THE ROYAL PHUKET YACHT CLUB REINCARNATES AS THE NAI HARN
Long gone are the days when Phuket was an undiscovered Thai island with only a few luxury resorts. With so many options to choose from today – and more coming in the next few years – one of its very first began a new life this past weekend after an 18-month renovation: the Royal Phuket Yacht Club, dating back to 1986, reopened as The Nai Harn Phuket on January 16.
Once a Mandarin Oriental, then a LeRoyal Méridien, The Nai Harn – located along the beach of the same name – has 130 rooms and suites overlooking the Andaman Sea.
Rooms have been giving a contemporary-neutral makeover, with hardwood floors, extra-large king beds, and sliding doors to the bathrooms so that even from the bathtub you can catch a glimpse of the outdoors. Terraces feature four-poster daybeds.
Restaurant options include Cosmo (above), which is an all-day dining venue with international cuisine, while Rock Salt serves Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa-influenced food by the beach. If you are feeling some (northern hemisphere) winter blues, one look at rooftop bar Reflections will make you want book a ticket to Thailand right now – check it out below.
Before exerting yourself here with a cocktail, there is the Nai Harn spa with four beach spa suites and one ‘extravagant spa cabana’ to be pampered at.
Opening rates start at THB8,000 per night (that’s around £150 / €200 / $220 at the moment) until the end of October.
[Photos/Renderings: The Nai Harn]