The new Cheetah Plains game lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, reinvents traditional safari-style architecture...
KATA ROCKS – luxury oasis in Phuket
On the Thai island of Phuket, among the array of luxury hotels and resorts (and we’ve had the chance to stay in many of them), I am sure that one magical oasis on the rocks stands out – Kata Rocks, from where you can enjoy the vast view on the Andaman sea and Kata beach.
Luxury which moves borders in every sense of the word, services which will spoil you, top notch design which provides you with comfort, privacy and indescribable views… in Kata Rocks, you simply feel like you have the whole world at your feet.
When you sense the atmosphere on each step you make (even though you don’t really need to make any steps because there are golf carts with courteous drivers who will take you anywhere you want), you should try to maximally seize each moment, in order to satisfy all your senses. You should enjoy in the Oceanfront Restaurant, Wine Cellar, Lounge and Bar, 35 m. Infinity Pool, Award winning Infinite Luxury Spa, State of the art gym and Fitness Suite, Function room, Destination Dining, Thai Cooking Classes, Boating and Yachting Experiences.
Kata Rocks is exquisite because of its extraordinary design which resembles modern yachts in a cascade fall towards the sea, “breathing” with tropical vegetation which surrounds them. Each “yacht” is made of concrete and stainless steel with large glass surfaces and private pools.
The first thought you’ll experience upon entering one of these luxurious villas will be “I don’t want to leave this place”. That first feeling is so consuming that you’ll feel like you really don’t ever want to leave, even though you just got there. Don’t give up on that feeling, because Kata Rocks offers you an option of owning one of their villas. If you choose to purchase one, the management of Kata Rocks will take care of it when you’re not around. While staying in your villa, you’ll get the chance to savor the luxury of one of the best hotels in the world, while when you’re away, you can even earn money of it, by renting it. Aside from the incredible 6% return of your investment on a yearly basis, which is guaranteed by Kata Rocks, you also become a member of a prestigious club of lovers of luxury named Infinite Luxury Club. Owners enjoy incredible benefits, privileges, discounts and complimentary invitations to numerous events such as the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous, where they are welcomed on board to experience superyachts and dine at the highly exclusive invitation-only owner's dinner.
There are four kinds of Sky Villas in this resort – ranging from one bedroom, to penthouse with four bedrooms, while each of the residences has an amazing view of the Andaman sea and its own private pool. Kata Rocks has all together 34 villas, each designed with outstanding terraces oriented towards the ocean, in order to blur out the border between interior and exterior.
Comfort isn’t a question here, considering the fact that the smallest villa has a surface area of 134 m2, while the four-bedroom penthouse measures 460 m2, with 14 metre wide living room and 14 metre long pool, while other villas have seven meters long pools.
As you’ll see in these villas, the attention to details in their interiors is based on the recognizable “Made in Italy” manner. Even though they have ultra-modern interiors with pure and sleek lines, their decoration concept is warm, comfortable and friendly, thanks to the natural tones of beige and white and wooden elements, which give the space a feeling of airiness, freshness and harmony with nature. The interiors fluidity is unfettered and made possible thanks to the frontal parts of each villa, which is made of glass from top to bottom. Because of that, each guest has the chance to enjoy the vast panoramic view and be under the impression that sea and sky kiss right there.
Those most discerning tourists will be more than satisfied here. Whether you’re on your honeymoon or you arrive on Thailand with your kids, you can choose the accommodation which fits right in with your vision of ideal. You have at your disposal:
One-bedroom Sky villa with the surface area of 175 m2, spacious living room, expansive terrace and pool. After you enter this villa, it’s easy to understand why guests have a hard time leaving this modern and comfortable retreat. Huge terraces are equipped with comfortable seating and lounges, so you basically have your own private beach paradise here. Upon check-in, you are assigned with a “Rock Star”, a personal concierge who will escort you to your villa and unpack your luggage if you desire. You really feel like a rock star while staying here. Two-bedroom and three-bedroom Sky villas are also on offering, as well as the stunning four-bedroom Sky Penthouse.
If you want to experience top notch luxury, this resort has all you need. The preferable accommodation for you is the one-bedroom ocean view Spa Villa. It is designed for couples of all ages, romantic anniversary celebrations or honeymoons. It has a surface area of 191 m2 which includes a living room, adequately equipped kitchen, chic bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with amazing views of the sea. What makes this villa a temple of relaxation and enjoyment is the additional SPA room. So, if you choose this type of accommodation, you’ll have a SPA therapist at your disposal, aside from the personal concierge. SPA room is equipped with double massage beds for synchronized therapeutic experience performed by trained professionals of the Infinite Luxury Spa center, which is a part of this resort.
In 2015, The Infinite Luxury Spa received two prestigious awards in categories “Best Boutique Luxury Spa Asia” and “Best Luxury Emerging Spa Thailand”. In 2016, the spa was bestowed the prestigious title of “Best Boutique Luxury Spa Asia” once again.
Like icing on the cake, there’s the four-bedroom Sky villa penthouse on two levels, with enough room to accommodate up to nine guests. This type of accommodation redefines the boundaries of luxury. Its space spanning up to 460 m2 gives you some kind of a dramatic and superior experience. Located on the very top of this resort, this space is naturally “hovering” above the amazing landscape. If you have the desire to experience a VIP treatment, then you’re in the right place. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms with showers and bath tubs for relaxation. The interior of this space is equipped with top notch technological solutions, so you have all you need at your disposal just by pressing a button on a specially designed iPad – from lighting and temperature adjustments, to music and curtains control.
The idyllic terrace is a story for itself. It has a 14 meters long pool with installed bar for additional pleasure, as well as al-fresco kitchen with barbecue for those afternoon delights, modern lounges and spacious upholstered corner seating. For a truly special experience, two central bedrooms have their own doors which lead to the terraces with Jacuzzis, for spectacular enjoyment of sunsets.
Because of its culinary delights, Kata Rocks’ ocean view restaurant has been recognized by the Thai Tatler guide of the best restaurants, so it became a favorite and logical option for all of those who’d like to enjoy savory bites with other-worldly scenography. This restaurant offers you fresh Mediterranean specialties with Spanish accents, fresh sea dishes and traditional Thai gastronomy with a modern twist. This is a real gastronomy empire, ready to tickle your palates with inimitable tastes created by chef Laia Pons from Spain.
This resort, aside from the 35 meters long pools, also has an amazing sunset bar where you can enjoy sunset in a relaxing, casual atmosphere. Here, you can savor your favorite Mojito, delicious tapas and good music, while the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon. This incredible resort offers you a service called Dining on the rocks, created to cater you with a romantic culinary experience on the rocks by the beach, as well as the option of “In villa dining” service, which puts at your disposal a team of skilled chefs which prepare and serve amazing food inside your private villa, this is a special level of top notch services.
Especially interesting is the Sky Villa Pantry concept, which is a dream come true for all epicureans, who love to have all sorts of delicious gourmet meals, the best wine, snacks, fruit and desserts at their disposal at all times. When you have the urge to reach for those naughty snacks in the middle of the night, this concept makes it much easier and pleasurable.
Kata Rocks resort also has a completely equipped gym with top notch exercise equipment, Kids Club, luxury boutique with interesting souvenirs and jewelry, as well as a Spa and Wellness center where you can enjoy amazing treatments for your body and soul.
Kata Rocks is definitely the place where luxury has evolved – it is a prestigious and chic resort, made to measure in accordance with the most modern standards.
I believe I have tickled your imagination, even though I barely scratched the surface of this surprising place. The images of this tropical Eden are often in my mind, and I’ll share some of them with you. I hope that you’ll have the chance to enjoy all the beauties of this magical place on your own…
Author: Mina SREĆO
For more information, visit: KATA ROCKS
Photos and video: KATA ROCKS
Read next luxury article: Blue Lagoon gets its first luxury hotel