STAYED: THE NAKA PHUKET
In the ocean of accommodations in Phuket, there are many fishes in the sea. They come in all shapes and sizes: from petite and humble to expansive and opulent. The Naka Phuket has settled in nicely to its own niche in the market, appealing to guests who prefer peace, privacy and tastefully minimalist design.
Naturally, this exclusive resort has all of the amenities one would expect – outstanding service, a pampering spa, well-equipped gym, Olympic-size infinity pool, a tantalising international dining menu, boutique shop, shuttle to nearby Patong, baby-sitting service, big fluffy pillows and all the rest. They even provide you with a complimentary smartphone to use during your stay with free local and international calls, maps and city guide, and internet. However, it’s the architectural style that lends to its uniqueness gives the Naka Phuket its soul.
At the end of a steep meandering mountain road, the Naka Phuket’s 95 pool villas don’t dominate the landscape, but instead compliment the topography of the scooped out, steep beachside valley. Many of the window-wrapped villas take advantage of the geography by being cantilevered out over the hillside. Slide open the blackout curtains or settle onto the balcony and you’re met with an awe-inspiring feeling of space.
Well-known Thai designer Duangrit Bunnag threw intricacies out the window. However, this is not a barren design but one where the less-is more approach found an authentic triumph. The villas are primarily concrete, steel and glass with a peppering of wood accents and teak floors for good measure. A feature that really resonates in Bunnag’s decision to work his design around established trees thereby introducing on organic element.
The Naka will have a strong appeal to those who relish a private hideaway feel and find solace in luxurious simplicity without distractions. As General Manager Sawai Sombat likes to say while gesturing skyward at night, “some resorts have five stars, we have thousands.”
The Naka Phuket is a member of the Design Hotel group of properties whose mission is to “create an unrivalled global community for design, architecture, culture and become the definite source of original hospitality experiences”.
1/18, 1/20 Moo 6 Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150
+66 (0) 76 337 999