phuket was only at midnight. Dawid, if you're reading this, thank you. I don't know where we'd have gone until midnight if you hadn't hooked us up.
Dear - extremely sweet lady at the front desk, always ready to help.
Torn - Our chauffeur from the airport and a few buggy rides, always with a big smile!
Wit - Our butler for the private beach bbq who made sure we had the best dining experience ever. (highly recommended if you're a couple, ridiculously romantic). Wit also turned out to be quite the photographer/videographer.
Tam - The reservations manager who sorted out my booking, saw to all my special requests, and made sure the beach bbq remained a surprise for my wife.
Patrick - Thanks for being a bro and not saying anything when my wife started asking questions about the private dinners.
In short, Paresa was, as promised, heaven of heavens. And we will definitely return.
Karlito1974 - from Dubai, United Arab Emirates“Amazing in every way!”
This is the most amazing hotel we've ever stayed at. The aqua pool suite was simply stunning, we barely left all week. Relaxing in the infinity pool watching sunset with a cocktail, incredible! The room is also great, with a nice outdoor shower. Only small complaint is lack of usable sockets and confusing light controls. Breakfast is fab with a huge choice from al la carte and buffet. The restaurant serves Thai and Italian, and room service the same with a few other dishes such as burgers and sandwiches. The Thai food was some of the best we've had but I found the Italian and western food was quite bland. The four cheese pizza was tasteless and the burger just didn't cut it, just my personal opinion though! The restaurant terrace is beautiful at night, the cocktails are amazing, and the manager Dawid makes everyone feel very welcome. I honestly cannot wait to go back..
Amy W“Absolute paradise!”
My family & I stayed at Paresa for a week for a wedding & it was amazing! All of our rooms had breath-taking views & were in themselves private, quiet & very tasteful. The rooms & grounds have been designed so well & really create a very relaxing atmosphere. Staff were also amazing, putting in a lot of personal touches & extra effort to make our stay just right.
The only problem with the place was that we had to leave it!
Bart B“Beautiful Paresa”
Had an amazing stay at Paresa! Beautiful room with an amazing view, I have seen one of the best sunsets of my life from our infinity pool.
Free and really good breakfast with yet again a breathtaking view was a perfect way to start our days.
The crew was really nice and helpful, special thanks to Ozzy who drove us around and showed us some amazing places, if you read this, you're the best!
Adrian P“Heavenly Honeymoon”
My Wife and I stayed at Paresa for 6 nights and couldn't be happier with our stay. The staff we're extremely friendly and accomodating.
The views we're absolutely spectacular. Our room was great and we really loved our private infinity pool.
Free breakfast every morning with a beautiful view was a perfect way to start each day.
Response times we're quick and everything we asked for was taken care of. It truly was heaven!
We would highly recommend this resort to anyone that is looking for somewhere to stay in Phuket. Cannot say enough good things about this place!
Bubbles_and_Barefeet - From San Francisco, California“Truly the heaven of all heavens”
We found Paresa in a search for the perfect villa (Villa Amanzi) to celebrate with friends the week before our wedding and ended up spending a week between Paresa and the villa. My husband and I would snicker to ourselves when our contact signed off with "heaven of all heavens" but after spending a week there, we couldn't agree more.
- Absolutely impeccable. They looked after our every need. From custom lunches to arranging private trainers for pilates and kick boxing, there was nothing that Paresa could not figure out! A special shout out to Mirko who absolutely got to know of us, problem solved at every turn and made our stay so special.
Absolutely beautiful/ breathtaking accommodations and views. The entire experience is absolutely incredible.Food is fantastic, as are the cocktails.
Not a bad word to say about Paresa and suggest that anyone going to Phuket come spend a few days there!