Heavenly hideaway on the seashore
Absolute privacy and perfect relaxation at Phuket’s Trisara resort
INSTEADOF conversing seriously with Asian foreign ministers (including the tricky men from North Korea and Burma), the US Secretary of State should have seized the chance for an entirely private swim.
Dining in the small but exquisite Trisara — in Sanskrit, ‘ ‘ the third garden in heaven’’ — in Phuket, Thailand, Hillary Clinton was focused on diplomacy. But the Andaman Sea was lapping the shore just metres away and the evening air was tropically warm.
If Madam Secretary had a few spare minutes, she could have shucked her cares along with her clothes and enjoyed an evening dip in one of the secluded infinity pools attached to a luxury villa.
But it was mid- 2009, international affairs were pressing, and there was little time to get serious about private swimming, sunbathing, massage therapy or ocean gazing.
Trisara, a delightful hideaway resort on Phuket’s northwest coast, offers 39 pool villas and suites and, should you be feeling particularly expansive, privately owned multiplebedroom residences.
The sleekly appointed villas are on three terraced levels of a steep hill, facing the sea and the sunset.
Privacy is at a premium. I know there are guests in the next villa, but only because I hear, just the once, a muted splash and some laughter. But the tall, dense and leafy plantings are such effective screens that even on tiptoe, craning around corners, I catch no glimpse of anyone else — just the peaks of a few red-tiled roofs down the hill.
Each pool has a teak deck with sun loungers facing a huge sea view, a sweep of blue stretching across the horizon. A hedonist could swim gently in their own 10m pool, loll on a lounger and then head indoors to a massive bedroom and, from there, take a few steps to a long bathroom, with a huge tub for wallowing.
For those more inclined towards company, there is a long main pool down near the private beach. And for the less aquatically minded, there’s the Trisara Spa perched high on the hill (lie on a massage bed, turn your head, and there’s the ocean), yoga and Thai cooking classes, tennis, boat trips and, not least, idle contemplation of gentle waves on a sandy beach.
Sian Powell was a guest of Trisara.
Tropical splendour at a Trisara pool villa, above; the resort, which offers various levels of luxurious accommodation, nestles in a private bay, right