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The Travel Nova | The Pavilions Phuket | Pool villa

The Pavilions Phuket is a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. It sits high on the hills above Layan beach, offering breath-taking views over Phuket. The location is perfectly secluded yet easily accessible.

The Travel Nova | The Pavilions Phuket | Bamboo drive

The drive into the resort under a mesmerising bamboo canopy, especially enchanting lit up in the evening, is an experience in itself. The grounds are lush and natural, with small temples hidden among the tropical gardens.

Hill-view Suite has everything our family of four needed

The 81 sqm hill-view suite was perfect for my family of four. The master bedroom and huge en-suite bathroom had plenty of room for us to store our luggage and clothes. Everything seemed oversized, from the bathtub to the shower to the his-and-hers sinks. The sofa in the living room folded out into a large double bed, and there was a second bathroom off the living room as well as a good-sized bar area. The interiors were modern and fresh. Contemporary Asian artworks adorned the walls, and there were bold splashes of colour in the furnishing.

The Travel Nova | The Pavilions Phuket | Pool villa

Breakfast was served at the poolside Firefly restaurant. The generous selection of Asian and continental food offered plenty of fresh, healthy options and all the usual favourites, such as sausages, bacon and eggs. There were live cooking stations, a juice and salad bar, assorted pastries and excellent cheeses. The little ones had plenty to choose from. Predictably, they were particularly fond of the pancakes and waffles.

We were so impressed with the food at breakfast that we tried the lunch and dinner at Firefly as well. The crispy fried whole market fish topped with Thai herbs, cashew nuts, lemongrass, and crispy vegetables was a delight. Thegrilled river prawns were huge and super juicy. All the dishes we ordered were cooked well and the portions were generous. We thought Firefly offered good value for money compared with some of the restaurants we ate at in Phuket of a similar class.

The main hotel pool is right by the Firefly restaurant. As many of the villas and estates have their own private pools, the hotel pool is nice and quiet. It’s a lovely area, with tall palms and bright bougainvillea swaying in the breeze.

The Travel Nova | The Pavilions Phuket | Spa

Unwind at the Pavilions Spa

The Pavilions Spa is a must during your stay. The treatments were incredible, and I especially liked their Thai massages (when in Rome…). The Pavilions design team has done a wonderful job of creating a tranquil and calming environment. The spa itself is housed in a beautiful building. It has its own pool, which is even quieter than the hotel pool, a waterfall feature and a carp pond (find the fish food hanging from the wooden trellis – our monsters loved feeding the carps).

We felt well taken care of by the Pavilions staff. When our little man developed a temperature, we were touched to receive a get-well-soon card and a stuffed animal delivered to our suite. Small gestures like that made the experience at the Pavilions Phuket stand out for us.

The Pavilions Phuket was a lovely base to explore the island. We liked the option of having a great restaurant on-site where we could grab some food, if we were feeling lazy. The suite was more than big enough for our family of four. We had a wonderful stay and would happily return there in a flash.

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