Party Paradise

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - BEACH - BY

This new, music-focused, Phuket resort is making waves with millennials.

VERONICA INVEEN SOUND SYSTEM quality is probably not the first thing on the checklist when booking a hotel, but if it were, Baba Beach Club Phuket would score full marks. The millennialfocused resort starts their party with a Funktion-One sound system, top-tier technology used at world-class music events.

Overseen by eight of the resort’s two-story villas, the action converges by the pool, where a mirrored bar, which doubles as a giant disco ball, hosts local and international DJs. Bikini-clad loungers float on inflatable flamingos, waiting for sundown with tropical cocktails amid cool beats. Envisioning Ibiza? The Spanish party island was inspiration for Vorasit Issara, 35, owner and managing director of the oceanfront spot he calls “a music lover’s hotel.”

Baba Beach Club melds its sexy, youthful attitude and entertainment factor with the luxury and service of its sister property Sri Panwa, the acclaimed all-villa resort on the island’s south. That includes a booze-soaking menu stocked with all of

Sri Panwa’s signatures (try the tom yum pizza) and a sushi bar boasting melt-in-your-mouth Hida Wagyu striploin.

Baba’s 16 villas and suites, as well as two super-sleek five-bedroom beachfront mansions, draw inspiration from Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese past, with circular archways, patterns of dragons and clouds, and lots of colors. Rooms feature Bose stereos and iPods preloaded with playlists—in line with Issara’s musical mission.

Sending the party closer to Bangkok, Baba Beach Club Hua Hin opened last October. While the Hua Hin property, a three-hour drive from the capital, is more laid-back (think jazz, soul and live music), in Phuket, house tunes rule, with Sundays dedicated to a public pool party. There are plenty of events and festivals to come this year, just follow the music.; doubles from Bt11,034.

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