Amanpuri Thailand


Having Amanpulo in the Philippines at the top, Amankila in Bali Indonesia at the second, nonetheless, Amanpuri in Thailand ranks 3rd in the Best Beach Resort Worldwide having 7.5% of the vote. 

- The Gallivanter's Guide Jan 2000 Vol 9 No1


 Amanpuri, which means "place of peace" in Sanskrit, is built on a coastal hillside on Phuket. The island is connected to Thailand's Phang-Nga province by bridge and is surrounded by the Andaman Sea which joins the Indian Ocean to the south. 
On Phuket's west central coast is Pansea Beach from where a stairway leads up to the resort's main pool and facilities. The resort's guest accommodations of 40 pavilions are interspersed within a coconut plantation connected by elevated walkways with colonnades. 
Also available for rental and adjoining the resort to the north, are 30 villa homes managed by Amanpuri. 

The dry season in Phuket extends between mid-October and mid-May. From mid-May to
 mid-October, the island's weather changes to more frequent showers, yet these often only last
 a short time and are mostly followed by sunshine. Temperatures year-round range from 21 to
 35C (70-90F). 
The official language is Thai. However, English is commonly spoken around commercial centers.
Resort Facilities
 Facilities include two restaurants: the Terrace, which offers casual all day dining, featuring Thai and European specialties and the Restaurant, which serves Italian cuisine; beach barbeques from November to April; the Bar which offers poolside drinks and snacks; swimming pool; the Shop with gifts and amenities; the Library, with a wide selection of books and CDs; six floodlit tennis courts with equipment; health and beauty treatments including Thai and aromatherapy massages and Thai herbal
 skin cleansing treatments; exercise room, located on the beach, with 3-station weight gym, treadmill, rowing machine, exercise bike and step machine; The Gallery, for exclusive jewelry and antiques; Amancruises, the resort's yacht division; 24-hour room service in the privacy of the pavilions and outdoor salas. 
Activities and Services
 Scheduled and private charters to nearby islands and bays in the resort's fleet of vessels; the resort's dive operation, H20 Sportz, is a PADI training facility and specializes in resort diving programs; beach activities including sailing on Hobie cats and lasers, windsurfing and snorkeling; five international-standard golf courses within 30 minutes of Amanpuri, arrangements made upon request (complimentary golf clubs available). 
Places of Interest 
Although Phuket's charm lies in its natural beaches and countryside, there are many interesting options to explore around Amanpuri: Phuket town with its Central Market which bustles from early morning to noon; Butterfly Garden and Aquarium; the virgin jungle of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park; the Museum in Phuket and another in Talang with a large collection of artefacts from the Mollucas and interesting maps; 30 Buddhist temples on the island, among them, Wat Phra Nang Sang with 3,000 year old Buddha heads and allegorical frescoes; several Islamic Mosques. 
 Amanpuri has the largest and most comprehensive hotel charter fleet of professionally crewed vessels in Thailand. The boats range from 20 to 90 feet, carry full insurance, have recreational equipment on board and are available for charter through the year. 

 The Amancruises fleet, anchored at Phuket has now reached 21 vessels with five recent addition in the past year. The boats include Aman I, a 60 foot luxury Bluewater yacht available for half-day cruises; Jessica, a 37 foot Searay Sundancer for half-, full-day and overnight excursions; Maha Bhetra, a 90 foot luxury cruiser for day charters and overnight excursions; Sea Lion, a classic Chinese sailing junk with a cushioned deck available for daily beach barbeque and sunset cruises; Plabin II, III & IV, three 32 foot superfast dive boats available for private charter; Ricky, a 48 foot Symbol Sedan Sports Cruiser for full-day and overnight charters; Ricky Freedom, Amanpuri I & III, three 18 foot Bowriders for water-skiing and snorkeling cruises; Riva 2000, a 36 foot speed boat for short coastal sightseeing trips; Amanair I & II, two James Anthony Runabouts - 23 foot and 27 foot respectively, both available for half- and full-day excursions; Amanpuri II & IV, two 23 foot open decked Searay Lagunas for fast coastal cruising; Mina C, a 62 foot Leopard Sport for day cruises and overnight excursions; Midnight Lady, a 38 foot Searay Sundancer sports cruiser available for half-, full-day and overnight excursions; Genevieve, a 39 foot luxury Prout Catamaran available for the daily 2-hour sunset cruise, full-day and overnight excursions; Nadine, a 20 foot Jet boat for half-day cruises; and Blowfish, a 38 foot Steppa available for half- and full-day excursions. 

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