On the opposite end of the spectrum (but actually only 10-minutes from Keemala), The Naka is a design led resort, perfect for families and friends. Hidden in an ancient valley on the western edge of Phuket, The Naka Phuket is Duangrit Bunnag’s most daring hotel to date, with 94 glass-built villas cantilevering out from the mountainside. With an outdoor pool attached to each of the secluded living spaces, the one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas have warm teak flooring, calming grey on the walls and natural stone in the bathrooms, where oversized rain showers complete the tropical experience. While the villas are decked out with all the modern conveniences, the real treat is enjoying the sound of the waves softly crashing on the sand from your private balcony. Made up mostly of glass and wooden pillars, each room is fully equipped with tech gadgets, including a mobile which connects you to the resort as well as the rest of the island. Each villa also features an elegantly designed overhanging bedroom and protruding 6-meter infinity pool.
With the word ‘naka’ meaning ‘holy serpent’ in Thai culture, The Naka Phuket has been designed to represent this greatness and reaches all corners of the resort, covering dining, spa and fitness. Tantalizing fresh market produce is served at the hotel’s three restaurants – the first, The Wiwa, sits along a natural watercourse and overlooks the hotel’s main pool. Serving as the all-day dining restaurant you can expect a combination of classic and popular Thai & Western dishes. Providing small snacks, salads and sandwiches throughout the day, The NANA Bakery is your one stop shop for tasty treats. Being only steps away from the beach also makes it the ideal place to hang out, relax and enjoy a beverage by day or sunset dinner by night. Last but by no means least, the crème de la crème of dining at The Naka comes in the form of the MEKA Sky Lounge. Offering 360-degree panoramic views over Nakalay beach, this restaurant not only offers stunning sunset views from its rooftop viewpoint, but also serves a range of delicious dishes and drinks.
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To work off all the glorious food, The NAKA leaves no excuses for training sessions. Their state of the art gym is fully fitted out with a cardio area, machine and free weights and the only Connexus functional training set up in Thailand. The hotel also offers a comprehensive schedule of classes daily including Pilates, core and circuit, among others. The class numbers are kept tight so guests experience more one-on-one attention and private sessions are also available upon request for those looking for a more personalised workout. Want to train outside? Then make the most of the hotel’s Olympic-sized infinity pool, perfect for morning laps or afternoons when basking in the Phuket sunshine.
After fitness and food have been enjoyed, The NAPA spa will help you truly relax into your holiday. Located at the very top of the resort in The Spa Tower, the ultra-modern, five storey structure where guests can book in for a day of pampering whilst enjoying the sea view, The spa has six treatment rooms, each catering for couples. The NAPA’s treatment menu is shaped by the Thai elements; earth, water, wind and fire, and offers a variety of massages, scrubs, wraps, facials, nail treatments and spa packages. There is even a complimentary steam room and sauna and a jacuzzi on the balcony of one of their treatment rooms for an al fresco experience.
If you want to leave the resort, The NAKA offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from Patong, which is handy if you want to check out the famous nightlife or do some shopping. Back at the resort, a local shuttle service will get you around the hotel which I assure you, you’ll be grateful for (especially after seeing the rolling hills from the reception). With the grounds scattered in swings, a gorgeous 200-metre private beachfront and sea views from every point of the resort, The NAKA creates an environment you’ll never want to leave.
For more information and reservations, please visit www.thenakaphuket.com